Planets and space bodies

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ESO's VLT spots first direct evidence of planet birth

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT) have revealed possible signs of a star system being born. Around young star, AB Aurigae lies a dense disc of gas and dust, where astronomers have spotted a prominent spiral structure with a...

May 24, 2020

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Highly-detailed images reveal evidence of ancient rivers on Mars

A high-resolution satellite has captured detailed images of a rocky cliff on Mars, revealing the first evidence of ancient rivers that existed for more than 100 000 years on the surface of the planet, 3.7 billion years ago. The international team of scientists used...

May 07, 2020

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Digital Unified Global Geologic Map of the Moon

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with NASA and the Lunar Planetary Institute, has released the Unified Geologic Map of the Moon-- the first time the entire lunar surface has been completely mapped. "People have always been fascinated...

April 21, 2020

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Astronomers detect the brightest and most powerful supernova ever

Astronomers have detected the brightest and most powerful supernova ever-- the explosion was so massive that it was previously thought to be impossible. The SN2016aps supernova, which was observed by the PanSTARRS Survey for Transients on February 22, 2016, in a...

April 15, 2020

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Mars 2020 mission: Perseverance rover features first-ever helicopter to fly on another planet

The Mars 2020 mission with its Perseverance rover is set to venture to the red planet on July 17, 2020, aiming to address high-priority scientific goals, including major astrobiology questions about the potential for life on Mars. As part of the final...

April 13, 2020

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Voyager 2 data from 34 years ago reveal one more secret about Uranus

Scientists reinspecting 34-year-old data from NASA's Voyager 2 have discovered one more secret about Uranus-- something appears to have been pulling the ice-cold planet's atmosphere out into space. On January 24, 2986, the Voyager 2 spacecraft flew within 81...

March 29, 2020

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Nearly 140 new minor planets discovered in the outer solar system

Researchers identified almost 140 new minor planets in the outer solar system after searching through information collected by the Dark Energy Survey (DES)-- a project investigating the dynamics of the expansion of the universe through mapping the southern sky. DES...

March 15, 2020

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Astronomers accidentally discover rare eclipse of two brown dwarfs

An international team of astronomers searching for potentially habitable alien planets made an accidental discovery of two brown dwarfs eclipsing each other. The astronomers were working on a project called the Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars...

March 11, 2020

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Study reveals Earth and Moon aren't made of same stuff, challenging prevailing theory of how the Moon formed

A new study conducted by scientists at the University of New Mexico (UNM) revealed that the Earth and Moon have different oxygen isotopes compositions and are therefore not identical in oxygen as previously believed. Researchers said the findings challenge present...

March 11, 2020

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Amateur astronomers discover new type of rare, pulsating star

An unusual tear-drop shaped star that only pulsates on one side has been discovered by amateur astronomers, who saw the anomaly in data taken by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). It is reportedly the first of its kind, and scientists are...

March 09, 2020

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Curiosity rover captures highest-definition Mars panorama featuring 1.8 billion pixels

NASA's Curiosity rover has snapped its largest and highest-resolution panorama ever, which features an astonishing 1.8 billion pixel view of Glen Torridon-- a region on the flanks of Mars' Mount Sharp. The stunning image is a composite of more than 1 000...

March 08, 2020

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China's lunar rover reveals underground secrets of the Moon's farside

A new study conducted by a research team at the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) has revealed new secrets below the surface of the Moon's farside through the spacecraft Chang'E-4 and its rover Yutu-2....

March 01, 2020

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Galactic cosmic rays affect atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, research finds

A team of Japanese researchers-- using data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)-- discovered that galactic cosmic rays affect the chemical reactions involved in the formation of organic molecules bearing nitrogen on the atmosphere of...

February 18, 2020

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ESO telescope captures mysterious dimming of Betelgeuse

The European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured the unusual dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star in Orion constellation. The images of the star's surface not only show it losing luminosity but also its shape...

February 17, 2020

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New evidence suggests active volcanoes still present on Venus

Research led by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) showed evidence indicating the surprising probability that there are still active volcanoes on Venus. If confirmed this would make Venus and Earth the only planets in our solar system with recent...

January 22, 2020

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Stormy activity and rippling ice at Mars' north pole

The European Space Agency (ESA) shared a stunning image captured by Mars Express' High-Resolution Stereo Camera on the red planet, showing a stormy activity on the icy cap at the north pole, with swathes of ice, dark troughs, depressions, and signs of strong...

January 21, 2020

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Jupiter a 'sniper' flinging dangerous objects toward Earth, study

Some scientists theorize that Jupiter acts like a giant space shield-- due to its tremendous mass, it sucks in or deflects dangerous space objects. However, studies led by American planetary physicist Kevin Grazier demonstrate that the planet is actually a threat...

January 11, 2020