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Sunday, August 9, 2020
A few of Earth’s Gold Originated from 2 Neutron Stars That Collided Billions of Years Ago

A few of Earth’s Gold Originated from 2 Neutron Stars That...

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For about a century now, scientists have theorized that the metals in our Universe are the result of stellar nucleosynthesis. This theory states that after the first stars formed, heat and pressure in their interiors led to the creation of heavier elements like silicon and iron. These elements not only enriched future generations of stars…
New Ring of Dust Found in the Inner Planetary System

New Ring of Dust Found in the Inner Planetary System

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Discovering new things in space is a regular occurrence. Astronomers keep finding more distant objects in the outer reaches of the Solar System. Worlds like ‘The Goblin,’ ‘FarOut,’ and ‘FarFarOut‘ are stretching the limits of what our Solar System actually is. But finding new things in the inner Solar System is rare. “It’s not every…
The Record for the Many Remote Item in the Planetary System has actually been Shattered. Presenting FarFarOut at 140 Huge Systems

The Record for the Many Remote Item in the Planetary System...

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Remember Far Out, the distant planet at the far reaches of the Solar System, that was discovered in December, 2018? Well, it has been kicked unceremoniously off its pedestal as the most distant object after a short, two-month reign. In its place is the very newly-discovered FarFarOut (FFO.) And if it weren’t for a heavy…
State Hi to Hippocamp! The New Moon Discovered at Neptune, Which Might Have Broken off from the Larger Moon Proteus

State Hi to Hippocamp! The New Moon Discovered at Neptune, Which...

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Moons have the coolest names, don’t they? Proteus, Titan, and Callisto. Phobos, Deimos, and Encephalitis. But not Io. That’s a stupid name for a moon. There’s only two ways to pronounce it and we still get it wrong. Anyway, now we have another cool one: Hippocamp! Okay, maybe the new name isn’t that cool. It…
Scream Out to Japan! Their Hayabusa2 Spacecraft has actually Gathered its First Samples from Asteroid Ryugu

Scream Out to Japan! Their Hayabusa2 Spacecraft has actually Gathered its...

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft has completed an important part of its mission to asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft descended to the surface of the asteroid to collect two samples with its sampling horn. We don’t know for sure if samples were successfully collected, but all indications are that the sampling mission went well. The successful touchdown took…
Japan’s Hayabusa2 will Soar the Surface Area of Ryugu with Tiny Impactors so they can Gather a Sample

Japan’s Hayabusa2 will Soar the Surface Area of Ryugu with Tiny...

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission is about to get down to business. After arriving at asteroid Ryugu at the end of June 2018, and dispatching its tiny rovers to the surface, the spacecraft is about to approach the surface of the asteroid and get some samples. Back in October, Hayabusa 2 performed some touchdown rehearsals. It left…
ESA is Preparation an Objective to the Tiniest Spacerock Ever Gone To: the Moon of an Asteroid

ESA is Preparation an Objective to the Tiniest Spacerock Ever Gone...

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For some small minority of humans, Death By Asteroid is a desirable fate. The idea probably satisfies their wonky Doomsday thinking. But for the rest of us, going out the same way the dinosaurs did would just be embarrassing. Thankfully, the ESA’s Hera mission will visit the smallest spacerock ever, and will help us avoid…
Tiny Things Found at the Edge of the Planetary System for the Very First Time. A Kuiper Belt Things that’s Only 2.6 km Throughout

Tiny Things Found at the Edge of the Planetary System for...

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The Kuiper Belt, or the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt, is home to ancient rocks. Kuiper Belt Objects, or KBOs, are remnants of the early planet-formation days of our Solar System. Small KBOs, in the 1 km. diameter range, have been theorized about for decades, but nobody’s every found one. Until now. Planets form when bits of dust…
A Disc of Icy Product, not World 9, May Explain the Strange Motions in the Outer Planetary System

A Disc of Icy Product, not World 9, May Explain the...

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Is there or isn’t there a Planet 9? Is there a planet way out on the outskirts of our Solar System, with sufficient mass to explain the movements of distant objects? Or is a disc of icy material responsible? There’s no direct evidence yet of an actual Planet 9, but something with sufficient mass is…
Cassini Saw Rain Falling at Titan’s North Pole

Cassini Saw Rain Falling at Titan’s North Pole

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The Cassini mission to Saturn ended in September 2017, but the data it gathered during its 13 year mission is still yielding scientific results. On the heels of a newly-released global image of Saturn’s moon Titan comes another discovery: Rainfall at Titan’s north pole. Climate models developed by scientists during Cassini’s mission concluded that rain…

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