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Finally! A Solution to Deal With Sticky Lunar Dust

   13 Sep 00:00:05  |  Universe Today

As a wise man once said, ?I don?t like sand.  It?s coarse and rough and irritating – and it gets everywhere?.  The same could be said for another material in our solar system – dust. The kind of dust present on the moon is even more annoying than the grains that bothered Anakin Skywalker on …
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China?s New Reusable Spaceplane Lands After 2 Days in Space

   13 Sep 00:00:04  |  Universe Today

China's mysterious reusable spaceplane recently launched and has returned to Earth after spending two days in space.
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Jupiter Probably Has 600 Small, Irregular Moons

   12 Sep 00:00:10  |  Universe Today

The better our technologies get, the better we get at finding objects in space. That’s certainly true of Jupiter and its moons. Prior to Galileo, nobody knew the other planets had moons. Then in 1609/10, as he made improvements to his telescope, he aimed it at the gas giant and eventually found four moons: Io, …
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Vera Rubin?s Monster 3200-Megapixel Camera Takes its First Picture (in the Lab)

   12 Sep 00:00:09  |  Universe Today

The Vera C. Rubin Observatory has taken another step towards first light, projected for some time in 2022. Its enormous 3200 megapixel camera just took its first picture during lab testing at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The camera is the largest ever built, and its unprecedented power is the driving force behind the Observatory’s …
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A Sunspot, Revealed in Incredible Detail by Europe?s Newly Upgraded GREGOR Telescope

   11 Sep 00:00:19  |  Universe Today

I wear glasses for astigmatism. But, as a stargazer with a visual impediment, turns out I?m in good company. The GREGOR telescope, a solar telescope located at the Teide Observatory in the Canary Islands also suffered from an astigmatism that was recently corrected?to very stellar results. Opened in 2012, GREGOR is part of a new …
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China is Building a Floating Spaceport for Rocket Launches

   11 Sep 00:00:19  |  Universe Today

China is almost finished its floating spaceport in the Yellow Sea, which will begin making regular launches and servicing rockets in the near future!
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Earth?s Oxygen Could be Making the Moon Rust

   10 Sep 00:00:11  |  Universe Today

It takes oxygen to make iron rust. So when scientists discovered hematite spread widely through lunar high latitudes, they were surprised. How did that happen? A new study suggests that oxygen from Earth could be playing a role in rusting the Moon. Hematite, also spelled haematite, is an iron oxide with the formula Fe2O3. It’s …
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Behold! The Black Hole Collision Calculator!

   10 Sep 00:00:11  |  Universe Today

A new tool called the Black Hole Collision Calculator let's users see just how powerful a collision between a black hole and any other celestial object would be.
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There are Three Asteroids Hiding in this Animation, See If You Can Find Them

   09 Sep 00:00:24  |  Universe Today

This summer, the European Space Agency?s Near-Earth Object Coordination Centre (NEOCC) started posting ?riddles? or challenges on their website. These riddles provide a look at how difficult it is for astronomers to find faint, near Earth objects (NEO). Try it for yourself by looking at the animation below: Unless your eyes are used to quickly …
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The Strange, Misshapen Orbits of Planet-Forming Disks in a Triple-Star System

   09 Sep 00:00:24  |  Universe Today

Whatever we grow up with, we think of as normal. Our single solitary yellow star seems normal to us, with planets orbiting on the same, aligned ecliptic. But most stars aren’t alone; most are in binary relationships. And some are in triple-star systems. And the planet-forming disks around those three-star systems can exhibit some misshapen …
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