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A black hole just ran into something scientists can’t explain

June 24th, 2020

A black hole smacked into something that scientists can’t explain, a new study reveals. The object sits between the known mass limits of neutron stars and black holes, so it technically shouldn’t exist. Researchers say additional observations will be needed before they can classify this new mass range as either a black hole, neutron star, …

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A baby Jupiter was just spotted orbiting a nearby star

June 23rd, 2020

Astronomers have spotted a huge gas planet orbiting close to a very young star. The so-called ‘hot Jupiter’ is particularly young, making it great for scientists to study. Some theorize that gas giant planets are born close to their star before migrating elsewhere in their systems. Our solar system is packed with a variety of …

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A green glow has appeared around Mars

June 15th, 2020

The Mars Trace Gas Orbiter spotted a phenomenon on Mars that has also been observed around Earth. A green glow outlining the planet is the result of charged oxygen atoms gradually calming down. The observations offer clues as to the thickness of the Martian atmosphere, which is important when sending missions to the planet’s surface. …

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Study says there are 36 intelligent alien races in our galaxy

June 15th, 2020

A new study calculates the number of intelligent alien civilizations likely to exist in the Milky Way. The scientists believe there are roughly 36 intelligent civilizations in our galaxy. The average distance to an alien civilization is calculated to be around 17,000 light-years. As far as we know, humans are the only “advanced” civilization in …

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The swirling rocks of Mars are mesmerizing

June 12th, 2020

NASA shows off an area of Mars where the wind has swept away the surface dust and sand to reveal the intricate layers of rock hiding beneath. These rock layers were created by sediment that gradually built up and then hardened over the course of millions of years. Because of Mars’ habit of kicking up …

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Why is this black hole’s heart “beating” so regularly?

June 11th, 2020

Astronomers have rediscovered the heartbeat of a black hole that was first detected back in 2007. The pulsing wave of energy is thought to be the result of the black hole swallowing up surrounding material, but its steady beat is extremely unusual. The black hole’s heart “beats” once every hour, and has for at least …

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Saturn’s moon Titan is peacing out

June 9th, 2020

Saturn’s moon Titan is drifting away from the planet at a faster rate than previously thought, according to data sent back by NASA’s Cassini orbiter. The moon, which is covered in lakes of liquid hydrocarbons, has a thick ice layer that may hide an ocean of liquid water. Earth’s own Moon also drifts away from …

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NASA captures colorful glimpses of Mars’ strange little moon Phobos

June 9th, 2020

NASA’s Odyssey orbiter captured stunning new infrared images of the bizarre Martian moon Phobos. Scientists have debated the origins of Phobos, and some believe it is either a chunk of Mars that was knocked off during an impact or an asteroid that was drawn in by the planet’s gravitational pull. Understanding what Phobos is made …

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Something in space is blasting radio signals at Earth

June 8th, 2020

Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs, are ultra-powerful blasts of radio energy generated by mysterious forces in space. New research reveals that FRBs are more complex and varied than previously thought, throwing possible explanations into question. We may not find out what has created these strange signals for a long time. Of all the mysterious things …

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Elon Musk pushes SpaceX staff to focus on Starship

June 8th, 2020

Elon Musk wants SpaceX’s Starship to be the top priority moving forward, according to an email obtained by CNBC. Starship is SpaceX’s next-gen rocket platform designed to carry humans to other worlds, including Mars. Musk says that future versions of Starship will be capable of interstellar travel. SpaceX has had an incredibly busy year. In …