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Auto-Tuned Sagan Strike Again With The Case for Mars [Space]

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“Mars is a world of wonders” sings Carl Sagan . And he’s right. Here you can see him telling us why we should go now, instead of staying in orbit looking into our belly buttons. [ Cosmic Log ] More

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Can You Count 400 Billion Stars In This Mind-Blowing Panorama? [Astronomy]

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Astronomers estimate that there are 200 to 400 billion stars in our galactic neighborhood, the Milky Way . I guess that someone tried to count them in this fully-zoomable, ultra-high-definition 800,000-image mosaic and got tired around 296,351,284,702. More

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Amateur Astronomers Continue to Amaze [Astronomy]

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It’s been an amazing couple of weeks for amateur astronomers. Last Sunday, one of their ilk spied the super-secret X37-B space shuttle making the rounds, and this Sunday another has imaged the ISS crossing paths with Jupiter—during the daytime! More

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Moon Boulder Scores Three Points [Space]

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See that trail? That’s what a big-as-a-house boulder does while falling into a 60-meter-wide crater on the Moon. Why

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I’ve Got the World On a String [Astronomy]

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I’ve got the world on a string/ I’m sitting on a rainbow/ Got the string around my finger/ What a world, what a life—I’m in love! More

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Amateur Astronomers Spot Super Secret X-37B Space Shuttle Replacement [X-37b]

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Remember the X-37B , that super-secret unmanned U.S. military space shuttle replacement no one knows anything about? Bad news, chickenhawks—it’s most likely just a nonlethal high-flyin’ spy plane.

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Traveling Through Space and Time [Image Cache]

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At the beginning, it looks like Windows 3.1 Starfield screensaver. Then you realize what’s going on: Those are not stars—they are galaxies . By the end, when the heart of the galaxy cluster is revealed, your brain explodes.

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Zoom Zoom Zooming Into a Galaxy Cluster [Image Cache]

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At the beginning, it looks like Windows 3.1 Starfield screensaver. Then you realize what’s going on: Those are not stars—they are galaxies .

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God Gives Us High Five or Reaches for Cosmic Burrito [Astronomy]

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18,700 years ago, a supernova in the Circinus constellation resulted in a neutron star that spins seven times per second, a pulsar 20 kilometers in diameter called PSR B1509-58 . Yes, it’s either that or God’s hand giving us five.

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Finding Aliens With a Continent-Spanning Observatory [Aliens]

by on Apr.15, 2010, under 2, 2010, 3D, 5, 5D, 7, 7d, Ad, Ads, age, Alien, Aliens, ANT, Antenna, AR, arc, Astronomy, Ati, Black Hole, black holes, Bt, C6, Cf, clear, D3, de, Display, Ds, E, Ea, electromagnetism, Eu, europe, Ge, Gizmo, hal, Hd, Home Automation, Id, Ie, Im, In, Ion, Isp, Led, Les, Lofar, martians, Mod, Net, network, Observation, Of, One, order, Os, oss, Padd, Play, Pr, pre, Q, que, Rc, Red, Research, Rv, sea, search, Space, spread, Style, Tag, Tat, TI, Up, Us, X1, XP

LOFAR, a network of 44 stations of antennae spread across Europe, is only half complete, yet it’s already giving researchers unparalleled images of distant black holes. Soon it’ll be used by SETI to search for aliens on rarely-explored superlow frequencies.

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