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Researchers using the Large Area Telescope on-board the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have developed a new method to detect a special class of stellar remnant, known as pulsars.

This artist's conception shows an edge-on view of the Milky Way galaxy and newly discovered gamma-ray jets extending from the central black hole

The Progenitor of a IA supernova. "There are several means by which a supernova of this type can form, but they share a common underlying mechanism. If a carbon-oxygen[nb 2] white dwarf accreted enough matter to reach the Chandrasekhar limit of about 1.38 solar masses[5] (for a non-rotating star), it would no longer be able to support the bulk of its plasma through electron degeneracy pressure[44][45] and would begin to collapse."

Stunning View of Mars: Viking Orbiter 1 mosaic of the region from Argyre Planitia to Thaumasia Fossae. Mosaic is made ​​from 36 filtered (violet, red filter) images.

With all there’s yet to learn about our solar system from the many smaller worlds that reside within it — asteroids, protoplanets and small moons — one researcher from Stanford University is suggesting we unleash a swarm of rover/spacecraft hybrids that can explore en masse.

Like the blade of a magical weapon from a fantasy tale, the northern edge of spiral galaxy NGC 891 is captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, glowing with the light of billions of stars and interwoven with dark clouds of dust and cold gas.

A Sword of Stars

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In Star Trek lore, the first Starship Enterprise will be built by the year 2245. But today, an engineer has proposed — and outlined in meticulous detail – building a full-sized, ion-powered version of the Enterprise complete with 1G of gravity on board, and says it could be done with current technology, within 20 years.

What's up in the solar system in May 2012?

The Hubble space telescope has taken the most detailed photograph yet of a fading star that’s beaming twin searchlights through its dusty grave.

Resembling corkscrew snail shells, these interesting patterns are actually rare lava flows seen for the first time on Mars. NASA’s HiRISE spacecraft, currently in orbit around Mars, spotted the formations in an area called Athabasca Valles, a tear-shaped landform thought to have been created by catastrophic flooding. Such coils are occasionally seen on Earth, mostly in the ropey pahoehoe lava flows on the Big Island of Hawaii or in the submarine Galapagos Rift on the bottom of the Pacific.

The most accurate study so far of the motions of stars in the Milky Way has found no evidence for dark matter in a large volume around the Sun. According to widely accepted theories, the solar neighbourhood was expected to be filled with dark matter, a mysterious invisible substance that can only be detected indirectly by the gravitational force it exerts. But a new study by a team of astronomers in Chile has found that these theories just do not fit the observational facts. This may mean that a

Serious Blow to Dark Matter Theories? | ESO

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"The white region in the left side of the picture contains some of the most massive stars in the universe, weighing in at hundreds of times the sun’s mass. This stellar cluster is roughly 2 million to 3 million years old and contains about 500,000 stars in total. Intense ultraviolet light released by the young stars pushes against the surrounding gas and dust, carving out the beautiful structures and filigrees seen in this image."

Solar Flare: The current flare suggests that an active region is rotating on the Earth-facing side of the sun, which may produce further explosions.The image shows the beautiful blast in extreme ultraviolet light.

This is a map of the heliosphere, or the very outer boundaries of our solar system. See the little "Termination Shock" area? Voyager 1 and 2 have both reportedly crossed this important zone and will supposedly be out of our reach as soon as 2014. Respect!

Space Shuttle launching...

‘Big Bang Machine’ Is Back, Stronger Than Ever

"If humans one day become extinct from a catastrophic collision, we would be the laughing stock of aliens in the galaxy, for having a large brain and a space program, yet we met the same fate as that pea-brained, space program-less dinosaurs that came before us."

We Can Survive Killer Asteroids — But It Won't Be Easy | WIRED

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Physicists Pinpoint W Boson, Narrow Search for Higgs...

Hubble Finds a steam planet! Twice the size of Earth, with more water and closer to its own sun. Sweet!