An artist’s impression of the binary system Swift J0243.6+6124. A binary system with a neutron star in a 27-day orbit and a more massive, rapidly-rotating donor star. The rapid rotation of the donor star throws off a disk of material around the stellar equator. As the neutron star passes through the disk during its orbit, it picks up some of this outflowing gas, which then spirals in toward the neutron star in an accretion disk. (Image: ICRAR / University of Amsterdam)

Neutron Star Jets Shoot Down Theory

Astronomers have detected radio jets belonging to a neutron star with a strong magnetic field — something not predicted by current theory, according to a new study published in Nature. The team, led by researchers at the University of Amsterdam, observed…

Since dark matter has not been observed by human beings, many people wonder how we can be so sure of its existence. (Image:  wikimedia /  CC0 1.0)

Dark Matter and Why It Matters

If you think that the entire universe is made up of matter that can be seen or detected, you are dead wrong. In fact, almost 85 percent of the matter present in the universe is thought to be composed of…

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Neutron Star Jets Shoot Down Theory

Astronomers have detected radio jets belonging to a neutron star with a strong magnetic field — something not predicted by current theory, according to a new study published in Nature. The…

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After the Cold War, Is It Time for Space War?

Russia is developing a wide range of satellites to strengthen its military dominance — everything from a model capable of recording objects on the ground as small as 12 inches wide…

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Russia and China Attempting to Militarize Space

During the ongoing UN Disarmament Conference, the United States plans on bringing global attention to Russian and Chinese attempts to militarize space. The conference is scheduled to run for five…

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Voyager 2 Inching Toward Interstellar Space

In 1977, U.S. space agency NASA launched Voyager 2 into space to explore the vastness of our universe. Now, about four decades later, the probe is reportedly nearing interstellar space.

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Voyager 2 Could Be Nearing Interstellar Space

NASA’s Voyager 2 probe, currently on a journey toward interstellar space, has detected an increase in cosmic rays that originate outside our solar system. Launched in 1977, Voyager 2 is…

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Dark Matter and Why It Matters

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Is Pluto A Planet? New Research Suggests Yes

The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid, according to new research from the University of Central Florida. In 2006, the International Astronomical Union, a global group of…

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NASA Offers $750K for Conversion of CO2 on Mars

If you are a science nerd looking for some brain bending challenge, NASA’s latest competition is for you. The space agency has invited suggestions for turning the carbon dioxide on…

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A Ninth Planet Lurking in Our Solar System

Though the solar system is said to only contain eight planets, scientists had always proposed that there could be hidden ones that are yet to be discovered. A new study…

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Why Does the Earth Rotate?

Ever since the Earth was formed about 4.6 billion years ago, it has been rotating non-stop on its axis. While the rotation of the Earth is the reason why sunrises…

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All You Need to Know About the Milky Way

For thousands of years, people have been puzzling over the milky strip that extends across the entire firmament. In the modern era, Galileo Galilei discovered that this Milky Way consists…

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Why Won’t the Parker Solar Probe Melt?

This summer, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will launch to travel closer to the Sun, deeper into the solar atmosphere, than any mission before it. If Earth was at one end…