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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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Hubble team works to revive camera amid shutdown

Engineers are working to bring the Hubble Space Telescope’s wide-angle camera back into operation after a hardware problem knocked it offline. In a status update, NASA said the problem cropped up on Jan. 8 and forced a suspension of operations for … Continue reading

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Red dwarfs seem to wipe out life’s necessities

Red dwarf stars have been seen as the biggest potential frontier for alien life, in part because they’re the most common stars in our galaxy. But observations made using the Hubble Space Telescope suggest that the frontier might turn out … Continue reading

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TESS mission adds ‘sub-Neptune’ to discovery list

Less than a year after NASA’s TESS spacecraft was launched, the scientists behind the mission have unveiled their third confirmed planet, a weird alien world that’s between Earth and Neptune in size. And hundreds of additional potential finds are in the pipeline. … Continue reading

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3-D views reveal ‘Orion’s Dragon’ in space

Spectral readings from the Orion Nebula have charted the cosmic weather patterns for powerful stellar winds that have created a bubble of material that’s 12 light-years wide, as well as a structure that’s been nicknamed “Orion’s Dragon.” The dragon shape … Continue reading

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‘Oumuamua points to plethora of interstellar objects

The cigar-shaped object known as ‘Oumuamua may be the first interstellar interloper to be discovered, but it’s not likely to be the last. Statistics suggest that there are lots more space rocks like it out there. How many? About 100 septillion in … Continue reading

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