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Plasma tubes floating above the Earth confirmed to exist

Plasma Tubes Earth

Astronomers have for the first time captured visual evidence of the existence of tubular plasma structures in the inner layers of the magnetosphere surrounding the Earth. “For over 60 years, scientists believed these structures existed but by imaging them for the first time, we’ve provided visual evidence that they are ...

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Hubble snaps image of Andromeda galaxy at 1.5 billion pixels

Hubble image Andromeda galaxy

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have released the sharpest and biggest image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy. The image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has an amazing 1.5 billion pixels that would require 600 HD television screens to display in full. This panorama is the product of the Panchromatic ...

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Why NASA looks to Europa to find the building blocks of life

NASA Europa moon Jupiter

NASA wants to send an expedition to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, to find the ocean it believes lies under the ice — and the building blocks for life it thinks it will find there. When it comes to life, biologists have long hypothesised that its origins — on Earth, at least ...

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Water on Earth is older than the Sun

Water Earth

Scientists have discovered that the life-giving water of Earth predates the formation of the Sun – and there could be a lot more of it out there. Water is essential to life on Earth and likely indicator for alien life as well, which is why so much of the world’s space missions and astronomical ...

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The sun’s magnetic field has flipped upside-down

Solar sun spots magnetic

The sun has undergone a “complete field reversal,” with its north and south poles changing places as it marks the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24. “A reversal of the sun’s magnetic field is, literally, a big event,” NASA’s Dr. Tony Phillips said in a statement issued on the space agency’s website. ...

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Mars rover Opportunity finds traces of ‘drinkable’ water

Rover Mars water

NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity has made what may be its greatest discovery: Proof freshwater once existed on the Red Planet. The rover’s previous discoveries over the last nine years suggest that water on Mars was acidic. Since 2011, the solar-powered six-wheel Opportunity has explored the Endeavour Crater, the largest of ...

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X-rays show galactic black hole spinning near speed of light

Black hole

Black holes may have given up some secrets of their growth thanks to the sleuthing of two X-ray space telescopes. The findings have solved a long-standing mystery about a supermassive black hole’s spin, finding that some of them can whirl very close to what the speed of light allows. NASA’s X-ray telescope ...

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Asteroid mining company aims for deep-space colonies

asteroid mining

A new asteroid-mining company launched Tuesday with the goal of helping humanity expand across the solar system by tapping the vast riches of space rocks. The new firm, called Deep Space Industries, Inc., announced today (Jan. 22) that it plans to launch a fleet of prospecting spacecraft in 2015, then ...

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Scientists discover black holes weighing 40 billion suns

Arp 147

This NASA image shows a new image of a ring – not of jewels – but of black holes. This composite image of Arp 147, a pair of interacting galaxies located about 430 million light years from Earth, shows X-rays from the NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (pink) and optical data ...

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Potentially habitable planet discovered

tau ceti

Astronomers have discovered that the closest Sun-like star, Tau Ceti, is orbited by five planets, one of which is in the “habitable range”. If its existence is confirmed, the planet could be the closest potentially life-harboring world to our own. Tau Ceti, twelve light years away, belongs to the same ...

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