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Attila Nagy Attila Nagy Jul 05, 2019.

How You Can Create Petite Planets In a Petri Dish

How You Can Create Petite Planets In a Petri Dish
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Wanna create your own beautiful, living, breathing solar system at home? It's easy—you just need petri plates (or any kind of flat, wide and shallow containers), some fatty milk, a little dish soap, food coloring and liquid plungers and droppers. And your own imagination.

The following artistic video, brought to you...

Casey Chan Casey Chan Jul 02, 2019.

How our view of Pluto has changed over the years

How our view of Pluto has changed over the years
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Pluto was discovered back in 1930 and that cute dwarf planet has been a blurry gray pixelated object to us ever since. Though our view of Pluto has gotten better ever so slightly over the years, we’ve never seen it in detail until the New Horizons spacecraft flew by everyone’s favorite former planet.

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Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Apr 19, 2019.

Pluto Is Bigger Than We Thought

Pluto Is Bigger Than We Thought

Pluto, our solar system’s lovably puny outlier and everyone’s favorite demoted planet, is less puny than scientists predicted.

NASA’s nuclear-powered New Horizons probe traveled over 3 billion miles in a decade to bring us this new info. Apparently, Pluto’s diameter is closer to around 1,473 miles (2,370 km), which is about 50 miles (80 km) more than previous estimates.

“A ha!” you say. “Give...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Mar 14, 2019. 16 comments

Mercury, Not Venus, Is the Closest Planet to Earth

Mercury, Not Venus, Is the Closest Planet to Earth

A team of scientists just demonstrated something that might shock you: Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth on average.

The researchers presented their results this week in an article in the magazine Physics Today. They explain that our methods of calculating which planet is “the closest” oversimplifies the matter. But that’s not all.

“Further, Mercury is the closest neighbor, on...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Aug 09, 2018. 11 comments

Planet or Star? Either Way, This Rogue Object Is Really Weird

Planet or Star? Either Way, This Rogue Object Is Really Weird

Various news outlets have been discussing a strange object in space, which may or may not be a planet. New measurements show that what was thought to be a brown dwarf—essentially a “failed star” that is too small to generate nuclear fusion, but too big to be a planet—might be a planet after all. But that’s far from the strangest part of this story.

Scientists recently took another look at four...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jul 23, 2018. 5 comments

These New Maps of Pluto and Its Moon Charon Are the Most Detailed Yet

These New Maps of Pluto and Its Moon Charon Are the Most Detailed Yet

By meticulously stitching together photos taken from two cameras aboard the New Horizons spacecraft, a team of scientists has compiled the most accurate maps of Pluto and Charon to date.

We’ve seen photos and maps of Pluto and Charon before , but these maps now represent our best current understanding of the surface features and topology of these distant Kuiper Belt objects.

When New Horizons...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 06, 2018. 8 comments

Astronomers Have Captured First Direct Evidence of an Exoplanet Being Born

Astronomers Have Captured First Direct Evidence of an Exoplanet Being Born

At this point, we’ve spotted several thousand exoplanets—there’s nothing super exciting anymore about finding a distant star with several worlds orbiting it. But today, scientists are announcing that they have seen an exoplanet in the middle of forming.

The dust disk of the star PDS 70 was detected by the Very Large Telescope’s SPHERE and NAOS-CONICA instruments and the Gemini Near-Infrared...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jun 20, 2018. 10 comments

This Video Made From Real Mars Data Will Make You Feel Like You're Flying Over the Red Planet

This Video Made From Real Mars Data Will Make You Feel Like You're Flying Over the Red Planet

There are lots of incredible things you can do with data. Like make this incredible animation of the Martian surface, for example.

This animation is the latest from visual artist Seán Doran, using real data taken by the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. (MRO) Of course, it’s not actual video footage, and required a lot of processing to achieve the realistic effect....

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Jamie Condliffe Jamie Condliffe May 14, 2018. 3 comments

Astronomers Found a Million-Times-Brighter Aurora—18 Light Years Away

Astronomers Found a Million-Times-Brighter Aurora—18 Light Years Away

A team of astronomers has discovered the most powerful aurora ever observed. But unlike our own Northern Lights, this astronomical phenomenon can be found 18 light years away in the skies above the brown dwarf LSR J1835+3259.

The international team of stargazers observed the distant aurora using the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico and the Hale telescope in San Diego. They...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Apr 30, 2018. 2 comments

What Shapes Are Things in Outer Space?

What Shapes Are Things in Outer Space?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

It’s an orgy of geometry, here on Earth. You got all kinds of shapes: Squares, trapezoids, even the occasional rhombus. Apples, desk-chairs, and dandelions—just an abundance of shape-having stuff. Outer space, in contrast, is minimally decorated: asteroids, stars,...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Apr 27, 2018.

Planetary Pillows Let You Sleep With Our Solar System

Planetary Pillows Let You Sleep With Our Solar System

Instead of worrying about whether your throw pillows complement the colors in a room, head on over to Etsy where PebblePlush has a created a set of 12 pillows that look like the planets and other celestial bodies in our solar system. Science matches any decor, and you might even learn something.

In addition to all the planets, the set also includes the sun and the Earth’s moon, but at...

Casey Chan Casey Chan Apr 18, 2018. 3 comments

Lovely Animation Illustrates Life Using Different Circles

Lovely Animation Illustrates Life Using Different Circles
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It’s the circle of life! Well, not quite but sort of. This great short animation from production company Chromosphere highlights the world we live in and the worlds beyond our world through the clever use of circles. Right smack dab in the middle of the frame, watch as the circles transform into animals and planets...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Mar 27, 2018. 12 comments

Giant Planet Orbiting a Brown Dwarf Spotted, Re-Opening Debate Over What Makes a Planet

Giant Planet Orbiting a Brown Dwarf Spotted, Re-Opening Debate Over What Makes a Planet

Scientists have discovered a planet a lot like Jupiter orbiting a dim star, if you can even call it a star—it’s nothing like our sun. The finding once again makes us wonder: what is a planet, anyway?

A team of researchers from two collaborations, KMTNet and the OGLE, or Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment, announced their new planet-brown dwarf pair, calling it the “OGLE-2017-BLG-1522...

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Charlie Jane Anders Charlie Jane Anders Mar 22, 2018. 8 comments

This Elevation Map Of Mars Makes The Red Planet Much More Colorful

This Elevation Map Of Mars Makes The Red Planet Much More Colorful

In this brand new map of the Ares Vallis region of Mars, released by the German space agency DLR, you can see the true differences in height between the high and low parts of our neighboring planet. The highest parts, expressed in red, are about 4000 meters (2.4 miles) above the lowest parts, in blue.

As the DLR explains:

Colour-coded digital terrain models show the impressive differences in...

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Ria Misra Ria Misra Mar 19, 2018. 7 comments

How It Would Look If Other Types Of Stars Were Close As The Sun

How It Would Look If Other Types Of Stars Were Close As The Sun

What would it look like if other stars were as close as the sun? For starters, we may have more than one, and it may be either much bigger or smaller than our current orbital star, as shown in these videos, which explore a hypothetical universe where our sun has been replaced with other stars and our moon with planets.

These two videos are part of a sequence from Russia's federal space...

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Casey Chan Casey Chan Mar 17, 2018. 9 comments

What Would Happen to Our Solar System If Jupiter Didn't Exist?

What Would Happen to Our Solar System If Jupiter Didn't Exist?

Our solar system is weird. Not only because we’re unique little snowflakes on a blue marble called Earth but because other stars usually have their giant ass planets (i.e. their Jupiter) orbiting them at a much closer distance. This is really common in other systems! Our Jupiter, however, doesn’t work like that. Why?

Life Noggin explains that scientists don’t exactly know yet but one theory...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Mar 10, 2018. 8 comments

Ice Crystals in Diamonds Reveal Pockets of Water Deep in Earth's Mantle

Ice Crystals in Diamonds Reveal Pockets of Water Deep in Earth's Mantle

Diamonds, the super-strong and brilliant crystals of carbon atoms produced under the Earth’s crushing pressures, are typically valued for their beauty and durability. But scientists also value them for another reason: They contain all kinds of hidden messages about the Earth’s mantle. You just need the right tools to read them.

An international team of scientists have decoded one of those...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Mar 08, 2018. 14 comments

Fundamental Equation of Quantum Physics Also Describes Rings and Disks in Space

Fundamental Equation of Quantum Physics Also Describes Rings and Disks in Space

Physicists’ main goal is to be able to predict what will happen in the future based on patterns they’ve already observed, whether in massive systems of stars or tiny groups of atoms. Predicting changes over time usually requires developing new mathematical equations. But a researcher at California Institute of Technology recently discovered that a well-known formula, Schrödinger’s equation,...

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Casey Chan Casey Chan Mar 07, 2018. 15 comments

Stunning video of Mars from orbit

Stunning video of Mars from orbit

What a hypnotizing look at the red planet. We get to see the view that ESA’s Mars Express see as it explores Mars, specifically a stunning look from orbit. I just love seeing it spin and twirl and then zoom in and then repeat the beautiful process all over again. I can see this in my dreams.

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Ria Misra Ria Misra Mar 03, 2018. 16 comments

This Newly Discovered Triple Sun Planet Would See Some Truly Bizarre Skies

This Newly Discovered Triple Sun Planet Would See Some Truly Bizarre Skies

Newly-discovered planet KELT-4Ab has three suns—but that triple-solar view isn’t the only weird thing you’d see happen overhead. Not by a long shot.

The details of the discovery of this triple sun planet were published in the Astronomical Journal. We talked to the lead author of the paper Jason Eastman of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to find out a little more about how those...

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