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March, 2016 Science Images

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 12:21 pm (UTC-4)
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Jupiter’s Northern Lights; Watching Stars Explode & Too Much Sitting Kills

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 4:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Astronomers Study Jupiter’s ‘Northern Lights’ Earth’s Auroras – Borealis in the northern polar region and Australis in the south – are among the most beautiful and haunting light displays in nature. Now, for the first time, scientists have been able to study Jupiter’s auroras, in x-ray wavelengths thanks to NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Auroras both […]

Antarctic Dinosaur Hunt; 60 Days in Bed For Science; Noise May Disturb Sea Floor Ecosystem

Posted February 5th, 2016 at 4:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Did Some of Today’s Species Get Their Start in Antarctica? We know Antarctica is the land of snow and ice and is the coldest place on Earth.  But believe it or not, this polar continent, was once quite warm, due to the different, earlier atmosphere.  Antarctica was covered with lush vegetation and teeming with a […]

Hormone Cuts Sugar Craving; inSight Launch Delayed; Space Telescope Mirrors

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 3:14 pm (UTC-4)
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Hormone Cuts Sugar Craving in Mice For those of us with an active “sweet tooth”, it can be really difficult to resist sweet treats like candy, cake and cookies. But with diseases and conditions associated with eating sugary foods like diabetes, heart disease and obesity at or near epidemic levels it’s important not to overindulge […]

New Maps Reveal Red Spot Changes and Odd New Features on Jupiter

Posted October 14th, 2015 at 3:46 pm (UTC-4)
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Scientists have created two new maps of Jupiter with data and images gathered over a nearly 21-hour period on January 19, 2015 by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s high performance Wide Field Camera 3. The maps are a representation of two nearly continuous rotations of the Jovian planet. The maps and series of images will […]

Scientists Find Jupiter’s Younger Sibling

Posted August 15th, 2015 at 4:45 am (UTC-4)
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A group of scientists have discovered a new exoplanet they say resembles a young Jupiter. Called 51 Eridani b, the gas giant is about 100 light years away, has twice the mass of Jupiter, orbits its star – 51 Eridani – at a distance comparable to between Saturn and Uranus in our solar system and […]

Saturn Moon’s Wobble Could Be Clue to What’s Inside

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 8:59 pm (UTC-4)
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Scientists with NASA’s Cassini Mission, which has been studying Saturn since 2004, were trying to figure out just how much one of its moons, Mimas, wobbled as it orbits the ringed planet. After reviewing and analyzing copious images snapped by the robotic probe and running several models, the scientists think the moon’s wobble could be […]

Giant Jovian Moon Might Have an Ocean and Ice ‘Club Sandwich’

Posted May 2nd, 2014 at 8:36 pm (UTC-4)
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Ganymede is Jupiter’s largest moon; in fact it’s the solar system’s biggest moon.  Now members of the Icy Worlds team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) think that the giant moon, which is even larger than the planet Mercury, may have several layers of ice and liquid oceans piled atop each other, much like a […]

Coldest-Ever Brown Dwarf Star Discovered

Posted April 28th, 2014 at 6:21 pm (UTC-4)
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The coldest-ever brown dwarf star has been found about 7 light-years away from Earth and could help scientist learn more about the atmospheres of planets. Brown dwarfs are objects that are too big to be planets, but too small to be considered stars.  They begin their lives like stars, but since their mass is so […]

Planetary Scientists Get Into Balloon Game

Posted February 10th, 2014 at 7:45 pm (UTC-4)
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A new device developed by NASA will help planetary scientists take advantage of high altitude research balloons, a relatively inexpensive observational platform that has long been used by other scientists. The balloons, which can climb to the edge of space, have been utilized by researchers  across multiple scientific disciplines, helping them to make groundbreaking findings. […]

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