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Nature Vs Nurture: The Strange Case Of The Exoplanet “Cousins”

Nature Vs Nurture: The Strange Case Of The Exoplanet “Cousins” By Judith E Braffman-Miller Nature versus nurture refers to a long-standing debate among scientists who are trying to find out if human behavior is determined by the environment or is merely the result of a person’s genes. Planets and people can have a lot in common, and the atmospheres of…

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The Massive Star That Died, Not With A Bang, But With A Whimper

The Massive Star That Died, Not With A Bang, But With A Whimper By Judith E Braffman-Miller A black hole of stellar mass is born when a massive star experiences a gravitational collapse, and perishes in the brilliantly beautiful, and furiously fatal, fiery core-collapse of a supernova explosion. At least that’s the way it usually happens, but some especially massive…

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The Icy Moon That Toppled Over

The Icy Moon That Toppled Over By Judith E Braffman-Miller Saturn’s ocean-bearing, icy moon Enceladus is a small, bright world of mystery. For decades, planetary scientists did not know why Enceladus was the brightest world in our entire Solar System, or how it was linked to its parent planet’s E ring, but NASA’s highly successful Cassini mission to the ringed…

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The Mystery Of The Galaxies That Shouldn’t Be There

The Mystery Of The Galaxies That Shouldn’t Be There By Judith E Braffman-Miller Astronomers have wondered for decades how long it took for the islands of fiery, sparkling stars, that we call galaxies, to emerge out of the primeval darkness after the Big Bang birth of the Universe almost 14 billion years ago. In May 2017, a team of astronomers…

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There’s Something New In The Heavens Named “Synestia”

There’s Something New In The Heavens Named “Synestia” By Judith E Braffman-Miller Scientific detectives now have something new to look for in the mysterious heavens–a doughnut shaped body composed of vaporized molten rock that has been named synestia by its discoverers. This new and strange beast inhabiting the celestial zoo is believed to form when planet-sized objects smash catastrophically into…

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A Moon For A Small World

In our Solar System’s outer limits, far from the melting heat and warm, welcoming fires of our Sun, there is a mysterious swath of space situated in the frigid murkiness of a perpetual twilight. This is the Kuiper Belt, a remote region where a multitude of icy comet nuclei and other frozen objects orbit our distant Star. Here, in the deep freeze of our Solar System’s far suburbs, the ice dwarf planet Pluto and its quintet of moons do their strange distant dance along with a treasure trove of others of their frozen kind. Indeed, the Kuiper Belt is so far away that astronomers are only now first beginning to explore this shadowy region–unveiling, at last, many of its well-kept secrets. In May 2017, astronomers announced that they had uncovered yet another of this dimly lit domain’s many mysteries–there is a little frozen moon in orbit around 2007 OR10, which is the third-largest known dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt..

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Calculation Of Empty Space In An Atom

How much of an atom is empty space? Very nearly all of it. Let’s take a look at an atom of hydrogen to see how empty it really is. A hydrogen atom is made from a single proton that’s circled by a single electron. How big is a hydrogen atom? The radius of a hydrogen atom is known as the Bohr Radius, which is equal to.529 x 10-10 meters.

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A Distant Warm Neptune’s Surprising Atmosphere

A Distant Warm Neptune’s Surprising Atmosphere By Judith E Braffman-Miller The weird, wonderful worlds that exist in the distant families of stars beyond our Sun, have presented more than a few bewitching, bewildering, and bothersome surprises for planet-hunting astronomers to solve. While the discovery of new exoplanets occurs on an almost daily basis today, it was only a generation ago…

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