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Phases of the Moon

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What are the Phases of the Moon?

The phases of the Moon are determined by the relative positions of the Moon, Earth, and Sun.

Neutron star collision

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The Kavli Foundation Q&A: How Did Nature's Heaviest Elements Form?

The Kavli Foundation hosted a Q&A with three astronomers to probe the recent discovery of hard-to-produce heavy elements in a nearby dwarf galaxy. The discovery sheds light on stellar histories and galactic evolution.

Transition disk around a star

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Kavli Q&A: How Do Planets Form?

Learn how powerful new telescopes and techniques are enabling scientists to probe planets in the earliest stages of development.

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Ripple Effect: Gravitational Waves Begin to Reveal a Hidden Universe

To mark the start of a new era of astronomy, three principal LIGO researchers speak with The Kavli Foundation on their epic discovery and how it will transform the way we see the cosmos.

Space warp

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The Kavli Foundation Q&A: How Does Citizen Science Drive Discovery?

Crowd-sourcing the universe: Thanks to online portals, legions of volunteer astronomers are turning their eyes to the sky and doing extraordinary science. Three scientists discuss the future of citizen astronomy.

five-planet system

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The Kavli Foundation: Q&A on Earth-sized Exoplanet GJ1132b

A newfound alien world orbiting a small, nearby star could be one of the first exoplanets scientists get to investigate in detail. Three astrophysicists discuss the possibilities.

High-Definition Space Telescope (HDST)

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Kavli Foundation Q&A: Searching for Alien Life with a "Super-Hubble" Space Telescope

Watch a Q&A with two astronomers on the promise of Hubble's successor telescope, courtesy of The Kavli Foundation. Scientists have unveiled a bold proposal for a giant new space-based telescope that would be far more powerful than today's observatories. Called the High Definition Space Telescope (HDST), the instrument is essentially…

New Horizons' mission logo

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Kavli Foundation Q&A: Pluto Revealed

Three experts joined The Kavli Foundation for a live Q&A to discuss New Horizons' long journey to the distant and fascinating world of Pluto.

exploding white dwarf surrounds star

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The Kavli Foundation Q&A: What Ignites Supernova Explosions?

We finally know the ingredients that fire up a particular kind of supernova. Four researchers explain why a better understanding of how certain stars die can help reveal the evolution of the cosmos and its galaxies.

51 Eridani b - artist's conception

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The Kavli Foundation Q&A: Jupiter-like Exoplanet 51 Eridani b

A new exoplanet closely matches what astronomers think Jupiter looked like in its infancy. Astrophysicist Bruce Macintosh of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford discusses why this discovery might help us understand how planets arise.

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The Kavli Foundation Q&A: Dwarf Galaxies and the Quest for Dark Matter

Satellite dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way should help scientists better grasp the universe's evolution while also homing in on dark matter's identity.

LSST Concept

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Kavli Foundation Q&A: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

Courtesy of The Kavli Foundation, Sky & Telescope is featuring an in-depth Q&A with two astrophysicists and a theoretical physicist on what the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will teach us about dark matter and dark energy.

Milky Way Galaxy

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The Kavli Foundation Q&A: Insights Into Cosmic Inflation

Recently, two high-profile experiments released new data and analyses of the universe’s earliest light. Here, three preeminent scientists discuss the latest results, what they mean for the theory of cosmic inflation, and what we can expect to learn about the very early universe in the coming decade.

Planck_polarization_image_of_BICEP2_field

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The Kavli Foundation Q&A: What Has Planck Taught Us About the Early Universe?

Scientist George Efstathiou weighs in on the latest results from the Planck satellite and what they say about cosmic inflation, the first stars, and more.

Fermi visualization of Milky Way bubbles

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Q&A: Understanding the Fermi Bubbles

Sky & Telescope features a Q&A between The Kavli Foundation and three astrophysicists who discovered two enormous and unexpected structures radiating from the center of our galaxy. They discuss what these mysterious bubbles can tell us about the history of the Milky Way and how they could help in the search for dark matter.

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The Kavli Foundation Q&A: Microbes and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Courtesy of The Kavli Foundation, Sky & Telescope is featuring an in-depth Q&A with two renowned astrobiologists on the search for extraterrestrial life.

Galaxy cluster Abell 1689

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The Kavli Foundation Q&A: Dark Matter at Long Last? Three New Experiments Ramp Up

Three astrophysicists discuss preparations for three recently funded dark matter experiments, and the likelihood that one of them will strike gold.

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Is space flat or curved?

Locally, spacetime is curved by the presence of massive objects. The total mass and energy density of the universe also has an effect on the overall curvature of space.

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What came before the Big Bang?

There was no “before the Big Bang"—the Big Bang created both time and space as we know it.

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What is dark matter?

Dark matter is a mysterious type of matter that doesn't interact with any form of electromagnetic radiation, i.e., light. Although we’ve never detected dark matter directly, a large amount of evidence points to its existence.

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