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Telescope project honors astronomer and billionaire

The next great ground-based astronomical observatory, previously known as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, has been named after the late astronomer Vera Rubin — with a nod to Seattle software billionaire Charles Simonyi as well. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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Mega-constellations spark fears about space traffic

The retired commander of the U.S. Strategic Command says the tens of thousands of satellites that SpaceX, OneWeb and Amazon are planning to put into orbit over the next few years will require a new automated system for space traffic … Continue reading

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ZTF team shares sky scanner’s greatest hits

A state-of-the-art astronomical camera system in California known as the Zwicky Transient Facility is rolling out an early batch of greatest hits with an assist from the University of Washington. The wide-angle camera makes use of the 48-inch Samuel Oschin Telescope at Southern California’s … Continue reading

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Could Barnard’s Star harbor an icy home for life?

Where’s the nearest exoplanet with conditions that are right for life? Over the past couple of years, astrobiologists have talked up Proxima Centauri b, which is sitting just 4.2 light-years away. But Villanova University astrophysicist Edward Guinan favors a world that’s … Continue reading

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Supernova leftovers point to a messy blowup

In what sounds like a cosmic episode of “CSI,” sleuthing astronomers have figured out what touched off a stellar explosion 545 million light-years away, based on evidence left behind at the scene of the crime. An international team of astronomers … Continue reading

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Scientists seek new ways to track technosignatures

Could extraterrestrial civilizations leave their fingerprints as chlorofluorocarbons in planetary atmospheres, or the waste heat generated by industrial processes, or artificial bursts of neutrinos or gravitational waves? That’s what a vanguard of astronomers would like to find out, and they’re hoping to win … Continue reading

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Search for fast radio bursts enters a new era

A new radio telescope in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley has detected 13 new sources of mysterious extragalactic phenomena known as fast radio bursts, including the second known source of repeated bursts. And the experiment is just barely getting started. The Canadian … Continue reading

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