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Curious Kids: Why don’t the planets closest to the Sun melt or burn up?

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Curious Kids: Why don’t the planets closest to the Sun melt or burn up?

Curious Kids: Why don’t the planets closest to the Sun melt or burn up? While Mercury is indeed very hot, it is not hot enough to melt. NASA/JPL-Caltech, CC BY Chris Tinney, UNSW This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The […]

Voyager Golden Records 40 years later: Real audience was always here on Earth

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Voyager Golden Records 40 years later: Real audience was always here on Earth

Voyager Golden Records 40 years later: Real audience was always here on Earth What message would you send to outer space? NASA/JPL-Caltech, CC BY Jason Wright, Pennsylvania State University Forty years ago, NASA launched Voyager I and II to explore the outer solar system. The […]

NASA Watches the Sun Put a Stop to Its Own Eruption

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NASA Watches the Sun Put a Stop to Its Own Eruption

NASA Watches the Sun Put a Stop to Its Own Eruption On Sept. 30, 2014, multiple NASA observatories watched what appeared to be the beginnings of a solar eruption. A filament — a serpentine structure consisting of dense solar material and often associated with solar […]

TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System

This illustration shows what the TRAPPIST-1 system might look like from a vantage point near planet TRAPPIST-1f (at right). Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System

TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System If we want to know more about whether life could survive on a planet outside our solar system, it’s important to know the age of its star. Young stars have frequent releases of high-energy radiation called flares that […]

Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity

Wispy clouds float across the Martian sky taken on July 17, 2017, by the Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/York University

Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity

Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth’s ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. These clouds are the most clearly visible so far from Curiosity, which landed five […]

The sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface – here’s why it matters

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The sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface – here’s why it matters

The sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface – here’s why it matters The sun by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. NASA/SDO (AIA) Stephen Serjeant, The Open University My favourite science news is the stuff that changes the way […]

Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

This artist's rendering shows Cassini as the spacecraft makes one of its final five dives through Saturn's upper atmosphere in August and September 2017. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn’s upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the […]

How eclipses were regarded as omens in the ancient world

A solar eclipse observed over Grand Canyon National Park in May 2012. Grand Canyon National Park

How eclipses were regarded as omens in the ancient world

How eclipses were regarded as omens in the ancient world A solar eclipse observed over Grand Canyon National Park in May 2012. Grand Canyon National Park Gonzalo Rubio, Pennsylvania State University On Monday, August 21, people living in the continental United States will be able […]