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The Moon?s Crust was Formed From a Frozen Slushy Magma

   20 Jan 19:00:08  |  Universe Today

Scientists’ detailed study of the Moon dates back to the Apollo missions when astronauts brought rock samples from the lunar surface back to Earth for analysis. Apollo 11 gathered samples from the lunar highland regions, the pale areas on the Moon’s surface easily seen from Earth. The highlands are made of a relatively light rock …
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Space Flight Destroys Your Red Blood Cells

   19 Jan 19:00:06  |  Universe Today

It?s really true: space wants to kill us. And this time, space is trying to kill us from the inside out. A new study on astronauts living on board the International Space Station shows that while in space, the astronauts? bodies destroyed 54 percent more red blood cells than they normally would on Earth. Even …
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A new Kind of Supernova has Been Discovered

   19 Jan 19:00:06  |  Universe Today

A new supernova discovery shows that Wolf-Rayet stars explode after all.
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These Newly-Discovered Planets are Doomed

   18 Jan 19:00:15  |  Universe Today

Astronomers have spied three more exoplanets. But the discovery might not last long. Each planet is in a separate solar system, and each orbits perilously close to its star. Even worse, all of the stars are dying. The results? Three doomed planets. TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) and other planet-hunting endeavours have found thousands of …
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NASA and HeroX Want to Convert Waste in Space and Monitor Air-Quality Here on Earth

   18 Jan 19:00:15  |  Universe Today

NASA and HeroX just launched two exciting incentive competitions to address the challenges of astronaut waste during missions to Mars and air quality here on Earth.
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A Moon Might Have Been Found Orbiting an Exoplanet

   17 Jan 19:00:08  |  Universe Today

A new study by David Kipping and the Hunt for Exomoons with Kepler campaign has revealed another exomoon candidate!
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Remember When Life was Found in a Martian Meteorite? Turns out, it was Just Geology

   17 Jan 19:00:08  |  Universe Today

The Alan Hills meteorite is a part of history to Mars aficionados. It came from Mars and meteorite hunters discovered in Antarctica in 1984. Scientists think it’s one of the oldest chunks of rock to come from Mars and make it to Earth. The meteorite made headlines in 1996 when a team of researchers said …
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Astronomy Jargon 101: Bolide

   16 Jan 19:00:03  |  Universe Today

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You?ll be struck by today’s topic: bolide! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…bolide? The word “bolide” has two main definitions, and even then it’s never used in a consistent way. The International Astronomical Union, for example, hasn’t established a definition …
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Astronomy Jargon 101: Black Holes

   16 Jan 19:00:03  |  Universe Today

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You?ll never want to stop learning about today’s topic: black holes! Ah, black holes. Basically the worst things in the universe. Nobody likes them. Nobody wants to be them. Nobody even wants to get close to them. If it weren’t for black …
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Tonga?s Incredible Underwater Volcano Eruption Seen From Space

   15 Jan 19:00:04  |  Universe Today

An undersea volcano erupted near the Pacific island of Tonga, and several satellites caught the incredible explosion in action. The blast of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha?apai volcano created a  plume of ash, steam and gas mushrooming above the Pacific Ocean, with a quickly expanding shockwave visible from orbit. Japan’s Himawari-8 weather satellite recorded this …
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