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Mercury Helps Reveal Our Middle-Aged Sun’s Secrets

    Mercury Helps Reveal Our Middle-Aged Sun’s Secrets By Judith E Braffman-Miller About 4.56 billion years ago, our Solar System was born from the relic, shredded fragments left behind by the long-dead, nuclear-fusing furnaces of previous generations of ancient stars. Today, our Sun is a lonely sphere of roiling, glaring, mostly hydrogen gas, but it probably was not always…

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Hot Jupiter Planets: Any Way The Wind Blows

    Hot Jupiter Planets: Any Way The Wind Blows By Judith E Braffman-Miller A generation ago, planet-hunting astronomers discovered the first exoplanets in orbit around distant stars beyond our own Sun–and these new discoveries have since provided a treasure chest filled with remarkable brave new worlds for scientists to ponder. Some of these remote planets show an almost eerie…

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A Misty, Moisty Moon-World: So Close, And Yet So Far Away

    A Misty, Moisty Moon-World: So Close, And Yet So Far Away By Judith E Braffman-Miller Enshrouded in a thick, secretive orange mist, tormented Titan–Saturn’s largest moon–for centuries kept its mysterious face well-hidden beneath this alien veil composed of obscuring hydrocarbons. An inhabitant of the outer Solar System–far from our Sun–this frigid moon-world finally was forced to reveal its…

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Fireball Spotted Over Michigan!

Residents of Michigan and a few neighboring states witnessed a brilliant fireball light up the night sky on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. According to the United States Geological Survey, the meteor also caused what is the equivalent of a magnitude 2.0 earthquake. So far there were 398 reports of the fireball, according to the American Meteor Society. The incident occurred…

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