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  • Uranus Smells Exactly How You Think It Does
  • Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:00:00 GMT - Scientists confirm that Uranus’ atmosphere contains hydrogen sulfide, a compound long suspected to be swirling about in the planet’s clouds. Using the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii, researchers from the United Kingdom analyzed Uranus using a technique known as spectroscopy to identify the elements contained within. They relied on the Near-Infrared Integral Field Spectrometer (NIFS) at Gemini for the task, which involves breaking down the light reflected from Uranus by wavelength

  • Creating Star Stuff on Earth is the Aim of New $7 Million Project
  • Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:00:00 GMT - Astrophysicists will conduct experiments designed to re-create the physical environment inside stars, with a new $7 million grant that the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has awarded to The University of Texas at Austin. This work could help astronomers reduce uncertainties about the sizes and ages of super-dense objects known as white dwarf stars. The DOE/NNSA grant, distributed over a five-year period, will allow the university to establish a n

  • City of Light hosts inaugural International Day of Light
  • Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:00:00 GMT - PARIS. The City of Light and a perfect setting for the inaugural UNESCO-declared International Day Of Light, which will feature talks by Nobel laureates, light shows, exhibitions and a celestial performance by International British Soprano Katerina Mina (below).

  • AI beats astronomers at predicting survivability of 'Tatooines'
  • Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:00:00 GMT - With the help of artificially intelligence, astronomers now have a better method for determining the long-term habitability of exoplanets orbiting more than one star.

  • Is it time for a new astronomical yardstick?
  • Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:00:00 GMT - One physicist is proposing we do away with units such as light-years, astronomical units, and arcseconds.

  • The majestic Earth as seen through the eyes of astronauts
  • Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:00:00 GMT - We've gotten so accustomed to seeing photos of Earth from space that sometimes it's easy to forget just how beautiful our planet truly is. Many astronauts have reportedly experienced profound spiritual transformations when viewing the Earth from space, a phenomenon that has come to be called the "overview effect." Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard recalled, "When I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the Moon, I cried. "Looking out the window of his Apollo spacecraft, astronaut Edgar

  • To Seek Out New Life: How the TESS Mission Will Accelerate the Hunt for Livable Alien Worlds
  • Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:00:00 GMT - The just-launched Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) could soon provide the breakthrough identification of dozens of potentially habitable exoplanets right in our cosmic backyard

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