Deep Space

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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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    New research shows that exoplanetary systems with highly tilted orbits might be typical rather than rare. The study provides important information for testing models of how the orbits of planetary systems evolve and could help astrobiologists better understand where and how to search for new
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    The Catholic Church and scientists have a history of clashing, but according to Vatican astronomers, some of the stories of Church persecution are distortions of the truth – more gossip than Gospel.
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    For some, the contemplation of the cosmos is a religious experience. Vatican astronomers say this can lead to profound insights about ourselves and the nature of the universe.
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    Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet that could help scientists understand how planetary systems with 'hot Jupiters' evolve. Studying the evolution of planetary systems can help astrobiologists determine where best to search for habitable worlds around distant stars.
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  • Kepler Discovers its First Rocky Planet
    NASA´s Kepler mission has confirmed the discovery of its first rocky planet. The newly discovered planet is the smallest planet ever discovered outside of our solar system and measures only 1.4 times the size of Earth.
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2010. At number 2 is the discovery of a planet with three times the mass of Earth orbiting in its star's "habitable zone." Following the announcement, doubts were raised about whether the new planet really exists.
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