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Win lunch with an astronaut

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 9:00am
Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden flew to the moon and holds two Guinness world records. Now you can have lunch with him in our exclusive competition
Categories: Astronomy

Great American Eclipse: Everything you need to know to get ready

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 8:51am
The stage is set for the first total solar eclipse in the continental US since 1979. Here’s our guide to the best way to enjoy the spectacle
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Solar eclipse will reveal the roiling fog of plasma we call home

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 5:00pm
The 21 August solar eclipse gives scientists and the public alike a chance to observe the sun’s corona, a ring of plasma that stretches as far as Earth
Categories: Astronomy

Speedy white dwarf may have survived a rare type of supernova

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 3:00pm
Type Iax supernovae are weak enough that part of the exploding star may be able to survive. Now, we may have spotted the first star that lived to tell the tale
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Jellyfish galaxies may feed black holes with their long tendrils

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 2:00pm
Cosmic winds that form the long tentacles of jellyfish galaxies may also create the perfect conditions to sustain highly active supermassive black holes
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Google-sponsored private moon race delayed for the fourth time

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:23pm
Competitors in the Google Lunar X Prize now have until 31 March 2018 to land a spacecraft on the moon
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The quantum leak that could give rise to dark energy

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:00pm
The loss of countless tiny drops of energy since the start of the universe might be behind the flood of dark energy accelerating the cosmos’s expansion
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Ice at Mars’s equator hints the planet was once much more tilted

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:23am
Most of the water on Mars is at its poles, but ice near the equator may mean that the way the red planet is tilted has changed over the last few million years
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Tethered satellites could see the moon’s weird swirls up close

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 6:53pm
The moon has bright coils of dust we can’t study without getting up close. A NASA proposal would send two satellites tied together to dangle over the surface
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Moon’s magnetic field lasted twice as long as we thought it did

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 3:33pm
Lunar rock shows the moon’s magnetic field lasted a billion years longer than we thought, which may help us understand how planets keep their protective fields
Categories: Astronomy

Science fiction picks: Time for a reality check

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 6:39am
In this season’s crop of science fiction, the world turns to putty in our hands, we dodge “calendrical rot” and worry about absolute truth
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Nuclear reactors on rockets may fuel future crewed trips to Mars

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:54am
NASA’s push to develop a rocket engine powered by a nuclear reactor could create a faster, lighter spaceship and cut the trip to Mars down to four months
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Mars’s surface hosts millions of towering dust devils every day

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:28am
The Red Planet has 10 times as many dust devils as we thought, which stir up dust that warms the planet and could be dangerous for future Mars explorers
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Finding the first pulsar set my world spinning

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 5:56am
Fifty years ago, Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered a mysterious, pulsing radio signal – and the downsides of being a young woman in science
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New sky survey shows that dark energy may one day tear us apart

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:44am
The best cosmic map yet of the universe’s make-up finds 24 per cent less dark matter than we thought and could call for a rewrite of physics
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Giant loner asteroids suggest baby planets formed quickly

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:00pm
The oldest intact asteroids hint that planets didn’t grow by slowly gathering small space rocks, but came from rapidly collapsing dust
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Space cucumbers may help plants grow better water-seeking roots

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 1:34pm
Away from Earth’s gravity, cucumber roots head towards water. Mimicking that moisture-seeking behaviour on our planet could help plants adapt to drought
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NASA’s planetary protection officer will defend Mars, not Earth

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 8:15am
A NASA job advert has made for excited headlines, but the agency isn’t hiring someone to protect us from aliens – it wants someone to protect alien microbes from us
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Enormous exoplanet has an atmosphere hot enough to boil iron

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 3:42pm
A planet nearly double the size of Jupiter and 900 light years away has a glowing stratosphere and an atmosphere hot enough that iron there exists as a vapour
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Fast radio bursts may be dark matter ‘stars’ hitting black holes

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 12:54pm
The mysterious FRBs we’ve been tracking for a decade could be created by clumps of dark matter particles dancing along the edges of black holes
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