Scientists find four ‘free-floating’ planets in deep space

Space 07/07/21, 16:13

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope caught a glimpse of four “free-floating” planets in deep space that appeared to be wandering all alone unbounded to any star. The study was led by Iain McDonald from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom (now at the Open University in the U.K.), employed data ...

Controversial telescope to be built on sacred Hawaiian peak

U.S. 06/20/19, 20:23

After years of protests and legal battles, officials have announced that a massive telescope which will allow scientists to peer into the most distant reaches of our early universe will be built on a Hawaiian volcano that some consider sacred. The state announced a "notice to proceed" for the Thirty Meter ...

Dartmouth professor wins top religion prize

Science 03/19/19, 05:59

A Dartmouth College professor of physics and astronomy was awarded one of the world's leading religion prizes for blending hard science and deep spirituality in his work, a foundation announced Tuesday.The John Templeton Foundation is awarding its 2019 prize to Marcelo Gleiser, who has written books on topics ranging from ...

Our Milky Way galaxy is truly warped, at least around edges

Science 02/05/19, 14:01

It turns out our Milky Way galaxy is truly warped, at least around the far edges.Scientists in China and Australia released an updated 3D map of the Milky Way on Tuesday. They used 1,339 pulsating stars — young, newly catalogued stars bigger and brighter than our sun — to map ...

Hundreds of federal scientists miss conferences in shutdown

Science 01/06/19, 22:06

The world's largest airborne observatory was supposed to be parked in Seattle this week, so thousands of scientists attending the "Super Bowl of Astronomy" could behold this marvel: a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope used to study the fundamental mysteries of the universe. But conference-goers will not be able ...

Science Says: A big space crash likely made Uranus lopsided

Science 12/21/18, 11:05

Uranus is a lopsided oddity, the only planet to spin on its side. Scientists now think they know how it got that way: It was pushed over by a rock at least twice as big as Earth.Detailed computer simulations show that an enormous rock crashed into the seventh planet from ...

Hawaii Supreme Court upholds permit for giant telescope

Science 10/30/18, 18:55

After years of delay, including lengthy court battles and passionate protests from those willing to be arrested for blocking construction crews, builders of a giant telescope plan to move forward with constructing the $1.4 billion instrument on a Hawaii mountain that is considered sacred.The state Supreme Court's 4-1 ruling Tuesday ...

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