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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!

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Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!

Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown! NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, which landed near Mount Sharp five years ago this week, is examining clues on that mountain about long-ago lakes on Mars. On Aug. 5, 2012, the mission team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion […]

Hubble Detects Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere

This artist's concept shows hot Jupiter WASP-121b, which presents the best evidence yet of a stratosphere on an exoplanet. Credits: Engine House VFX, At-Bristol Science Centre, University of Exeter

Hubble Detects Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere

Hubble Detects Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on a planet outside our solar system, or exoplanet. A stratosphere is a layer of atmosphere in which temperature increases with higher altitudes. “This result is exciting […]

Saturn’s moon Titan may harbour simple life forms – and reveal how organisms first formed on Earth

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Saturn’s moon Titan may harbour simple life forms – and reveal how organisms first formed on Earth

Saturn’s moon Titan may harbour simple life forms – and reveal how organisms first formed on Earth False colour mosaic made from infrared data collected by the Cassini spacecraft. NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute Ravi Desai, UCL How chemical reactions on a lifeless […]

The Dark Side of the Crater: How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It

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The Dark Side of the Crater: How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It

The Dark Side of the Crater: How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It Things look different on the Moon. Literally. Because the Moon isn’t big enough to hold a significant atmosphere, there is no air and there are […]

Scientists find some of Mars’ youngest volcanoes – and discover they could have supported life

1700km-wide region of Mars including Olympus Mons (upper left) and several other volcanoes of Mars’s Tharsis province. Colour-coded topography. NASA/USGS/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G Neukum)

Scientists find some of Mars’ youngest volcanoes – and discover they could have supported life

Scientists find some of Mars’ youngest volcanoes – and discover they could have supported life 4000 km wide view of Mars’ (colour-coded topgraphy) Coprates Chasma. NASA/USGS/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G Neukum), CC BY-SA David Rothery, The Open University It may seem that Mars was once a much […]

Curious Kids: what started the Big Bang?

In the beginning, the Universe expanded very, very fast. Flickr/Jamie, CC BY-SA

Curious Kids: what started the Big Bang?

Curious Kids: what started the Big Bang? In the beginning, the Universe expanded very, very fast. Flickr/Jamie, CC BY-SA Steven Tingay, Curtin University This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like […]