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  1. NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON): Exploring Earth's IonosphereRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Nov 26 |

    Sitting above the majority of Earth's atmosphere is a little-explored layer called the ionosphere. NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer is set to become the first space-based mission to investigate this region's mysteries in depth.


  2. First 'Orphan' Gamma-Ray Burst Reveals Insight into Powerful Stellar ExplosionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 23, 2018 |

    An artist's conception of a gamma-ray burst. If its jets don't point toward Earth, the GRB signal may go undetected, but their interaction with the dust and gas around it may reveal their presence.a About 25 years ago, a powerful explosion tore through a star, firing off a burst of powerful gamma-rays away from Earth.


  3. Black Holes Unlikely the Source of Universe's Missing Dark MatterRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 18, 2018 |

    An artist's impression of a supernova and its host galaxy, as they would appear if gravitationally lensed by an intervening black hole. Scientists have ruled out black holes as a possible source for most of the elusive dark matter scattered throughout much of the universe.


  4. Scientists Look to Jupiter, Saturn's Moon Titan for Global Warming InsightRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 1, 2018 |

    Saturn's big moon Titan, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Hazy Titan has a thick, nitrogen-dominated atmosphere that also harbors lots of methane - a characteristic researchers took advantage of to help them better understand the role methane plays in global warming here on Earth.


  5. Mysterious Light Flashes Are Coming from Deep Space, and AI Just Found More of ThemRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 11, 2018 |

    Last year's mysterious outburst of deep-space light flashes was even more frenzied than previously thought, a new study reports. On Aug. 26, 2017, astronomers with the Breakthrough Listen project - a $100 million effort to hunt for signs of intelligent alien life - spotted 21 repeating light pulses called fast radio bursts emanating from the dwarf galaxy FRB 121102 within the span of 1 hour.


  6. Puzzling Swirls on the Moon May Come from Ancient, Magnetized LavaRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 7, 2018 |

    The Reiner Gamma lunar swirl is seen decorating the moon's surface, an image taken with NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. One new study hopes to end the mystery surrounding these stunning lunar patterns.


  7. Cosmic Microwave Background: Remnant of the Big BangRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 23, 2018 |

    An image of the cosmic microwave background radiation, taken by the European Space Agency 's Planck satellite in 2013, shows the small variations across the sky The cosmic microwave background is thought to be leftover radiation from the Big Bang, or the time when the universe began. As the theory goes, when the universe was born it underwent a rapid inflation and expansion.


  8. Super-Sensitive Device Seeks Axions, Proposed Dark Matter ParticlesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 2, 2018 |

    The ADMX dark matter detector is located underground in an experiment hall at the University of Washington in Seattle, surrounded by a magnetic field. U.S. physicists say they have successfully tested the first experiment sensitive enough to detect axions - hypothetical particles that some scientists think make up the dark matter holding galaxies together.


  9. Do We Need a Single International Language in Space?Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 13, 2018 |

    Nowadays, most humans leaving Earth must do so through Russian territory. Space fliers ride on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which lifts off from a special parcel of Russian territory in Kazakhstan.


  10. NASA Satellites Make Magnetic Discovery in Turbulent Space Near EarthRead the original story

    Jun 8, 2018 |

    NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft has detected magnetic activity occurring in a new and surprising way in the environment of near-Earth space. Earth is surrounded by charged particles known as plasma.


  11. More Comet Samples Needed to Understand Solar System's History, Scientists SayRead the original story w/Photo

    May 29, 2018 |

    More samples of comets are urgently needed to better understand the early history of the solar system , say researchers analyzing comet dust brought back to Earth by NASA's Stardust mission in 2006. Those dust particles are from Comet 81P/Wild and date to the beginning of the solar system, containing clues about its earliest history.


  12. Nuclear Bomb Test Moved North Korea Mountain, Satellite Images ShowRead the original story w/Photo

    May 14, 2018 |

    North Korea conducted its latest nuclear test at Punggye-ri on Sept. 3, and it was the most massive one yet, registering on sensors as a 6.3-magnitude earthquake.


  13. Breakthrough Listen Launches New Search for E.T. Across Millions of StarsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 8, 2018 |

    Breakthrough Listen, a $100 million project designed to seek out potential signals from intelligent extraterrestrial life, took a giant leap forward Monday with a new campaign to search for life in the cosmos faster than ever before. Using the Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia, Breakthrough Listen will scan millions of stars in the Milky Way's galactic plane over the next 60 days.


  14. Hubble Snags First View of Supernova Explosion's Sole SurvivorRead the original story w/Photo

    May 2, 2018 |

    Researchers have spotted the surviving companion - and possible cause - of a supernova explosion from a dying star. Astronomers saw supernova 2001ig flash into brilliance 40 million light-years away in the galaxy NGC 7424 several years ago, and after the supernova faded spotted its companion star with the Hubble Space Telescope.


  15. Dark Photons Probably Don't Exist, and If They Did, They'd Be Super WeirdRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 24, 2018 |

    A new, ultraprecise measurement of a fundamental physical constant has so far found no hint of mysterious particles known as dark photons. If they existed, these hypothetical shadowy twins of ordinary light particles would be one way to explain the presence of dark matter, a mysterious form of matter that emits no light yet exerts a gravitational pull.


  16. This Ice Is Nearly As Hot As the Sun. Scientists Have Now Made It on Earth.Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 24, 2018 |

    It's both solid and liquid, it's 60 times denser than ordinary water ice, and it forms at temperatures almost as hot as the sun's surface. This high-pressure form of water ice has long been thought to exist in the interiors of Uranus and Neptune.


  17. Rare Cosmic Alignment Reveals Most Distant Star Ever SeenRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 2, 2018 |

    The Hubble Space Telescope has broken yet another observing record: The famed observatory has found the most distant "ordinary" star ever observed, at an astounding 9 billion light-years from Earth - which means the light scientists see started traveling at least 9 billion years ago. By comparison, the age of the universe is roughly 13.8 billion years.


  18. Ancient Oceans on Mars May Have Been Older and Shallower Than ThoughtRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 19, 2018 |

    The early Mars ocean known as Arabia would have looked much like this when it formed on the Red Planet 4 billion years ago, when the planet's smaller Deuteronilus ocean was 3.6 billion years old. Their water is now gone, possibly frozen underground or partially lost to space.


  19. A 'Living Dead' Star That Could Shed Light on the Early UniverseRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 5, 2018 |

    A newfound star in a nearby galaxy appears to have cheated death by blowing up at least twice as a supernova. It could be a throwback to the first stars that ever formed.


  20. The Wall of Death Around Black Holes Could Break DownRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 28, 2018 |

    Physicists have insisted for a long time that black holes are impenetrable ciphers. Whatever goes in is lost, impossible to study or meaningfully understand.


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