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NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope Is Running Out of Fuel and May Not Have Much More Time

NASA’s storied Kepler Space Telescope—the craft which has discovered thousands of exoplanets since its launch in 2009—is entering the retirement phase of its lifespan. NASA announced on Friday that Kepler staff had “received an indication that the spacecraft fuel tank is running very low” and “placed the spacecraft in…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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EVE Online’s Real Life Planet-Discovery Minigame Is Live Now

EVE Online has taken a step out off of the science fiction stage and into the realm of real-world astronomy: Right now, thousands of EVE players are digging through gigabytes of raw scientific data, scouring the Milky Way for evidence of distant planets.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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EVE Online’s Real Life Planet-Discovery Minigame Is Live Now

EVE Online has taken a step out off of the science fiction stage and into the realm of real-world astronomy: Right now, thousands of EVE players are digging through gigabytes of raw scientific data, scouring the Milky Way for evidence of distant planets.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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A New Look at Proxima b’s Potential Climate Offers Hope for Future Colonists

Ever since astronomers announced the discovery of an Earth-sized exoplanet less than five light years down the cosmic street, the question on every good space cadet’s mind has been whether or not we can colonize it. We’re not going to know if Proxima b is habitable until we can point some very powerful telescopes at […]

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The Amazing Hypothesis for Why the Trappist-1 System Hasn’t Destroyed Itself

When astronomers announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, Earthlings immediately celebrated the possibility that one of those planetary neighbors could host life. But to physicists, TRAPPIST-1 presented a puzzle: How could those seven planets, all packed around…Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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