Exotic Red Carbon Star Cloaked in a Cosmic Bubble --Captured by European Southern Observatory

 

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Astronomers have used ALMA to capture a strikingly beautiful view of a delicate bubble of expelled material around the exotic red star U Antliae. These observations will help astronomers to better understand how stars evolve during the later stages of their life-cycles.

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"Building Blocks of Planets" --ALMA Observatory Reveals Deep Heart of a Supernova in 3-D (VIEW Video)

 

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Thanks to the ALMA Observatory in Chile we can finally see cold ‘star dust’ as it forms, revealing important insights into the original star itself, Supernova 1987A, and the way supernovas create the basic building blocks of planets. Deep inside the remains of the exploded star lies a twisted knot of newly minted molecules and dust forged in the cooling aftermath of a supernova first detected in 1987.

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MAGIC Telescope Sheds Light on the Cosmic-Ray Sea That Fills the Milky Way --"Origin Still a Mystery"

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"Those supernovae are natural accelerators of particles, therefore the perfect laboratory to study charge particles and plasma in conditions that are not possible in our labs in Earth", remarks Daniel Galindo, working at Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB). "To understand the origin of the cosmic rays implies to unveil the origin of our own Galaxy", concludes Razmik Mirzoyan, MAGIC Spokeperson from the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) in Munich (Germany).

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Space Hurricane's --"Gigantic Solar Eruptions Sweep the Magnetospheres of Jupiter, Saturn & Other Planets"

 

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Could the flapping of a butterfly's wings in Costa Rica set off a hurricane in California? The question has been scrutinized by chaos theorists, stock-market analysts and weather forecasters for decades. For most people, this hypothetical scenario may be difficult to imagine on Earth - particularly when a real disaster strikes.

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Water Worlds of the Universe Revealed --"Date Back to the Big Bang"

 

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During almost four years of observing the cosmos, the Herschel Space Observatory traced out the presence of water. With its unprecedented sensitivity and spectral resolution at key wavelengths, Herschel revealed this crucial molecule in star-forming molecular clouds, detected it for the first time in the seeds of future stars and planets, and identified the delivery of water from interplanetary debris to planets in our solar system.

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NASA Astrobiologists --"Life On Saturn's Enceladus and Alien Bodies May Have Exotic Molecular Structures" (WATCH Video)

 

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NASA astrobiologists say that we must recognize that life on Enceladus or other alien bodies may have originated by a process very different from the process by which life emerged on Earth. Alternatively, alien life may have originated in the same way as terran life but did not evolve as fast or as far as the terran biosphere. For example, if we accept the “RNA world” as part of a model for natural history on Earth, visits to the terran biosphere on early Earth would not have found encoded proteins, and possibly not straight-chain fatty acids.

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"It's the Space Race of the 21st century" --The Major Roadblock to a Quantum Computer May Just Have Been Solved (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)

 

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The quantum computer has the potential to revolutionize the 21st century, solving problems so massively complex th today’s computers would take a century to solve. But a single quantum computer is still no match for the more than billion classical computers currently in use. But, as with classical computers, quantum computers need a quantum internet, and researchers at The Australian National University may have found the perfect way to store quantum data long enough to share the information around a next-generation internet which promises to be impervious to hacking.

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EcoAlert: NASA Sees Maria's "Hot Towers" Intensify Into Another Epic Category 5 Hurricane

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NASA and NOAA satellites have provided data on Maria as it strengthened into a major Hurricane headed toward the Leeward Islands. NASA's Aqua satellite provided an infrared look at Maria that showed cooling cloud top temperatures and NOAA's GOES satellite provided an animation of imagery that showed the storm developing and strengthening. The GPM satellite found "Hot" towering clouds that indicated strengthening was occurring before Maria became a major hurricane.

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Mars' Gale Crater --"May Have Revealed the Building Blocks of RNA" (Today's Most Popular)

 

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Whether Martian life has ever existed is still unknown. No compelling evidence for it has been found. When Curiosity landed in Mars' Gale Crater in 2012, the mission's main goal was to determine whether the area ever offered a habitable environment, which has since been confirmed. "We detected borates in a crater on Mars that's 3.8 billion years old, younger than the likely formation of life on Earth," said Patrick Gasda, a postdoctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory. "Essentially, this tells us that the conditions from which life could have potentially grown may have existed on ancient Mars, independent from Earth."

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