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A 'Planet 10' On The Cards? Scientists Find Evidence

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A 'Planet 10' On The Cards? Scientists Find Evidence

- Washington: A mysterious, unseen 'planet 10' may be lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system. Scientists have found evidence of a 'Mars-like object' that could be orbiting our Sun. This object would be different from, and much closer than, the Planet Nine - whose existence yet awaits confirmation. Researchers, including Indian origin Renu Malhotra of the University of Arizona in the US, found compelling evidence of a yet-to-be discovered planetary body with a mass somewhere between that of Mars and Earth

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NASA telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life

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NASA telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life

- WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA’s planet-hunting telescope has found 10 new planets outside our solar system that are likely the right size and temperature to potentially have life on them, broadly hinting that we are probably not alone. After four years of searching, the Kepler telescope has detected a total of 49 planets in the Goldilocks zone. And it only looked in a tiny part of the galaxy, one-quarter of one percent of a galaxy that holds about 200 billion of stars

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'Don't...get shooted,' little girl pleads with mom after Castile is shot

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'Don't...get shooted,' little girl pleads with mom after Castile is shot

- Why are eclipses rare? The moon's orbit wobbles. Sometimes the moon's shadow is too high above the Earth. Sometimes it is too low. Other times, it is just right. Earl Ourada has been gathering weather data from his ranch northwest of Boise for almost 60 years. His daily readings help meteorologists at the National Weather confirm their forecasts. High temperatures have increased snowmelt from the mountains, and the Boise River is slowly seeping over its banks in places like 46th Street near the closed Greenbelt

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UFO News: NASA’s Mars Rover Photographs Strange Crystal Clear Object, UFO Or Simple Debris?

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UFO News: NASA’s Mars Rover Photographs Strange Crystal Clear Object, UFO Or Simple Debris?

- UFO sightings are pretty common on Earth, with numerous incidents being reported worldwide practically on a daily basis. On Mars, however, things are a little bit different. While alleged UFO sightings on the Red Planet have been reported and debunked in the past, a relatively recent image captured by the Mars Rover has managed to get UFO enthusiasts extremely excited, as the photograph depicted what appeared to be a softly-landed spacecraft on the planet’s surface

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Researchers Identify Two ‘Species’ Of Exoplanets: Kepler Planet Family Gets Two Distinct Branches

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Researchers Identify Two ‘Species’ Of Exoplanets: Kepler Planet Family Gets Two Distinct Branches

- Just like creatures in the animal kingdom, exoplanets could have species too. That’s how the two distinct branches of exoplanets were termed in a new study on so-called Kepler planets. A report from Big Island Now took a look at the study led by California Institute of Technology researchers, who discovered that the planets spotted from the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii and NASA’s Kepler mission can mostly be divided into two branches — one “species” including rocky, Earth-like planets and so-called “super-Earths,” and the other including gaseous, Neptune-like planets orbiting distant stars

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Planet 10: Mars-Sized Planet Could Be Hiding At The Edge Of The Solar System Beyond Pluto

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Planet 10: Mars-Sized Planet Could Be Hiding At The Edge Of The Solar System Beyond Pluto

- A planet almost as big as Mars could be lurking in the icy reaches of the solar system just beyond Pluto, Newsweek reports. By scientists’ official count, there are currently eight planets in the solar system. Scientists at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL), however, are convinced there is an unseen mass just hiding within the Kuiper belt, a region in the edge of the solar system filled with hundreds of thousands of icy bodies, including asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets

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Space Partnership Proposed Between Russia And China On Lunar Missions And Space Station

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Space Partnership Proposed Between Russia And China On Lunar Missions And Space Station

- Russia and China may soon be cooperating on space projects. Although the two nations are not currently collaborating, it was reported this week that a Russian aerospace firm is currently in talks with China to aid in future lunar missions and that China has reached out to Russia to help construct a Chinese space station. Two separate reports within two weeks indicate that China is very serious about cooperating on an international level with regard to its space program, which was a major topic of discussion at the recent Beijing-held Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017) where a global space agency was proposed

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Solving the Scorching Mystery of the Sun’s Erupting Plasma Jets

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Solving the Scorching Mystery of the Sun’s Erupting Plasma Jets

- Spiky bursts of plasma called spicules swirl around the surface of the sun. Millions erupt every moment, spurting solar material some 6,000 miles high at speeds of about 60 miles per second. “These things are very violent,” said Bart De Pontieu, a research scientist with Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. “The gas in spicules is about 10,000 degrees and they travel the length of California in just a minute or so

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Will Mars Go Mute? NASA's Aging Orbiters May Not Last Long Enough to Support Future Exploration

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Will Mars Go Mute? NASA's Aging Orbiters May Not Last Long Enough to Support Future Exploration

- A cry for help has come from planetary scientists pleading for a Next Mars Orbiter—or NeMO for short. Researchers say the spacecraft fleet currently orbiting the Red Planet are aging and there are no replacements in the works, imperiling future Mars landers, rovers and even possible human missions that will depend on orbiters to talk to Earth. We are at a turning point in Mars exploration,” says Casey Dreier, director of space policy at The Planetary Society

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UI students learn how to view solar eclipse safely

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UI students learn how to view solar eclipse safely

- IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- On August 21, many in the U.S. will get the chance to see a rare total solar eclipse. That's when the moon moves between the earth and the sun, blocking out light from the sun. It will be the first time in decades that a total solar eclipse will be viewable from coast to coast. The path of the total eclipse will pass just to the south of Iowa

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The day the sun disappears is coming

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The day the sun disappears is coming

- A total solar eclipse will cross the United States on August 21 Everyone in North America will experience a portion of the sun being blocked by the moon For a swath of the country from Portland, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, it will look like someone just turned off the sun in the middle of the day. Fourteen states across the US will experience about two minutes of darkness as the eclipse crosses from coast to coast between 10:15 a

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Baseball, Alaska, and a sun that won’t quit

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Baseball, Alaska, and a sun that won’t quit

- It was a great day for baseball in Alaska last night. Yesterday, of course, was the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. In Alaska, tradition requires playing the game in the midnight sun. There’s nothing better than sitting in the stands at a baseball game as the sun sets …. at 12:47 a.m. 3,531 fans showed up to watch the San Diego Waves beat the Alaska Gold Panners 4-to-2

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Stephen Hawking calls for a return to the moon as Earth’s clock runs out

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Stephen Hawking calls for a return to the moon as Earth’s clock runs out

- Humans are overdue for a return trip to the moon, Stephen Hawking has just opined. Speaking on Tuesday at the Starmus Festival, a science-slash-musical gathering, the astrophysicist offered two parts doom cut with one part scientific optimism. He argued that we should prepare for a cosmic exodus to take place in the next 200 to 500 years. "We are running out of space, and the only place we can go to are other worlds

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Stephen Hawking, Kris Jenner and other famous people with plans to send humans to Mars

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Stephen Hawking, Kris Jenner and other famous people with plans to send humans to Mars

- Stephen Hawking says let's go back to the moon, then build a base there — and then do the same thing on Mars. The world-famous astrophysicist made it sound more eloquent and profound than that. “Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves,” he said this week. Hawking also shared some ideas on how to get people off this planet

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Trilobites: Summer Solstice: A Great Moment to Ponder the Sun

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Trilobites: Summer Solstice: A Great Moment to Ponder the Sun

- At more than a million degrees, the roaring corona is hundreds of times hotter than the solar surface beneath it, and researchers are not sure why. By studying the corona, scientists hope to better understand the solar processes that fuel its extreme heat and cause its violent eruptions. But observing the sun from 93 million miles away can yield only so much insight

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Alaskan builds virtual reality tour of International Space Station

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Alaskan builds virtual reality tour of International Space Station

- Grossman, who grew up in Delta Junction and attended UAF before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film-making, created the virtual reality tour in partnership with NASA. He explained that his company Magnopus went to the Johnson Space Center and proposed to NASA to put a 360 degree camera in the International Space Station. The idea was to give people “the feeling down on earth of floating around in space,” said Grossman

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European Space Agency Plans Exoplanet Hunter Spacecraft: PLATO Mission To Seek Out Super-Earths, Alien Life
European Space Agency Plans Exoplanet Hunter Spacecraft: PLATO Mission To Seek Out Super-Earths, Alien Life The European Space Agency (ESA) announced this week that it has given the green light to its planet-hunting project PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars), which will ultimately see a spacecraft launched that will search for exoplanets and signs of alien life. Scheduled for a four-year mission, PLATO primary goal is to detect habitable exoplanets, particularly Earth twins and super-Earths   Read More ...
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UI students learn how to view solar eclipse safely
UI students learn how to view solar eclipse safely IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- On August 21, many in the U.S. will get the chance to see a rare total solar eclipse. That's when the moon moves between the earth and the sun, blocking out light from the sun. It will be the first time in decades that a total solar eclipse will be viewable from coast to coast. The path of the total eclipse will pass just to the south of Iowa   Read More ...
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Jerry Nelson dies; astronomer who built advanced telescopes was 73
Jerry Nelson dies; astronomer who built advanced telescopes was 73 Jerry Nelson, an astronomer who designed advanced telescopes that help scientists glimpse far reaches of the universe, has died. He was 73. UC Santa Cruz, where Nelson was a professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics, said he died June 10 at his home. No cause was given. Nelson’s design using dozens of segmented mirrors rather than a single large one was the basis for the Keck Observatory's twin 10-meter telescopes on Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano in Hawaii   Read More ...
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A giant planet undergoing extreme-ultraviolet irradiation by its hot massive-star host
The amount of ultraviolet irradiation and ablation experienced by a planet depends strongly on the temperature of its host star. Of the thousands of extrasolar planets now known, only six have been found that transit hot, A-type stars (with temperatures of 7,300–10,000 kelvin), and no planets are known to transit the even hotter B-type stars. For example, WASP-33 is an A-type star with a temperature of about 7,430 kelvin, which hosts the hottest known transiting planet, WASP-33b (ref   Read More ...
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Still a Glaring Problem: How a Solar Eclipse Can Fry Your Eyes
Still a Glaring Problem: How a Solar Eclipse Can Fry Your Eyes During the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21, millions of people will gaze at the sun to see the moon slowly pass in front of it, blocking out the light. But those who aren't careful risk doing some nasty damage to their eyes. You've probably been told that it isn't safe to stare at the sun and that watching a solar eclipse without proper eye protection can make you go blind   Read More ...
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The day the sun disappears is coming
The day the sun disappears is coming A total solar eclipse will cross the United States on August 21 Everyone in North America will experience a portion of the sun being blocked by the moon For a swath of the country from Portland, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, it will look like someone just turned off the sun in the middle of the day. Fourteen states across the US will experience about two minutes of darkness as the eclipse crosses from coast to coast between 10:15 a   Read More ...
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Where to see the solar eclipse
On a single day in August, the sun will disappear behind the moon, and sky watchers in the eclipse's path across 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina will witness a total solar eclipse. The remarkable event occurs when the moon blocks the sun, turning daylight into twilight and leaving the sun's atmosphere -- or corona -- visible for a fleeting moment   Read More ...
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Baseball, Alaska, and a sun that won’t quit
Baseball, Alaska, and a sun that won’t quit It was a great day for baseball in Alaska last night. Yesterday, of course, was the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. In Alaska, tradition requires playing the game in the midnight sun. There’s nothing better than sitting in the stands at a baseball game as the sun sets …. at 12:47 a.m. 3,531 fans showed up to watch the San Diego Waves beat the Alaska Gold Panners 4-to-2   Read More ...
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Stephen Hawking calls for a return to the moon as Earth’s clock runs out
Stephen Hawking calls for a return to the moon as Earth’s clock runs out Humans are overdue for a return trip to the moon, Stephen Hawking has just opined. Speaking on Tuesday at the Starmus Festival, a science-slash-musical gathering, the astrophysicist offered two parts doom cut with one part scientific optimism. He argued that we should prepare for a cosmic exodus to take place in the next 200 to 500 years. "We are running out of space, and the only place we can go to are other worlds   Read More ...
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Stephen Hawking, Kris Jenner and other famous people with plans to send humans to Mars
Stephen Hawking, Kris Jenner and other famous people with plans to send humans to Mars Stephen Hawking says let's go back to the moon, then build a base there — and then do the same thing on Mars. The world-famous astrophysicist made it sound more eloquent and profound than that. “Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves,” he said this week. Hawking also shared some ideas on how to get people off this planet   Read More ...
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Jerry Nelson, Designer of the Segmented Telescope, Dies at 73
Jerry Nelson, Designer of the Segmented Telescope, Dies at 73 Photo Jerry Nelson, who conceived of the design for the segmented telescope, which allowed scientists to peer farther into the universe than ever before, died on June 10 at his home in Santa Cruz, Calif. He was 73. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Alexandra Nelson, who said she did not know the cause. Mr. Nelson’s designs were the basis for the twin telescopes at the W   Read More ...
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Trilobites: Summer Solstice: A Great Moment to Ponder the Sun
Trilobites: Summer Solstice: A Great Moment to Ponder the Sun At more than a million degrees, the roaring corona is hundreds of times hotter than the solar surface beneath it, and researchers are not sure why. By studying the corona, scientists hope to better understand the solar processes that fuel its extreme heat and cause its violent eruptions. But observing the sun from 93 million miles away can yield only so much insight   Read More ...
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Alaskan builds virtual reality tour of International Space Station
Alaskan builds virtual reality tour of International Space Station Grossman, who grew up in Delta Junction and attended UAF before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film-making, created the virtual reality tour in partnership with NASA. He explained that his company Magnopus went to the Johnson Space Center and proposed to NASA to put a 360 degree camera in the International Space Station. The idea was to give people “the feeling down on earth of floating around in space,” said Grossman   Read More ...
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