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High Above Jupiter’s Clouds

  High Above Jupiter’s Clouds NASA’s Juno spacecraft was a little more than one Earth diameter from Jupiter when it captured this mind-bending, color-enhanced view of the planet’s tumultuous atmosphere. Jupiter completely fills the image, with only a hint of ...

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How old is our moon?

Right side of the moon. NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio Click for a full size image   How old is our moon? Most scientists agree that the Earth has pretty much always had its moon. Details of the ...

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How to find an exoplanet part 2

In the Exoplanet Era, we are learning that planets abound in the cosmos. ESO/M. Kornmesser Click for a full size image How to find an exoplanet (part 2) The search for planets around other star systems has been going on ...

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How to find an exoplanet part 1

In the Exoplanet Era, we are learning that planets abound in the cosmos. ESO/M. Kornmesser Click for a full size image How to find an exoplanet (part 1) The search for planets around other star systems has been going on ...

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Medieval cosmology meets modern mathematics

Medieval cosmology meets modern mathematics When imagining medieval Europe, most people envision knights and castles and maybe cathedrals. Science is usually nowhere in the picture. Apart from monks copying manuscripts, intellectual activity in the Middle Ages was supposedly on the ...

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The Planets: Saturn

The Planets: Saturn Saturn is the farthest planet from Earth that can still be seen with the naked eye. Saturn’s spectacular rings give the planet a distinctive appearance that captures the imagination in a way that few other celestial objects ...

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First Earth-sized Rocky Exoplanet Found

A team of astronomers has found the first Earth-sized planet outside the solar system that has a rocky composition like that of Earth. This exoplanet, known as Kepler-78b, orbits its star very closely every 8.5 hours, making it much too ...

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Elephant’s Trunk Nebula

Elephant’s Trunk NebulaThis beauty is IC 13961 (more commonly known as the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula); a region that lies about 2,400 light-years from Earth in the quaint constellation of Cepheus. Also within the vicinity of IC 13961 is the larger ...

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Cone Nebula, NGC 2264

Resembling a nightmarish beast rearing its head from a crimson sea, this monstrous object is actually an innocuous pillar of gas and dust. Called the Cone Nebula (NGC 2264) — so named because, in ground-based images, it has a conical ...

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Ice Cube science

Francis Halzen has an unusual job. This scientist studies itsy bitsy, teeny tiny objects zipping through the universe. They’re called neutrinos. His job should be easy because neutrinos are all around us, all the time. They pass from the depths ...

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