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Giant Arecibo radio dish joins search for rocky planets around nearby stars

This is a post from Skymania News - Space and astronomy news and advice plus night sky The giant Arecibo radio telescope has joined the Red Dots project searching for the nearest terrestrial planets beyond our own Solar System. The post...Show More Summary

The Universe is Governed By Cycles --"LIGO Gravitational Waves Are Signals from the Recurring Birth of the Cosmos"

Correlated noise in the two LIGO gravitational-wave detectors may provide evidence that the universe is governed by conformal cyclic cosmology (CCC) which assumes that the universe consists of a succession of aeons, says Roger Penrose of the University of Oxford....        

Volcano Sharks --"Little is Known About This Phenomenon"

Across the world, sharks congregate around volcanoes and volcanic islands. From active, dormant to extinct, volcanoes hold a strong attraction for sharks of all kinds, but little is known about this phenomenon. A team from Florida International University went in...        

The World's Vanishing Corals Reefs --"Rainforests of the Sea" (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy Stream)

A new documentary came out on Netflix last week. It’s called "Chasing Coral," and it looks at the impact of coral bleaching on reefs unless CO2 emissions are reduced. At World Heritage-listed reefs, including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef or Phoenix...        

"Goodbye, Dave" --Scientists Ponder How to Identify Conscious Future AI's on Earth

Every moment of your waking life and whenever you dream, you have the distinct inner feeling of being “you.” When you see the warm hues of a sunrise, smell the aroma of morning coffee or mull over a new idea,...        

New Research Reveals Early "Ghost Species" That Interbred With Humans

In saliva, scientists have found hints that a "ghost" species of archaic humans may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa today. The research adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that sexual rendezvous...        

New NASA Alien-Life Search --"1st Probe Since Viking Mission to Search for Actual Living Organisms"

"It's harder to distinguish between a microbe and a speck of dust than you'd think," says Nadeau, research professor at Caltech of medical engineering and aerospace. "You have to differentiate between Brownian motion, which is the random motion of matter,...        

NASA sees Tropical Storm Noru east of Japan

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible-light image of Tropical Storm Noru after it formed far to the east of Japan in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.

Solar eclipse offers millions a chance at citizen science

Millions of people, from students to rocket scientists, are poised to contribute to a massive scientific effort to study the total solar eclipse that will sweep across the United States August 21.

GOES Satellite sees Tropical Depression 09E form

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Eastern Pacific Ocean has been recently generating a lot of tropical cyclones. Tropical Depression 09E just formed off the southern coast of Mexico and was captured in imagery from NOAA's GOES-East satellite.

Astrophysicist Asks: "Did A Solar-System-Wide Cataclysm Erase Evidence of a Prior Space-Faring Species?"

One of the primary open questions of astrobiology is whether there is extant or extinct life elsewhere the Solar System. Some scientists such as Penn State astrophysicist Jason Wright, a member of the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, have...        

'Mystery' signal from space is solved. It's not aliens

Astronomers have finally solved the mystery of peculiar signals coming from a nearby star, a story that sparked intense public speculation this week that perhaps, finally, alien life had been found.

There are 20 Yellow Dwarf Stars With Planets Like Our Sun Nearby --"We're Looking for Oxygen"

"We are going to be the generation that is remembered for finding exoplanets. That's a fact," said Mercedes López-Morales from the Harvard Center for Astrophysics. "Are we going to be also the generation that will be remembered as the first...        

Satellite sees Tropical Storm Greg after 'eating' a depression

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Greg is intensifying after absorbing the moisture from the remnants of former Tropical Depression 8E. NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of Greg as it moves west in the Eastern Pacific.

Superluminous supernova marks the death of a star at cosmic high noon

The death of a massive star in a distant galaxy 10 billion years ago created a rare superluminous supernova that astronomers say is one of the most distant ever discovered. The brilliant explosion, more than three times as bright asShow More Summary

Superluminous supernova marks the death of a star at cosmic high noon

(University of California - Santa Cruz) The death of a massive star in a distant galaxy 10 billion years ago created a rare superluminous supernova, one of the most distant ever discovered. The brilliant explosion, more than three times...Show More Summary

Star Trek's William Shatner Narrates NASA Langley Research Center Documentary (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)

Star Trek's" mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before is symbolized by captain William Shatner who narrates a new 45-minute documentary about NASA's Langley...        

The moon is front and center during a total solar eclipse

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) In the lead-up to a total solar eclipse, most of the attention is on the sun, but Earth's moon also has a starring role.

Lockheed Martin to build full-scale prototype of NASA cislunar habitat

Refurbishing a shuttle-era cargo container used to transfer cargo to the International Space Station, Lockheed Martin is prototyping a deep space habitat for NASA at Kennedy Space Center. This prototype will integrate evolving technologies to keep astronauts safe while onboard and operate the spacecraft autonomously when unoccupied.

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