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NASA Reveals Asteroid Bennu Spews Particles Into Space
March 20, 2019
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NASA Reveals Asteroid Bennu Spews Particles Into Space

Asteroid Bennu turns out to be cooler than we have thought. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft observes particle plumes erupting from the asteroid’s surface. OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been observing the near-Earth asteroid Bennu since December 31st, 2018. The space rock is slightly wider than the Empire State Building....

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NASA Observes Moving Water on the Moon
March 12, 2019
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NASA Observes Moving Water on the Moon

The Moon isn’t as dry as we thought! NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has spotted “moving water molecules” around the near side of the Moon. Last year, scientists confirmed the presence of ice near the Moon’s poles. And more recently we’ve learned that liquid water does indeed exist within the lunar...

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More Support For the Existence of Planet Nine
February 28, 2019
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More Support For the Existence of Planet Nine

Planet Nine could really exist! New research suggests the putative world might orbit around the sun at an average distance of 600 astronomical units (AU). Three years ago, Caltech astronomers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown announced their hypothesis for the existence of a ninth planet in our solar system. So, now they are...

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Curiosity Rover is Back to Work after a Reset
February 23, 2019
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Curiosity Rover is Back to Work after a Reset

Just days after NASA gave up on the Opportunity rover, they had to pause scientific work of the Curiosity probe after a sudden ‘hiccup’ during boot-up. NASA announced Friday that Curiosity experienced a “hiccup during boot-up” the previous Friday. This triggered the rover to go into safe mode and interrupted...

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Japanese Spacecraft Fires Bullet into Asteroid
February 22, 2019
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Japanese Spacecraft Fires Bullet into Asteroid

Japanese spacecraft touched down briefly on the Ryugu asteroid, fired a bullet, collected pieces of the ejected material and ascended from the space rock. Yesterday (Feb. 21; Feb. 22 Japan time) the Hayabusa2 probe successfully landed on an asteroid 300 million kilometers away. The spacecraft fired a 0.2-ounce (5 grams)...

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Earth’s Atmosphere Stretches Beyond the Moon
February 20, 2019
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Earth’s Atmosphere Stretches Beyond the Moon

Observations show the distant cloud of hydrogen atoms that make up the outermost part of Earth’s atmosphere stretches beyond the Moon. So, according to a new study, this gaseous layer that wraps around Earth, known as geocorona, reaches up to 391,464 miles (630,000 kilometers) away, or 50 times the diameter of our planet....

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NASA Is Going Back To Moon But This Time to Stay
February 17, 2019
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NASA Is Going Back To Moon But This Time to Stay

NASA is going back to the Moon using commercial operators. But this time, the US space agency says it will be there to stay. It’s been almost 50 years since humans first set foot on the moon. And since that historic time, space exploration has experienced tremendous progress. “It’s important that we get back...

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Research Finds Sun’s Magnetic Waves Behave Differently Than Believed
February 08, 2019
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Research Finds Sun’s Magnetic Waves Behave Differently Than Believed

A team of physicists at Northumbria University, UK, has found that the Sun’s magnetic waves behave differently than believed. Researchers have reported their findings in Nature Astronomy. Northumbria University’s Dr. Richard Morton and colleagues examined data gathered over a 10-year period. So, they found...

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Our Sun Will Turn Into a Giant Crystal Ball After it Dies
January 10, 2019
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Our Sun Will Turn Into a Giant Crystal Ball After it Dies

Billions of years from now our dead Sun will solidify into a giant crystal ball, a new study suggests.  Most stars entering the final chapter of their lives tend to shrink, wither and slowly turn white. Astronomers call these cold, dense objects white dwarfs. As detailed in a paper published on Wednesday in Nature,...

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Giant Cosmic Collision Could Send Our Solar System Flying Into Space
January 04, 2019
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Giant Cosmic Collision Could Send Our Solar System Flying Into Space

The Milky Way may face a cosmic collision in about two billion years which is relatively soon at the scale of the universe. Astrophysicists at Durham University, UK, predict that the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) could hit the Milky Way in two billion years’ time. The satellite galaxy is hurtling towards us and could...

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