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25 Years of Solar Cycles in One Incredible SOHO Mosaic

   14 hours ago  |  Universe Today

For a quarter of a century, the ESA-NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has been essential in helping scientists understand the heart of our Solar System, the Sun. The SOHO mission launched 25 years ago this week, and to celebrate, ESA compiled a wonderful mosaic of images, and NASA put together a remarkable SOHO ?greatest …
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An Astronomer Checked to see if There's a Secret Message in the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation

   14 hours ago  |  Universe Today

One way to look for a message in the cosmic microwave background is to convert thermal fluctuations into a binary string. So what does it say?
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Weekly Space Hangout: December 2, 2020 ? Dr. Ingrid Daubar, Planetary Scientist, Brown University

   04 Dec 00:00:04  |  Universe Today

This week we are joined by Dr. Ingrid Daubar, Planetary Scientist from Brown University studying impact cratering within our solar system. Dr. Daubar is part of a team that has been using a new AI classification tool to identify geologic features on planetary surfaces, such as Mars. Ingrid has been involved in planetary science for …
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Solid Phosphorus has been Found in Comets. This Means They Contain All the Raw Elements for Life

   04 Dec 00:00:04  |  Universe Today

Did comets deliver the elements essential for life on Earth? It’s looking more and more like they could have. At least one comet might have, anyway: 67P/Churyumov?Gerasimenko. A new study using data from the ESA’s Rosetta mission shows that the comet contains the life-critical element phosphorous. Researchers from the University of Turku in Finland led …
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Spacefaring Worms Show How Gravity Affects Genes

   03 Dec 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

New research involving nemotode worms aboard the ISS have shown that the effects of microgravity extend to the genetic level.
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Take a Look at What China?s Chang?e-5 Probe Is Seeing (and Doing) on the Moon

   03 Dec 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

China’s Chang’e-5 robotic moon lander is due to spend only two days collecting samples of lunar rock and soil before it sends its shipment on its way back to Earth, but it’s making the most of the time. Just hours after landing on December 1st, the probe started using its robotic scoop and drill to …
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In the Far Future, Stellar Flybys Will Completely Dismantle the Solar System

   02 Dec 00:00:20  |  Universe Today

Consumption and disintegration. Next time you want to be the life of the party?if you’re hanging out with cool nerds that is?just drop that phrase into the conversation. And when they look at you quizzically, just say that’s the eventual fate of the Solar System. Then adjust your cravat and take another sip of your …
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Will the Starship Make a 15 km Hop Test on Wednesday

   02 Dec 00:00:20  |  Universe Today

According to recent statements and preparations at Boca Chica, SpaceX could be attempting a high-altitude flight test with the Starship as early as tomorrow!
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Astronomers find a galaxy that had its dark matter siphoned away

   01 Dec 00:00:24  |  Universe Today

The galaxy NGC 1052-DF4 surprised scientists by having almost no dark matter to complement its stellar population. Recently a team of astronomers has provided an explanation: a nearby galaxy has stripped NGC 1052-DF4 of its dark matter, and is currently in the process of destroying the rest of it too. Despite its complete invisibility, dark …
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My Dad Made a Table That Looks Like Jupiter

   01 Dec 00:00:24  |  Universe Today

My Dad’s a pretty good woodworker, and recently completed a wooden table that looks surprisingly like Jupiter, Great Red Spot, atmospheric bands and all. Here’s the original table from a bit of a side angle: And here’s what it looks like when it’s orbiting the Sun, imaged by Juno during a recent flyby. Check out …
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