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janus moon
2015-05-20 09:15:41

A moon that shares its orbit with another moon seems like an unlikely candidate to be considered the “loneliest moon in the solar system,” but such is the case with Janus, scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California explained on Monday.

Comet 67P/C-G balancing boulders
2015-05-19 15:15:16

These rocks belong in a circus act. But how did they get there? Hint: aliens.

2015-05-12 16:20:38

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter's moon Europa is likely sea salt from a

killer asteroid
2015-05-14 06:00:17

According to some articles circulating the internet, a "monster" asteroid will "skim" by Earth tomorrow, and we all may die. We talk to Vanderbilt astronomer David Weintraub, who clarifies what's really going to happen.

mercury's magnetic field
2015-05-08 13:28:07

Before slamming violently into the surface of Mercury (RIP), NASA’s MESSENGER probe sent back valuable data on the planet’s magnetic field, revealing that it is almost 4 billion years old.

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2015-05-07 10:58:14

New research led by astronomers and astrophysicists from the University of Warwick has found evidence in asteroid debris explaining how water reached Earth, and their research indicates that our planet is not alone in the amount of H2O it contains.

2015-05-04 23:04:44

Sylvia Hawthorn-Deppen looks back at effects of, personal recovery from chronic pain HARRISBURG, Pa.

ra
2015-05-03 11:27:50

Researchers have for the first time captured detailed images of heat rising from the horseshoe-shaped lava lake on Io, the innermost moon of Jupiter. Cool!

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2015-04-27 10:33:16

If this image gives you the heebie jeebies, you might not want to wait around for New Horizons to get a good look at the spider-like patterns on Pluto.

ceres map
2015-04-14 09:06:03

NASA has released the first color map of Ceres, and while the data is still said to have come from early observational stages, it nonetheless indicates that the dwarf planet was shaped by a series of diverse processes since its formation some 4.5 billion years ago.


Latest Solar System Reference Libraries

Stellar Astrophysics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The prominent feature that allows for the existence of life on Earth is the Sun. Radiation from our closest star provides heat and energy to our planet, driving biological processes and providing the necessary conditions for liquid water to naturally exist. But our Sun is only but one star in this vast Universe. And as it turns out, most stars are quite different than the one that illuminates our day. For this reason, scientists have, for hundreds of years, attempted to study the other...

Planetary Astronomy
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: Artistic concept of a planetary system. Credit: Wikipedia/NASA/JPL-Caltech The term Astronomy encompasses a broad range of topics, including the study of stars, galaxies, and planets. In order to focus on the different areas of study, many subfields of astronomy emerge. One such area is the study of planets known, appropriately, as Planetary Astronomy. Observational Planetary Astronomy Even within the field of Planetary Astronomy, there are several divisions to...

Planetary and Space Science
2012-05-28 10:21:45

Planetary and Space Science is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1959 and published by Elsevier 15 times per year. As of May 2012, the editor-in-chief is Rita Schulz (The Netherlands). The journal publishes original research articles and short communications. The main focus is on solar system processes which encompass multiple areas of the natural sciences. Research that involves planetary and space sciences involves many disciplines. Celestial mechanics is part of these...

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2009-04-28 19:02:44

Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel was born on December 4, 1821 in Germany and died March 16, 1889. Tempel worked in Marseille until the onset of the Franco Prussian War in 1870 at which time he relocated to Italy. Tempel discovered or assisted in discovering 21 comets. The Tempel asteroid 3808 and lunar crater Tempel are named in his honor. His most notable discoveries include the following asteroids 564 Angelina, 65 Cybele, 74 Galatea, 81 Terpsichore and 97 Klotho.

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2009-04-28 18:59:52

Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel was born on December 4, 1821 in Germany and died March 16, 1889. Tempel worked in Marseille until the onset of the Franco Prussian War in 1870 at which time he relocated to Italy. Tempel discovered or assisted in discovering 21 comets. The Tempel asteroid 3808 and lunar crater Tempel are named in his honor. His most notable discoveries include the following asteroids 564 Angelina, 65 Cybele, 74 Galatea, 81 Terpsichore and 97 Klotho.

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overword
  • To say in too many words; to express verbosely.
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  • The leading idea or a repeated phrase, as of a song or ballad; the refrain; burden.
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