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How Do Exoplanets Get So Big And So Hot?

Hot Jupiters are giant gas exoplanets that orbit around their host stars. Even though their names might suggest otherwise, they’re a lot bigger and hotter than Jupiter. According to a report from the University of Arecibo, 740 of the 3,442 exoplanets that exist are Hot Jupiters. These giant exoplanets are pretty interesting, and some of them are so big, they defy the theories of planetary formation. But, there’s new research tht shows that Hot Jupiters actually aren’t that big, they just expand over time. The…

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Asteroid Bennu Could Provide Insight Into Earth’s Origins

In early September, NASA began tracking an asteroid as it was hurtling towards Earth. Although the asteroid, named Bennu, won’t hit our planet until the 22nd century, scientists are still eager to collect material from its surface. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is responsible for that collection, and it’s going to travel for two years to get to the asteroid, and land back on Earth by 2023. Bennu’s trajectory will also be monitored and analyzed in order to calculate the danger it represents for Earth. Right now,…

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Astronomers Have Discovered The “Colour Of The Universe”

If there’s one thing you can guarantee a child will do when playing with a paint set, it’s mixing all the available colours together just to “see what happens.” We all did it, and no doubt children continue to do so, fueled by inquisitive desire. Astronomers have now pretty much done the same thing, just on a universal scale. By mixing together all of the colours that can be found in the universe, scientists have created the “colour of the universe.” Is the universe a…

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Closest Earth-Like Planet Found 4 Light Years Away

An international team of astronomers have recently found a rocky, Earth-like planet that orbits Proxima Centauri, our sun’s nearest neighbour. There are a few key differences between this planet, Proxima b, and Earth. For one, it’s one-twentieth the distance from its red dwarf star compared to the Earth’s distance from our sun, giving it a permanently orange sky. It also circles the star so quickly that a year only lasts 11 days. Even though its 4.22 light-years away, it’s the “closest potentially habitable planet ever…

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Five Uses For Virtual Reality That Aren’t Gaming

Virtual reality is getting crazy realistic, and it’s getting more accessible to the average consumer, thanks to headsets like Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. With developments happening so fast in the industry, they’ll only get more impressive and more affordable. And if you think virtual reality isn’t for you because you’re not into video games, think again. Virtual reality can make lots of other tasks and industries more interesting, and here are a few examples of that. The News Every single publication in the…

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What Mars Looks Like To A “Viking”

Looking to the skies for guidance, the ancient Nordic Vikings were rather accomplished seafarers through their knowledge of the sun and stars. But as surprisingly well-versed in astronomy as the Vikings were, they were never able to gaze upon celestial bodies quite like another set of “Vikings” did. No, I don’t mean another civilization of Vikings from humanity’s past, I am, of course, referring to the Viking program, a NASA initiative from the 1970s aimed at documenting Mars. Enacted in 1975, the Viking program consisted…

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NASA Created An Expanding Space Room For The International Space Station

The International Space Station is always being improved upon, and the next upgrade on the docket is a 12-foot long living space that attaches to the ISS and doubles in size as it inflates. Called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM for short, it will head up to the ISS on the next supply mission, and the Station’s robotic arm will attach it to the rear port. Just a touch of a button with inflate the BEAM, and it will expand to its full…

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Watch Space Debris Multiply Before Your Eyes

It’s fairly common knowledge that there is a whole lot of garbage on Earth thanks to humans. But what is less commonly known is that space is also littered with our junk – junk that has been accumulating for almost 60 years. Satellites, rocket hulls, and whole engines are orbiting the Earth, and the recorded amount of all that debris hit 23,000 objects in 2012. That’s an increase in space debris of 14,000 objects since 2007 alone. And that’s just the debris that’s larger than…

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How To Speak To An Astronaut In Space With Just A Ham Radio

If you wanted to make a call to a space station, one would think you would need some serious tech. How else are you supposed to be able to contact someone in the vacuum of space, if not with the most modern, and powerful telecommunication devices? Actually, the answer is pretty simple: you just need a ham radio. That’s what Adrian Lane, a resident of Gloucestershire, England discovered a few weeks ago, after repeated attempts to contact the International Space Station (ISS) actually went through,…

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NASA’s New Robots Look Like Tumbleweeds

As NASA continues its work exploring the final frontier, work is underway developing a planet traversing robot that looks like a space tumbleweed. The experimental robot is called the Super Ball Bot and it is being built by Boston Dynamics with the support of NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. The Super Ball Bot is made from metals rods and cables that can extend or retract on command. This innovative design allows the Super Ball Bot to be very versatile. It can absorb impact on landing,…

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