The Moon as you’ve never seen it before

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Einstein said: “I like to think that the Moon is there, even if I am not looking at it”. Everyone has already stared at the Moon for at least a few seconds, especially when it’s full, and seen some of the lunar maria, those dark, basaltic plains formed by ancient …

Solving the cosmological constant problems

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Why is the expansion of the Universe accelerating? This question is one of the biggest mysteries faced by cosmologists; it is so puzzling that they finally called what causes the expansion to accelerate dark energy. Nobody knows the nature of this energy, as we have only been able to observe …

Remeasuring the Universe

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Astronomers have just pushed another limit. They have directly measured the distance of a remote galaxy: it is 450 million light-years away from Earth, three times further in the cosmos than the previous record.
The Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) is a system of ten radio telescopes controlled remotely from the Array …

50 billion alien worlds in our Galaxy

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If you go back in time,  a bit more than 15 years ago, there were only 9 known planets, the ones in our solar system! With the first definitive detection of an exoplanet orbiting another star in 1995 started the modern era of exoplanetary discovery.
Recently, the Kepler mission brought the …

Let’s take a walk… on Mars.

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Imagination can take us anywhere. You just have to close your eyes, and let your mind go to whatever place you’d like, may it be real or not. Sometimes, because we have the power and will to make certain dreams come true, we finally get to those places that first …

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