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August 21 Solar Eclipse Will Unveil Sun’s Unseen Parts

S u m m a r y : August 21 solar eclipse will hide the sun from us just enough for scientists to see some of its unseen parts! Lights Off! Light will be switched off to unveil bright stars during the day, a total solar eclipse greeting the inhabitants of the Earth as the

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Water in the Moon’s Interior

S u m m a r y : Our moon’s interior contains a considerable amount of water—and this water, which might have originated from the moon itself, might possibly be harvested by lunar explorers. Or so says a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. A ‘Watery’ Lunar Mantle A team of researchers from

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Mars’ Moon Phobos Photobomb in NASA’s Image!

S u m m a r y : Tiny Martian moon Phobos has been captured in image by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope which was only meant to be photographing the planet. Find the press release here. Phobos, A Potato in Space Phobos orbits the red planet in only 7 hours and 39 minutes at a

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Young Moon Had A Thick Metal Atmosphere & Supersonic Winds

S u m m a r y : The young moon might have had a thick, metallic atmosphere together with supersonic winds, suggests a new study published online at arXiv.org. A Simulation The research is based on a simulation designed to understand how heat from the surfaces of the Sun, a young Earth, and the

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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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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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