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  • SciencePhoto of Today’s NASA TV Livecast of New Discoveries on Jupiter’s Europa

    Today’s NASA TV Livecast of New Discoveries on Jupiter’s Europa

    “First, perhaps, it might be best to understand why anyone would want to land on Europa at all. Europa – the second of Jupiter’s four large satellites – is clearly a special place,” says Caltech’s Mike Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy. “Ever since the time of the Galileo spacecraft nearly 2 decades ago, we have…

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  • SciencePhoto of Astronomers Just Found a SECOND ‘Dyson Sphere’ Star

    Astronomers Just Found a SECOND ‘Dyson Sphere’ Star

    Amongst the far reaches of space, there resides a mysterious alien star whose odd variations in brightness and tendency to dim inexplicably have left scientists baffled for several months. Called the KIC 8462852, or Tabby’s Star, the alien sun seemed to dim up to 22% over the course of the century, leading scientists to believe that something massive was passing…

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  • SciencePhoto of Astronomers Try To Explain Mysterious ‘Photon Belt’

    Astronomers Try To Explain Mysterious ‘Photon Belt’

    Our solar system is passing through a cloud of interstellar material that shouldn’t be there, astronomers say. And now the decades-old Voyager spacecraft have helped solved the mystery. The cloud is called the “Local Fluff.” It’s about 30 light-years wide and holds a wispy mix of hydrogen and helium atoms, according to a NASA statement released today. Stars that exploded…

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