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The ?Happy Face Crater? on Mars Has Been Changing Right Before Our Eyes

   23 Jan 00:00:09  |  Universe Today

Who has an even bigger grin than ten years ago? This goofy-looking crater on Mars. These two images were taken by the HiRISE camera (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and shows how Mars? surface is changing over time ? in this case, due to thermal erosion. The first of …
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Virgin Orbit Successfully Launches a Batch of Satellites From an Airplane

   23 Jan 00:00:09  |  Universe Today

Virgin Orbit has successfully tested its new air-launch system (LauncherOne) that will deliver small satellites to orbit in the near future.
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Mars has Been Through Many Ice Ages in the Last Billion Years

   22 Jan 00:00:04  |  Universe Today

Like Earth, Mars has experienced periods of extreme glaciation or ice sheet coverage, which are known as ice ages. As these ice ages come and go, glaciers expand and contract along the planet’s surface, grinding huge boulders down to smaller rocks. By examining the size of boulders and rocks at specific locations on Mars, we …
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Strange Green Star is the Result of a Merger Between two White Dwarfs

   22 Jan 00:00:04  |  Universe Today

Chandrasekhar found there is an upper limit for the mass of a white dwarf, but some white dwarfs can break that limit for a time.
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New Drones for Exploring Mars are Getting Tested in Iceland

   21 Jan 00:00:09  |  Universe Today

It’s looking more and more like the future of space exploration could involve drones in a big way. We’ve already seen it here on Earth, where all kinds of flying drones are used by all kinds of people for all kinds of things. Drones are particularly useful in resource development, exploration, imaging, and remote sensing. …
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Astronomers Confirm That Darksat is About Half as Bright as an Unpainted Starlink

   21 Jan 00:00:09  |  Universe Today

Space-based internet service is poised to revolutionize the internet and bring high-speed connectivity to countless communities worldwide. Programs like SpaceX?s Starlink paint a picture of a bright future for the citizens of the world. Like many revolutionary technological advances, there is a dark side to Starlink.  The constellation of hundreds (and eventually thousands) of satellites …
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What Happens to Their Supermassive Black Holes When Galaxies Collide

   20 Jan 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

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This is a Simulation of the Interstellar Medium Flowing Like Smoke Throughout the Milky Way

   20 Jan 00:00:12  |  Universe Today

How do stars form? We know they form from massive structures called molecular clouds, which themselves form from the Interstellar Medium (ISM). But how and why do certain types of stars form? Why, in some situations, does a star like our Sun form, versus a red dwarf or a blue giant? That’s one of the …
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Here?s the Extremely New Website for the Extremely Large Telescope

   19 Jan 00:00:08  |  Universe Today

In the vein of ?go big or go home,? the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has launched a stunning new website to showcase information about — and match the scale of — its Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), the highly anticipated observatory scheduled to have first light in 2025. The new website is well-designed and contains a …
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Planets are Finally Being Discovered Orbiting Farther From Their Stars

   19 Jan 00:00:08  |  Universe Today

We don't know much about exoplanets with long orbital periods, but we're starting to learn.
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