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laser-compression
2015-01-23 14:05:34

Scientists use laser-driving compression experiments (cool) to recreate the planetary formation process (even cooler).

raindrops asteroids
2014-12-30 15:50:46

Ever wonder what the formation of an asteroid crater on Earth would look like if viewed in slow-motion? Researchers from the University of Minnesota have found a unique way to model such an event by recording the impact of raindrops on sandy surfaces.

MIT-Early-Atmospheres-01_0
2014-12-03 04:53:14

Previous research has indicated that Earth has lost its atmosphere at least twice since being formed, and a new study has indicated that a bombardment of tens of thousands of space rocks could have been behind the phenomenon.

lunar volcanoes
2014-11-25 12:47:31

Back in 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts orbiting the Moon photographed something very odd. Researchers called it "Ina," and it looked like the aftermath of a volcanic eruption.

meteorite impact crater in Nicaragua
2014-09-09 04:23:59

Nicaraguan officials reported Sunday that the impact of a small meteorite had left a nearly 40-foot crater near the airport of the capital city of Managua, but US scientists are casting doubts on those claims.

Forces Of Martian Nature
2014-07-11 03:24:38

The surface of Mars is pocked and scarred with giant impact craters and rocky ridges, as shown in this new image from ESA’s Mars Express that borders the giant Hellas basin in the planet’s southern hemisphere.

asteroid impact
2014-04-10 08:39:56

Earth was irrevocably changed when the dinosaurs were wiped out about 65 million years ago by a massive asteroid, but a much bigger asteroid that struck the Earth nearly 3.3 billion years ago is thought to have shaped parts of Africa.

mercury
2014-04-05 05:12:23

Using new data obtained by the MESSENGER spacecraft, researchers from Brown University in Rhode Island have discovered that explosive volcanic activity has been occurring throughout most of Mercury’s history.

John Lennon Shines On: IAU Names Mercury Crater After Rock Legend
2013-12-20 13:34:02

John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England. He started his first band, The Quarrymen, while still in high school. After Paul McCartney and George Harrison joined the band the name was changed to The Beatles.

Mapping The Dinosaur-Killing Yucatan Peninsula Asteroid Impact Site
2013-12-10 06:29:28

An asteroid or comet crashed into a shallow sea near what is now the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico approximately 65 million years ago. A firestorm and global dust cloud resulted, causing the extinction of many land plants and large animals, including most of the dinosaurs.


Latest Impact crater Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Saturn's moon Mimas -- Mimas is a moon of Saturn that was discovered in 1789 by William Herschel. Mimas' low density (1.17) indicates that it is composed mostly of water ice with only a small amount of rock. Mimas' most distinctive feature is a colossal impact crater 130 km across, named Herschel after the moon's discoverer. Herschel covers almost 1/3 of the diameter of the entire moon; its walls are approximately 5 km high, parts of its floor measure 10 km deep, and its central peak...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Jupiter's Moon Callisto -- With a diameter of over 4,800 km (2,985 miles), Callisto is the third largest satellite in the solar system and is almost the size of Mercury. Callisto is the outermost of the Galilean satellites, and orbits beyonds Jupiter's main radiation belts. It has the lowest density of the Galilean satellites (1.86 grams/cubic centimeter). Its interior is probably similar to Ganymede except the inner rocky core is smaller, and this core is surrounded by a large icy...

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marcescent
  • Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.
The word 'marcescent' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to wither'.
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