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Study identifies second alignment plane of solar system

According to a new study published in The Astronomical Journal, comet motions indicate that the solar system has a second alignment plane. The discovery has significant implications for models of how comets originally formed in the solar system. The study, led by...

September 29, 2020

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Researchers solve mysterious storm patterns on Jupiter's south pole

Since first spotted by NASA's Juno space probe in 2019, a collection of swirling storms arranged in an unusually geometric pattern has been a mystery to most scientists. A new study may have uncovered how the strange weather forms and why the storms behave...

September 29, 2020

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Migrating tornadoes found to be more dangerous and deadlier in the Southeast, U.S.

Migrating tornadoes that are increasingly occurring in the southeastern United States have been found to be more dangerous and twice as deadly as twisters elsewhere in the country, according to an analysis by the Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E News). A...

September 29, 2020

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Increase in frequency of severe cyclones over the North Indian Ocean

From 1981 to 2017, statistics show that an average of five cyclones developed over the North Indian Ocean per year. However, recent studies indicate that there has been an increase in the frequency of cyclone formation from 2017 to 2019. As a result, there was also...

September 29, 2020

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Unusual ultraviolet aurora spotted around a comet for the first time

ESA's Rosetta mission has revealed that its target comet, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has its own far-ultraviolet aurora. This is the first time such electromagnetic emissions in the far-ultraviolet have been detected on a celestial object, aside from any...

September 23, 2020

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Newly identified mass extinction triggered dawn of dinosaurs 233 million years ago

A new study has identified a major mass extinction 233 million years ago, which triggered the dawn of dinosaurs-- the event has been called the Carnian Pluvial Episode. During this era, huge volcanic eruptions emitted carbon dioxide, methane, and water vapor into...

September 18, 2020

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Researchers document rebirth of a volcano for the first time

For the first time, scientists were able to document a volcano's life cycle, from its collapse to its rebirth. Researchers from the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences and volcanologists from Russia presented the results of a series of photogrammetric...

September 14, 2020

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San Andreas Fault earthquakes caused by deep underground forces

Scientists at the University of South California (USC) have detected that the earthquakes registered alongside California’s San Andreas Fault occur much deeper than previously understood. The previous knowledge of the fault indicated that earthquakes are...

September 09, 2020

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Research suggests our solar system is shaped like a 'deflated croissant'

Scientists have developed a new prediction about the shape of the bubble surrounding our solar system and have revealed that it is actually shaped like a "deflated croissant." Using data from the space agency's missions, the scientists came up with the...

September 05, 2020

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Taiwan's deadliest typhoon caused a spike in earthquakes in the years following the storm, new study shows

2009 Typhoon Morakot caused a spike in earthquakes in Taiwan in the years following the storm, a new study reveals. The storm triggered extensive flooding, huge landslides, and left almost 700 fatalities, making it the deadliest typhoon to impact the country in...

September 05, 2020

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Study: Modern Grand Solar Minimum (2020 - 2053) leads to cooling, important implications for entire planet

In a new study published recently in the journal Temperature, Prof. Valentina Zharkova demonstrates that the Sun has entered into the modern Grand Solar Minimum (2020 - 2053) that will lead to a significant reduction of the solar magnetic field and activity like...

September 02, 2020

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New equatorial wind patterns observed in Antarctica, revealing new connections in global circulation

A team of researchers found evidence of a new equatorial wind pattern at Antarctica, unveiling a crucial connection between winds at the Earth's equator and atmospheric waves about 10 000 km (6 000 miles) away at the South Pole. The findings highlight how winds...

August 29, 2020

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Eruptive origins of pyroclastic deposits on the Moon

A new study by researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) suggests that the early Moon may have been more volatile-rich than previously believed. Previous studies concluded that lunar volcanoes had exploded primarily cold bedrock, but the ASU team said there...

August 29, 2020

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Earth moving through radioactive remnants of supernovae for the past 33 000 years

A new study suggests that the Earth has been moving through the remnants of an ancient exploded star for at least the past 33 000 years. The research team extracted a special isotope of iron called iron-60 from sea sediment samples and found that the isotope is...

August 27, 2020

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Mysterious, spiral-shaped ultraviolet light pulses over Mars

New images from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft reveal wide areas of Mars' night sky pulsing in ultraviolet light. While researchers understand the light's source, its mysterious spiral shape left them puzzled. "There is a vast spiral of ultraviolet light...

August 26, 2020

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Researchers measure Earth's magnetic field in Jerusalem in 586 BCE

Researchers from Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Israel Antiquities Authority were able to measure the Earth's magnetic field in Jerusalem in 586 BCE-- the time when the city was destroyed by the Babylonians. The groundbreaking...

August 20, 2020

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Our Sun started its life with a binary companion, new study suggests

A new theory published this week in the AAS' The Astrophysical Journal Letters suggests that our Sun may once have had a binary companion of similar mass. If confirmed, the presence of an early stellar companion increases the likelihood that the Oort cloud was...

August 19, 2020