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Planet KELT-9b is Hotter than Stars

Newly-discovered, Jupiter-like planet KELT-9b is hotter than most stars. The findings are published in the journal Nature. Meet the hottest planet, hotter than most stars, planet KELT-9b! It has a day-side temperature of around 4326 degrees Celcius, which makes it only 926ºC cooler than our own star, the sun. Its temperature is just one of

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Dwarf Planet Near Sun Discovered by Amateur Scientists

A new dwarf planet has been spotted near the Sun; the discovery was made by a group of volunteers, four citizen scientists. The findings are published in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters. A brown dwarf situated at around 100 light years from the sun has been discovered by four users of a newly-launched citizen-science tool,

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A New Jupiter: NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Reveals Astonishing Information

Juno spacecraft’s first flyby to Jupiter gives us an abundance of new information about the planet. This research makes us rethink our previous idea of not only Jupiter but also of the formation of planetary systems. The findings feature in two papers, both published in the journal Science. We have a new picture of Jupiter: the

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Synestia, A New Planetary Object, Resembles a Donut

A new planetary body existing in the heavens has been proposed. It goes by the name of synestia. The findings are published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. We have something new to contemplate in the skies: a planetary body called synestia, says planetary scientists. The latter describe it as an enormous, rotating, donut-shaped vaporised

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Tornado Winds on Ancient Mars Created Mysterious Streaks

Tornado-like winds resulting from impacts on ancient Mars might explain the presence of mysterious marks observed near large impact craters on the red planet. The new findings are published in the journal Icarus. Streaks of unknown origin seen in the vicinity of large Martian craters were apparently created in the aftermath of important collisions. What

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Warm Neptune Has a Primitive Atmosphere of Hydrogen & Helium

‘Warm Neptune’, an exoplanet comparable in size to our Neptune, has a cloudless sky, and a primitive atmosphere, one consisting of only hydrogen and helium. The new findings are published in the journal Science. ‘Warm Neptune’ is an exoplanet, that is, a planet found outside of our solar system, situated 430 light years away from

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Scientists Turn Naked Mole-Rats Into Plants!

Naked mole-rats ‘turn into’ plants when they are deprived of oxygen, shows a new study published in the journal Science. We all absolutely need oxygen to live. But, not naked mole-rats, apparently, suggests a new study. When a team of researchers from the University of Illinois deprived a group of naked mole-rats from the essential gas,

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Runny Nose All Year Round? Blame Air Pollution!

You have a runny nose throughout the year, regardless of season? The culprit might be air pollution, suggests a new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. Exposure to dirty air can lead to chronic inflammation of the nasal and sinus tissues, according to the new study conducted by Johns Hopkins

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Huge Landslides on Ceres Reveal Ice

Ceres contains water ice, a feature apparently revealed by massive landslides similar to those that occur on Earth, suggests a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Landslides are not unique to Earth: they also occur on other heavenly bodies, and that includes dwarf planet Ceres. New findings documenting the feature add to the

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Large Asteroid To Fly Close to Earth on April 19

An asteroid named 2014 JO25 will be flying past Earth on Wednesday, April 19, from a distance of around 1.8 million kilometres. Asteroid 2014 JO25 was discovered in May 2014, and will soon fly by our planet. Now, the question you must all be asking yourselves, will it hit us? NASA scientists explain that it

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Life in Ocean of Saturn’s Moon, Enceladus?

Life might be existing in the ocean of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus. Evidence of a form of chemical energy important for life to exist has been found, and the paper is published in the journal Science. Are we alone in the world? Could life exist out there, in our solar system? We might be nearer to an

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