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Self Defeating Species

Would a multi planetary species in turn be self defeating? Should we strive to broaden our horizon? These are some of the questions I pose and answer.

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TESS to Discover Exoplanets

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS was successfully launched on April 18, 2018 aboard a Space X Falcon 9 rocket. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a space telescope for NASA‘s Explorers program, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method in an area 400 times larger than that covered by the Kepler mission. During its primary mission, it is expected to find more than 20,000 exoplanets,compared to about…

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Falling Diamonds From A Long-Lost Planet

    Falling Diamonds From A Long-Lost Planet By Judith E Braffman-Miller Our ancient Solar System was a violent place, where primordial objects crashed into one another, blasting each other into a multitude of fragments. This chaotic, turbulent mess of primordial crashes, occurring between rampaging objects, has inspired some planetary scientists to refer to our ancient, still-forming Solar System as…

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Thoughts On Dark Matter – What the Hell Is Dark Matter?

    Thoughts On Dark Matter – What the Hell Is Dark Matter? By Lance Winslow Dark Matter is matter that we cannot see because it doesn’t reflect light, so our sensors cannot reveal it. Dark Energy is energy in the Universe that we know must exist but cannot see and currently don’t completely understand. Recently, I was asked this…

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Mapping The Invisible Strands Of The Cosmic Web

    Mapping The Invisible Strands Of The Cosmic Web By Judith E Braffman-Miller On a clear, dark night, the sky above Earth blazes with the brilliant, distant fires of a million, billion, trillion stars–but starlight can be a liar. In fact, most of the Universe is dark–composed of mysterious, invisible material, the nature of which is unknown. Luminous objects,…

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Picturing The Crab Nebula

    Picturing The Crab Nebula By Judith E Braffman-Miller In 1054, Chinese astronomers stared up at the night sky in wonder, as they observed a new and mysterious object dancing in the Universe. This strange celestial object, that heralded the explosive “death” of a massive star, told the sad tale of how once there was a star that is…

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Earth’s Moist And Mysterious Moon

    Earth’s Moist And Mysterious Moon By Judith E Braffman-Miller Earth’s Moon is our planet’s closest neighbor in space, but it is remarkable how even neighbors can keep secrets from each other. For years, astronomers thought that Earth’s Moon was barren of water and other volatile compounds, but this notion began to change in 2008, when a team of…

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