Formation of Bulge on Far Side of Moon Explained

Who knew the moon looked like a whole bunch of melted skittles rolled into one!

A bulge of elevated topography on the far side of the moon — known as the lunar far side highlands — has defied explanation for decades. But a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shows that the highlands may be the result of tidal forces acting early in the moon’s history when its solid outer crust floated on an ocean of liquid rock.

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Amateur Astronomers Capture Collision on Jupiter

Jupiter collision

This image shows an amateur astronomer’s view of Jupiter Thursday June 3, 2010.

The stargazers witnessed the brilliant flash from the cosmic collision from sites in Australia and the Philippines on Friday.  Anthony Wesley, an Australian computer programmer, first noticed the collision in Jupiter’s cloud tops and notified other astronomers. (video)


Invisible ‘Death Star’ Shooting Comets at Earth?


Invisible star may be shooting deadly comets towards Earth.

In what sounds like a chilling script of a Hollywood science fiction, scientists have claimed that an invisible star, five times the size of Jupiter, might be lurking near our solar system, occasionally kicking deadly comets towards the Earth.

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Torn Apart by Its Own Tides, Massive Planet Is on a ‘Death March’


Illustration of WASP-12b in orbit about its host star.

An international group of astrophysicists has determined that a massive planet outside our Solar System is being distorted and destroyed by its host star — a finding that helps explain the unexpectedly large size of the planet, WASP-12b.

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Red Dwarf-Red Giant Binary Pair of Stars Found


Eta Cancri: Researchers in the UK and China recently discovered a binary pair of red stars — one giant, one dwarf.

A binary pair of red stars, one giant one dwarf, has been discovered by a collaboration of astrophysicists from the University of Hertfordshire and The Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Icy Moons of Saturn and Jupiter May Have Conditions Needed for Life


This image captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows jets of ice particles, water vapor, and trace organic compounds shooting from the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

Scientists once thought that life could originate only within a solar system’s “habitable zone,” where a planet would be neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist on its surface. But according to planetary scientist Francis Nimmo, evidence from recent NASA missions suggests that conditions necessary for life may exist on the icy satellites of Saturn and Jupiter.

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Enough Oxygen For Life On Jupiter’s Moon Europa


Model of Europa’s interior, including a global ocean

New research suggests that there is plenty of oxygen available in the subsurface ocean of Europa to support oxygen-based metabolic processes for life similar to that on Earth. In fact, there may be enough oxygen to support complex, animal-like organisms with greater oxygen demands than microorganisms.


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