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The Collision that Created the Moon Might Have Also Brought Water to the Early Earth

   24 May 01:00:02   |  Universe Today

Scientists at the University of Munster have discovered that Earth got its water from a collision with Theia. Theia was the ancient body that collided with Earth and formed the Moon. Their discovery shows that Earth’s water is much more ancient than previously thought. The standing theory for the formation of the Moon involves an …
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Bizarre Star Could be the Result of Two White Dwarfs Merging Together

   23 May 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Stars live and die on epic time scales. Tens of millions of years, hundreds of millions of years, even billions of years or longer. Maybe the only thing that surpasses that epicness is when two dead stars join together and come back to life. Astronomers at the University of Bonn in Germany, along with colleagues …
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Weekly Space Hangout: May 22, 2019 ? Dr. Susan Bailey of the NASA TWINS Study

   23 May 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Hosts: Fraser Cain (universetoday.com / @fcain) Dr. Kimberly Cartier (KimberlyCartier.org / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg (MorganRehnberg.com / @MorganRehnberg & ChartYourWorld.org) Dr. Paul M. Sutter (pmsutter.com / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Brian Koberlein (briankoberlein.com / @BrianKoberlein) Dr. Susan Bailey is a Professor and Radiation Cancer Biologist in the Department of Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences (ERHS) at …
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Planetary Society?s Light Sail 2 is Set to Launch on a Falcon Heavy Rocket Next Month

   22 May 01:00:02   |  Universe Today

The Planetary Society is going to launch their LightSail 2 CubeSat next month. LightSail 2 is a test mission designed to study the feasibility of using sunlight for propulsion. The small satellite will use the pressure of sunlight on its solar sails to propel its way to a higher orbit. The launch is scheduled for …
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Interview with Dennis E. Taylor, Author of the Bobiverse Trilogy

   22 May 01:00:02   |  Universe Today

This week I had a fantastic opportunity to interview one of my favorite authors, Dennis E. Taylor, the author of We Are Legion (We Are Bob), and the rest of the Bobiverse Trilogy. We had a great conversation about the challenges in writing science fiction during a time when science has come so far, what …
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Most of the Solar System Should be a Protected Wilderness. One-Eighth Left for Mining and Resource Exploitation

   21 May 01:00:02   |  Universe Today

A new study by an astrophysicist and a professor of ethics takes a look at the future of humanity in space, and recommends we set aside most of the Solar System aside as protected wilderness.
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Carnival of Space #612

   21 May 01:00:02   |  Universe Today

Welcome to the 612th 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: A Supercomputer has been Designed to run the …
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NASA?s 2024 Moon Mission is called Artemis, and Will Need an Additional $1.6 Billion in Funding

   20 May 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

The Moon’s going to have more human visitors in the year 2024. NASA has announced that their mission to the Moon, which is named Artemis after the Greek goddess of hunting, has been advanced by four years, from 2028 to 2024. But there’s a catch: they need more dough to do it. $1.6 billion more. …
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Is Dark Matter Made of Axions? Black Holes May Reveal the Answer

   19 May 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

What is dark matter made of? It’s one of the most perplexing questions of modern astronomy. We know that dark matter is out there, since we can see its obvious gravitational influence on everything from galaxies to the evolution of the entire universe, but we don’t know what it is. Our best guess is that …
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Small, Tough Planets can Survive the Death of Their Star

   18 May 01:00:01   |  Universe Today

Sad fact of the Universe is that all stars will die, eventually. And when they do, what happens to their babies? Usually, the prognosis for the planets around a dying star is not good, but a new study says some might in fact survive. A group of astronomers have taken a closer look at what …
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