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Cassini Discovers Titan Atmosphere Loaded With Plastics Ingredient
2013-09-30 13:17:41

Using the Cassini spacecraft’s examinations in the infrared spectrum, NASA researchers have identified atmospheric propylene – which is used to make plastic containers here on Earth – on Saturn’s moon Titan.

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Provides More Information On Asteroid Vesta
2013-09-27 17:17:01

The asteroid Vesta, the second largest in the asteroid belt, has been particularly interesting to astronomers since it was first discovered in 1807.

Europa Surface Cracks Associated With One-Time Tilted Axis
2013-09-18 15:05:45

NASA scientists analyzed distinctive cracks lining the surface of Europa and found that the moon use to have a small tilt in its spin. This information could influence calculations of how much of the moon's history is recorded in its frozen shell, how much heat is generated by tides in its ocean, and how long the ocean has been liquid.

Was Life On Earth Jump-Started By Icy Comet Impact?
2013-09-16 07:00:57

An international group of scientists has discovered that life on Earth may have been jump-started when icy comets bombarded the planet billions of years ago.

Voyager 1 Has Left Solar System, Reaching New Horizons
2013-09-12 13:57:02

Man has officially embarked on a new adventure that surpasses Lewis and Clark's excursion across the US, as NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially reaches interstellar space.

Images Offer Insight Into Martian History
2013-09-05 13:09:38

A new ESA image of Mars' Becquerel crater offers insights into the history of the Red Planet.

Trojan Asteroids Are More Common Than Previously Believed
2013-08-30 05:06:06

The first Trojan asteroid sharing the orbit of Uranus has been discovered by University of British Columbia astronomers who believe the asteroid - 2011 QF99 - is part of a larger-than-expected population of transient objects temporarily trapped by the gravitational pull of the solar system's giant planets.

Cassini Data Reveals Unexpected Features In Titan’s Icy Outer Shell
2013-08-28 15:52:50

Cassini arrived at Saturn a little over nine years and has been observing the planet and its moons ever since. The latest data from the spacecraft shows the planet's largest moon, Titan, has some unexpected features.


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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Word of the Day
pudic
  • Easily ashamed, having a strong sense of shame; modest; chaste.
  • Of or pertaining to the external organs of generation.
The word 'pudic' comes from French pudique, from Latin pudīcus, from pudet ("it shames"). (Wiktionary)
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