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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Uranus is having Extreme Storms

November 13, 2014 |

Discovered by Sir William Herschel in March 1781, gas giant Uranus is the penultimate planet of the Solar System and currently well placed for observation in the constellation of Pisces. Despite being four times the diameter of Earth, its immense distance from the Sun (2,870 million kilometres) means that most visual observers consider discerning its tiny 3.7-arcsecond, magnitude +6, blue-green disc in backyard telescopes is achievement enough. Read More

The Cause Behind Jupiter’s Red Spot ~ Mistery Solved

November 13, 2014 | 2

Large enough to swallow three planets the size of the Earth, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (GRS) is the greatest and most persistent anticyclonic storm in the Solar System, having raged in the planet’s atmosphere for at least 400 years. Read More

Our Universe was Born During a Collision with Another Universe?

November 13, 2014 | 2

Though many physicists believe it’s possible that our universe is one of many in a multiverse, they struggle to find concrete evidence to back up that hypothesis. Read More

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5 Mind-Bending Physics Facts

November 12, 2014 |

Physics is weird. There is no denying that. Particles that don’t exist except as probabilities; time that changes according to how fast you’re moving; cats that are both alive and dead until you open a box. We’ve put together a collection of 5 of the strangest facts we can find. If you feel we’ve missed any of your favourite physics weirdnesses off the list, do tell us that as well. Read More

Brilliant Starburst Galaxy Found 12.5 Billion Light Years Away

November 11, 2014 |

More than 12.5 billion light-years away is a galactic powerhouse, a galaxy that is producing stars at nearly 1,000 times fasters than our own Milky Way. Read More

Synthetic Biology could be the Key to Mars Trip

November 11, 2014 |

One of the biggest challenges to manned space missions is the expense. The NASA rule-of-thumb is that every unit mass of payload launched requires the support of an additional 99 units of mass, with “support” encompassing everything from fuel to oxygen to food and medicine for the astronauts, etc. Read More

Researchers Find True Story Behind the Best Yet View of Spectacular Cosmic Collision

November 10, 2014 |

A team of researchers led by Michele Fumagalli from the Extragalactic Astronomy Group and the Institute for Computational Cosmology at Durham Univ., were among the first to use ESO’s Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument on the VLT. Read More

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How Important is Botany for the Future

November 10, 2014 |

When it comes to big science news, the field of botany—the branch of biology dealing with plant life—always seems to end up looking like the shy kid that gets left out. Read More

Half of Universe’s Stars are Orphans, Study Finds

November 9, 2014 |

You’ve heard of rogue planets, floating through the universe untethered to any solar system. Now meet rogue stars, which drift through space with no galaxy to call home. Read More

Higgs Boson Particle may not Exist, Claim Researchers

November 9, 2014 | 5

When CERN announced last year that they had discovered the Higgs Boson they captured the public’s’ imagination. With it’s monumental nickname as the “God Particle,” and its impressive origins, CERN had found the particle by smashing together tiny particles in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the Higgs Boson became a particle physics celebrity. Read More

Gaia Satellite could Detect 70,000 New Alien Worlds

November 7, 2014 | 1

After a 20-year search, astronomers have uncovered a grand total of 1,900 planets residing outside of the Solar System. Last year, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Gaia spacecraft with a mission to create a massive, three-dimensional map of the Milky Way by surveying a billion stars in our galaxy (that’s just one percent of the estimated Milky Way star population, but still impressive.) Read More

Amazing Facts About Planet Mars

November 7, 2014 |

Many of us have gotten used to believing that Mars is just another lonely, lifeless planet. True, its atmospheric conditions are just too extreme to be habitable by any life form that we know of. But that doesn’t make it an uninteresting planet at all. Through continuous advancements in technology, we’ve learned a lot about the red planet. Here are some of the most fascinating facts about Mars that you might not have known. Read More

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