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NASA used Curiosity?s Sensors to Measure the Gravity of a Mountain on Mars

   02 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Some very clever people have figured out how to use MSL Curiosity’s navigation sensors to measure the gravity of a Martian mountain. What they’ve found contradicts previous thinking about Aeolis Mons, aka Mt. Sharp. Aeolis Mons is a mountain in the center of Gale Crater, Curiosity’s landing site in 2012. Gale Crater is a huge …
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Newborn Stars in the Orion Nebula Prevent Other Stars from Forming

   01 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

The Orion Nebula is one of the most observed and photographed objects in the night sky. At a distance of 1350 light years away, it’s the closest active star-forming region to Earth. This diffuse nebula is also known as M42, and has been studied intensely by astronomers for many years. From it, astronomers have learned …
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Uh oh, a Recent Study Suggests that Dark Energy?s Strength is Increasing

   01 Feb 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Staring into the Darkness The expansion of our universe is accelerating. Every single day, the distances between galaxies grows ever greater. And what’s more, that expansion rate is getting faster and faster – that’s what it means to live in a universe with accelerated expansion. This strange phenomenon is called dark energy, and was first …
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Crew Dragon Rolls Out to the Launch Pad. Demo-1 Flight Should Happen Shortly

   31 Jan 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

The long-anticipated first flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon is almost here. Early in January, the Crew Dragon was rolled out of its hangar at Kennedy Space Center, and on January 24th it performed a brief static firing as part of its testing. The Crew Dragon’s inaugural flight, called Demo-1, is not far off. Neither …
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One of the Oldest Earth Rocks Turned up on the Moon, of all Places

   31 Jan 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

A recent study has determined that the oldest sample of Earth rock ever discovered (~4 billion years old) was actually found on the Moon.
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Tiny Object Found at the Edge of the Solar System for the First Time. A Kuiper Belt Object that?s Only 2.6 km Across

   30 Jan 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

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 …
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Astronomers are Continuing to Watch the Shockwaves Expand from Supernova SN1987A, as they Crash Into the Surrounding Interstellar Medium

   30 Jan 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

An international team of researchers was able to accurately measure the effect that a supernova shock wave had on the surrounding gas for the first time.
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Here it is, the high resolution photo of MU69 We?ve all been waiting for.

   29 Jan 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

A newly-processed image of Ultima Thule provides the highest-resolution picture of the object to date.
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Amazing Images From Sunday?s Total Lunar Eclipse as Observers Spy Impact Flash

   28 Jan 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Wow. Sunday night’s total lunar eclipse offered an amazing view, and for a few astute observers, a little surprise. The only total lunar eclipse for 2019 was an amazing spectacle for the Americas late Sunday night on January 20th and early Monday morning on January 21st for Africa and Europe. Like millions of other observers, …
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Weekly Space Hangout: Jan 23, 2019: Marco Parigi, Asteroid/Comet Whisperer

   27 Jan 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Marco is a self-declared Asteroid/Comet whisperer. He’s dabbled in citizen science for years, and he most recently flagged many changes on 67P when this was directly requested through the Rosetta Blog: http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2016/06/03/the-changing-comet-call-for-contributions/ He is currently working on finding evidence for out …
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