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Category: Roaming the Cosmos


Roaming the Cosmos – Trappist-1

The arrangement of planets we see in the solar system is just one of many, many possibilities. The grand expanse of the universe holds a tremendous variety of planetary systems and we need not go far to find something unusual….

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Roaming the Cosmos – Vega

Fourteen thousand years ago, the North Star wasn’t the North Star. The night sky in the northern hemisphere currently turns around Polaris, the brightest star in the Little Dipper. But that changes, ever so slowly, because the Earth is not…

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Roaming the Cosmos – Proxima Centauri B

As we move farther away from the sun, our journey gets colder and colder. If we want to find warmth and light again, it will be around distant suns. Every star has a habitable zone — a range of orbits…

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Roaming the Cosmos – Haumea

Astrophysicists currently surveying the outer edges of our solar system estimate that there are thousands of dwarf planets, though only five have been researched enough to be recognized officially by the International Astronomical Union: Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris….

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Roaming the Cosmos – Uhlanga Regio, Triton

It’s currently late summer in the southern hemisphere of Triton, and it will be for a while. Seasons on Triton, Neptune’s largest moon, last over 40 years, with each pole spending 80 years in sunlight followed by 80 years of…

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Roaming the Cosmos – Verona Rupes, Miranda

[Update: Recent images of Charon, a moon of Pluto, from the New Horizons mission indicate that Charon may be home to the tallest cliff in the solar system. See: A ‘Super Grand Canyon’ on Pluto’s Moon Charon] In the woods…

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Roaming the Cosmos – Xanadu, Titan

Titan is appropriately named. The great ringed gas giant Saturn has sixty-two moons. But ninety-six percent of the mass of those moons is found in one object: Titan. At 5,150 km across, it’s diameter is greater than the planet Mercury….

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