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UBC researchers part of Planck satellite team that uncovers secrets of...

University of British Columbia researchers are part of European Space Agency's Plank satellite mission that is revealing thousands of "exotic" astronomical objects, including extremely cold dust clouds, galaxies with powerful nuclei, and giant clust...

Planck space observatory releases first data

The first scientific results from Europe's Planck spacecraft were released at a press briefing today in Paris. The findings, focusing on the coldest objects in the Universe - both within our galaxy and also out to the most distant reaches of space -...

A total lunar eclipse and winter solstice coincide on Dec. 21

With frigid temperatures already blanketing much of the United States, the arrival of the winter solstice on December 21 may not be an occasion many people feel like celebrating. But a dazzling total lunar eclipse to start the day might just r...

USC lab releases smartphone app that measures particulate air pollution

University of Southern California computer scientists have found a way to combine smartphone resources with a novel application that allows the phones' users to help monitor air quality. The application, provisionally titled "Visibility," is a...

NASA’s Hubble harvests distant solar system objects

Beyond the orbit of Neptune reside countless icy rocks known as trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs). One of the biggest, Pluto, is classified as a dwarf planet. The region also supplies us with comets such as famous Comet Halley. Most TNOs are small ...

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