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Photographer Catches 'Boogie Man Nebula' Lurking Behind Light Pollution
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The Boogie Man Nebula haunts the cosmos in this deep-space image by astrophotographer Jeff Johnson. Also known as Lynds' Dark Nebula (LDN) 1622, this dark cloud of interstellar dust and gas lies about 500 light-years away in the constellation of Orion. www.space.com/39645-boogie-...
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Pac-Man' and 'Mario Kart': How to Understand Planet Formation
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Author Elizabeth Tasker gives a lecture in New York City, using creative examples to illustrate how exoplanets are born, why some migrate and the reason Jupiter ate all of Mars' rocks. www.space.com/39702-pacman-...
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So Long, Starman! Skywatchers Spot Falcon Heavy Leaving Earth's Orbit
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Six hours after SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy yesterday (Feb. 6), unsuspecting skywatchers in the western U.S. caught a glimpse of the rocket's second stage firing up one last time as it blasted out of Earth's orbit and off into the solar system. www.space.com/39620-skywatc...
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Behold the Mighty Quasar: The Science Behind These Galactic Lighthouses
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We all know about powerful supernova blasts — but compared to quasars and their brighter cousins, blazars, they're peanuts. www.space.com/39580-behold-...
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Shuttle Launch Director Tells Untold Story of Recovery in 'Bringing Columbia Home'
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Michael Leinbach didn't want the book to be about him. A key leader in NASA's efforts to recover from the loss of shuttle Columbia on Feb. 1, 2003, Leinbach knew the story of the aftermath was bigger than him. www.space.com/39614-bringin...
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Searching for Earth-Like Worlds Just Got Easier Thanks to This ESPRESSO Instrument
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The search for Earth-like planets just got a major upgrade: The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile successfully integrated the light from all four of its 8.2-meter (27 feet) unit telescopes into a new instrument. www.space.com/39689-new-ins...
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This New AI Program Could Speed Up the Search for Gravitational Waves
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A new software program that uses artificial intelligence can help rapidly detect and analyze gravitational waves, or ripples in the cosmic fabric of space-time, a new study finds. www.space.com/39637-artific...
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Potential End of Space Station Raises Concerns, Presents Opportunities
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The White House's next budget request for NASA will likely include plans to end the agency’s operations of the International Space Station by the mid-2020s. www.space.com/39505-nasa-po...
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International Space Station: Facts, History & Tracking
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The ISS is the most complex scientific and technological endeavor ever undertaken. www.space.com/16748-interna...
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NASA GOLD, 2 Satellites in Orbit After Ariane 5 Launch Anomaly (Update)
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Two satellites, one carrying a NASA science instrument, are safely in orbit despite an anomaly with their Ariane 5 rocket during launch, Arianespace officials say. www.space.com/39494-nasa-go...