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NASA should start looking for viruses on other planets

10 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

NASA Should Start Looking For Viruses On Other Planets Forget about aliens, let’s start searching for viruses in our Solar System. Although scientists have been studying the infectious agents for decades, there’s still much to be learned about them and whether they exist in space or not....

Test of Einstein’s theory shows our sun is losing mass

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

As our sun gets older, it’s losing mass, and so its gravitational pull becomes weaker. As a result, the orbits of all the planets in our solar system are expanding, not unlike “the waistband of a couch potato in midlife,” according to a new NASA press statement....

Gallery: A tour of the Solar System in spectacular new detail

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Our visual perception of the Solar System has changed a lot since any of use here at New Atlas last sat in a high school science class. Hell, it has changed a lot in the last few years alone. Intrepid space probes keep hurtling through...Show More Summary

NASA team studies middle-aged sun by tracking motion of Mercury

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Like the waistband of a couch potato in midlife, the orbits of planets in our solar system are expanding. It happens because the Sun's gravitational grip gradually weakens as our star ages and loses mass. Show More Summary

Meteoritic stardust unlocks timing of supernova dust formation

(Carnegie Institution for Science) Dust is everywhere -- not just in your attic or under your bed, but also in outer space. To astronomers, dust can be a tool to study the history of our universe, galaxy, and Solar System. For example,...Show More Summary

"Leveraging the Human Cloud" --Citizen Scientists Discover New Kepler Earth-Like Planets Orbiting Sun-Like Stars

MIT and Caltech researchers say the credit for Five new planets have been discovered outside our solar system goes mainly to citizen scientists — about 10,000 from the around the world — who pored through publicly available data from K2,...        

This unbelievable image of Jupiter’s cloud belts makes me want to move there

Jupiter is, scientifically speaking, not great for humans. The gravitational pull is about 2.4 times that of Earth, and its atmosphere is mostly hydrogen and helium. Even within our own Solar System, there are much better candidatesShow More Summary

Mysterious 'Hypatia Stone' Is Like Nothing Else in Our Solar System

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

"These latest results are opening up even bigger questions about its origins."

Exoplanets of a feather flock together

Once it was enough to find planets outside our Solar System, but with thousands of exoplanets confirmed, it's now possible to learn something about how they are organized. An international team of scientists led by Université de Montréal...Show More Summary

Citizen scientists discover five-planet system

In its search for exoplanets—planets outside of our solar system—NASA's Kepler telescope trails behind Earth, measuring the brightness of stars that may potentially host planets. The instrument identifies potential planets around other...Show More Summary

"Like a Fly in Amber" --Ingredients for Life Possible Elsewhere Revealed in Meteorites that Fell to Earth  

A dwarf planet in asteroid belt may be a source of rich organic matter. Two wayward space rocks, which separately crashed to Earth in 1998 after circulating in our solar system's asteroid belt for billions of years, share something else...        

Researchers discover bizarre ‘Hypatia’ stone is made from material not found in our Solar System

There's plenty of interesting things to find here on Earth. Archaeologists and paleontologists are constantly discovering relics of the past that nobody ever knew was there, but rarely do scientists realize they've stumbled upon something that doesn't belong on Earth, or even in our own Solar System. Show More Summary

Mysterious Stone Found in Egypt Contains Exotic Alien Compounds

A pebble found in a field of Libyan desert glass in southwest Egypt has proven to be quite a mystery, and may even shake up our very understanding of the history of our solar system. The pebble is known as the Hypatia Stone, named after 4th century Greek philosopher and mathematician Hypatia who is remembered... Read more »

Ingredients for life revealed in meteorites that fell to Earth

Two wayward space rocks, which separately crashed to Earth in 1998 after circulating in our solar system's asteroid belt for billions of years, share something else in common: the ingredients for life. They are the first meteorites found to contain both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds such as hydrocarbons and amino acids.

Kepler Mission Discovery --"Most Planetary Systems have a Different Formation Than Our Solar System"

An international research team led by Université de Montréal astrophysicist Lauren Weiss has discovered that exoplanets orbiting the same star tend to have similar sizes and a regular orbital spacing. This pattern, revealed by new W. M. Keck Observatory observations...        

Planets around other stars are like peas in a pod

(University of Montreal) A study of 909 planets and 355 stars carried out at the W.M. Keck Observatory reveals that, unlike our solar system, other planetary systems are distinguished by strict regularity.

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