Deep Space

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    Data from NASA's IBEX mission has overturned 40 years of theory by isolating a mysterious 'ribbon' of energy and particles found in the heliosphere. Studying the heliosphere is important because its influence it thought to help protect our solar system, and life on Earth, from
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    A new study indicates that the best place to look for habitable planets might be around dim, dying stars called white dwarfs.
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    New research is helping scientists understand one of the four fundamental forces of the Universe.
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    Free-floating planets and sub-brown dwarfs – objects with mass midway between planets and stars – could prove fertile grounds for extraterrestrial life, according to a new study.
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    A new study shows that the earliest rocks in our solar system were more like cotton candy than the hard rocks we're familiar with today. The research is providing a better picture of how rocky planets form and could help in the search for habitable
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    Astronomers have discovered the coldest known star. The unique brown dwarf has properties that are different from any other star and, in some ways, make it more similar to a cold, giant exoplanet.
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    A new theory predicts that the Large Hadron Collider could be the first machine capable of causing matter to travel backwards in time. The researchers who originated the theory admit it's a 'long shot', but it still fits within the laws of physics.
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    Some estimates indicate that 25% of Sun-like stars have Earth-like planets. A new study now shows that these planets are almost certain to have oceans if they are located in the right temperature zone around their host stars.
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    Astronomers have gathered new data from a disc of material around a young star that is in the early stages of planetary formation. The study can help astrobiologists understand how planets form and where best to search for habitable extrasolar worlds.
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    New measurements from astronomy's most precise telescope are expanding our knowledge of many areas of space science, including the search for extrasolar planets.
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    NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft has pieced together the first portrait of the Solar System - from the inside looking out. The image compliments a similar portrait captured by Voyager 1 and taken from the outside of the Solar System looking inward.
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    Astronomers have directly imaged two young stars that reveal host planets may have formed from their disks. The finding will help scientists understand planet formation, an essential step in determining where to search for habitable, Earth-like worlds.
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    New research shows that an optic effect called 'strong gravitational lensing' is distorting the number and shape of the Universe's most distant galaxies. The study could have implications for astrobiologists who are studying the nature of galactic environments in the Universe and the possible locations
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    Astronomers have used NASA's Kepler mission to discover six planets around a Sun-like star. The discovery includes five small planets and validates a new method to measure the masses of planets. The remarkable discovery could aid in the search for habitable worlds around distant stars.
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    Astronomers have discovered a giant planet orbiting a delta Scuti pulsating star. The study provides new insight into the types of planetary systems that exist in the universe.
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