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Earth and Beyond

On The Hunt For Supernovae

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10 months ago

What's the Latest Development? This week the international team of researchers behind the Dark Energy Survey (DES), which since 2012 has examined the universe's accelerated expansion, announced a new initiative that will focus on the massively bright exploding stars known as supernovae. The five ...

Earth and Beyond

The Plastic Albatross

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10 months ago

An Albatross is a good omen, so long as you don't shoot one with a crossbow, as one unfortunate mariner chose to do in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 1798 poem, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." In Coleridge's poem, the good omen becomes a curse, and the south wind leads the mariner's ship to the ...

Earth and Beyond

Mars at a Billion Pixels

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10 months ago

NASA has released an image of Mars like you've never seen it before. Actually, this image is a mosaic of some 900 images taken by the Curiosity rover and stitched together. The result is that you can zoom in to the image and view an area of the Red Planet's Gale Crater in unprecedented detail ...