Tag Archives: solar system

NASA Captures Comet Hitting Sun

European Space agency and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) saw a bright comet plunge toward the sun on Aug. 3-4, 2016, at nearly 1.3 million miles per hour. Comets are chunks of ice and dust that orbit the sun, usually on highly elliptical orbits that carry them far beyond the orbit of Pluto at their farthest points. This comet, ...

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Heavy Bombardment Left Moon Crust Cracked with Craters, Deep Fissures: Scientists

Four billion years ago, when the phase of Late Heavy Bombardment was causing asteroids hit the darker side of Moon from earth, Moon’s crust was left with craters and deep fissures, said MIT scientists. Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and elsewhere have identified regions on the far side of the moon, called the lunar highlands, as fractured and ...

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Saturn’s moon Enceladus stunning lights similar to curtain eruptions seen on Earth: Scientists

New research proposes the possibility that icy eruptions on the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus could be in the form of broad, curtain-like eruptions, rather than discrete jets. Based on data obtained from NASA’s Cassini mission, the researchers say these eruptions from Saturn’s moon Enceladus might be diffuse curtains rather than discrete jets. Though they appear to be individual jets ...

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Giant galaxies die inside out

 In a major breakthrough towards understanding the formation of the universe, astronomers have figured out that star formation shuts down in the centres of elliptical galaxies first. The scientists made this observation with the help of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the Hubble Space Telescope. A major astrophysical mystery has centred on how massive elliptical galaxies, common in the ...

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Nitrogen, Water Traces on Mars Show Life Was Possible in Ancient Red Planet

The nitrogen sample analysis of Curiosity findings could have made it possible for life organism to survive on Mars. Since the nitrogen found on Mars doesn’t show any evidence of life as the surface of Mars is inhospitable for living organism, the researchers believe that the nitrates found on Mars are ancient, and could have come from non-biological processes like meteorite impacts ...

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Exoplanets Likely to Have Water, Hospitable to Life

A recent study shows that planets outside our solar system, exoplanets, are expected to have liquid and be more habitable than previously thought. “Planets with potential oceans could have a climate that is much more similar to Earth’s than previously expected,” said Jeremy Leconte, post-doctoral fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) at University of Toronto. The study ...

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