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Watch The Incredible Moment Philae Landed on Comet 67P

What does it look like to land on a comet? Thanks to this new video from ESA, you can now find out. The footage was made by stitching together seven images from the landing of Philae on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014. They were taken by the downward-facing ROLIS (Rosetta Lander Imaging System) camera on the lander. The images…

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We Are Lucky To Live In A Universe Made For Us

To a human, the universe might seem like a very inhospitable place. In the vacuum of space, you would rapidly suffocate, while on the surface of a star you would be burnt to a crisp. As far as we know, all life is confined to a sliver of an atmosphere surrounding the rocky planet we…

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Spectacular New Images Show Enormous Glacier On Mars

The Mars Express usually devotes its time to taking glorious, top-down photos of Mars’ surface. However, it decided to spice things up a bit with a sweeping panorama over the planet’s surface, including the southern polar ice cap. This white patch on the surface definitely looks out of place on the dusty, red surface. This…

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PhD Student Finds Two Massive Stars With Magnetic Fields In A Binary System

As many as half of all stars in our galaxy come in pairs called binary systems – meaning they are composed of multiple stars orbiting a common center. In a new study published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Matt Shultz – a Canadian Ph.D. student at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada – announces the discovery of a unique stellar object: Two massive stars…

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Spectacular New Images Of Pluto Released

The wait is finally over as NASA has just released the most recent close-up images of everyone’s favorite dwarf planet – Pluto. The stunning new images reveal a varied and complex terrain.  “Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system,” said New Horizons Principal Investigator…

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Dwarf Galaxy Suddenly Produces Dazzling Star Clusters

It’s a cosmic fairytale story: A lowly dwarf galaxy, poor in matter and with no prospects of stardom, inexplicably begins producing a burst of dazzling star clusters. But how did this galaxy go from rags to riches in its isolated environment without the help of larger dust-rich galaxies? The answer seems to lie in previously unseen pockets…