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Neptune’s Stinky Dark Vortex is Fading Away Like a Bad Fart

In 2015, the Hubble Space Telescope detected a strange feature in the skies over Neptune—a swirling dark vortex the size of China. Packing copious amounts of hydrogen sulphide—the chemical ingredient that gives farts their awful smell—this storm is not behaving as astronomers predicted, with the latest results suggesting the dark vortex is dying. Read More >>

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Kepler Astronomers Discover Treasure Trove of New Exoplanets

Kepler is the gift that keeps on giving. After suffering a major malfunction five years ago, the rejiggered space-based telescope continues to churn away, scanning the heavens for signs of distant worlds. An international team of astronomers has now released the results of its latest survey, confirming the existence of nearly 100 new exoplanets. Read More >>

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Scientists Observe Incredible New Kind of Ice Thought to Exist in Uranus’ Centre

Here is an ice cube you do not want to put in your Diet Coke: A solid lattice of oxygen atoms with protons whizzing around inside of it. This ice is not normal on Earth, but might be elsewhere. And scientists have created it in a lab. Read More >>

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Breathtaking Panorama of Martian Landscape

After months of steady progress, NASA’s Curiosity rover has reached the top of Vera Rubin Ridge. And like the good mountain climber that it is, the rover took the opportunity to look around and bask in the view from up high. The resulting panorama—stitched together from 16 individual photos—is one of the most spectacular and goose-bump-inducing images we’ve ever seen of the Red Planet. Read More >>

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TRAPPIST-1 Star System Contains Two Potentially Habitable Planets, New Study Suggests

It’s been less than a year since astronomers detected seven planets around TRAPPIST-1, a remarkable star system located 39 light years from Earth. New research suggests life could take root on at least two of these planets, thanks to a fortuitous orbital quirk. But other scientists aren’t so sure, saying TRAPPIST-1 still has much going against it in terms of its ability to foster life. Read More >>

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Saturn’s Fascinating Moon Titan Has Yet Another Thing In Common With Earth

Titan—Saturn’s largest moon—is remarkable in that it features a dense atmosphere and stable liquid at the surface. The only other place in the solar system with these particular characteristics is, you guessed it, Earth. Thanks to a pair of new studies, we can add a third trait to this list of shared characteristics: a global sea level. Read More >>

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Water Might Be Easier to Find on Mars Than We Thought

Mars likely held flowing water during its ancient past, possibly even vast oceans of it. Most of this precious liquid escaped into space, but some of it stayed behind, transforming into ice and settling beneath the rocky surface. New research shows that a sizeable portion of this water ice is surprisingly near the surface—in some cases just a few feet down. Should this discovery be confirmed, it bodes well for future missions to the Red Planet. Read More >>

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This Could Be Where Mars’ Water Disappeared to

Mars looks like it used to have water—perhaps even entire oceans. But not today. Today, scientists can’t even decide whether it’s got slight trickles darkening the dirt on its mountainsides. If Mars did once have oceans, then where did they go? Read More >>

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This Tiny Star Hosts a Planet Nearly the Size of Jupiter

Using an innovative new telescope array, an international team of researchers has discovered a distant gas giant roughly the size of Jupiter around a star half the size of ours. It’s considered the largest planet in proportion to its companion star. Read More >>

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Scientists Just Found the Perfect Spot to Build an Underground Colony on the Moon

For years, scientists have wondered if dark, crater-like features on the lunar surface might be entrances to giant caverns carved long ago by flowing lava. Researchers from Japan and the United States have uncovered new evidence to prove that these features actually exist—which is good news for future lunar colonists looking for a convenient and safe place to live. Read More >>

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Cool Theory Finally Explains Pluto’s Skyscraper-Sized Ice Shards

When NASA’s New Horizons space probe zipped past Pluto in 2015, it revealed portions of the dwarf planet’s surface were strewn with what could only be described as gigantic blades of ice, many of which extended into the Plutonian sky for hundreds of feet. Finally, after nearly two years of research, a team of scientists think they’ve figured out the nature of these odd features and how they came to appear on the surface. Read More >>

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Spectacular Images as It Climbs Toward a Mysterious Outcrop

Over the past few days, NASA’s Curiosity rover has been making a steady climb towards a strange Martian ridge that’s captivated scientists since before the mission even started. Known as Vera Ridge after the pioneering astrophysicist Vera Rubin, the durable outcrop could shed new light on the environment and potential habitability of ancient Mars. Although the climb has proven a challenging one, Curiosity has managed to capture some spectacular photos along the way. Read More >>

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New Observations by NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Are Shaking Up Theories About Jupiter’s Auroras

Jupiter features the largest and most powerful auroral display in the Solar System. As spectacular as they are, however, very little is known about these dancing displays of Southern and Northern lights. A recent survey by NASA’s Juno spacecraft is providing new evidence about Jupiter’s auroras—and it’s becoming increasingly clear they’re not at all like what we expected. Read More >>

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An ‘Extremely Surprising’ Storm System Just Appeared Over Neptune

Do not be alarmed, but a bright storm system three quarters the width of our entire planet has emerged over Neptune’s equator, in a region where no bright clouds have ever been witnessed before. Read More >>

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Four Breathtaking Solar Eclipses You Can See From Other Planets

On August 21st, millions of Earthlings will gather to watch as a total solar eclipse sweeps across the centreline of the United States over the course of 90 minutes. For many, it’ll be once-in-a-life-time spectacle. But if you had a spacecraft on hand, you wouldn’t need to wait decades for the next total solar eclipse to arrive at a town near you—you could simply jet off to Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, or even Pluto. That’s because there’s a veritable zoo of solar eclipses occurring all across our solar system, all the time. Read More >>