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  • Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is shrinking in length, but growing in height
  • Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:00:00 GMT - The storm’s upward expansion is just as unexplained as its retreating base.

  • Comets and asteroids shower Mars with organics
  • Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:00:00 GMT - For decades, astronomers suspected that Mars might be teeming with organics, which are carbon-based molecules like proteins, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids. However, it wasn’t until 2015 that the Mars Curiosity rover uncovered the first evidence showing these life-supporting compounds were not only present, but also likely scattered all over the Red Planet. At the time, astronomers suspected that organics were hitchhiking to Mars almost exclusively aboard tiny, interplanetary dust part

  • Mercury: The Swift Planet
  • Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:00:00 GMT - Our solar system's innermost planet reaches greatest elongation tonight. Here's some background before you step outside to view its best 2018 apparition.

  • Stephen Hawking passes away at 76
  • Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:00:00 GMT - A witty and brilliant cosmologist and mathematician, Hawking became a household icon who advanced our understanding of the cosmos.

  • Potentially habitable super-Earth found during exoplanet search
  • Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:00:00 GMT -

    Of 15 recently discovered exoplanets, one could hold liquid water.

  • Starmus Advisory Board remembers Stephen Hawking
  • Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:00:00 GMT - Starmus Today, on the 14th of March, 2018, the human race has suffered an immeasurable loss. The loss of a man who was not only one of the greatest scientists of all times and one of the most influential people on the planet, but also a model and inspiration for many of us. Stephen Hawking was a man of exceptional power of spirit and a model of civic stance. He changed the way we perceive our Universe, our time and ourselves, and did it with his unique talent of communication and gentle,

  • All disk galaxies rotate once every billion years
  • Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:00:00 GMT - In a study published March 9 in The Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, astronomers announced the discovery that all disk galaxies rotate about once every billion years, no matter their size or mass. “It’s not Swiss watch precision,” said Gerhardt Meurer, an astronomer from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), in a press release. “But regardless of whether a galaxy is very big or very small, if you could sit on the extreme edge o

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