Astronomers Explain How Pluto Dunes Form Without Wind
May 31, 2018
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Astronomers Explain How Pluto Dunes Form Without Wind

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto in July 2015, thus, finding dunes. But, how can dunes form without wind? Well, they are not sand dunes. Astronomers have recently discovered surprising evidence for methane Pluto dunes. Pluto’s dunes appear truly Earthly. They’re situated parallel to the edges of the...

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Scientists Found One of the Largest Neutron Stars
May 30, 2018
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Scientists Found One of the Largest Neutron Stars

Astronomers have witnessed one of the heaviest and largest neutron stars known to science. It is twice as massive as the sun. Researchers from the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group of the UPC and the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics (IAC) have made the discovery. They used a pioneering method to find a neutron star of...

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Key to Finding Aliens Is Hiding in the Stratosphere
May 27, 2018
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Key to Finding Aliens Is Hiding in the Stratosphere

Stratosphere is a harsh, dry, cold, ultraviolet-drenched environment with low pressure. Studying it may give us a new perspective on life on other planets. So, the stratosphere is the atmospheric zone that lies directly above the dynamic troposphere where we live. When we fly on a plane over 35,000 feet, we are...

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Astronomers Take a Close Look at a Distant Pulsar
May 26, 2018
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Astronomers Take a Close Look at a Distant Pulsar

Astronomers have made one of the highest-resolution observations in the history of astronomy. They observed a distant pulsar 6,500 light-years from Earth. So, a team of astronomers has observed two intense regions of radiation, 20 km apart, around a star 6,500 light-years away. We are talking about a pair of stars orbiting...

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NASA Camera Melted During Rocket Launch but Photos Survived
May 24, 2018
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NASA Camera Melted During Rocket Launch but Photos Survived

A DSLR camera melted on Tuesday, May 22, during SpaceX’s latest Falcon 9 rocket launch. The camera belongs to NASA photographer Bill Ingalls. On May 22 Ingalls traveled to California to photograph the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch two spacecraft into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Santa Barbara. The...

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Rosetta Explains Origins of Sunrise Jets on Comet 67P
May 23, 2018
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Rosetta Explains Origins of Sunrise Jets on Comet 67P

Astronomers are studying data collected by the Rosetta probe. Therefore, better understanding the factors responsible for the formation of sunrise jets on Comet 67P. The sunrise jets are unique dust and gas jets. Comets emit them. The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany is leading a study, also...

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Here’s Why Saturn’s Moons have a Weird Shape
May 22, 2018
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Here’s Why Saturn’s Moons have a Weird Shape

A new study details the history of Saturn’s moons. The small inner moons of Saturn look like giant ravioli or baguette. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has studied the ringed planet up close for 13 years. It has also revealed their spectacular eerie shapes. The legendary spacecraft took images that got planetary...

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First Interstellar Immigrant in Jupiter’s Orbit
May 22, 2018
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First Interstellar Immigrant in Jupiter’s Orbit

Astronomers spot another interstellar asteroid in our solar system. This one is more like the first interstellar immigrant. This asteroid has come from another star system. However, a study suggests that it has since been hiding out in Jupiter’s orbit. The study was published today in the Monthly Notices of the Royal...

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On This Day May 20, 1978 NASA Launches Pioneer Venus 1
May 20, 2018
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On This Day May 20, 1978 NASA Launches Pioneer Venus 1

Pioneer Venus mission consisted of two spacecraft, the orbiter, and the multiprobe which launched separately to study Venus.  The Pioneer Venus 1 (also known as the Pioneer Venus orbiter) was the first of two spacecraft. NASA launched it on May 20, 1978, from the Kennedy Space Center aboard an Atlas-Centaur rocket. The...

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Star Turns into a Black Hole Before Hubble’s Eyes
May 19, 2018
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Star Turns into a Black Hole Before Hubble’s Eyes

Hubble just witnessed the birth of a black hole for the first time. But astronomers didn’t expect this kind of unusual birth. Usually, when a massive star expands its fuel, its core collapses into a dense object. Thus, sending the rest of its gas outward in an event is called a supernova. However, this was not the case...

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