New Research Gives More Information on Mercury’s Surface

Mercury is different from the Moon and Mars. Mariner showed that the planet was covered by smooth plains and cratered planes but their origin was unknown. So what were they formed by? Scientists studied the surface to see if the planes were formed by volcanic flows or material ejected from Mercury’s impact basins. New images [...]

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Cassini Creates the First Topographical Map of Titan

Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, has been surveyed by Cassini. Cassini, which is a probe that has been looking at Saturn and its moons, has made a topographic map from the surveys. Titan is a lovely moon that is one of the most earthlike and interesting worlds in the solar system. It is Saturn’s largest [...]

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Hawaiian Summit to Gain Giant Telescope

The construction of a large telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea which is opposed by the Hawaiians has permission now to go ahead. This has been opposed because the Hawaiians consider it sacred ground. The construction could start on the top of the 13,800 foot high mountain as early as April 2014. The mountain [...]

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The Existing Climate Change Model Could Be Wrong

Climate models may be too conservative in forecasting tropical changes. This is indicated by a large amount of warm water that used to stretch out from Indonesia over to Africa and South America 4 million years ago. This large mass of water would have altered rainfall in the tropics perhaps even removing the monsoon. The [...]

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The Best View of Exoplanets Planets yet

4 Jupiter mass planets, among the most exotic ones to be known, have been seen in more detail than ever before. Project 1640 picked out these planets using the Hale telescope. These planets orbit a star called HR 8799 which is 128 ly away. Light from planets is hard to make out as the stars [...]

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Cassini Sees Massive Storm

Cassini continues to return original new stuff on its orbit around Saturn and its moons. The latest information is on a large thunder and lightning storm on Saturn. The storm got so large that it reached its own tail around the planet. This doesn’t even occur on Jupiter and is the first time it has [...]

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Pluto’s Moon Named After Star Treks Vulcan

One moon of Pluto has been named Vulcan. This was proposed, appropriately, by William Shatner from Star Trek. The votes were taken online allowing the public to vote. The two moons without a name were called boringly P4 and P5. As hopefully most of you know Vulcan was the home planet of the first officer [...]

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Is light made up of waves or particles?

Is light made up of waves or particles? This question has been around for ages. Photons which are particles of light are said to be both particles and waves by quantum theory. Physicists from the University of Bristol have backed up the quantum theory with a new demonstration using a new piece of equipment. This [...]

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Mars Rover Curiosity Is Firing Its Laser

The Mars science lab (nicknamed curiosity) has a laser! It is not for self defence but for analysing rocks. It has fired nearly 500 shots so far and it has produced strong clear data about the Mars surface. When the laser fires it focuses the energy of 1 million lightbulbs onto an area that is [...]

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Plate Tectonics on Mars

When I did a course in Astrophysics the only place that plate tectonics existed was the earth. This it was said was one of the reasons life existed on Earth and if it was to exist elsewhere plate tectonics would be needed. A scientist has now found that plate tectonics exist on Mars. A tectonically [...]

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Commercial Spacecraft Docks with the Space Station for the First Time

Space X has recently launched its Falcon 9 rocket and docked its dragon ship to the International space Station (ISS). This is the first time a commercial spaceship has joined with the space station. Spaceflights take a major boost from this as the ISS requires constant resupply and is in continual need of resupply since [...]

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New Images of the Universe from the Spitzer Telescope

(Please wait while the images load it’s well worth it!) The Spitzer space telescope’s infrared array camera (IRAC) has been looking at the solar system right out to the most distant reaches of the universe. NASA is releasing a gallery of the 10 best IRAC images to celebrate this milestone The new images will highlight [...]

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New Evidence about Venus’s Magnetic Field

Venus does not generate an internal magnetic field. This makes it a rarity amongst the planets. This means that Venus does not have a magnetosphere that protects it but the Venus environment does exhibit a number of similarities with magnetic fields of planets such as Earth. Now there is new evidence for a magnetic reconnection [...]

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Planets Found Orbiting Twin Stars

One planet called Kepler 16 was discovered some time ago but two new planets called Kepler 34 and Kepler 35 have just been found. Each of these planets revolve around their own double Suns. These discoveries imply that planets revolving around binary stars (Suns that exist as a pair) are common throughout the galaxy. This [...]

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An Experiment Using Gravity to Find out Where All the Antimatter Is.

The universe seems to have no antimatter. Antimatter is needed to balance the matter that is all around us. Physicists at the University of California have decided to try and find out why antimatter method behaves differently in gravity than matter and this may answer the missing antimatter question. The antimatter version of the electron [...]

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Titan’s Lakes and Rain Explained Better Buy a New Computer Simulation

Titan, Saturn’s largest moon is an alien world that is covered in a thick atmosphere of methane. Methane acts like rain on Titan creating clouds and fog as well as rainstorms and plentiful lakes. Where these features have come from is a mystery to scientists. Recently a computer model of Titan’s atmosphere and methane cycle [...]

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Low Carbon Technologies Will Not Bring Bill Rises

Claims that the costs of wind farms, solar panels and other low carbon technology use will lead to sharp rises in bills are wrong, and they do absolutely nothing good for our society. Just recently, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) explained that, against the preposterous claims of some,the increase in bills over the past few [...]

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New Most Positive Sign of Water yet Found on Mars

I don’t know how it does it but the Mars rover opportunity continues to send back results from Mars. This one could be very significant as opportunity has found slivers of a bright material that could be gypsum (calcium sulphate). If this is confirmed it will be the most unambiguous sign of water yet found [...]

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Mission to Mars about to Lift off Looking for Life

Look out for the Mars science laboratory launch on November 26, 2011. Curiosity, which is a Rover , will search for elements that are needed to support life which are mainly water and any carbon-based materials. This will give us a good indication of whether Mars was habitable or will be habitable in the future. [...]

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New Images of Enceladus from the Cassini

On October 19 there was a successful flyby of Saturn’s moon Enceladus by the Cassini spacecraft. This provided some new views of the moon and the icy jets that come from its southern polar region. This was a first because the images were of the plumes with two stars shining behind them which is called [...]

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