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NASA Is About to Have Its Closest Encounter Ever with Dwarf Planet Ceres...
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A NASA spacecraft is about to get up close and personal with Ceres, a giant asteroid that also happens to be the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system.
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-06-02 15:01 UTC
These 121 Giant Planets May Have Habitable Moons...
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Searching for habitable exomoons will "greatly expand" the places we can look for life, a scientist says.
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-05-31 19:49 UTC
Never-before-seen dunes on Pluto spotted in New Horizons images...
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Images from the New Horizons spacecraft reveal dunes on Pluto — but the sand-sized grains must have had an unusual boost to get moving.
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-05-31 19:46 UTC
Scientists Find 840 Icy Little Planets Beyond Neptune, Say There Could Be Hundreds Of Thousands More...
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A five-year survey of the outer reaches of the solar system has led scientists to discover as many as 840 previously unknown small planets. They believe there could be as many as 90,000 little icy worlds more.
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-05-29 14:59 UTC
"It's Massive!" --Our Milky Way Galaxy May Be Twice as Big as Previously Thought...
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It's no secret that the Milky Way is huge, long thought to be about 100,000 light-years end to end with about 200 billion stars and their orbiting planets, but new research shows that it may be much bigger than we...
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-05-25 14:19 UTC
A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine...
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Astronomers argue that there's an undiscovered giant planet far beyond the orbit of Neptune. A newly discovered rocky body has added evidence to the circumstantial case for it.
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-05-21 22:59 UTC
Water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa?...
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Scientists re-examining data from an old mission bring new insights to the tantalizing question of whether Jupiter's moon Europa has the ingredients to support life. The data provide independent evidence that the moon's subsurface liquid water res
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-05-15 14:51 UTC
One of the Trappist-1 Planets Has an Iron Core...
In February of 2017, a team of European astronomers announced the discovery of a seven-planet system orbiting the nearby star TRAPPIST-1. Aside from the fact that all seven planets were rocky, there was the added bonus of three of them orbiting within TRA
By ceres on 2018-05-04 16:53 UTC
Proof of 'Planet Nine' May Be Sewn into Medieval Tapestries...
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Observations made a thousand years ago could help modern scientists find the theoretical "Planet Nine" in the outer reaches of the solar system.
By ceres on 2018-05-04 16:52 UTC
NASA spacecraft will have company all the way to Mars...
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's next Mars explorer is going to have company all the way to the red planet: a couple of puny yet groundbreaking sidekicks.
By ceres on 2018-05-04 16:50 UTC
Old Data, New Tricks: Fresh Results from NASA's Galileo Spacecraft 20 Years On...
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Newly resurrected data from Galileo's first flyby of Ganymede is yielding new insights about the moon's environment.
By ceres on 2018-04-30 21:24 UTC
Study: Diamond from the sky may have come from 'lost planet'...
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Scientists say fragments of a meteorite that fell to Earth more than a decade ago provide compelling evidence of a lost planet that once roamed our solar system.
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-04-17 17:58 UTC
The closest exoplanet to Earth just got doused with deadly flares...
The astronomers write in a journal article preprint. "This suggests that life on Proxima b will have to undergo complex adaptations to survive, even if the planetary atmosphere survives the long-term impact of the stellar activity."
By ceres on 2018-04-10 17:11 UTC
NASA's Next Exoplanet Hunter Will Seek Worlds Close to Home...
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is designed to spot planets orbiting nearby bright stars
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-04-06 17:26 UTC
Could There Be Life in the Cloudtops of Venus?...
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A new study by a team of international researchers shows how microbial life could exist in Venus' cloud tops, an idea suggested almost fifty years ago.
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-04-06 17:25 UTC
Astronomers discover a 'super-Earth' exoplanet orbiting a low-mass star...
Using microlensing method, an international team of astronomers has detected a new "super-Earth" alien world circling a low-mass star about five times less massive than our sun. The finding is detailed in a paper published March 28 on the arXiv pr
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-04-04 15:08 UTC
"Looking Back in Deep Time" --Astronomers Discover 4,000 Galaxies of the Infant Universe...
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Astronomers today announce one of the largest 3D maps of the infant Universe, in a presentation at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Liverpool. A team led by Dr David Sobral of Lancaster University made the chart...
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-04-04 15:05 UTC
NASA resuming search for alien life, to launch probe for exoplanets on Apr 16...
TESS will launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida
By Anonymous Submission on 2018-03-29 18:59 UTC
"Out-of-this-World" --NASA Ion-Powered Spacecraft Could Streak Through Milky Way At More Than 200,000 MPH...
"The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible," said sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. A one-way trip to Mars using conventional chemical rockets could take up to nine months. It's...
By ceres on 2018-03-28 17:51 UTC
Newly Discovered Earth-Sized Planet K2-229b Could Reveal How Mercury Was Created...
The planet is likely the densest Earth-sized planet ever found.
By ceres on 2018-03-28 17:46 UTC
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