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Mike Wehner

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comet aurora

In an incredible first, scientists detect an aurora around a comet

September 23rd, 2020

Scientists have spotted an aurora coming from a comet for the first time ever. The comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has an aurora of far-ultraviolet light that can’t be seen by the naked eye. The aurora was spotted by the Rosetta spacecraft which was launch back in 2004 and spent years catching up to the comet in space. …

pi planet

This ‘Pi Planet’ orbits is star every 3.14 days

September 22nd, 2020

Astronomers have spotted an exoplanet orbiting a cool star that completes a year in just 3.14 days. Nicknamed the “Pi Planet” or “Pi Earth,” the roughly Earth-sized world is extremely hot. Its surface temperature is around 350 degrees Fahrenheit… which is a great temperature for baking pie. You don’t have to be a total math …

venus life

If there’s life on Venus, where did it come from?

September 22nd, 2020

Researchers have examined various possibilities for how life may have arrived at Venus. Chemical signatures in the atmosphere suggest the possibility of life, but no confirmation has been made. One possibility is that Venus got its life from Earth. In case you hadn’t heard, the biggest scientific news of the month is the discovery of …

artemis moon

NASA reveals plans for human return to the Moon

September 22nd, 2020

NASA has issued a press release explaining its plans for returning humans to the Moon by 2024. Two Artemis missions will launch prior to Artemis III, which will be the mission that will land on the lunar surface with astronauts aboard. The timeline could change due to various delays and setbacks. We all know that …

how to walk

Your shoes may be working against you, scientists say

September 22nd, 2020

New research shows that shoes with toe spring supports may be beneficial for just about everyone. The research suggests that while technology in the sole of shoes has come a long way, the toes have been neglected. Shoes with toe springs may require less energy when walking, making them more comfortable and reducing fatigue. The …

enceladus moon ice

Saturn’s icy moon is even more active than we thought

September 21st, 2020

A study of Enceladus images from the Cassini orbiter has revealed new clues as to the age of the ice on different parts of the moon. The moon’s south pole is covered in new ice, which is expected, but its northern hemisphere also has young ice, which was a surprise.  Enceladus is one of the …

bennu asteroid

NASA’s asteroid probe just found something unexpected

September 21st, 2020

Scientists studying the asteroid Bennu have discovered parts of a different asteroid on its surface. Bennu has chunks of the asteroid Vesta on its surface, and researchers can only guess as to how they got there. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been orbiting Bennu for months. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe has been orbiting the large space …

cell phone radiation

Smartphones and Wi-Fi are killing vital insects

September 21st, 2020

An analysis of over 80 studies shows a direct link between mobile phone and Wi-Fi radiation and declining insect populations. Radiation can affect insects at the cellular level and cause serious problems with their behavior and health. There is no clear solution, as we’re unlikely to give up our mobile communications any time soon. Mobile …

autumn equinox

Summer is dying, and the fall equinox is here to prove it

September 21st, 2020

Tuesday is the fall equinox, signifying our entry into fall and the shortening of days. The equinox is one of just two days per year where both the northern and southern hemispheres get the same amount of daylight. The equinox signifies that we’re roughly halfway to the winter solstice, which is the shortest day of …

space hero

This new reality show will shoot you into space

September 21st, 2020

A new reality show will send one average person into space after being tested in various trials against other contestants. The show, called Space Hero, is being planned for a debut in 2023. The winner will spend 10 days on the International Space Station while their entire adventure is recorded. When NASA revealed it was …