The forces of rotation caused red hot masses of stones to be torn away from the Earth and to be thrown into the ether, and this is the origin of the stars.

— Anaxagoras 428 BC

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Remember That Dark-Matter-Free Galaxy? It May Have Dark Matter After All

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 7:24am
A galaxy that is supposedly devoid of all dark matter might actually be full of it.
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Aphelion Day 2018: Earth Is Farthest from the Sun Today

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 7:24am
Happy Aphelion Day! Earth is farther from the sun today (July 6) than at any other time of the year.
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Elon Musk Sends SpaceX Engineers to Aid Soccer Team Trapped in Thai Cave

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 6:07am
Elon Musk is sending engineers from SpaceX and The Boring Co. to aid in the rescue of a youth soccer team in Thailand that's trapped in a cave and running out of time.
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The End Is Nigh for NASA's Planet-Hunting Kepler Space Telescope

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 5:48am
NASA's iconic Kepler space telescope — which has discovered 70 percent of the 3,750 exoplanets known to date — is running so low on fuel that the agency has put it into a hibernation-like state, agency officials announced today (July 6).
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Watch SpaceX's Dragon Ship for Astronauts Ace a Parachute Abort Test

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 3:55am
SpaceX's crew-rated Dragon spacecraft recently survived a parachute test during a mock abort, the company said on Twitter.
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July New Moon 2018: See Mercury at Its Best in the 'Moonless' Sky

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 3:31am
The new moon arrives on Thursday (July 12), and within a day Mercury will be at its best for evening observers this summer – the waxing crescent will swing by the planet on July 14.
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Students Send Human Spit, Baby Teeth and More to Space … for Science

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 3:28am
Glass beads, broccoli, severed worms, baby teeth and a whole lot of human spit are flying in space as part of student-designed experiments.
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The Big Dipper Sparkles Over Dramatic Landscape in Stunning Night-Sky Photo

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 1:00am
A night scene captured from Pulo do Lobo, a waterfall at the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve near Mértola, Portugal, shows the bright, colorful stars that compose the well-known asterism known as the Big Dipper.
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Traces of 'Sonic Boom' Meteorites Found on Ocean Floor

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:21am
The first mission designed to hunt a meteorite that crashed into the ocean has now discovered what may be tiny fragments of the meteorite's crust, researchers say.
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Something Big Crashed into Uranus and Changed It Forever

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 9:57am
It turns out that Uranus is so weird because of a massive collision billions of years ago.
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Lufthansa Adds Astronaut Food to its Airline Passenger Menu

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 9:38am
The barrier to dining like an astronaut living on the International Space Station has now been lowered.
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See How Huge the Monster Dust Storm on Mars Is in This Stunning Image

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 7:37am
Astrophotographer Damian Peach created an animation showing the dramatic effects of the global dust storm that has plunged the Martian surface deep into darkness.
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Complex Organics Found on Saturn Moon Enceladus: What It Means for Life

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 7:35am
Carbon-rich organic molecules, which could potentially form the building blocks of life, have been discovered in the watery plumes spewing out from fissures in the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus.
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Alien Life May Be Rare in Our Galaxy Today

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 7:30am
The hunt for E.T. may have gotten more difficult. New research suggests that alien life may not be as widespread as we had hoped.
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Bacterial Survival in Salty Antifreeze Raises Hope for Life on Mars and Icy Moons

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 5:11am
New research by a trans-Atlantic team of scientists suggests that bacteria could survive in briny chemicals that exist on Mars, Enceladus, Europa, Pluto and possibly elsewhere.
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Plants, Algae and Other Weird Green Stuff Just Arrived at the Space Station

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 4:16am
Smoke billowed and flames lit up the predawn sky over Cape Canaveral as SpaceX successfully launched its 15th cargo-resupply mission on Friday (June 29).
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Life-Saving Satellites: Why NASA's Earth-Science Missions Are Indispensable (Op-Ed)

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 3:05am
America's space program is a necessity, not a luxury. While we should not have to qualify its importance, it is helpful to remember the good that NASA does.
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Virgin Orbit Wins FAA License for First LauncherOne Mission

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 2:39am
Virgin Orbit has received a license from the Federal Aviation Administration for the first launch of its LauncherOne vehicle, which the company hopes to perform later this summer.
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Jupiter's Moons Spin Intricate Auroras at Planet's Poles

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 2:30am
New research shows the closest-ever views of features in Jupiter's swirling auroras, revealing the complicated footprints left by its moons Io and Ganymede.
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Fourth of July Stargazing: Planets and Constellations Complement Fireworks in the Night Sky

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 8:00am
While you're waiting to watch fireworks this Fourth of July, take a look up at the sky to spot Venus and other bright visible planets.
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