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This Is Big: Scientists Solve One of the Great Mysteries of the Moon's Formation

The University of Texas’ research team has discovered that the formation of the moon’s crust composed by one mineral could not be explained by the initial crust formation and must have been a result of a major secondary event. The Moon experienced quite the rough beginning. There are few theories about its creation.
Although it’s still debated, it is believed by most scientists that the moon was formed by a chunk of the Earth that had been hacked off during a planetary collision and spent most of its early years with its surface covered by an ocean of molten magma before cooling and forming the lunar surface we know today.
Nick Dygert, assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who was temporarily involved in the research said the following about the discovery: “it’s fascinating to me that there could be a body as big as the Moon that was completely molten.”
The University of Texas lead a research team at the Austin Jackson School of Geosciences that created a magmati…
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Spectacular New Images Show Enormous Glacier On Mars

The Mars Express typically dedicates its time in capturing magnificent, top-down photos of Mars' surface. However, it decided to get the one of the most awesome image of red planet's surface, comprising the southern polar ice cap. This white patch on the surface certainly looks out of place on the dusty, red surface.
This image was taken back in February 25th by the European Space Agency's Mars Express. Generally, the orbiter is placed nearly 300 kilometers (186 miles) above the surface. But, for this spectacular image the camera was positioned 9,900 kilometers (6,151 miles) above the Martian surface, which helped it to see the planet from one side to the other.
There is a variety of visual enchantments to be spotted in this image, counting the frozen water and carbon dioxide ice cap in white. Shape of this ice cap changes and depends on the season, just like our own ice caps. The mid-section of the photograph covers the planet's "highlands." Several impact cr…

Astronomer Have Discovered ‘Surprise’ Pulsar, ‘Most Important Planet Ever’ At The Edge Of Our Solar System

Just few days ago astronomers claimed to have to discover a Pulsar, PSR J0540-6919, which lies outside the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud nearly 163,000 light-years away. Pulsars are neutron stars, remnants from supernova detonations. The swiftly spinning magnetic field of the tremendously dense star core emits rays of radio waves, visible light, X-rays and gamma rays. 
The important thing about J0540 was that it spins just under 20 times per second, according to data acquired by the Fermi probe. Another rare characteristic of the J0540 is its age: The pulsar is approximately 1,700 years old, whereas most of the other 2,500 known pulsars are calculated to be ranged in age between 10,000 and hundreds of millions of years.
News about the discovery of Pulsar J0540 came on the heels of the announcements of two planetary findings much closer to our solar system. By means of an array of 40- meter telescopes at the Cerro- Tololo Inter- American Observatory (CTIAO) located in C…

NASA's Planet-Hunting Kepler Space Telescope Will Soon 'Die'

The Kepler space telescope, which allowed humanity to see huge numbers of other planets that could support life, is about to die.
The spacecraft probably only has enough fuel left for a few months, NASA says. Once that happens, its mission will come to an end and contact will be lost.
It is far from the first time that the Kepler mission has run into trouble – it has spent all of its time being blasted with cosmic rays, and its primary mission had to come to an end in 2013 when one of its mechanisms broke. But it has struggled through those difficulties, continuing to look around the sky and find evidence of planets many lightyears away that might be second Earths.
That hardiness has led scientists to hope that the telescope can continue on for longer than the few months it is expected to have left. But however much it is able to eke out those last bits of fuel, the mission will have to come to an end once it runs out.
When that happens, there will be no fuel left for NASA to use to aim t…

Gravity's River - New Research on Black Hole Points to Gravity as a Fluid

The acknowledged understanding between gravitational researchers has been that space-time cannot turn into turbulent. New study from Perimeter, however, illustrates that the acknowledged understanding might be very wrong. Gravity, it’s supposed, can act as a fluid. One of the typical behaviors of fluids is turbulence, that is, below definite circumstances;
They don’t transport smoothly, but eddy and whirl. Perimeter Faculty associate Luis Lehner clarifies why it might create logic to treat gravity as a fluid. “There’s a conjecture in physics – the holographic conjecture – which says gravity can be described as a field theory,” he added. “And we also know that at high energies, field theories can be described with the mathematical tools we use to describe fluids. So it’s a two-step dance: gravity equals field theory, and field theory equals fluids, so gravity equals fields’ equal’s fluids. That’s called the gravity/fluids duality.” The gravity/fluids dualism is not fresh work; it’s been…

All Saturn V Launches At Once In One Jaw-Dropping Video

The Saturn V is the largest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket Homo sapiens have ever manufactured. In 13 missions, it took 24 astronauts outside earth's orbit, counting all 12 who ever set foot on the moon, without a single loss of life. Watch in awe as its whole career launches before you.
Once again, it's the audio in this mashup that develops my heart racing. News legend Walter Cronkite, covering the first unmanned Saturn V test launch in November 1967, can hardly contain his unstable excitement as the rocket takes flight; the launch was powerful enough to knock down ceiling tiles and closely blow out the blast window in his observation room three miles away.
"The roar is terrific!" he screams, 120db of noise and anger swirling around him. 46 years later, it still is.

Newly Discovered Planet Has The Longest Year In The Known Universe

Our methods of finding planets outside the solar system are still very primitive, but we're now getting a stage where we can start taking photos of them. And doing just that, known as direct imaging, a gas giant has been spotted around a star three times less massive than our sun.
But what is most striking about this planet, dubbed GU Psc b, is the huge distance at which it orbits its host star - about 2,000 times further than Earth is from the sun, a record among exoplanets.
The international research team, led by Marie-Ève Naud, a PhD student in the Department of Physics at the Université de Montréal, was able to find this planet by combining observations from the the Gemini Observatories, the Observatoire Mont-Mégantic (OMM), the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) and the W.M. Keck Observatory.
Given its distance from its star, it takes approximately 80,000 Earth years for GU Psc b to make a complete orbit. The researchers also took advantage of the large distance between the p…