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One Third of the World’s Population Unable to See Milky Way

Posted June 13th, 2016 at 4:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Among my fondest memories of being a kid back in the 1960’s was taking a week or so of summer vacation to visit relatives at my grandfather’s farm in Herman, PA (about 65 km northeast of Pittsburgh). During my stay I would spend evenings lying on the freshly cut grass of my grandpa’s back yard, just looking up into […]

Did our Sun Snatch Planet 9 from Another Solar System?

Posted June 3rd, 2016 at 4:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Is it possible that the new-found theoretical Planet 9 is actually an exoplanet, a planet from another solar system? According to astronomers at Sweden’s Lund University, it’s “highly likely” that Planet 9 was actually “snatched” from another solar system by our young sun some 4.5 billion years ago, or within 100 million years after its formation. […]

Scientists Find Traces of Early Earth in Volcanic Rock

Posted May 13th, 2016 at 3:50 pm (UTC-4)
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According to most scientists, Earth was formed between 4.5 and 4.6 billion years ago after gravity forced gas and dust left over from the creation of the Sun accreted into an object called a planetesimal. Over time, the planetesimal continued to gather more and more material and eventually became a planet. Scientists say heat produced […]

Dwarf Planet Moon Discovered; Supplements Boost Antidepressants; Kepler Back in Business

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 2:29 pm (UTC-4)
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Hubble Spots Moon Circling Distant Dwarf Planet Out in the far reaches of our solar system lies the Kuiper Belt.  This region of space is occupied by icy objects left over from the creation of the solar system. Several dwarf planets, such as Pluto, also occupy the Kuiper Belt. Astronomers studying images gathered by the […]

Happy 26th Birthday Hubble Space Telescope!

Posted April 22nd, 2016 at 4:15 pm (UTC-4)
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Sunday, April 24, 2016 will mark the 26th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope aboard the space shuttle Discovery mission STS-31.  It was deployed from the shuttle’s payload bay the following day, April 25, 1990 Over its 26 years of service Hubble’s numerous discoveries and the breath-taking and detailed images it has […]

Nearby Supernovae Showered Earth and Moon With Radioactive Iron

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 4:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Artist Animation of Star Explosion (NASA/JPL/Australian National University) Two new studies suggest radioactive bits of a nearby star or stars that exploded into a supernova or supernovae showered the Earth and Moon with radioactive iron a couple of million years ago. Both studies found the stellar evidence in concentrations of an isotope of iron called […]

20 Years to Alpha Centauri; NASA’s Expandable Habitat; Elements of an Apology

Posted April 13th, 2016 at 4:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Proposed Spacecraft Will Take 20 Years to Reach Alpha Centauri Renowned physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking and Russian internet investor and physicist Yuri Milner recently announced an ambitious new project they hope will someday send thousands of tiny spacecraft to the stars to explore space and search for life in the universe. Called ‘Breakthrough Starshot,’ […]

Learning More About Mysterious Planet 9

Posted April 11th, 2016 at 3:50 pm (UTC-4)
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Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown at the California Institute of Technology generated a lot of excitement in the science world back in January when they announced that they had found evidence of a giant planet traveling in an odd, drawn-out orbit in the far reaches of the solar system. So far the new found planet, […]

Laser Cloaking Device; New Device Spots Exoplanets; Malaria Older Than We Thought

Posted April 1st, 2016 at 4:15 pm (UTC-4)
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Lasers Could Hide Earth from Aliens Scientists have been scanning the skies and conducting numerous studies in a search for extraterrestrial intelligent life or ETI’s. Back in 2010 renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking warned that it might be too dangerous for humans to interact with ETI’s. While we’re looking for signs of intelligent […]

Study: Dinosaurs Roamed Before Saturn’s Moons and Rings Formed

Posted March 25th, 2016 at 8:04 pm (UTC-4)
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A new study from researchers at the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has found that most of Saturn’s 62 moons and perhaps even its celebrated rings may only be a hundred million years old. That’s more recent than when dinosaurs were roaming Earth. One of the study authors, Matija […]