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Comet ISON Photo Contest Winners Rock the House!

by Bob King April 14, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Comet ISON’s gone but positively not forgotten. The National Science Foundation today shared the results of their Comet ISON Photography Contest. You’ll recognize many of the names because so many of their photos have graced stories written for Universe Today.  Remove […]

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Super Good at Collecting Data, Massive Science Balloon Breaks Records

by John Williams February 5, 2013

Super-TIGER prepares for launch from Antarctica. NASA’s Super-TIGER science balloon landed Friday at a frigid and remote base in Antarctica after setting two duration records while gathering data about cosmic rays. There’s so much data that it will take scientists about two years to analyze, according to NASA. Remove this ad

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Researchers Present the Sharpest Image of Pluto Ever Taken from Earth

by Jason Major September 26, 2012

A “speckle image” reconstruction of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon (Gemini Observatory/NSF/NASA/AURA) Real planet, dwarf planet, KBO, who cares? What matters here is that astronomers have created the sharpest image of Pluto ever made with ground-based observations — and developed a new way to verify potential Earth-like exoplanets at the same time. Here’s how […]

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First Images in a New Hunt for Dark Energy

by Jason Major September 17, 2012

Zoomed-in image from the Dark Energy Camera of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365, about 60 million light-years from Earth. (Dark Energy Survey Collaboration) The ongoing search for dark energy now has a new set of eyes: the Dark Energy Camera, mounted on the 4-meter Victor M. Blanco telescope at the National Science Foundation’s Cerro […]

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With Proposed Cuts, Can the US Continue to be a Leader in Astronomy? Q & A with NOAO Director David Silva

by Nancy Atkinson August 23, 2012

The Kitt Peak Observatory Last week, a report issued by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Astronomical Sciences suggested de-funding several ground-based observatories along with other money-saving strategies to help offset budget shortfalls in US astronomy which have been projected to be as much as 50%. The report recommended the closure of iconic facilities such […]

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