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Thursday, August 6, 2020
Antarctica will Release an Iceberg Two Times the Size of New York City City

Antarctica will Release an Iceberg Two Times the Size of New...

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An ice shelf in Antarctica is about to give birth to a baby. This baby is a giant, spawned by growing cracks in the Brunt Ice Shelf. It’s not clear what this’ll mean to the scientific infrastructure in the area, and to the human presence, which were both established in the 1950s. The Brunt Ice…
Another Massive Crater Found Under the Ice in Greenland

Another Massive Crater Found Under the Ice in Greenland

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A glaciologist has discovered another enormous impact crater under more than a mile of ice in Greenland. This is on the heels of the November 2019 discovery of an impact crater in the same area under the Hiawatha Glacier. The November discovery was the first-ever crater found under ice on Earth. The two craters are…
Chinese satellite records moon and Earth like you have actually never ever seen them

Chinese satellite records moon and Earth like you have actually never...

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The far side of the moon and Earth as seen from the Chinese DSLWP-B / Longjiang-2 satellite on February 4. MingChuan Wei (Harbin Institute of Technology) Last month, China landed on the seldom-seen far side of the moon that never faces our planet. Now, a new photo from a Chinese satellite captures a rare look at both…
11 of the highest animals in the world

11 of the highest animals in the world

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Formally known as Giraffa camelopardalis, the average giraffe stands 14 to 19 feet (4.3 to 5.8 meters) tall, according to National Geographic. Most of a giraffe's height comes from its famously long neck, which can extend almost 7 feet. They can weigh between 1,750 and 2,800 pounds (794 to 1,270 kilograms), depending on their sex.…
This ‘Em pty Garbage Bag’ Is Orbiting Earth in an Extremely Weird Method

This ‘Em pty Garbage Bag’ Is Orbiting Earth in an Extremely...

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Lots of space debris is orbiting Earth, including non-functional satellites. Credit: NASA A bizarre object orbiting Earth is reminding astronomers of an empty trash bag. The unusual satellite is trekking around the planet in an almost absurd ellipse, dipping as close as 372.8 miles (600 kilometers) from the surface and then swinging out to a…
Among the Oldest Earth Rocks Showed Up on the Moon, of all Places

Among the Oldest Earth Rocks Showed Up on the Moon, of...

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According the Giant Impact Hypothesis, the Earth-Moon system was created roughly 4.5 billion years ago when a Mars-sized object collided with Earth. This impact led to the release of massive amounts of material that eventually coalesced to form the Earth and Moon. Over time, the Moon gradually migrated away from Earth and assumed its current…
Without the Effect that Formed the Moon, We Might Not Have Life in the world

Without the Effect that Formed the Moon, We Might Not Have...

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The Earth wasn’t formed containing the necessary chemicals for life to begin. One well-supported theory, called the “late veneer theory”, suggests that the volatile chemicals needed for life arrived long after the Earth formed, brought here by meteorites. But a new study challenges the late veneer theory. Evidence shows that the Moon was created when…
‘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…
Apollo Astronauts May Have Found the Oldest-Known Earth Rock on the Moon

Apollo Astronauts May Have Found the Oldest-Known Earth Rock on the...

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A moon rock brought back by Apollo 14 astronauts in 1971 may contain a tiny piece of the ancient Earth (the "felsite clast" identified by the arrow). Credit: NASA/LPI/USRA/Bellucci et al. One of Earth's oldest rocks may have been dug up on the moon.  A chunk of material brought back from the lunar surface by Apollo…
How to Ruin the Earth in 3 Easy Actions

How to Ruin the Earth in 3 Easy Actions

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Paul M. Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University, host of Ask a Spaceman and Space Radio, and author of "Your Place in the Universe" (2018). Sutter contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Mad scientists through the ages have dreamed of holding the world hostage by threatening to destroy…

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