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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 30, 2010

News from the Cosmos

Recent Astronomical Discoveries

Solar System older than previously thought http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100822/full/news.2010.423.html?s=news_rss A meteorite found in the Sahara desert helps scientists develop new estimate on age of solar system

Astronomers Discover two new Solar Systems
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129458541 Two new solar systems (at least to those of us  on earth) have been found that have planets.  No environments where life can be found yet, but odds are improving.

Home Computer finds rare Pulsar
http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100812/full/news.2010.401.html?s=news_rss An amazing story of how a home computer running software as a screen saver for a volunteer project finds a rare pulsar.

Weird Oblong Crater Deepens Mars Mystery
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/08/oblong-martian-crater/ Scientist are baffled trying to discover the origins of a crater on Mars.

NASA scientists discover two giant planets
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/27/MNDQ1F37NN.DTL&feed=rss.news Two large planets discovered by Kepler spacecraft telescope that may help explain origin of distant solar systems.

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