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Jupiter’s Moon Europa Has No Shortage Of Salt

May 13, 2015 |

Jupiter’s icy moon Europe is probably the most fascinating moon in our solar system because its the most likely places to search for alien life. Read More

Our Sun Born Much Later After Milky Way’s “Star Birthing” Party

April 26, 2015 |

Billion years ago, galaxies like our Milky Way underwent an era of prolific star formation, churning out stars at a frenzy rate, 30 times faster than they do today. Read More

Curiosity Rover Finds Two Tone Mineral Veins On Mars’ Surface

April 4, 2015 |

Climbing up Mt. Sharp in the middle of Gale Crater, NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered two-tone mineral veins on a layered mountain which provides new clues of multiple fluid movement episodes on Mars, including some that occurred later than the wet conditions that formed after lake-bed deposits at its base. Read More

Life On Mars? NASA’ Curiosity Rover Finds Traces Of Nitrates On Mars

March 26, 2015 |

Scientists for a long time were fairly certain that at one point in the universe’s history, Mars was host to forms of life, but that theory might have just been confirmed by NASA’ rover. Curiosity rover tasked with surveying the Red Planet has come up with surprising results when gathering samples from the soil and the environment of Mars. Read More

Once-Wild Jupiter could have Destroyed Super Earths in Our Solar System

March 24, 2015 |

As astronomers have gained the ability gaze at far-off exoplanets, they have started to realize our solar system is more unique than they could have imagined. Many other alien’ systems have ‘super-Earths’ and other planets in tight orbits close to their star, but ours does not. And now we might know why. Read More

Amazing: NASA’s MAVEN Probe Detected Unexplained Aurora And Dust Clouds On Mars

March 20, 2015 |

It seems that despite the fact that humanity has had orbiters in the sky and landers on the Martian surface since the 1970s, the Red Planet is still full of surprises. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has caught sight of something quite unexpected in the Martian atmosphere. High above the surface is a massive dust cloud, and a glowing aurora not unlike the Northern Lights on Earth. Read More

Scientists at MIT: Minor Planet Chiron Posses Saturn-Like Rings

March 17, 2015 |

Earlier, only four entities in our solar system were known to possess rings; all of them are planets. Saturn is obviously the most prominent name in the list; it is joined by three other planets Neptune, Uranus and Jupiter, each of which has rings made up of dust and gas encircling them. Read More

The Most Spectacular & Extreme Space Volcanoes That Put Our Own To Shame

March 17, 2015 |

There’s no denying it—volcanoes are pretty awesome. As you gaze upon these looming mountains spewing forth fire so hot it causes the ground itself to melt into a gooey pool, you get a sense of just how destructive and chaotic Mother Nature can be. But what’s even cooler than the inspiration for Mount Doom? Space volcanoes. And they’re way more explosive, awe-inspiring, and destructive than anything you’ll find on Earth. Read More

Sun Releases Its First X-Class Monster Flare Of The Year

March 14, 2015 |

A powerful solar flare that erupted on the Sun on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, and reached us here on Friday was large enough to effect radio signals all over the western hemisphere. The X-class solar flare was also captured on video by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Read More

NASA: Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede has a Salty Ocean with More Water than Earth

March 13, 2015 |

Believe it or not, astronomers are abuzz about another sea that may be a home for life, and it’s not on Saturn’s Titan or Enceladus, or Jupiter’s icy satellite Europa. New data suggests Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, the largest in the solar system, has an underground ocean which contains more water than all of Earth’s surface water combined, according to NASA. Read More

Saturn’s Moon Enceladus could be Perfect for Life, New Study Suggests

March 12, 2015 |

Saturn’s moon Enceladus is a mystery. From Earth it looks tiny and cold, and yet it’s not a dead hunk of rock. Actually, Enceladus makes the short list for most interesting places in the Solar System. Passing spacecraft see trenches and ridges, similar to Earth’s, and in 2005 NASA’s Cassini mission spotted ice geysers streaming from its south pole. Read More

NASA’s Magellan Unclothes Planet Venus

March 10, 2015 |

As a planet, Venus, shrouded in thick clouds of carbon dioxide, doesn’t lend itself to visual observation. To lift the veil on Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor, spacecraft such as NASA’s Magellan probe use radar to penetrate Venus’ clouds. Read More

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