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The Moon is a Barren and Desolate, but Lunar Caves Could Offer Some Shelter From the Harsh Environment

   17 Dec 19:00:06  |  Universe Today

New research shows that cave and pits on the Moon range considerably in terms of temperature, which is vital knowledge for the creation of future bases.
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Parker Solar Probe Flies Through the Sun?s Outer Atmosphere for the First Time

   16 Dec 19:00:13  |  Universe Today

For the first time ever, a spacecraft has flown through the Sun?s outer atmosphere. The Parker Solar Probe passed through the out portion of the Sun?s corona in April of 2021, passing directly through streamers of solar plasma. And by the way ?. there?s video of what the spacecraft ?saw.? This movie shows data from …
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Astronomy Jargon 101: Cosmic Strings

   16 Dec 19:00:13  |  Universe Today

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You?ll do a little dance about today’s topic: cosmic strings! What if I told you that there might be relics from the ancient universe roaming the cosmos? Demons from another age that could slice the Earth in two? No, it’s not the …
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The Recent Killer Tornado?s Track is Visible From Space

   15 Dec 19:00:06  |  Universe Today

During the night of December 10, 2021, severe weather tore through several US states, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. At least 70 tornado-like events were reported, and one storm cell was tracked on radar for approximately four hours as it traveled for more than 400 km (250 miles.) While the destruction these storms …
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Astronomy Jargon 101: Chromosphere

   15 Dec 19:00:06  |  Universe Today

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You?ll get a good look at today’s topic: chromosphere! The sun’s atmosphere has three separate layers. The innermost is called the photosphere, and that’s the region where light is released and hence what we generally think of when we envision “the sun”. …
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Life on Earth Needed Iron. Will it be the Same on Other Worlds

   14 Dec 19:00:14  |  Universe Today

A lot has to go right for a planet to support life. Some of the circumstances that allow life to bloom on any given planet stem from the planet’s initial formation. Here on Earth, circumstances meant Earth’s crust contains about 5% iron by weight. A new paper looks at how Earth’s iron diminished over time …
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Forget That Planet That Orbits Every 16 Hours. That?s so Last Week. Now Astronomers Have Found a Metal Planet That Orbits its Star EVERY 8 HOURS

   14 Dec 19:00:14  |  Universe Today

Astronomers have found a small, hot planet that might be almost solid iron.
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Even Really Massive Stars Seem to Have Planets

   13 Dec 19:00:12  |  Universe Today

Can planets form around massive, hot stars? Some astronomers think they can’t. According to the evidence, planets around stars exceeding three solar masses should be rare, or maybe even non-existent. But now astronomers have found one. A team of researchers found a binary star that’s six times the mass of the Sun. And it hosts …
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One Feature Mars has That we Don?t: Polar Megadunes

   13 Dec 19:00:12  |  Universe Today

New renderings from Kevin M Gill show a unique feature on Mars: the northern polar Chasma Boreale Megadunes!
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Parker Solar Probe Hurtles Past the Sun, Making its Closest Approach so far

   12 Dec 19:00:18  |  Universe Today

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