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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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A Strange Wanderer From The Space Between Stars

A Strange Wanderer From The Space Between Stars By Judith E Braffman-Miller Interstellar comets and asteroids are alien wanderers that sometimes enter our Solar System after they have been ejected from the families of distant stars beyond our Sun. These orphaned objects are not bound to a parent-star, and they travel through the wilderness of the space between stars, lost…

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A Mysterious Poisonous Ice Cloud Haunts A Tortured Moon-World

A Mysterious Poisonous Ice Cloud Haunts A Tortured Moon-World By Judith E Braffman-Miller Titan is a veiled, frigid moon-world, enshrouded beneath a thick orange hydrocarbon fog, as it circles its ringed-gas-giant parent-planet Saturn in the outer Solar System–far from the golden welcoming warmth of our Sun. Titan is a frozen world, like its icy sister-moons that orbit the gaseous, giant…

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Ring Around Haumea: Pluto’s Peculiar Neighbor

Ring Around Haumea: Pluto’s Peculiar Neighbor By Judith E Braffman-Miller Far from our fiery Star, and well-hidden from our view in a distant region of perpetual twilight, there lies a belt composed of icy, frozen objects. Located beyond the orbit of the deep-blue, banded, ice-giant planet, Neptune–the most distant known major planet from our Sun–this myriad of strange objects, composed…

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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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Wandering Stars And Cosmic Disasters

Wandering Stars And Cosmic Disasters By Judith E Braffman-Miller Comets are delicate and transient visitors from our Solar System’s frigid, dark twilight regions beyond the orbit of the outermost major planet, Neptune. These dazzling objects come screaming into the warm and well-lit inner Solar System, close to the brilliant fires and melting heat of our Sun, with their sparkling thrashing…

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Earth’s Moon Has A Soggy Secret

In the tragicomedy that characterizes human relationships, it has been said that the closer we get to someone, the weirder that person gets. Earth’s Moon is our planet’s closest neighbor in Space–mysterious, bewitching, bothersome, and bewildering, it has successfully hidden many of its secrets from the prying eyes of curious observers.

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