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Our Future Sun

Our Future Sun By Judith E Braffman-Miller Our Sun was born about 4.56 billion years ago from the jumbled fragments, left as lingering relics, of earlier generations of stars that perished long ago–their nuclear-fusing fires extinguished after consuming their necessary supply of fuel. Stars of all sizes fuse increasingly heavier and heavier atomic elements out of lighter ones, and when…

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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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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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The Ancient Trappist-1 System

We live in a cosmic Wonderland filled with weird worlds that perform a fantastic celestial ballet within the distant systems of stars beyond our own Sun. Some of these strange worlds are exotic, unlike anything previously imagined, not even in the wildest dreams of astronomers–while others are eerily familiar–bizarre because they are so similar to the planets of our own Solar System.

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Jupiter: The Banded, Big, And Precocious “King Of Planets”

Jupiter: The Banded, Big, And Precocious “King Of Planets” By Judith E Braffman-Miller Banded, big, and precocious, the gas-giant Jupiter is our Solar System’s resident planetary behemoth with a mass that is one-thousandth that of our Sun–and two and a half times that of all the other planets in our Solar System combined. Jupiter is like a star in composition,…

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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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Galactic Archaeologists Build A Stellar Family Tree

Galactic Archaeologists Build A Stellar Family Tree By Judith E Braffman-Miller Traditional archaeologists uncover the many mysteries of our ancient human ancestors by digging for the lingering remains of long-lost civilizations that can be excavated and observed today. Astronomers are now borrowing the same principles applied in archaeology and biology in order to piece together the mysterious family tree of…

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