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Are the Clouds of Jupiter Haunted

   01 Nov 00:00:03  |  Universe Today

Are spirits amongst the clouds of Jupiter? The answer might be yes! A recent publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets has identified what appear to be ?Sprites? in the Jovian Atmosphere. In European Folklore, ‘Sprites’ (derived from Latin ?spiritus? or spirit) were elemental and ethereal beings visiting Earth. The term is fitting for …
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Based on Kepler Data, There?s a 95% Chance of an Earth-Like Planet Within 20 Light-Years

   01 Nov 00:00:02  |  Universe Today

Combining data from the retired Kepler mission with the Gaia Observatory, a team of scientists have produced new estimates for how many habitable planets could be out there.
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Galaxies Grew Quickly and Early On in the Universe

   31 Oct 00:00:33  |  Universe Today

The behaviour of galaxies in the early Universe attracts a lot of attention from researchers. In fact, everything about the early Universe is under intense scientific scrutiny for obvious reasons. But unlike the Universe’s first stars, which have all died long ago, the galaxies we see around us?including our own?have been here since the early …
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NASA Announces the Discovery of Water in the Sunlit Parts of the Moon

   31 Oct 00:00:33  |  Universe Today

A new study, based on SOFIA data, has found that water can exist in sunlit areas on the Moon, not just in permanently-shadowed craters!
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New Simulation Shows Exactly What?s Happening as Neutron Stars Merge

   30 Oct 00:00:18  |  Universe Today

Neutron stars are the remnants of massive stars that explode as supernovae at the end of their fusion lives. They’re super-dense cores where all of the protons and electrons are crushed into neutrons by the overpowering gravity of the dead star. They’re the smallest and densest stellar objects, except for black holes, and possibly other …
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Weekly Space Hangout: October 28, 2020, Dr. Nathalie Cabrol, SETI Institute

   30 Oct 00:00:18  |  Universe Today

This week we are pleased to welcome Dr. Natalie Cabrol, Director of the Carl Sagan Center for Research at the SETI Institute (SI), to the show. In addition to heading the strategic vision for science and exploration at the SI, Nathalie leads research projects in planetary science and astrobiology, develops science exploration strategies for Mars, …
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What Martian Settlers Need to Know About Soil Can Teach us How to Grow Better on Earth

   29 Oct 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

The Soil Health in Space experiment is now being conducted on the ISS, which could lead to sustainable farming on the Moon, Mars, and also Earth!
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ISS Crew Return Safely to Earth

   29 Oct 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

After 196 days in space, some record spacewalks, several experiments, and patching an air leak, the crew of Expedition 63 made it home safely!
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Scientists in Japan Have Found a Detailed Record of the Earth?s Last Magnetic Reversal, 773,000 Years Ago

   28 Oct 00:00:26  |  Universe Today

Every 200,000 to 300,000 years Earth’s magnetic poles reverse. What was once the north pole becomes the south, and vice versa. It’s a time of invisible upheaval. The last reversal was unusual because it was so long ago. For some reason, the poles have remained oriented the way they are now for about three-quarters of …
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This is What Perseverance?s Landing Site Looked Like Billions of Years Ago. See Why it?s Such a Compelling Target

   28 Oct 00:00:26  |  Universe Today

Today is a milestone in NASA’s Perseverance mission to Mars. At 1:40 pm Pacific time today, the rover will have traveled 235.4 million km (146.3 million miles). That means the spacecraft is halfway to Mars and its rendezvous with Jezero Crater. The spacecraft isn’t traveling in a straight line, and the planets are moving, so …
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