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Astronomers Discover 12 Moons Orbiting Jupiter
July 19, 2018
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Astronomers Discover 12 Moons Orbiting Jupiter

The latest survey of the region around Jupiter revealed 12 moons, raising the number to 79 natural satellites. One of them orbits in a different direction. On Tuesday, scientists led by Scott S. Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science announced the discovery of twelve new moons around Jupiter. Thus, bringing the...

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An Asteroid Found Last Year is Actually a Binary Pair
July 15, 2018
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An Asteroid Found Last Year is Actually a Binary Pair

Observations with three of the world’s largest radio telescopes reveal that an asteroid found last year is a binary pair. Each asteroid about 3,000 feet (900 meters) in size, orbits each other. This duo, dubbed 2017 YE5, belongs to an exceptionally rare class of near-Earth objects. Astronomers at the Morocco Oukaimeden...

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NASA’s Juno Reveals a Possible Volcano on Jupiter’s Io
July 14, 2018
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NASA’s Juno Reveals a Possible Volcano on Jupiter’s Io

New data from the NASA’s Juno spacecraft points to a new possible volcano on Jupiter moon Io. But, this is just one of many other volcanic activities there. Juno collected this data using its Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument. Thus, pointing to a new heat source close to the south pole of Io. This gives...

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Complex Organics Found on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus
June 27, 2018
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Complex Organics Found on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

Scientists have detected traces of complex organics blasting out of the depths of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. This is the best evidence yet for alien life. Using data collected by NASA’s late-great Cassini space probe, scientists have been able to discover complex organic molecules on Saturn’s ocean moon Enceladus....

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Here’s What NASA’s Rover Saw in the Midst of the Martian Storm
June 13, 2018
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Here’s What NASA’s Rover Saw in the Midst of the Martian Storm

A massive Martian storm swallowed NASA’s Opportunity rover. NASA published some images revealing how stark the situation is. Well, NASA’s Opportunity rover is having a rough time on Mars. A dust storm, large enough to cover North America and Russia is engulfing the red planet. “The storm is one of the most...

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Massive Mars Storm Hits NASA’s Opportunity Rover
June 10, 2018
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Massive Mars Storm Hits NASA’s Opportunity Rover

Intense massive Mars storm has forced NASA to suspend the Opportunity rover’s science work. The agency has to wait now as the storms don’t go away so fast. Scientists predict that the storm could last months. The Martian dust storm was first spotted from space by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA...

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NASA Rover Finds Ancient Organic Matter on Mars
June 07, 2018
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NASA Rover Finds Ancient Organic Matter on Mars

Two studies shed light on the theory that Mars may have once been an inhabited world. Curiosity rover just found organic matter in the Martian soil. NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has identified a variety of organic molecules on 3 billion-year-old mudstone in the Gale crater. The rover has also detected methane...

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NASA’s Cubesats Head For Mars
June 03, 2018
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NASA’s Cubesats Head For Mars

Along with the InSight robotic lander, NASA also launched two CubeSats called MarCO-A and MarCO-B to planet Mars last month.  So, after a successful trajectory correction maneuver, CubeSats are now heading towards the red planet. The InSight spacecraft has also completed the process on 22 May. The pair of CubeSats that...

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NASA’s Dawn Probe Prepares for its Closest Encounter Ever with Dwarf Planet Ceres
June 02, 2018
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NASA’s Dawn Probe Prepares for its Closest Encounter Ever with Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn probe is currently orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres. In early June, it will enter lowest ever orbit around Ceres. This month, Dawn will get to its final orbit around Ceres. It will enter an elliptical path that will take the probe 10 times closer to the surface than it’s ever been. The probe will orbit less than...

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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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