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‘Em pty garbage bag’ identified orbiting Earth

‘Em pty garbage bag’ identified orbiting Earth

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Space debris seen from outside geosynchronous orbit. NASA It's not quite another moon, but Earth is currently being orbited by an artificial satellite that reminds astronomers of... an empty trash bag. The Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope in Haleakala, Hawaii, first spotted it Friday. The object now has the designation "A10bMLz," which is…
Strange ‘World 9’ Is Most Likely 5 to 10 Times the Size of Earth

Strange ‘World 9’ Is Most Likely 5 to 10 Times the...

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Artist's illustration of Planet Nine, a hypothetical world that some scientists think lurks undiscovered in the far outer solar system. Credit: R. Hurt (IPAC)/Caltech There could be a planet hiding out on the distant frontiers of our solar system. And astronomers have published new details about what it probably looks like, if it really exists.…
Astronomers say Earth might have a new mini-moon

Astronomers say Earth might have a new mini-moon

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Earth, as seen from the Moon in 1968, could have pulled a new mini-moon into its gravity. Corbis via Getty Images We could have a new space neighbor, at least for a while. Astronomers at the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey reckon they've spotted an asteroid that's caught in Earth's gravity."Earth has a new temporarily captured…
There’s a Surprising Quantity of Life Deep Inside the Earth. Numerous Times More Mass than All of Humankind

There’s a Surprising Quantity of Life Deep Inside the Earth. Numerous...

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Scientists with the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) are transforming our understanding of life deep inside the Earth, and maybe on other worlds. Their discoveries suggest that abundant life could exist in the sub-surface of other planets and moons, even where temperatures are extreme, and energy and nutrients are scarce. They’ve also discovered that all of…
Climate change is bringing earlier springs, which may trigger drier summers

Climate change is bringing earlier springs, which may trigger drier summers

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The early arrival of spring is often cause for celebration in northern climates. But it may come at the cost of drier, hotter days in some areas in summer. As winter wanes and leaves start to peek out from branches, trees increasingly draw water from the soil and move it into the sky — a…
50 years back, an Antarctic fossil indicated Gondwanaland’s presence

50 years back, an Antarctic fossil indicated Gondwanaland’s presence

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Fossil search in Antarctica, Science News, October 11, 1969 — A search for further fossil evidence that Antarctica was once joined to other continents will be conducted.… A 17-man group will seek fossils of ancient land vertebrates similar to those found on continents now separated from Antarctica by up to 2,000 miles of ocean. Update…
How to View a Near-Earth Asteroid Zoom Closer to Earth than the Moon

How to View a Near-Earth Asteroid Zoom Closer to Earth than...

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The two red lines pinpoint asteroid 2018 VX1 , which is visiting Earth's neighborhood on Saturday. Credit: Gianluca Masi/Virtual Telescope Project Three chunky asteroids will zoom by Earth this weekend, and one of them is getting closer to our planet than the moon itself. On Saturday (Nov. 10), the near-Earth asteroid 2018 VX1 will zip…
On SpaceX’s Team Dragon a star is born: A plushie toy of Earth

On SpaceX’s Team Dragon a star is born: A plushie toy...

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NASA astronaut Anne McClain hangs out with the little Earth plushie. NASA NASA astronaut Anne McClain on the International Space Station has adopted a plushie anthropomorphic Earth toy as the newest member of the crew. The little planet is now a social media star. Little Earth rode along on the history-making SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-1…
That Rectangle-shaped Iceberg Took a Long, Hazardous Journey

That Rectangle-shaped Iceberg Took a Long, Hazardous Journey

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That stunning rectangular iceberg that was photographed in mid-October by NASA scientist Jeremy Harbeck had a much more harrowing journey than we thought. Scientists looked back through satellite images to retrace the ‘berg’s journey. They found that it calved from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in November 2017. In Universe Today’s original article on the…
Here are 5 of the weirdest auroras, including the newly spotted ‘dunes’

Here are 5 of the weirdest auroras, including the newly spotted...

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Sky watchers have spotted a new jewel in the crown of northern lights that shimmer over the top of the world. The new kind of spectacle is a rare, faint phenomenon dubbed the “dunes.” Unlike other auroras that hang in the sky like luminous curtains, the dunes appear as green bands running parallel to the…

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