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A flyby of fear

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It was scheduled for eight zero nine hours of Europe, Sunday, December 29th, the closest approach ever to Phobos. Touching upon the surface, the European probe Mars Express collected basic data on the origin of the enigmatic larger of the two Martian moons. Image source: www.jpl.nasa.gov Just 45 km away. That was the distance that

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Covered skies in Leo and in Ophiuchus

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The unusually flat spectrum detected by Hubble’s for two extrasolar planets of the most common type, both with a mass similar to that of Neptune, leads scientists to hypothesize the presence of clouds at high altitude in their atmospheres. The two studies can be read in Nature.  The size of GJ 436b and GJ 1214b

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2015 – International Year of Light

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The UN General Assembly announced for 2015 the International Year of Light and light -based technologies. Meanwhile, in 2014, around the world the International Year of Crystallography will be celebrated. Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov Days of lights under the tree and colored lights in the city center. The Winter Solstice and the ancient Roman festival of light. Curious

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Found the presence of water in five alien worlds

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Thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope has been possible to scan the atmosphere of many exoplanets. And confirm the existence of the precious liquid in five of them. A NASA video explains how.   Source: www.nasa.gov The coming year could bring the discovery of an Earth -like. Potential candidates identified so far lacking, certain confirmations

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Cosmology below zero in the top ten of physics

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Among the ten key findings of 2013 chosen by the magazine Physics World, three relate to astronomy: the cosmic neutrinos captured by IceCube, on top of the podium, the “modes B’ in the polarization of the cosmic background. Dr. James Derrickson of NASA/Marshall places photographic emulsions in a temperature- and humidity-control cabinet where the plates will

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Maven: a probe to discover the secrets of Mars’ atmosphere

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Launched November 18th  will tell us why the red planet has become barren and dry, and if a time it was really a living planet.  Source: www.nasa.gov What happened to the atmosphere of Mars? There was a time, between three and four billion years ago, when the red planet was shrouded by clouds and dense

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UFOs and aliens: what happens in Valmalenco?

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It goes back a few days ago the latest in a long series of sightings. There is a corner of Italy, which seems to have become the epicenter of disturbing close encounters of the third kind. You Valmalenco, in the province of Sondrio, affected for years by a series of mysterious sightings. To impress, as

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But what is the shortest day of the year?

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According to popular tradition is Saint Lucia, according to the science on December 21. But there is another possibility…   Source: www.jpl.nasa.gov The saying goes: “Saint Lucia is the shortest day that there is.” In fact, December 13, precisely the date dedicated to the Christian martyr, the sun sets earlier than any other day of

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Mars could have hosted life forms

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The research vehicle Curiosity demonstrates the possibility of existence of ancient microorganisms on the Red Planet. Source: www.nasa.gov Lots of liquid water, with lakes that 3.6 billion years ago were fed by rivers that flowed to the surface and, with it, all the ingredients necessary for life: the early history of Mars “is written in

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