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Ultraviolet illuminates the origins of the solar system

The Butterfly Nebula, an example of a star forming region in the Tarantula Nebula. The white bar is 2 light years, or about 120,000 AU (astronomical units). A bright central star, obscured by dust, modifies the oxygen isotopes in the nebula by photodissociation of carbon monoxide. This is another example of an environment where oxygen isotopes in the molecular cloud …

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The NASA mission will poke an asteroid with its fist to reveal the secrets of the solar system

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is set to examine the diamond-shaped asteroid Bennu.Photo credit: NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona NASA is about to get its first taste of an asteroid. On October 20, around 334 million kilometers from Earth, the agency’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft approaches a dark, diamond-shaped asteroid called Bennu, only to touch its surface for a few seconds – …

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Solar energy is achieving historically low costs

In some parts of the world, solar power is now the cheapest source of electricity in history thanks to policies to encourage the growth of renewable energies. This emerges from a new report released today by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Sunshine is free, but the technology needed to turn it into usable electricity can be expensive. To encourage more …

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Second plane of alignment of the solar system discovered

Artist’s impression of the proliferation of long-term comets. The converging lines represent the paths of the comets. The ecliptic plane is shown in yellow and the empty ecliptic in blue. The background grid represents the plane of the galactic disk. Photo credit: NAOJ An examination of cometary movements shows that the solar system has a second plane of alignment. The …

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SpaceX’s multi-million dollar NASA contract to investigate dangerous solar radiation by the agency

Solar winds and radiation are castrated by the earth’s magnetic field as shown above. SpaceX will launch NASA’s IMAP mission to study these emissions. Image: Live Science The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded SpaceX a multi-million dollar contract for the agency’s surveillance and data collection mission, which will help protect the region of space, created by the …

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Mathematics professor confirms centuries-old assumption about the formation of the solar system

The mathematical physicist Mayer Humi from the WPI has been studying the solar system for decades. Photo credit: Worcester Polytechnic Institute / Matthew Burgos Mayer Humi, Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, used a limited set of mathematical equations to confirm a 224-year-old mathematical conjecture about the origins of our solar system and provide insights into the …

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See a 360-degree Juno-Eye view of Jupiter during an Io solar eclipse

Yesterday we posted some amazing photos from Juno Probe 29th Fly by Jupiter. Juno is in a highly elliptical orbit. It hums the planet at an altitude of 4,200 km and then reaches 8.1 million. Juno completes this circuit every 53 days and spends only 2 hours in close proximity to Jupiter to reduce the probe’s exposure to harmful radiation …

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