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A Giant “Oddball” Planet That’s Too Big For Its Star

A Giant “Oddball” Planet That’s Too Big For Its Star By Judith E Braffman-Miller For centuries we have stared up at the mysterious sky and wondered how our Sun and its retinue of planets came into being. As ground-based telescopes became increasingly sophisticated over time, and the technology was developed to dispatch probes into the vast wilderness of unexplored Space,…

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The Bizarre Case Of A Main Belt Comet

The Bizarre Case Of A Main Belt Comet By Judith E Braffman-Miller Some of the smaller denizens of our Solar System are playful little objects that refuse to be neatly categorized as one thing or another. Like small children with a wicked, teasing grin, some asteroids and comets seem to take a perverse pleasure in their obstinate game of hide…

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The Martian “Doldrums”

The Martian “Doldrums” By Judith E Braffman-Miller Like other stars, our Sun was born surrounded by a swirling, whirling accretion disk composed of gas and dust. These protoplanetary accretion disks–that form gaseous rings around baby stars–contain the ingredients necessary to build up a family of planets, moons, and smaller objects that will populate an emerging solar system. Our primordial Solar…

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