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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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The Electric Sands Of A Misty Moisty Moon Of Saturn

The Electric Sands Of A Misty Moisty Moon Of Saturn By Judith E Braffman-Miller The outer Solar System is enshrouded in the perpetual semi-darkness that exists far from the brilliant light and warmth of our Sun. Here, in this cold, shadowy outer kingdom, a quartet of gaseous, giant, majestic planets reign supreme–Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune–all circled by most of…

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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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The Mystery Of The Vanishing Ice Volcanoes

The Mystery Of The Vanishing Ice Volcanoes By Judith E Braffman-Miller Strange things happen in our Solar System–things that do not occur on Earth, and are decidedly alien and unfamiliar to us. Take the dwarf planet Ceres, for example. This small, spherical denizen of the Main Asteroid Belt, located between Mars and Jupiter, apparently has had, in the past, odd…

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Our Solar System – The Planets

Our Solar System – The Planets By Satvik Mittal In our solar system, we have 8 planets. These planets revolve around the Sun and each planet has its own orbit. According to most of the astronomers, our solar system has two parts: the inner solar system and the outer solar system. In the former, there are 4 planets namely Mercury,…

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The Sinister Story Of Our Sun’s Evil Twin

The Sinister Story Of Our Sun’s Evil Twin By Judith E Braffman-Miller Dwelling in our Milky Way Galaxy, about 300 light-years away, there is a small star named HIP68468. This little star is so much like our own Sun that it is often referred to as its “twin”–but if HIP68468 is our own Star’s twin, it is an evil one…

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