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Hubble Finds Extremely Distant Galaxy through Cosmic Magnifying Glass

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Using the Hubble Space Telescope and the lensing power of giant galaxy cluster Abell 2744, astronomers may have made the most reliable distance measurement yet of an object that existed in the very early universe. The galaxy, estimated to be over 13 billion light-years away, is one of the farthest, faintest, and smallest galaxies ever seen.

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NASA's Hubble Telescope Finds Potential Kuiper Belt Targets for New Horizons Pluto Mission

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects that the agency's New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015.

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Astronomers Spot Faraway Uranus-Like Planet

Our view of other solar systems just got a little more familiar, with the discovery of a planet 25,000 light-years away that resembles our own Uranus.

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CRISM Prepares for Mars-Grazing Comet Siding Spring

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Up to and during Comet Siding Spring’s flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, NASA’s Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) will attempt to capture data about the comet that are unobtainable from Earth.

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Leaky, Star-Forming Galaxies Lead Johns Hopkins Researchers to Better Understand the Universe

Focusing on large, star-forming galaxies, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University were able to measure radiation leaks in an effort to better understand how the universe evolved as the first stars were formed.

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Hubble Maps the Temperature and Water Vapor on an Exoplanet

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A team of scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope has made the most detailed map yet of the temperature of an exoplanet’s atmosphere and traced the amount of water it contains. The planet targeted for both of the investigations was the hot-Jupiter exoplanet WASP-43b.

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Texas Tech Astrophysicist Part of Team That Stumbled Upon Brightest Pulsar Ever Recorded

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Tom Maccarone’s plan to photograph this galactic oddity discovers a new cause for ultraluminous X-ray sources.

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Physicist Turns Smartphones Into Pocket Cosmic Ray Detectors

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A new smartphone app developed by Justin Vandenbroucke, a UW-Madison assistant professor of physics, can essentially turn Android phones into pocket cosmic ray detectors. The app, DECO, uses the phone's camera to capture energetic subatomic light particles and log data. The project, which is primarily educational, is supported by grants from the American Physical Society as well as the Knight Foundation and the Simon-Strauss Foundation.

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Are the World’s Religions Ready for E.T.?

Astronomer David Weintraub’s new book, Religions & Extraterrestrial Life, explores the question of what the world’s various religions have to say about the existence of extraterrestrial life.

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Cloudy with a Chance of...Solar Flares?

Earl Scime, Oleg D. Jefimenko Professor of Physics and interim vice president of research at West Virginia University, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to better understand the effects of space weather.

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