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Astronomers Discover a Diamond as Big as a Planet

Twenty quadrillion miles away, scientists have discovered a diamond orbiting a star that's only fifteen miles across, but more massive than our sun. This star is spinning over 100 times per second, and the gigantic diamond orbiting around it is around the size of the planet Jupiter.

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Can Planets Be Orphans Too?

The astronomers, led by Takahiro Sumi if Osaka University in Japan, reported in the journal Nature there are hundreds of billions of planets that have been orphaned by their planetary systems. The planets have either been completely ejected out of orbit, meandering through space, or are distantly bound to their stars at a distance at least 10 times that of the Earth's distance from the Sun.

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You Are Here: Earth As Seen From The Surface of Mars

As Carl Sagan once said of the now iconic Pale Blue Dot photograph, “all of human history has happened on that tiny pixel, which is our only home.” On March 8, 2004, on a chilly Mars dawn, one hour before sunrise on the 63rd Martian day of its mission, also known as sol, the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit snapped this ...

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Minimalist Star Wars Galaxy Travel Posters

If the Star Wars galaxy has something that compares to the Earthling travel agents, these are some of the posters that would be hanging from their walls. Minimal and beautiful, these posters were designed by Chicago-based designer Justin Van Genderen. Ahh, the planet of Tatooine. Desolate and deserted. Come for the heat, stay for our twin moon system! Not too ...

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Astronomers Capture Images Outside Our Solar System

Outer space is filled with things we’ll never know about. Beautiful objects swirling around in the fiery cosmos. How poetic. Luckily, we have half-decent scientists here in America (and some OK ones from Britain) who used the Gemini North and Keck telescopes at the Mauna Kea observatory in Hawaii to explore outside our solar system. After a little digging, they ...

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Earth From The Moon Umbrella

On some days, it rains and rains until a flood surrounds us and nothing is left but water. We walk through crowds of people to our jobs, staying inside a cubicle for hours until leaving to return home. The next day, the process is repeated and it continues to rain. Nothing new can come with the rain. Nothing dry. It ...

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Urban Fidelity Speakers Feature 360 Degrees of Sound

Those little orbs or “planets” on the top of these new Urban Fidelity Speakers aren’t just for looks, they are a revolutionary technology aimed at producing 360 degrees of sound. In addition to the “planets,” Designer Markus Duevel has incorporated a high efficiency tweeter that combines with the sphere to create a sonic image that is “massively larger than any ...

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