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

January 18, 2018 9:39:25 pm | 0 Comments

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. Now, a team of NASA and MIT scientists has indirectly measured this mass loss and other solar parameters by looking…

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Super blue blood moon eclipse: what Hongkongers need to know and where you can see it – South China Morning Post

January 18, 2018 8:01:43 pm | 0 Comments

A rare triple astronomical event takes place at the end of this month. Coined a super blue blood moon eclipse, it involves a lunar eclipse, a blue moon and a supermoon all occurring simultaneously on January 31. According to, a supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day that it’s closest…

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VIDEO: Penguin jumps in researchers' boat –

January 18, 2018 5:48:00 pm | 0 Comments

ANTARCTICA (WFLA) — Australian Antarctic scientists conducting research in Newcomb Bay got a surprise visit from a curious penguin. The adorable Adelie penguin jumped up out of the icy water and into their boat! After a few seconds, the visitor dove back in the bay. The researchers were collecting water samples in the area. Over…

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Atlas 5 team scrubs launch to study troublesome valve – Spaceflight Now

January 18, 2018 4:35:26 pm | 0 Comments

Credit: ULA Launch of an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral with a U.S. Air Force infrared surveillance satellite was scrubbed Thursday evening after engineers encountered a balky valve associated with the first stage’s liquid oxygen system. United Launch Alliance, a 50-50 joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, said the problem was narrowed to…

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Newly spotted asteroid slips by Earth and nearby satellites – CNET

January 18, 2018 2:23:00 pm | 0 Comments

Space rock block party! ESA Lots of overheated headlines in tabloids and other publications this week have been screaming about a large, “potentially hazardous” asteroid set to pass close by Earth.  Meanwhile, a newly discovered car-size asteroid passed over 100 times closer to us on Thursday — coming near the altitude where many man-made satellites orbit…

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Nuclear reactors the size of wastebaskets could power our Martian settlements – Popular Science

January 18, 2018 2:22:25 pm | 0 Comments

An artist’s illustration of what a Kilopower power plant might look like on Mars.

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Saturn's Fascinating Moon Titan Has Yet Another Thing in Common With Earth – Gizmodo

January 18, 2018 2:15:50 pm | 0 Comments

GIF Visualization of Titan’s largest sea, Kraken Mare, which stretches 680 miles. (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI/USGS) Titan—Saturn’s largest moon—is remarkable in that it features a dense atmosphere and stable liquid at the surface. The only other place in the solar system with these particular characteristics is, you guessed it, Earth. Thanks to a pair of new studies,…

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NASA Is Testing a Compact Nuclear Reactor to Power Astronauts on Mars – Seeker

January 18, 2018 2:06:00 pm | 0 Comments

N N ASA is testing a compact nuclear power system that could enable future human missions to the moon, Mars, or even deep space. The space agency is working with the US Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration to test a nuclear fission system to provide power to habitats for running life…

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Scientists Peek Inside The 'Black Box' Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets – NPR

January 18, 2018 1:51:00 pm | 0 Comments

Enlarge this image Microorganisms play a vital role in growing food and sustaining the planet, but they do it anonymously. Scientists haven’t identified most soil microbes, but they are learning which are most common. PeopleImages/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption PeopleImages/Getty Images A tablespoon of soil contains billions of microscopic organisms. Life on Earth, especially…

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Meteorite hunter finds 3 rocks from Michigan meteor in Hamburg Township – Detroit Free Press

January 18, 2018 1:45:18 pm | 0 Comments

CLOSE International meteorite hunter Robert Ward talks about the three samples he found on a lake in Hamburg Township. Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily Robert Ward, a planetary field researcher, says he spotted a pecan-size specimen peeking out of the snow 15 minutes into his hunt. Robert Ward holds the largest of three meteorites he’s found in…

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