The taming of the screw

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I have a mathematician friend who believes that anything that it is mathematically possible exists somewhere in the multiverse. She believes that there are some features that are so beautiful, that it would be a crime if they were simply quirks of the Universal language.

Cracking the Moon

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The Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms) is the largest of the lunar maria (seas) covering roughly 4 million square kilometers (about the surface area of the EU). Its wide...

Kepler has discovered the most Earth-like planet yet

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The NASA's Kepler Space Telescope team have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone". The habitable zone, also known as the "Goldilock zone", is the...

Kepler proves that planets are as old as galaxies. So where is everybody?

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The oldest exoplanetary star-system has been discovered by Kepler. The system orbiting Kepler 444 was older than the Earth today when the Sun first shone light.
The Omega Centauri cluster. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

The Alpha and The Omega (Centauri) of Habitable Planets

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Finding out if there is life in the Universe is far from easy and even the preliminary steps are full of uncertainties. Planetary scientists don’t completely agree on what...

The first concrete evidence of Cosmic Inflation?

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It was announced on Monday that the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarisation 2 (BICEP2 - don't you love projects acronyms?) experiment at the South Pole found a special pattern...

Seeing Steve – Observing the new Aurora phenomenon 

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As you might have seen in a previous post, I was recently in the Arctic circle and was lucky enough to enjoy the natural spectacle of the Aurora borealis!...

Forensic Astronomers: ART DIVISION.

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I firmly believe that the popularity of Astronomy is strongly related to our ability of producing awe-inducing photographs of the furthest corner of the cosmos. While looking up interesting pictures...

Behold The Biggest Explosion Since The Big Bang!

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Astronomers have observed the effect of a colossal explosion, the most energetic known since the very beginning of the universe, and at least five times more powerful than the...