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‘Turtle’ the size of two Earths spotted in sunspot

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:45:46 +0000

We have all picked out shapes in the clouds, but this is somewhat next-level: A dark turtle shape twice the size of Earth has been spotted over the surface of the sun. Groundbreaking images from the ALMA radio telescope in Chile show the sunspot, which is almost two times Earth’s diameter, looking like a black […]

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Curiosity to investigate strange ‘mud cracks’ on Martian surface

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:45:23 +0000

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found evidence of formerly muddy ground on Mars, according to a recent news release from the space agency. In recent weeks, NASA scientists have been investigating pieces of stone cross-hatched with small ridges, which seems to have formed as cracks in drying mud. The Curiosity team has been particular focused on […]

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Giant gravity wave seen in Venus atmosphere– What’s going on?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:10:51 +0000

Shortly after coming into orbit around Venus in December 2015, the Japanese Akatsuki orbiter took a picture of an odd-looking phenomenon in the planet’s atmosphere: a gravity wave in the upper cloud layer. Quite common here on Earth, gravity waves are created when an atmosphere or body of water is disrupted, like when a tide […]

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Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has died

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:09:53 +0000

Eugene Cernan, the commander of the final Apollo lunar landing mission and the last human to walk on the moon, passed away Monday at the age of 82, NASA confirmed on its website. While no cause of death was listed, Space.com reported that he had been ill over the last few months. A Captain in […]

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Moon Express says it’s raised the money for a commercial trip to the Moon

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:55:09 +0000

Backed by captains of the tech industry and veterans of space exploration, Moon Express has successfully sourced the funds it needs to achieve its stated goal of sending a mission to the moon for commercial purposes. The company announced it was successfully able to raise its target goal of $20 million from multiple sources including […]

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Scientists shocked to learn truth about ‘alien megastructure’ star

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:10:25 +0000

In October 2015, astronomers with NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler mission announced an unusual dimming pattern in a distant star that sparked a series of wild theories to explain what was causing it, ranging from a bunch of huge asteroids flying past the star, to a massive ‘alien megastructure’ that was built to harvest the star’s energy. […]

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The Moon is actually much older than we thought

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:31:19 +0000

By analyzing samples of the moon’s surface brought back by the Apollo 14 mission, researchers have found the Earth’s only natural satellite is 40 million to 140 million years older than previously thought, according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances. The new study is the latest published report to investigate the […]

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Planet Nine may be a ‘rogue planet’ captured by the Sun

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:46:04 +0000

Planet Nine, the hypothetical world believed to exist far beyond Pluto’s orbit, could be a “rogue planet” that was captured by our solar system at some point in the distant past, according to new research presented last week at the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. James Vesper, an undergraduate student at New Mexico […]

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Our Moon could have formed from ‘Moonlets’ merging

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:27:31 +0000

Long believed to have been the result of a single object crashing into the Earth, causing a large chunk to break off and enter orbit around the planet, the origin of the moon may be far different and could involve the amalgamation of multiple “moonlets,” according to a new study. As the New Yorker explained, […]

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Stellar explosion visible to the naked eye could happen in 2022

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 04:45:24 +0000

Calvin College professor Larry Molnar has made a bold prediction, and if he and his colleagues are right, in the year 2022 people standing on Earth will be able to see two stars collide with the only the naked eye, due to the extreme short-lived brightness of the ensuing explosion. The stars in question, jointly […]

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