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Life Can Exist On Jupiter’s Moon Europa, Say NASA Scientists

Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, might really contain life in its icy oceans, suggests new study published in Geophysical Research Letters. Finding life beyond our planet has remained an exciting endeavour. However, it might be considered ironic that humans, instead of caring for the life blooming or suffering here, are aiming at the impossible. But,

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ISS Completes 100,000th Orbit!

The International Space Station has orbited the Earth for the 100,000th time, announces the Moscow-based mission control centre. The space station is situated at an altitude of 400 kilometres, travelling around our planet once every 90 minutes at 28,000 kilometres per hour. It has now made its 100,000th orbiting from 0435 to 0610 GMT. NASA

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Dung Beetle Takes Snapshots of Night Sky To Find Its Way Home

The dung beetle isn’t just wonderful because it makes poop rolls for dinner. It has another special ability up its sleeve: it can use celestial navigation to find its way home after playing with its poop balls. The paper describing this trait of the creature is published in the journal Current Biology. The dung beetle might

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Interaction Between Earth and Sun Magnetic Fields Documented

Did you know that the magnetic field of the Earth and that of the sun interact with each other? While ours is meant to protect us from the latter, the interplay between the two can still lead to explosions in space, and can even affect our planet’s surface. A new study published in the journal

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Earth’s Mantle Is Moving 10 Times Faster

The Earth’s mantle is moving ten times faster than previous estimates have suggested, says a study based on a more sophisticated method to glean underground data. Geologists have recently discovered that the Earth’s mantle (the layer just below the crust of the planet) is moving much faster than previously thought. They came to this conclusion

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New Horizons’ Next Target Is A Mysterious Object Past Pluto

New Horizons will reach a distant, mysterious object in the Kuiper Belt in three years’ time. New Horizons has been accomplishing a series of feats lately. During its flyby near Pluto last year, it was able to take a number of pictures of the dwarf planet and its moons. From this data, scientists on Earth

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Pluto’s Moon, Hydra, Covered With Pure Water Ice

Pluto’s moon, Hydra, is covered almost entirely in pristine water ice! We have been amassing new data on Pluto like never before ever since New Horizons approached the dwarf planet. We also have had the chance to learn more about the moons of Pluto, and now, updated data sheds further light on its outermost moon,

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WOW! Black Hole With The Mass of 660 Million Suns Documented

Astronomers have been able to measure the mass of an enormous black hole located at around 73 million light-years from Earth; the findings are published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. We all know that black holes are abysmal in size. How, then, can we measure them to know how big they actually are? Astronomers have

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Nearest Exoplanet With Life Could Be Only 40 Light Years Away

Three Earth-like exoplanets situated beyond our solar system might be hosting life, according to a paper published in Nature. Three planets revolving around an icy dwarf star 40 light years away from us have been detected through Chile-based TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope by astronomers, TRAPPIST, from MIT and the University of Liège, Belgium.

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Venus Is Much Colder At The Poles Than Previously Thought

We know more of Venus now thanks to the interpretation of data collected by the Venus Express probe of the The European Space Agency’s (ESA). The Venus Express probe was sent by the ESA to glean information concerning Venus; it spent 8 years fulfilling its mission, but it went offline back in 2014. Thankfully, its

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Mysterious Dark Moon Discovered Beyond Pluto

The universe is full of secrets, and from time to time, we are blessed enough to find some of them. A new moon has just been discovered by a team of astronomers; it is located near the outer part of our solar system. The research has been documented in a paper published on arXiv.org. The

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