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Tatooines everywhere? Many of the Exoplanets Already Discovered are in Multi-Star Systems

   17 Nov 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

Right now, we know of about 4,000 confirmed exoplanets, mostly thanks to the Kepler mission. TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, will likely raise that 4000 by a lot. But what about the stars that all of these planets orbit? A new study from the Astrophysical Institute and University Observatory of the University of Jena …
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Stingray Glider to Explore the Cloudtops of Venus

   17 Nov 00:00:07  |  Universe Today

Researchers at the University of Buffalo's CASH Lab are working on a glider inspired by the stingray to explore Venus.
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New Horizon?s Flyby Target 2014 MU69 Gets its Official Name: Arrokoth

   16 Nov 00:00:08  |  Universe Today

The KBO formerly known as Ultima Thule (2014 MU69) has officially been named "Arrokoth", the traditional Powhatan-Algonquin language.
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Two of Neptune?s Moons Dance Around Each Other as they Orbit

   16 Nov 00:00:08  |  Universe Today

Like a long-married couple accustomed to each other’s kitchen habits, two of Neptune’s moons are masters at sharing space without colliding. And though both situations may appear odd to an observer, there’s a certain dance-like quality to them both. We’re talking about Thalassa and Naiad, two Neptunian moons discovered by Voyager 2 in 1989. The …
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Apollo 12 Launched 50 Years Ago Today

   15 Nov 00:00:10  |  Universe Today

The 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 was a huge celebration, and Apollo 13 may be an equally big commotion. Apollo 12 is tough sell in the middle. Even the Virginia Air & Space Center, which houses the Apollo 12 capsule, uses photographs of Apollo 11 to advertise. Ouch.  This unique mission and its important contribution …
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It?s Time for Hayabusa-2 to Come Home

   15 Nov 00:00:10  |  Universe Today

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is on its way home. The asteroid-visiting, sample-return mission departed asteroid Ryugu (162173 Ryugu) on Wednesday, beginning its year-long journey back to Earth. And it’s carrying some precious cargo. Hayabusa 2 launched in December 2014, and arrived at Ryugu near the end of June, 2018. Ryugu is a carbonaceous near-Earth asteroid. …
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Mars 2020 Rover is Going to a Place on Mars That?s Perfect for Preserving Fossils

   14 Nov 00:00:02  |  Universe Today

Back in November 2018, NASA announced that the Mars 2020 rover would land in the Jezero Crater. Jezero Crater is a geologically diverse area, with an alluvial fan of sediment deposited by an incoming river. That sediment may contain preserved ancient organic molecules, and the deposit is clearly visible in satellite images of the Crater. …
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What?s the Best Way to Sail From World to World? Electric Sails or Solar Sails

   14 Nov 00:00:02  |  Universe Today

A new study compares two potential means of interstellar exploration, which could have implications for both space exploration and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.
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Carnival of Space #637

   13 Nov 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

Welcome to the 637th Carnival of Space! The Carnival is a community of space science and astronomy writers and bloggers, who submit their best work each week for your benefit. We have a fantastic roundup today so now, on to this week’s worth of stories! Universe Today: Our Guide to the November 11th, 2019 Transit …
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Satellites Watched Mercury?s Transit From Space, Confirming That Yes, the Sun Has At Least One Planet

   13 Nov 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

Do you wonder how astronomers find all those exoplanets orbiting stars in distant solar systems? Mostly they use the transit method. When a planet travels in between its star and an observer, the light from the star dims. That’s called a transit. If astronomers watch a planet transit its star a few times, they can …
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