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The Android version of our brand new app Solar Eclipse has just gone live on Google Play


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When astronomers discovered a strange pattern of light near a distant star called KIC 8462852 back in October, it was like nothing anyone had observed before.


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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory share a great photo of a prominence at the edge of the sun, a splendid view of solar plasma as it churned and streamed over less than one day (June 25-26, 2017). The charged particles of plasma were being manipulated by strong magnetic forces.


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Virgin Galactic is resuming powered tests of its spaceplane after a tragic accident with its test vehicle SpaceShipTwo resulted in the death of co-pilot Michael Alsbury in 2014. The news comes via Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, who shared the news speaking to Bloomberg. After current glide-only tests wrap up, powered tests will begin at a pace of one every three weeks, reaching higher altitudes until eventually climbing to the edge of space by November or December of this year. If all goes well, Branson himself is set to be among the first tourists to space in 2018 around mid-year, and then by the end of 2018 he hopes to begin offering full commercial flights for paying passengers.


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We are very excited to announce Solar Eclipse by Redshift - observe and marvel at the upcoming August 2017 solar eclipse using our brand new app!


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Pathfinder landed on Mars on July 4, 1997, carrying Sojourner, the first rover to explore the Red Planet.


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Happy aphelion!


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SpaceX will look to continue its high launch cadence later on Sunday with its third mission in just nine days, and fourth in a month. For the launch, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will attempt to deliver the Intelsat 35e communications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit. The launch window opens at 7:36pm ET (00:36am UK) and spans 58 minutes. The primary concern is weather, with just a 40 percent chance of favorable conditions at launch time.


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It might seem an unfathomably large distance, but in the scale of the Universe, 24 light years is a mere stone’s throw. Now, two supermassive black holeshave been spotted circling each other at this distance, marking a closer pairing than ever seen before. A black hole binary system consists of two black holes orbiting each other, driven by their respective gravitational pulls. For the first time, astronomers have been able to make out both objects in this kind of system, using a collection of telescopes called the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA).


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Mars, at least as far as we know, is a planet populated entirely by robots. Our efforts to make them more autonomous and explore the rocky surface on their own have been successful. In turn, these bots can teach us more about our closest neighbour in the Solar System. Software installed upon the Curiosity Rover, which helps to control its laser, has made it more efficient at self-selecting rocks and objects to study. The system, called Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS), has allowed the robot to pick and examine rocks on its own correctly 93 per cent of the time. It is able to work in a precision pointing mode and a rock selecting mode.


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Ten potentially habitable worlds have been announced today by Nasa. They are part of a group of 219 exoplanets revealed by the space agency in its eighth Kepler planet catalogue. The ten planets are Earth-sized and in the habitable zone of their stars. This means they are at just the right distance for liquid water to exist on their surfaces. Just under half of these are orbiting G dwarf stars – stars the same size as our Sun.


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Back in October 2015 astronomers announced they had detected a strange signal that stood a remote chance of being a vast extraterrestrial construction - dubbed the alien megastructure. It was discovered using Nasa’s Kepler Space Telescope, which was designed to look for the slight drop in light caused when a planet passes in front of its star. In this case, the telescope gave astronomers much more than they bargained for.


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When searching for alien life, astronomers often look to individual exoplanets, but the stars they orbit are equally important. Now, astronomers have found traces of chemicals that make up the basic ingredients needed for life in early Sun-like stars, suggesting the building blocks of life on Earth could have originated from our own star.


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In a research paper, in 1936, Albert Einstein predicted that the weight of stars can be measured using the bending of distant starlight by its own gravity. However, because stars are so far apart the esteemed physicist never thought observing such a phenomenon would be possible. Now, thanks to the superior resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers from the Space Telescope Science Institute have seemingly done the impossible by determining the mass of a white dwarf using Einstein's theoretical method.


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A team of researchers with the Center of Planetary Science (CPS) has finally solved the mystery of the "Wow!" signal from 1977. It was a comet, they report, one that that was unknown at the time of the signal discovery.


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We know there are frozen bodies of water in Mars, that may have had the potential to be liquid oceans at some point. Now, geographers from the Northern Illinois University have estimated just how much water could have filled those oceans by studying the planet’s topography.


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This blue ‘ball of string’ actually records 2114 movements made by ESA’s XMM-Newton space telescope as it shifted its gaze from one X-ray object to another between August 2001 and December 2014. Orbiting in space since 1999, XMM-Newton is studying high-energy phenomena in the Universe, such as black holes, neutron stars, pulsars and stellar winds.


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Ligo was rebooted on November 30 2016 and now, scientists have revealed it detected gravitational waves a little over one month later. On January 4 2017, the twin detectors – based in Washington and Louisiana – found waves emitted from the collision of two distant black holes. The crashing together of the two black holes created a new hole that has a mass 49 times that of the Sun. When gravitational waves were detected in 2015, they were found from the formation of a black hole with 62 times the mass of our Sun and 21 times the mass.


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A year from now, Nasa plans to launch its first mission to the Sun’s atmosphere. The Solar Probe Plus is set to come within four million miles of the giant gas ball's surface as it attempts to unlock the secrets of stars. Ahead of this mission, on May 31 at 11am EDT (4pm BST), the US space agency will announce more details in a press conference, during which five Nasa experts will discuss how the probe will handle the star's blistering temperatures.


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Stars can turn into black holes without a supernova. Our assumptions about star death might be misguided.


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The first close-up observations from Nasa’s Juno spacecraft have captured towering clouds, swirling cyclones and dramatic flows of ammonia that drive giant weather systems on the largest planet in the solar system. The $1.1bn probe swung into orbit around Jupiter in July last year on a mission to peer through the thick clouds that shroud the planet and learn how the alien world, and ultimately all of the planets in the solar system, formed around the nascent sun 4.5bn years ago.


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Two NASA astronauts switched their spacesuits to battery power this morning at 7:20 a.m., EDT aboard the International Space Station to begin a spacewalk planned to last about 2.5 hours. Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer will replace a critical computer relay box.


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On Friday, 19 May, Tabby’s star began to dim, carrying on a history of mysterious dips in brightness. Astronomers are scrambling to point as many telescopes as possible at the star, which is 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, to decipher its strange signal.




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