“The Goblin” May Point To Super-Earth Haunting The Fringes Of The Solar System

Just in time for Halloween and in fact named in the spirit of the celebration, American astronomer Scott Sheppard and colleagues have discovered a new, extremely distant object well beyond Pluto they nicknamed “the Goblin.” More formally known as 2015 TG387, the distant asteroid was discovered about 7.5 billion miles from the sun or 2.5…
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Ancient Suns Set The Night Sky Aglow

Nearly the entire night sky glows a midnight blue from vast clouds of hydrogen gas. New observations made with the MUSE (Multi Instrument Spectroscopic Explorer) instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope have uncovered enormous cosmic reservoirs of atomic hydrogen surrounding distant galaxies. The team of astronomers discovered that the light — called Lyman-alpha…
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Mars Opportunity Rover Stubbornly Silent / Hyades Frames Waning Moon

The skies are clearing over NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover but we’ve still not heard from the robotic explorer since June 10. That’s when a planet-encircling dust storm kicked into gear, saturating the thin Martian air with fine dust and choking off the sunlight the rover needed to power its solar arrays and recharge its batteries. The…
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This Is What It’s Like To Stand On An Asteroid

At this point you’re probably thinking I’m nuts about asteroids. I am. When was the last time we had the opportunity to experience what it’s like to stand on one? Like never! That’s why I’m hopping happy about the latest images from the Japanese Hayabusa-2 mission to the half-mile-wide asteroid Ryugu. Big things come in…
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In Search Of ‘Oumuamua’s Home

Ever since astronomers realized that ‘Oumuamua wasn’t a member of our solar system but instead a far-flung visiting asteroid or comet, they’ve been trying to figure out from whence it came. We knew the object wasn’t from here because it was moving so fast it would soon escape the solar system. Now, using data from the…
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