121 moons discovered that may harbor alien life

UCR researchers have identified 121 giant planets that may have habitable moons RIVERSIDE, Calif.– We’ve all heard about the search for life on other planets, but what about looking on other moons? In a paper published Wednesday (June 13) in The Astrophysical Journal, researchers at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Southern Queensland…

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Astronomers detect diamond dust shimmering around distant stars

From Greenbank Observatory Nanoscale gemstones source of mysterious cosmic microwave light For decades, astronomers have puzzled over the exact source of a peculiar type of faint microwave light emanating from a number of regions across the Milky Way. Known as anomalous microwave emission (AME), this light comes from energy released by rapidly spinning nanoparticles –…

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope gets big funding boost from Republicans and the NSF’s and AAASA’s ungrateful responses.

Guest commentary by David Middleton Back in March, Eric Worrall authored a nice post about “climate scientists running for congress.” Eric’s subject was a really goofy Clean Technica article about Joseph Kopser, touted as some sort of climate scientist.  Clean Technica even spelled his name wrong (Kosper instead of Kopser).  Yesterday, Mr. Kopser won the runoff election…

The Hubble Space Telescope finds an 'Einstein Ring'

This is truly spectacular. From NASA and ESA. comes this photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope which clearly proves [one] of Einstein’s theories – gravitational lensing. Via Wikipedia: The bending of light by a gravitational body was predicted by Albert Einstein in 1912, a few years before the publication of general relativity in 1916 (Renn et al. 1997).…

NASA reports massive hole in Sun's atmosphere

Huge hole over 400,000 miles long (700,000 kilometers) is 55 times wider than the Earth A wide hole in the sun’s atmosphere is facing Earth and spewing a stream of solar wind toward our planet. Estimated time of arrival: April 9th. In this extreme ultraviolet image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, we see not only the…