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Wild Weather of Distant Stars May Affect Chances for Alien Life

An artist’s illustration of how events happening on the sun can affect conditions around Earth. Extrasolar planets — with and without magnetic fields — can also be affected when their stars are active.Credit: NASA Earth regularly endures violent ejections of material from the sun, but could similar eruptions in other solar systems make alien planets […]

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Whirlpool Galaxy Glows Purple and Blue in Amateur Photo

Whirlpool Galaxy Glows Purple and Blue in Amateur Photo

The striking arms of the Whirlpool galaxy shine stunning hues in this amazing photo by an amateur astronomer. Photographer Jaspal Chadha  captured this image from London using a Altair Astro RC 250TT Scope, a QSI 690 CCD and Ioptron CEM60 Mount. The Whirlpool galaxy is located in the constellation of Canes Venatici, which is just below the […]

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Is This 'International Flag of Planet Earth' the One We'll Plant on Mars?

Artist’s conception of an astronaut planting the International Flag of Earth on Mars.Credit: Oskar Pernefeldt / Bsmart A Swedish university student has created a design for an “International Flag of Planet Earth” that could be planted on alien worlds during future human exploration missions. The student project, which Oskar Pernefeldt undertook for a bachelor’s degree […]

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Gallery: The International Flag of Planet Earth in Pictures

Swedish university student Oskar Pernefeldt of Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm has created a design for an “International Flag of Planet Earth”…Read More » that could be planted on planets during future human exploration. In these images, he shows what it might look like on Earth, in space, and on other worlds like Mars […]

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Hubble Telescope Opened Its Space Eyes 25 Years Ago Today (Photo)

At right: Part of the first image taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope on May 20, 1990. At left: A picture of the same region of sky captured by a 100-inch telescope at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.Credit: NASA, ESA, and STScI; Ground Image: E. Persson (Las Campanas Observatory, Chile)/Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of […]

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Observing Saturn: See the Gorgeous Ringed Planet and Its Moons

On May 22, Saturn reaches opposition with the Sun. It will be right on the border between Libra and Scorpius, just above the three stars which form the Scorpion’s claws.Credit: Starry Night Software Now is a great time to see Saturn, perhaps the most beautiful planet in the night sky. Saturn will be in opposition […]

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