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The latest science media releases highlighting exciting news and research from around the globe.

Milky Way via Visit Manish Mamtani Photography
Science Wire | Apr 20, 2014

7 ways to celebrate International Dark Sky Week

International Dark Sky Week runs April 20-26, 2014. Learn how to help celebrate and preserve the beauty of the night.

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Apr 18, 2014

Solar flare today: Awesome image!

A mid-level flare burst from the sun today (April 18) as seen as a bright spot in the center of this image, captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

The Las Conchas Fire burned 150,874 acres in New Mexico in 2011. The wildfire was one of hundreds of fires looked at in a new study that found large wildfires in the western U.S. have increased in number and size over the past 30 years. Credit: Jayson Coil
Science Wire | Apr 18, 2014

More, bigger wildfires burning western U.S.

New research suggests that the trend could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more severe in the coming decades.

Image credit: ESO
Science Wire | Apr 18, 2014

New image of red nebula 7,300 light-years from Earth

In the middle of little-known nebula Gum 41, brilliant hot young stars are giving off energetic radiation that causes the surrounding hydrogen to glow red.

The artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet orbiting a distant star in the habitable zone—a range of distances from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that Earth-size planets exist in the habitable zone of other stars and signals a significant step closer to finding a world similar to Earth. The artistic concept of Kepler-186f is the result of scientists and artists collaborating to help imagine the appearance of these distant worlds. Art Credit: Danielle Futselaar.
Science Wire | Apr 17, 2014

First potentially habitable Earth-sized planet discovered

The first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of another star has been confirmed. The new planet, dubbed Kepler-186f, was discovered using NASA’s Kepler telescope.

Residue from a laboratory experiment simulating the conditions of interstellar space. The residue contained vitamin B3 (and related compounds) and may help explain meteorite chemistry. Image credit: Karen Smith
Science Wire | Apr 17, 2014

Did vitamin B3 come from space?

Vitamin B3 – a vitamin essential to metabolism – might have been made in space and delivered to Earth by meteorites.

Image credit: NASA/ESA
Science Wire | Apr 17, 2014

New cross section of the universe

New Hubble image shows objects ranging from cosmic near neighbors to objects seen in the early years of the universe.

cosmic-slurp
Science Wire | Apr 16, 2014

Cosmic slurp: Where a black hole swallows a star

Astronomers have identified galaxies where a central black hole just disrupted and ‘ate’ a star. It’s like a black hole putting up a sign that says: Here I am.

Via EarthSky Facebook friend Adrian Strand
Science Wire | Apr 16, 2014

Unexpected teleconnections in noctilucent clouds

Researchers investigating “night-shining” clouds found something they weren’t even looking for: teleconnections in Earth’s atmosphere that stretch all the way from the North Pole to the South Pole and back again

A view of the LHCb experiment at underground Point 8 on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The prominent tube is the LHC beam pipe, in which protons circulate at close to the speed of light.
Photo credit: Anna Pantelia/CERN
Science Wire | Apr 15, 2014

Large Hadron Collider discovers new form of matter

Researchers say that exotic hadrons -particles made up of two quarks and two anti-quarks – actually exist.

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Science Wire | Apr 15, 2014

A tetrad of lunar eclipses, next one October 8

Monday’s eclipse marks the beginning of a special eclipse series known as a tetrad – four total lunar eclipses in a row, with no partial eclipses in between. The next one is October 8.

Image credit: NASA
Science Wire | Apr 15, 2014

Is Saturn making a new moon?

A small icy object within the rings of Saturn might be a brand new moon in the process of being born.

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Science Wire | Apr 11, 2014

Beauty from chaos on Mars

Catastrophic flooding is thought to have created the heavily eroded Osuga Valles on Mars … and the features within it.

Artist's illustration via NASA/JPL-Caltech
Science Wire | Apr 10, 2014

Astronomers may have spotted the first exomoon!

If it’s true this distant planet has a moon, the moon would weigh less than Earth, and the planet would be more massive than Jupiter.

Artist's concept of asteroid collision via NASA
Science Wire | Apr 09, 2014

Cataclysmic asteroid impact some 3.26 billion years ago

Scientists have reconstructed a collision between the early Earth and an asteroid. It dwarfed the event that caused dinosaurs to go extinct 65 million years ago.

The planetary nebula Abell 33 captured using ESO's Very Large Telescope
Science Wire | Apr 09, 2014

Star aligns with planetary nebula to create diamond ring

It looks like the diamond ring effect seen during total solar eclipses. It’s really a distant, dying star and its shell of gas, with another star in front of it.

Science Wire | Apr 07, 2014

Astronomers make most precise measurement yet of expanding universe

A new analysis says that 10.8 billion years ago, the universe was expanding by one percent every 44 million years.

Photo cedit: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Science Wire | Apr 04, 2014

New atomic clock won’t gain or lose a second in 300 million years

The NIST has launched a new hyper-accurate atomic clock for the U.S. time standard called NIST-F2. The clock uses a ‘fountain’ of cesium atoms to determine the exact length of a second.

View full size. This is a Hubble image of the most massive cluster of galaxies ever seen to exist when the universe was just half its current age of 13.8 billion years. The cluster contains several hundred galaxies. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Jee (University of California, Davis)
Science Wire | Apr 04, 2014

Biggest galaxy cluster bigger than thought

El Gordo – the largest galaxy cluster in the universe – is about 3 million billion times more massive than our sun, roughly 43 percent more massive than earlier estimates.

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Science Wire | Apr 04, 2014

Computer maps 21 distinct emotional expressions

… even seemingly contradictory ones, like “happily disgusted.”

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Science Wire | Apr 03, 2014

Hidden ocean discovered on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

A large ocean under Enceladus’ icy surface supplies the water that’s been seen spraying out of the “tiger stripes” on its surface, suggests new research.