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From Space.com: "Eris: The Dwarf Planet That is Pluto's Twin"

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January 27, 2015
Nola Taylor Redd


Eris with moon Dysmonia

In addition to eight full-size planets, the solar system is home to a number of smaller “ 731 more words

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From Space.com: "Our Expanding Universe: Age, History & Other Facts"

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January 13, 2015
Charles Q. Choi


Credit: SRON

The universe was born with the Big Bang as an unimaginably hot, dense point. When the universe was just 10-34 of a second or so old — that is, a hundredth of a billionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second in age — it experienced an incredible burst of expansion known as… 1,412 more words

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From SPACE.com: "Magnetic Fields of Asteroids Lasted Hundreds of Millions of Years"

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January 21, 2015
Mike Wall


An image of the Esquel meteorite, a pallasite that consists of gem-quality cystals embedded in metal.
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From SPACE.com: "How Did Life Become Complex, and Could It Happen Beyond Earth?"

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January 20, 2015
Elizabeth Howell, Astrobiology Magazine

When astrobiologists contemplate life on nearby planets or moons, they often suggest such life would be simple. Instead of there being some kind of multicellular organism on, say, Jupiter’s moon Europa, scientists instead aim to find something more like a microbe. 1,163 more words

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Science Saturday Adventures...

So, I just read that fellow blogger Nerd in the Brain is launching a new “Science Fun” blog once a month. Probably better than getting it from the liberal-arts/history/creative-writing yet always-wanted-to-be-a-scientist-but-sucks-at-math (<–dyslexic with numbers) A Chaos Fairy! 98 more words

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From SPACE.com: "For Alien Planets, Atmosphere May Be Key to Day-Night Cycle"

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January 15, 2015
Calla Cofield

Alien planets that orbit close to their parent stars may be at high risk of the ultimate hot-cold scenario, with one side stuck in permanent daylight while the other shrouded in everlasting night. 724 more words

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From SPACE.com: "National Geographic: First Glimpse of the Hidden Cosmos"

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January 15, 2015
SPACE.com Staff


A view from Chile of Cosmic Expansion. The Dark Energy Survey will map an eighth of the sky at high resolution. 1,157 more words

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