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Another Quadruple Massive Planet with 4 Stars Discovered

A new planet with 3 stars clustered together in a four-star system was found 136 light years away from Earth, called 30 Ari as it is in the constellation Aries. The planet was known before, but was thought to have only 3 stars, not 4 stars. This is the second such a four-starred system has been found after the first four-star ...

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Is dark matter behind mass extinctions, geologic upheavals?

New York University Biology Professor Michael Rampino says Earth’s infrequent but predictable path around and through our Galaxy’s disc may have a direct and significant effect on geological and biological phenomena occurring on Earth. The movement through dark matter may perturb the orbits of comets and lead to additional heating in the Earth’s core, both of which could be connected ...

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NASA’s Moon Exploration: Truth or Myth in Washington Post Blog?

The blog posting in Washington Post is going viral for over two days online as the author Sasha Volokh claimed that NASA had destroyed the only traces of life on moon in the past during its explorations and will repeat the mistake on Saturn’s moon Titan. “It’s not widely appreciated that these are the same guys who made our own Moon into ...

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WP Turns Tide on NASA with Volokh Conspiracy on Moon?

In a hoax-like story titled “The truth about NASA’s moon exploration”, published online by the Washington Post has given what Sasha Volokh wrote about the truth on the Moon and the story behind NASA. Volokh piece is in response to NASA news to send a submarine to Saturn’s moon Titan. Volokh has alleged that the US space agency has covered ...

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NASA to send mission to Titan’s seas

NASA is planning a future mission to Saturn’s moon Titan, which it hopes will shed more light on the early origin of Earth in the solar universe. Studying Titan is thought to be looking back in time at an embryonic Earth as Titan is the only moon in the solar system to have a significant atmosphere and this atmosphere is ...

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Watch Today’s Celestial Wonder with Naked Eye as Jupiter Moves Closest to Earth

Today, Indians can watch the biggest planet Jupiter in its closest approach to the Earth and those in the east coast of India from Kolkata to Viskhapatnam will have a brighter sight of the celestial wonder. For sky-gazers, Jupiter (Bruhaspati/Guru in Hindi/Telugu) will appear larger than usual tonight, said the Planetary Society of India. It said the planet will be ...

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5 Ancient planets, two-and-a-half times older than Earth, Found

Scientists have discovered five small planets ancient enough dating back to the days when the Milky Way Galaxy was just young at 2 billion years old. Using data from NASA’s Kepler mission, the found the tightly packed system, named Kepler-444, is also home to five planets that range in size, the smallest comparable to the size of Mercury and the ...

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Fossil ankles show Earth’s earliest primates lived on trees

Earth’s earliest primates were the first to take on to the trees where they lived most of their time, going by ankle study conducted by Paleontologists on fossils belonging to ancient primates. The study found that Purgatorius, a small mammal that lived on a diet of fruit and insects, was a tree dweller and the indication came from the 65-million-year-old ...

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Rare Rock with 30,000 Diamonds Found in Russian Mine

A rock with as many as 30,000 diamonds was found in Russia’s Udachnaya diamond mine in northern Siberia, is now being studied by a professor from the University of Tennessee in the US. The diamonds may hold clues to the gem’s origins. The bizarre-coloured rock with red and green stones has 30,000 diamonds, a concentration a million times higher than ...

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Space Weather’s Impact on Earth: Plasma Waves Responsible For Particle Fallout in Atmosphere

Researchers have shown plasma waves buffeting the planet’s radiation belts are responsible for scattering charged particles into the atmosphere for the first time that in a recent study on space weather’s impact on Earth. The study is the detailed analysis of the link between these waves and the fallout of electrons from the planet’s radiation belts so far. The belts ...

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NASA’s SMAP Instrument All Set to Measure Earth’s Soil

NASA’s Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) instrument is all set to measure the moisture lodged in Earth’s soils with an unprecedented accuracy and resolution. The instrument’s consists of three main parts – a radar, a radiometer and the largest rotating mesh antenna ever deployed in space. It is scheduled for launch on January 29. Remote sensing instruments are called “active” when ...

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K2 Mission: NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Finds First Expoplanet

With the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new K2 mission, NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has made a comeback. The new exoplanet called HIP 116454b is 2.5 times the diameter of the Earth and follows a close, nine-day orbit around a star. The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to repurpose Kepler for ...

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ESA’s Rosetta Orbiter Likely to Pounce on Comet in February 2015

The orbiting Rosetta spacecraft of European Space Agency is likely to return within six km of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in February 2015. The flyby will be the closest the comet explorer will come during its prime mission. “It is the earliest we could carry it out without impacting the vitally important bound orbits that are currently being flown,” ...

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