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Proxima B: 5 Things You Need to Know About the New Earth-Like Planet

Proxima B: 5 Things You Need to Know About the New Earth-Like Planet

The world of science news was recently abuzz with an incredibly exciting new discovery—a roughly Earth-mass planet orbiting the star Proxima B a mere 4.2 lightyears away. The discovery has been described as an “astronomy dream come true.”...

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Mock Mars Explorers Emerge from Habitat to End Year of Isolation in Hawaii

Mock Mars Explorers Emerge from Habitat to End Year of Isolation in Hawaii

MAUNA LOA, Hawaii ─ A crew of six "astronauts" returned to Earth Sunday (Aug. 28), after a yearlong mock mission to Mars. At about 9 a.m. HDT (3 p.m. EDT, 1900 GMT), on the barren slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano, the six crewmembers emerged from the domed white habitat they've called home for the last 12 months. The crew had no physical contact with anyone but each other, and had limited communication with friends, family and the outside world...

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Spotted: Milky Way-Sized ‘Ghost’ Galaxy Made Almost Entirely of Mysterious Dark Matter

Spotted: Milky Way-Sized 'Ghost' Galaxy Made Almost Entirely of Mysterious Dark Matter

Astronomers have discovered a massive "ghost" galaxy roughly the same size as the Milky Way. An international team of astronomers and physicists using a telescope array in Hawaii found a galaxy – named Dragonfly 44 – with a mass similar to our galaxy, but made almost entirely of dark matter...

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Mission to Alpha Centauri Could Be Jeopardised by Dust Collisions

Mission to Alpha Centauri Could Be Jeopardised by Dust Collisions

It's one of the most ambitious scientific voyages humanity has ever envisaged, but researchers have discovered an obstacle that could jeopardise our best chances of exploring Alpha Centauri – home of the closest Earth-like planet candidate ever found...

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Antarctic Peninsula: Researchers Study Widening Crack on Larsen C Ice Shelf

Antarctic Peninsula: Researchers Study Widening Crack on Larsen C Ice Shelf

For some time, scientists who focus on Antarctica have been watching the progression of a large crack in one of the world's great ice shelves — Larsen C, the most northern major ice shelf of the Antarctic peninsula, and the fourth largest Antarctic ice shelf overall...

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