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By StarStryder on October 25, 2019 in

Today’s news is all over the place, and by place, we mean universe. We start with the story of 4 galaxy clusters merging, pair wise, into one massive system, and move on to explore a planet in a three-star system made of red dwarfs, and with a model for creating Jupiter family comets. Susie will […]

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By StarStryder on October 24, 2019 in

New data keeps showing new systems doing unexpected things. In today’s round-up of “that’s unexpected,” we confirm the universe isn’t expanding as expected, that galaxies formed in unexpected ways, and we find unexpected warm dust in a binary star system that may host colliding worlds. Links A Crisis In Cosmology (Press Release) Cosmic Yeti from […]

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By StarStryder on October 22, 2019 in

(Things may look a bit different this week; Susie is on a much-deserved vacation and Pamela is filling in.) One of the things that makes planetary science so interesting is the regular changes we see in other worlds and our own. In this show, we look at weather on Saturn, a historic landing on Venus, […]

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By StarStryder on October 21, 2019 in

Got clear skies? Go out tonight and catch the Orionids Meteor shower, a storm of falling stars generated by Halley’s comet. Later this week, we’ll see aurora like those that will one day be predicted by the ESA Solar Probe. We also have an update on the Mars 2020 rover. Links Orionid Meteor Shower (space.com) […]

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By StarStryder on September 24, 2019 in

Today is a slow news day, but it’s not a no news day. We bring you coverage of the HTV-8 resupply mission to the ISS and the resurrection of the NEOcam mission in a weird not-exactly-still-NEOcam kind of way. We round things out with the discovery of a new mineral trapped in a diamond. Links […]

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By StarStryder on September 23, 2019 in

Today is the equinox, that day of awesome geometric alignments, when the Sun crosses the equator, and when for a moment both the north and south pole are illuminated. Let’s celebrate by talking about how Venus might have once been capable of supporting life, and how Japan continues dropping things on asteroids. Links The Equinox […]

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By StarStryder on September 20, 2019 in

Today is the Global Climate Strike, but we’re here to bring you science – including climate science. Let’s look at our world, and then look away to the clouds on Venus and the dust devils on Mars. Links Global Climate Strike GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE → SEP. 20–27 (org page) ‘This could only be a fantasy’: Greta […]

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By StarStryder on September 19, 2019 in

New planetary science news keeps coming from the European Planetary Sciences Congress, and we bring you highlight about a predictable volcano on Jupiter’s moon Io, Saturn’s moon Enceladus firing snow cannons at, well, everything, and rolling boulders being documented on the comet 67P / Chuyumov-Gerasimenko. Links Volcano on Io Is huge volcano on Jupiter’s moon […]

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By StarStryder on September 17, 2019 in

Today’s news is dominated by all things planetary, and features stories about exploding dunes on Mars, exploding meteors at Jupiter, and the dirty gritty stuff that isn’t coating Saturn’s ring materials. We also add a side dose of neutron star to round things out. Links Exploding Dunes North polar dunes on Mars (press releases) ExoMars […]

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By StarStryder on September 16, 2019 in

Today we are doing a special episode on one of the largest problems in astronomy today: the expansion rate of the universe. This is going to be a story in three parts: An overview of how we know our universe is expanding, a look at the different factors that go into understanding that expansion rate, […]

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