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Rare elements could be forged by neutron stars eaten by black holes

7 hours ago from Physics World

Hypothesis could change understanding of some dark matter

Is Voyager Mankind's Greatest Accomplishment?

7 hours ago from MSNBC: Science

Emer Reynolds' latest film project, The Farthest, tells the story of the Voyager spacecraft, the first man-made objects to leave the solar system.

Best Astronomy and Astrophysics Books

8 hours ago from's editors present a list of the astrophysics and astronomy books worth a read-through.

Supernova’s messy birth casts doubt on reliability of astronomical yardstick

8 hours ago from News @ Nature

Brightness of exploding stars may vary more than researchers realized.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22066

Floating solar power: new frontier for green-leaning water utilities

8 hours ago from UPI

Solar panel installations have primarily been installed on land. Now two California water utilities are building floating solar-power projects at reservoirs.

The Sun's Corona, A Fiery Halo, Is Still a Mystery to Scientists

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There's a lot we don't know about the sun — including how its outer atmosphere gets so hot.

Clouds on 'Failed Stars' Resemble Those on Neptune

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For the first time, scientists have seen bands of clouds drifting across the skies of failed stars known as brown dwarfs.

Eclipses show wrong physics can give right results

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Math for making astronomical predictions doesn’t necessarily reflect physical reality.

Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite

10 hours ago from AP Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Spacewalking cosmonauts set free the world's first satellite made almost entirely with a 3-D printer on Thursday....

Zones, spots, and planetary-scale waves beating in brown dwarf atmospheres

11 hours ago from Science NOW

Brown dwarfs are massive analogs of extrasolar giant planets and may host types of atmospheric circulation not seen in the solar system. We analyzed a long-term Spitzer Space Telescope infrared...

An unusual white dwarf star may be a surviving remnant of a subluminous Type Ia supernova

11 hours ago from Science NOW

Subluminous Type Ia supernovae, such as the Type Iax–class prototype SN 2002cx, are described by a variety of models such as the failed detonation and partial deflagration of an accreting...

Astronomers Map Atmosphere of Dying Supergiant Antares

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One day, our sun will grow so large that it will swallow Earth. To understand that future stage, scientists must look beyond the solar system to study the full evolutionary...

Solar Eclipse-Chasing Jets Aim to Solve Mystery of Sun's Corona

12 hours ago from Live Science

Scientists will use cameras on two of NASA's WB-57 research jets to make high-resolution moving observations of the sun's corona during the total solar eclipse.

Astrophysicists predict Earth-like planet in star system only 16 light years away

13 hours ago from Science Daily

Astrophysicists have predicted that an Earth-like planet may be lurking in a star system just 16 light years away. The team investigated the star system Gliese 832 for additional exoplanets...

TRAPPIST-1 Planets May Be Twice As Old As Earth

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Life has had a long time to potentially get a foothold on the rocky planets circling the tiny, dim star TRAPPIST-1, a new study suggests.

Art Review: How Do You Paint an Eclipse? Work Fast in the Dark

13 hours ago from NY Times Science

In 1918, astronomers invited the artist Howard Russell Butler to record the last total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States.

Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi celebrate 9th wedding anniversary

15 hours ago from UPI

Ellen DeGeneres and "Arrested Development" star Portia de Rossi dedicated sweet posts to each other on their wedding anniversary.

Stan Lee shares photo with 'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman

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Stan Lee shared on Twitter a photo featuring himself and "Black Panther" lead star Chadwick Boseman.

Amid dispute, Saudi Arabia opens border to Qataris for pilgrimage

16 hours ago from UPI

Saudi Arabia's king said he'll open his country's border with Qatar, amid a diplomatic standoff, to allow Hajj pilgrims to enter the Kingdom for a pilgrimage.

NASA taps citizen scientists to help study eclipse

16 hours ago from UPI

Researchers at NASA are counting on the participation of thousands of citizen scientists to document next week's solar eclipse and to gather usable data.

NASA's ICESat-2 preps for laser tests

16 hours ago from Physorg

Lasers that will fly on NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, are about to be put to the test at the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in...

Researchers found that rotation causes the zig-zag of rising particles

16 hours ago from Physorg

Every curious person must have observed air bubbles rising through an aquarium tank of water.

Japan to install land-based missile defense Aegis Ashore

16 hours ago from UPI

Japan is planning to deploy a land-based Aegis missile defense system to counter North Korea's growing missile provocations.

Image: Space station flight over the Bahamas

17 hours ago from Physorg

One of the most recognizable points on the Earth for astronauts to photograph is the Bahamas, captured in striking images many times from the vantage point of the International Space...

NASA-led mission studies storm intensification

17 hours ago from Physorg

A group of NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists, including scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, are teaming up this month for an airborne mission...

US Air Force Prepping Mysterious X-37B Space Plane for September Launch

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The United States Air Force's X-37B program is readying its next robotic mini-shuttle for a planned September launch, this time atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Why are the loops in the sun’s atmosphere so neat and tidy?

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Observations during the total solar eclipse may explain why the sun’s atmosphere is so organized despite arising from a tangled magnetic field.

Emma Stone named Forbes' highest-paid actress for 2017

18 hours ago from UPI

Emma Stone has taken the No. 1 spot atop the Forbes annual list of highest-paid actresses for 2017 ahead of Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence.