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Alien Life on Europa?!

A huge plume of water vapor has again been spotted emanating from Europa, Jupiter’s icy moon, boosting scientists’ confidence that the phenomenon is real. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope detected a 62-mile-high (100 kilometers) candidate plume near Europa’s equator in February 2016, researchers and agency officials announced today (April 13) – SPACE NASA and the ESA are planning […]Continue reading Continue reading

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A hyperthermophile is an organism that thrives in extremely hot environments—from 60 °C (140 °F) upwards. An optimal temperature for the existence of hyperthermophiles is above 80 °C (176 °F). Hyperthermophiles are a subset of extremophiles, which are often micro-organisms within the domain Archaea, although some bacteria are able to tolerate temperatures of around 100 °C (212 °F), as well – Wikipedia. […]Continue reading Continue reading

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Famous Comets

“Out to sea, the calm lagoon waters were darkening, while the comets overhead glowed brighter, omens in the gloaming.” ― Julian May, Perseus Spur A comet is an icy small body in the solar system that when passing close to the Sun, it produces a visible atmosphere or coma from a process called outgassing — Wikipedia. I always hope […]Continue reading Continue reading

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The Dwarf Planet Pluto

Discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, Pluto was long regarded as the ninth planet of our solar system. However, after astronomers deepened their exploration of the intriguing worlds in the Kuiper belt, the icy Pluto was reclassified by IAU as a dwarf planet in 2006. Because additional objects in Kuiper belt has been discovered including […]Continue reading Continue reading

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The Epic Exploration of Voyager 2

Voyager 2 space probe was launched by NASA to study the outer solar. It was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on August 20, 1977. The primary mission of Voyager 2 is to make flybys of the four Jovian planets in our solar system. Having visited the Jovian system in 1979, the Saturnian system in […]Continue reading Continue reading

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A new class of black holes is found

The movie Interstellar makes more and more people curious about what black hole is. The special effects team working on Interstellar no doubt make the movie undoubtedly wonderful and also it end up advancing people’s knowledge of black holes at the same time. According to Wikipedia,A black hole is a region of spacetime exhibiting such […]Continue reading Continue reading

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Fun Facts about Telescopes

FUN FACT 1: Galileo is often created as the inventor of the telescope when in fact he was simply the first to use it to study the night sky. The first known practical telescopes were invented in the Netherlands at the beginning of the 1600s, by using glass lenses. They found use in both terrestrial […]Continue reading Continue reading

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Moon Phases

Moon, the beautiful silver disc hanging in the night sky, always gives me a sense of mutability and mystery. Have you ever looked up the sky and have a careful observation of the Moon? Have you ever had this question: “Why does the Moon look different every night? Do these changes follow particular patterns?” With […]Continue reading Continue reading

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