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Subsurface Liquid Water Lies Hidden Beneath Martian Poles

    Subsurface Liquid Water Lies Hidden Beneath Martian Poles By Judith E Braffman-Miller Out of all the mysterious and fascinating worlds inhabiting the bewitching Wonderland that is our Solar System, the Red Planet Mars has managed to sing the most haunting of all sirens’ songs to humanity. This small, rocky, rust-colored planet is our Earth’s near neighbor in space,…

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Pluto And Charon: Their True Colors Are Shining Through

    Pluto And Charon: Their True Colors Are Shining Through By Judith E Braffman-Miller We are a curious species; we like to explore alien places that lie far beyond the comfortable world that we know. And so we sail into the mysterious and dangerous darkness of distant space to see that which no one has ever before seen, kissed…

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Scientific Serendipity And New Moons For Jupiter

    Scientific Serendipity And New Moons For Jupiter By Judith E Braffman-Miller Strange things have occurred in the distant domain of the giant gaseous planets that inhabit the outer regions of our Solar System. Far from our Sun, the four worlds twirl in secretive splendor where they rule over their mysterious kingdom of cold darkness. Of the quartet of…

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Interstellar Dust From Our Solar System’s Birth

    Interstellar Dust From Our Solar System’s Birth By Judith E Braffman-Miller Our Sun formed from the jumbled leftovers of the nuclear-fusing furnaces of earlier generations of stars–and like other stars, it was born within a dense, frigid blob cradled within one of the giant, dark, interstellar molecular clouds that float through our Milky Way Galaxy in huge numbers….

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Snowball Planets

    Snowball Planets By Judith E Braffman-Miller Today, Earth is located comfortably within the inner edge of our Star’s habitable zone, where conditions are favorable for the emergence and evolution of life as we know it. However, this has not always been the case. Indeed, some astronomers propose that in the early days of our Solar System, our planet…

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An Asteroid “Weirdo” In The Kuiper Belt

    An Asteroid “Weirdo” In The Kuiper Belt By Judith E Braffman-Miller Asteroids and their comet-cousins are the relics of a bygone era when our Sun and its familiar family of objects were still in the process of forming. During this very ancient time, our Solar System was a “cosmic shooting gallery”, where relatively small and primitive primordial bodies–called…

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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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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 Moon Is Distancing Itself From Earth

    The Moon Is Distancing Itself From Earth By Judith E Braffman-Miller Long ago, when our Solar System was still forming, our lovely lunar companion was much closer to Earth than it is now. Today, Earth’s Moon is the largest object suspended in our sky after sunset, and for eons it has captivated humans with its reflected silver-golden glow…

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Asteroid 2002 AJ129 to Fly Safely Past Earth Super Bowl Sunday

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 will make a close approach to Earth on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. PST. At the time of closest approach, the asteroid will be no closer than 10 times the distance between Earth and the Moon. 2002 AJ129 is an intermediate-sized near-Earth asteroid, somewhere between 0.3 miles and 0.75 miles across. It was…

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