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{FD} How Jupiter is helping the hunt for habitable alien worlds

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DENVER — Jupiter itself isn’t a great candidate to host life, but the gas giant is playing a significant role in the search for habitable worlds. Continue reading

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{FD} No need for Planet Nine? Small objects’ gravity could explain weird orbits

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DENVER — Small but rowdy space rocks pushing and jostling one another may have created the unusual orbits some astronomers cite as the signature of the hypothesized ” Planet Nine,” a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Black hole traffic accidents may produce monster mergers

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New research reveals that some black hole collisions may cascade, with the dense objects crashing into one another to create even more-massive black holes. Continue reading

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{FD} NASA satellite falls to Earth after 2 decades in space

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On April 30, after more than 20 years in space, NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer ( RXTE ) satellite re-entered and burned up in Earth’s atmosphere. Continue reading

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{FD} Rubber-Ducky comets may have taken a violent beating

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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko may have survived multiple impacts on the way to forming its peanut shape. Continue reading

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{FD} We could find aliens by spotting their satellites

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Alien civilizations with technology on a par with humanity’s could be detectable using today’s instruments. A new study suggests that if geostationary satellites are thick enough around an alien world, they could be spotted with telescopes already hunt… Continue reading

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{FD} Giant impact may have created Mars’ moons

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Mars may have gained its two tiny moons after an asteroid-size object slammed into the surface of the Red Planet. Continue reading

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{FD} Alien atmospheres cooked up in lab may aid exoplanet search

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While telescopes in space can scan the sky without interference from Earth’s clouds, they still run into problems from hazes on other planets. Continue reading

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{FD} Water on dwarf planet Ceres is driving an active surface

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Growing patches of ice and minerals associated with liquid water reveal that the dwarf planet Ceres is still evolving. Continue reading

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{FD} The universe’s first stars may reveal a big clue about dark matter

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A big clue about the nature of mysterious dark matter may have been discovered. Continue reading

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{FD} Proposed exomoon defies formation theories

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Last summer, scientists announced that they had found what could be the first moon to be spotted outside of the solar system. Continue reading

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{FD} What makes Jupiter’s Great Spot red? It’s still a mystery

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has swirled for hundreds of years, but the source of its distinctive color remains a mystery. Continue reading

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{FD} Monster-black-hole jets may finally explain 3 superfast cosmic particles

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Supermassive black holes may provide the key to understanding some of the most energetic particles in the universe. Continue reading

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{FD} Dwarf planet Ceres’ bright spots suggest an ancient ocean

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NEW ORLEANS — The dwarf planet Ceres’ famous bright spots suggest that the gray, crater-laden world is surprisingly active, a new study reports. Continue reading

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{FD} Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is more than 50 times deeper than Earth’s ocean

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft is getting to the roots of Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot. Continue reading

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{FD} Early Earth took a heavy beating after the Moon was formed

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Earth may have been bruised by the impact of more than one moon-size object early in its life. Continue reading

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{FD} Neptune’s moon, Triton, is a homewrecker

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Neptune’s original family of satellites may have been destroyed when its largest moon, Triton, entered the picture. Continue reading

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{FD} Dwarf planet Ceres may have had a global ocean in ancient past

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Nestled in the asteroid belt, the dwarf planet Ceres contains water-rich materials that suggest it once boasted a global ocean in its distant past. Continue reading

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{FD} Cassini’s Swan Song: How Saturn Probe Will Spend Its Final Day

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will work hard to the very end. Continue reading

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{FD} Proposed orbiter could probe the ocean beneath Saturn’s moon Titan

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When NASA’s Cassini mission arrived at Saturn, it pressed through the haze surrounding the ringed planet’s largest moon, Titan, to reveal a complex, liquid-covered world with the potential to support life. Continue reading

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{FD} What to do if your solar eclipse glasses won’t arrive in time

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If you won’t have eclipse glasses in time for the total solar eclipse that will cross the United States on Aug. 21, here are your options for getting them in a hurry or viewing the eclipse another way. Continue reading

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