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The Universe’s First-Born Stars Had A Cold Nursery

    The Universe’s First-Born Stars Had A Cold Nursery By Judith E Braffman-Miller Just after our Universe was born 13.8 billion years ago in the Big Bang, there was a mysterious era when it was black, and there were no stars around to cast their streaming, sparkling light into this swath of darkness. Today, when we stare up at…

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Mysterious Moon-Birth Within A Primordial Cloud

    Mysterious Moon-Birth Within A Primordial Cloud By Judith E Braffman-Miller Bewitching, beguiling, and bewildering, Earth’s Moon gleams like a light-reflecting mirror as it glistens high above us–the largest object in our sky on clear dark nights. Even though our Moon is Earth’s closest companion in space–and the only world beyond Earth that we have walked upon–it still has…

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A New Yardstick For New Physics

    A New Yardstick For New Physics By Judith E Braffman-Miller It is currently thought that the best explanation for how the Universe came to be is that it was born approximately 13.8 billion years ago in the wild, wonderful, and profoundly mysterious exponential inflation of the Big Bang–whereby it ballooned in size from that of an elementary particle…

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The Rover “Opportunity” Reaches Its 5,000th Martian Dawn

    The Rover “Opportunity” Reaches Its 5,000th Martian Dawn By Judith E Braffman-Miller No other major planet in our Solar System has captured the collective imagination of our species more than the Red Planet Mars. This is because it has traditionally been considered the most likely abode of life beyond our Earth–where “little green men” frolic on a rust-red…

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The Mystery Of Neptune’s Shrinking, Smelly, And Disappearing Storm

    The Mystery Of Neptune’s Shrinking, Smelly, And Disappearing Storm By Judith E Braffman-Miller Banded and blue, big beautiful Neptune skirts the outer region of our Solar System, where it dwells as the smallest of the quartet of known gaseous giant planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and itself. Here, in the dimly lit frigid outskirts of our Sun’s region of…

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The Cosmological Paradigm

    The Cosmological Paradigm By John Prytz Although modern cosmological ideas aren’t quite set in stone, an overall paradigm has emerged. IMHO it is rather seriously flawed which is perhaps why there isn’t quite the consensus in modern cosmology as say in some other areas of scientific inquiry, such as Darwinian evolution or the standard model of particle physics….

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Rocky Or Gassy, It’s Still A SUPER-Earth

    Rocky Or Gassy, It’s Still A SUPER-Earth By Judith E Braffman-Miller The stars of our Milky Way Galaxy are separated from one another by great distances, as they perform their sparkling dance in the frigid darkness of interstellar space. Indeed, the distance to even the nearest star beyond our own Sun is almost unimaginably vast–our closest stellar neighbor…

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TRAPPIST-1: Possible Water-Rich Terrestrial Worlds

TRAPPIST-1, is an ultra-cool red dwarf star that is slightly larger but much more massive than the planet Jupiter, located 39.6 light-years from the Sun in the constellation Aquarius. 2017 was a big year concerning TRAPPIST-1, with the news that this star has a system of seven planets, and that three of which are Earth-sized in what is called a goldilocks orbit, which mean that they could…

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