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There's still plenty of time to see Mars this summer, but here's the main event.
Mysterious high-rise clouds seen appearing suddenly in the martian atmosphere on a handful of occasions may be linked to space weather.
Members of a galaxy type that lies somewhere between an elliptical and a spiral galaxy, lenticular galaxies such as NGC 5308 are disk galaxies that have used up, or lost, the majority of their gas and dust.
Mars is the star of the show this week, but comet fans and a few gas giants will make welcome appearances in the night sky.
New methods could pave the way to finding a true other Earth.
Researchers detected low levels of carbon monoxide gas around the star in amounts that are consistent with the comets in our own solar system.
The team relied on gravitational lensing to see the incredibly faint object born just after the Big Bang.
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Each struck in different eras, leaving behind a breadcrumb trail of clues.
A 'blanket' layer may keep the planet from a faint glow, unlike its neighbor, Neptune.
The spacecraft has now twice observed 1994 JR1, a Kuiper Belt object orbiting more than 3 billion miles from the Sun.
Whether the jovian moon has the raw materials and chemical energy in the right proportions to support biology is a topic of intense scientific interest.
The impact would have triggered earthquakes orders of magnitude greater than terrestrial earthquakes, it would have caused huge tsunamis, and would have made cliffs crumble.”
It has two known satellites, an unusually high spin rate, and is also the “parent” of a large family of icy bodies in the outer solar system.
Planetary diversity suggests that around other stars, initially frozen worlds could be the size of Earth and provide habitable conditions once the star becomes older.
An expert on the solar system, in 1984 he launched a program that led to the discovery, with US astronomer William Hubbard.
A proposal for a Europa CubeSat mission could map the entire world, and maybe find evidence of life too.
“Little lion” galaxy contains lowest level of heavy elements ever detected in gravitationally bound system of stars
The surviving parts of Earth’s primitive mantle have been preserved for four and a half billion years.
The repetition helps distinguish seasonal effects from sporadic events.