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Space lettuce

Nutritious and safe crops would be a dietary supplement to assist long-distance space missions.

Mar 6th, 2020

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Globular cluster billowing in the Galactic wind

The Galactic magnetic field plays an important role in the evolution of our Galaxy, but its small-scale behaviour is still poorly known. It is also unknown whether it permeates the halo of the Galaxy or not.

Mar 2nd, 2020

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Earth has got a new 'moon'- here is what to expect

The Minor Planet Centre has just announced that the Earth has been orbited by a second moon for the past three years or so. But while excitement about the discovery is growing, it is important to keep in mind that this moon isn't as impressive as our main satellite.

Feb 26th, 2020

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Beyond the brim, Sombrero Galaxy's halo suggests turbulent past

These latest Hubble observations of the Sombrero galaxy indicate only a tiny fraction of older, metal-poor stars in the halo, plus an unexpected abundance of metal-rich stars. Past major galaxy mergers are a possible explanation, though the stately Sombrero shows none of the messy evidence of a recent merger of massive galaxies.

Feb 21st, 2020

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How newborn stars prepare for the birth of planets

An international team of astronomers used two of the most powerful radio telescopes in the world to create more than three hundred images of planet-forming disks around very young stars in the Orion Clouds. These images reveal new details about the birthplaces of planets and the earliest stages of star formation.

Feb 20th, 2020

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Journey to the center of Mars

While NASA's InSight's seismometer has been patiently waiting for the next big marsquake to illuminate its interior and define its crust-mantle-core structure, two scientists have built a new compositional model for Mars.

Feb 20th, 2020

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18-hour year planet on edge of destruction

The 'hot Jupiter' orbits perilously close, to the point that it will be destroyed by the star. This research could shed light on how long a planet can orbit that close to a star before it spirals to its destruction.

Feb 20th, 2020

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