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Helium clouds

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It’s called GJ 436b, and is located 33 light-years away. According to the observations of the Spitzer Space Telescope, its atmosphere, private progressively hydrogen, now it seems to be dominated by the lightest of the noble gases. This is one characteristic shared by thousands of extrasolar planets. Living creatures is unlikely that the common people,

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Curious auroras on Uranus

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Dark jets of dust on the 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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Thanks to high-resolution images of the imaging instrument of OSIRIS, jets of dark dust on the surface of 67P could be observed with unprecedented detail, a clear sign of increased activity in the nucleus of the comet. When night falls on the comet Rosetta, the 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko, its body strangely shaped remains very active.

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Satellite SMILE – space weather program

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A satellite to study space weather, in particular the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth’s magnetosphere: this is SMILE, a joint scientific space mission between Europe and China to be launched in 2021, now in feasibility assessment. If all goes well, Europe and China together will study solar storms. The selection process for

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A look inside Mars

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Studying in detail the internal structure of Mars? Yet little more than a year, then we think the InSight lander NASA. And to help him may be meteorites crashing onto the surface of the Red Planet. InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place

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Chaos near Pluto?

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According to a study in Nature, Pluto forms a pair with the largest moon, Charon, around which they dance in a seemingly broken four smaller moons. According to Douglas Hamilton, one of the two authors, “the chaos may be a common feature of binary systems.” Although they have downgraded Pluto to dwarf planet in 2006,

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Four giants helps the future

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The four giants of physics, ATLAS, CMS, ALICE and LHCb, have started regularly to collect data produced in collisions between accelerated protons, but this time the energy record of 13 trillion electron volts (TeV 13), almost double that which it allowed in 2012 to harness the Higgs boson. Along the 27 km ring of the

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Comets – mysteries of lunar vortices?

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Perhaps the riddle of the strange patterns of light material on some areas of the surface of our natural satellite was solved. A cause of them would be the impacts of comets. These are the results of a survey conducted by US researchers Peter Schultz and Megan Bruck Syal. Clear structures are strange and sinuous

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NASA missions – New Frontier & Flagship Program

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