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Strange Manx comet is time capsule from the early solar system

Strange Manx comet is time capsule from the early solar system
newscientist.com — A cast-off crumb from the solar system's early days has wound its way back towards the sun. The unusual, tiny-tailed comet C/2014 S3 seems to be a leftover piece of the stuff that clumped together into rocky planets like Earth. The odd-looking C/2014 S3 was spotted 18 months ago through the Pan-STARRS telescope.

Milky Way's nearest galaxies may be new to the neighbourhood

Milky Way's nearest galaxies may be new to the neighbourhood
newscientist.com — The Milky Way's closest neighbours may just be a couple of passers-by having an argument. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are dwarf galaxies about 200,000 and 160,000 light years away. Trailing behind them is a huge band of hydrogen gas called the Magellanic Stream.

Hubble's Birthday Bubble

Hubble's Birthday Bubble
theatlantic.com — Astronomers marked the 26 th anniversary of the telescope's launch with the first ever full photo of the stunning Bubble Nebula. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > The Bubble Nebula sits inside a vast molecular cloud, one of the largest structures in a galaxy.

Saturn probe Cassini hoovers up dust from distant stars

Saturn probe Cassini hoovers up dust from distant stars
newscientist.com — Catch a fallen star. The Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn has picked up three dozen specks of stardust from interstellar space, a find that will help astronomers understand how bits of exploded stars wend their way through the cosmos and are reborn in new star systems. Though mostly cold and empty, interstellar space contains wisps of gas and fine particles of dust that were released in the fiery deaths of giant stars.

The History of the Universe Is Written on the Ocean Floor

The History of the Universe Is Written on the Ocean Floor
theatlantic.com — Sediments from the bottom of the sea preserve a record of exploding stars-including some that may have changed Earth's climate, and led to the rise of humans. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now >

Dust devils on Mars may be boosted by their own shadows

Dust devils on Mars may be boosted by their own shadows
newscientist.com — From dust to more dust. On Mars, a dust devil's own shadow can help the sandstorm grow. Dust devils are a nuisance on Earth, but can be helpful on Mars when they clean off rovers' solar panels. Because Mars has a much thinner atmosphere - which means lower atmospheric pressure - the dervishes function differently there.

NASA Looks to Explore the Oceans of the Outer Solar System

NASA Looks to Explore the Oceans of the Outer Solar System
govexec.com — The oceans offered humanity's first passage beyond the boundaries of the known world. Ships brought people to unfamiliar shores on voyages of discovery, often just because they could. Today, the oceans of other worlds are the edges of our unknown.

NASA's Mission to Europa

NASA's Mission to Europa
theatlantic.com — A new generation of probes will look for signs of life in the liquid plumes that shoot out from Jupiter and Saturn's moons. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now >

Moon’s lack of water down to ancient shift in its spin axis

Moon’s lack of water down to ancient shift in its spin axis
newscientist.com — Spin me right round. Molten rock flowing beneath the moon's crust billions of years ago shifted the moon's spin axis by about six degrees. The find hints that ice found near the lunar poles dates back to the very early solar system.

Take a detour to improve traffic for everyone else

Take a detour to improve traffic for everyone else
newscientist.com — Take the long way home. It seems that commutes to and from city centres would be better if a few drivers took the scenic route. Most drivers in urban areas try to find the fastest possible route to their destination. But when everyone does this, congestion increases and everyone suffers.
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Apr 18, 2016

RT @ericwilkens: The ocean floor contains remnants of exploding stars from millions of years ago: theatlantic.com/science/archiv… via @rboyle31 @@TheAtlanticheAtlantic

Apr 14, 2016

RT @andersen: The History of the Universe Is Written on the Ocean Floor (lovely, mind-expanding piece by @rboyle31) theatln.tc/1VnZY33

Apr 01, 2016

RT @astrolisa: Dust devils on Mars, drop towers, mini explosions: this story has it all. By @rboyle31 ow.ly/10bbEv pic.twitter.com/vxGkDY92X0xGkDY92X0


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