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Newly-Discovered Galaxy Orbiting The Milky Way

A gigantic galaxy is orbiting our very own Milky Way, and we only find out about it now, says a new research published in Monthly Noticed of the Royal Astronomical Society. Either it has magically appeared recently (back in January), or we have been blind to its existence. The discovery has been described as a

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Watch Out For Huge Meteor Shower from April 20 to May 21 2016

As the Earth is going to pass through the tail of Halley’s Comet, a most wonderful heaven show is going to open up to us: a shower of meteors lasting from April 20 to May 21 2016. The end of this month will be punctuated by a shower of meteors. What better way to end

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Mysterious Alignment of Black Holes Discovered by Astronomers

Enormous black holes somewhere in the distant universe are emitting unidirectional radio jets because of mass fluctuations in the early universe. The paper is published in the Royal Astronomical Society. It all started with the identification of an alignment of jets of galaxies over a large area in space. The original aim was to look

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14,246 Asteroids & Comets Discovered Near The Earth

A total of 14,246 near-earth objects (asteroids and comets) have been spotted by NEOWISE space telescope and ground-based ones. The universe is filled with heavenly bodies floating around, set for some destination. Among them are asteroids and comets moving about. But, what prevents the latter from colliding into Earth? Ha, exactly. They could as well

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New NASA Mission: Sending Mice to Space

Because sending humans into space is not enough, scientists are now going to send mice too. A group of mice will soon do what you have not had the opportunity to ever do — going into space. They will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow, April 8, onboard the SpaceX resupply rocket. Oh,

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Dust Devil Spotted on Mars — What is a Dust Devil?

A dust devil, a type of extraterrestrial whirlwinds (a mini-tornado, so to say), has been spotted by NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity which has been navigating the surface of Mars for over a decade now. The Mars rover Opportunity of NASA was out there on the Martian surface in an area called the Knudsen Ridge where studies

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Dox: First Star With Almost Pure Oxygen Atmosphere Discovered

A star with an atmosphere made of almost entirely of pure oxygen has been discovered. It is described in a paper published in the journal Science. The new kind of star was hitherto thought to be theoretical only. Named SDSS J124043.01+671034.68 (and commonly being called Dox), has deviated from the general rule that small stars

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Interstellar Cloud Killed The Dinosaurs, Not An Asteroid As Previously Claimed

What cataclysm wiped out the dinosaurs from the surface of the Earth? A dense interstellar cloud passing over the planet, say Japanese researchers! Their paper is published in the journal Gondwana Research. The most popular opinion pertaining to the extinction of dinosaurs is probably the one about some impact event that caused the formation of

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Moon’s Poles Changed Location Billions Of Years Ago

The poles of Earth’s moon were not always in their current position, according to a paper, entitled “Lunar True Polar Wander Inferred From Polar Hydrogen”, published in Nature. The moon’s poles might not have always been in their current position. Rather, they are likely to have shifted spot throughout the last billions of years, according

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Fastest Space Wind Discovered From Black Hole

The fastest space wind has been identified from a black hole. The findings are published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. A super-enormous black hole is generating ultraviolet winds that are swirling around at speeds reaching up to 200 million km/h — the fastest ever recorded (around 20% the speed of light,

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Two Comets Will Pass By The Earth This Week: One Might Be Visible!

Two comets are expected to pass by the Earth today (21:03:16) and tomorrow. The smaller one will be the closest a comet has been to us since 1983 while the bigger one might be seen in the night sky. The first one, Comet P/2016 BA14, discovered in January, will not be as conspicuous, and it

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