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Moon’s Black Eye Recalls A Realm Of ‘Lost Giants’

Looking through a telescope, the moon’s countless craters are the first thing that catches the viewer’s attention. Created by meteoric impacts, the bowl-shaped blasts attest to a much earlier and incredibly violent bombardment of the moon’s surface by millions of meteorites and small asteroids. Meanwhile the large, dark “eyes” of the Man in the Moon…
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Astronomers Discover Dwarf Planet 8 Billion Miles Past Pluto

Pluto’s got company. An international team of astronomers has discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in the Kuiper Belt of icy asteroids beyond Neptune. The new object is roughly 435 miles  (700 km) in size and has one of the largest orbits known for a dwarf planet. Called 2015 RR245, it was found using the…
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Verdict In On Ceres Bright Spot — It’s Salt

Salt and butter. Ingredients essential to a happy life. At least one of those you’ll find on Ceres, and it ain’t butter. According to a new study from scientists on NASA’s Dawn mission published June 29 in the journal Nature, the dominant mineral of the mysterious “bright spot” in Ceres’ Occator Crater is sodium carbonate, a…
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Earth Has A New Little Buddy, Quasi-Satellite 2016 HO3

And you thought the moon was Earth’s only companion. Now we know of another, but unlike the moon, this one orbits the sun but sticks close to us. Astronomers using the Pan-STARRS1 telescope on Mt. Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii, spotted a new asteroid on April 27 this year. Named 2016 HO3, its size has yet to be…
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Asteroid 2016 LT1 Flyby Today, Honeysuckle Moon Tonight

Today around 3 p.m. (CDT), an asteroid a little bigger but a lot faster than a Chevy Suburban will make a drive-by of Earth, missing the planet by just 95,000 miles (153,000 km) before speeding off into the cosmic depths. Although that’s less than half the moon’s distance away, the encounter is a safe one. At…
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