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Eight Planets Found Orbiting Distant Star, Says NASA
For the first time in history, NASA has discovered a total of eight planets orbiting a distant star that is much like our Sun, the
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New NASA study shows Moon once had an atmosphere
A new study shows that an atmosphere was produced around the ancient Moon, 3 to 4 billion years ago, when intense volcanic eruptio
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Cassini’s Last Moments In Space Before Landfall
For NASA’s Saturn explorer, the end will come all too quickly. Cassini, NASA’s explorer of Saturn, remaining life is now measu
It rains solid diamonds on Neptune and Uranus
Scientists forecast rain storms of solid diamonds on two of the solar system’s most interesting planets The obvious question
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Water, weather, new worlds: Cassini mission revealed Saturn’s secrets
Dan Reisenfeld, The University of Montana Cassini is the most sophisticated space probe ever built. Launched in 1997 as a joint NA
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Our discovery of a minor planet beyond Neptune shows there might not be a ‘Planet Nine’ after all
Ever since enthusiasm started growing over the possibility that there could be a ninth major planet orbiting the sun beyond Neptun
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Tiny satellites poised to make big contributions to essential science
Tiny satellites, some smaller than a shoe box, are currently orbiting around 200 miles above Earth, collecting data about our plan
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Hubble Rocks with a Heavy-Metal Home
This 10.5-billion-year-old globular cluster, NGC 6496, is home to heavy-metal stars of a celestial kind! The stars comprising this
Anticrepuscular Rays over Colorado
What’s happening over the horizon? Although the scene may appear somehow supernatural, nothing more unusual is occurring tha
Up and Over
Cassini orbited in Saturn’s ring plane — around the planet’s equator — for most of 2015. This enabled a se
Cirrus over Paris
What’s that over Paris? Cirrus. Typically, cirrus clouds appear white or gray when reflecting sunlight, can appear dark at s
Sagittarius Sunflowers
These three bright nebulae are often featured in telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius and the crowded starfields of t