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Sand Grains, Instead of Water, on Mars!

S u m m a r y : Previously identified Martian water is actually sand and dust, suggests a new study that challenges previous ones. The findings are published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Water or Sand? Mars does not have that much water, after all—scientists mistook sand and dust for flowing water. Certain dark

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Space Dust Carries Life From Planet to Planet

S u m m a r y : What if space dust were to transport life from world to world? Scientists explore this possibility in a new study published in the journal Astrobiology. Travelling in a Flow of Stardust From where do we come, and how did we get here? What if, we were brought

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Star Refuses to Die—Supernova Occurs Again and Again

S u m m a r y : A star that refuses to die has captured the attention of astronomers since 2014—the supernova has lasted for over 3 years now. The findings are published in the journal Nature. A Star that Says, “I Don’t Want to Die” The unusual star is named iPTF14hls; it was

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Monster Planet Discovered Near Small Red Star

S u m m a r y : A giant planet, orbiting a distant, small star, has been spotted—one that should not exist if the planet formation theory is real. The new findings are published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Monster Planet Around Small Star The discovery of a huge

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Boiling Water On Mars Levitates Sand

S u m m a r y: Boiling water on Mars levitates large amounts of sand and other materials, suggest new findings published in the journal Nature Communications. Boiling Water on Mars Mars remains the focus of scientists who want to unravel all the layers of mysteries surrounding the Red Planet. Until now, no evidence

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6 Exocomets Seen Near A Distant Star

S u m m a r y : The dusty tails of 6 comets outside of our solar system, orbiting a star found 800 light years away from us, have been identified by a team of scientists and amateur astronomers. The findings are published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Exocomets Beyond

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Mars Has A Twisted Magnetic Tail

S u m m a r y : Mars has a twisted magnetotail—an invisible magnetic tail that results from interactions between the magnetic fields of the solar wind and the planet’s own magnetic activity, says a new study. The research, part of NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN), was presented at the 49th

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Human Habitat On the Moon in Lava Tubes!

S u m m a r y : A potential human habitat has been detected on the moon in the form of a massive open lava tube in the Marius Hills. The new findings are published in Geophysical Research Letters. Building A Lunar Base The possibility of setting up a lunar base keeps scientists busy

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Neutron Star Collision Seen For the First Time Ever!

S u m m a r y : A neutron star merger observed for the first time promises to revolutionise the world of astronomy. The findings, published in the journal Science, are hoped to educate us about neutron stars themselves, and they might also help explain the creation of elements like gold. Neutron Stars, The Remnants

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The Moon Had An Atmosphere Billions of Years Ago

S u m m a r y : The moon used to have an atmosphere 3 to 4 billion years ago thanks to volcanic eruptions, says a new study published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. The Ancient Moon Science helps us to understand not only our present but also our past—and it

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Scientists Create Diamond Rain of Neptune & Uranus

S u m m a r y : ‘Diamond rain’, a form of precipitation that is present inside huge icy planets, has been created by a team of scientists from the DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The findings are published in the journal Nature Astronomy. The aim of the research was to reproduce the conditions characterising

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4 Earth-Sized Planets Discovered Around Nearest Sun-Like Star

S u m m a r y : Four Earth-sized planets have been discovered around the nearest sun-like star. The system is located 12 light years away from us, which makes it easily visible to us. The findings are published in the Astronomical Journal. 4 Planets Around tau Ceti The nearest sun-like star, tau Ceti,

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