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Adamas Labyrinthus on Mars could show traces of an ancient ocean

Adamas Labyrinthus on Mars could show traces of an ancient ocean | Astronomy | Scoop.it
ESA has published a photograph of a sort of labyrinth that is part of a region called Adamas Labyrinthus on Mars taken by the Mars Express space probe
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The Adamas Labyrinthus region in the Utopia Planitia basin on Mars shows the possible traces of a primeval ocean.
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Verifying the stability of planetary systems using a machine learning algorithm

Verifying the stability of planetary systems using a machine learning algorithm | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in 'The Astrophysical Journal Letters' describes the development and the application of machine learning algorithms to verif
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A machine learning algorithm was developed to verify the stability of planetary systems and after a training period turned out to be 1,000 times faster than conventional methods.
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A precise measurement of the year of the exoplanet K2-3d

A precise measurement of the year of the exoplanet K2-3d | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in 'The Astronomical Journal' describes a research on the exoplanet K2-3d. This is a super-Earth discovered using the Keple
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A ground-based telescope was used to obtain a precise measurement of the exoplanet K2-3d's year.
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A little friend for Cygnus X-3

A little friend for Cygnus X-3 | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in 'The Astrophysical Journal Letters' describes a research on Cygnus X-3, a binary system consisting of a massive star slowly consume
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The Cygnus X-3 binary system emits X-rays reflected by a Bok globule nicknamed little friend.
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A great valley discovered on the planet Mercury

A great valley discovered on the planet Mercury | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Geophysical Research Letters' describes the discovery of a great valley on the planet Mercury. A team of scientists le
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A great valley was discovered on the planet Mercury, a clue to the planet's contraction.
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Pluto’s heart as a key to its reorientation together with an underground ocean

Pluto’s heart as a key to its reorientation together with an underground ocean | Astronomy | Scoop.it
Two articles published in the journal 'Nature' offer an explanation to the reorientation of the dwarf planet Pluto's spin axis. The heart of the matter i
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The great basin of Sputnik Planitia on Pluto might be the key to its reorientation together with a possible underground ocean.
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The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko could be younger than expected

The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko could be younger than expected | Astronomy | Scoop.it
Two articles to be published in the journal 'Astronomy & Astrophysics' describe various aspects of a research on the age of the come
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Computer simulations suggest that the two-lobed nucleus of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko formed in the last billion of years.
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The unusual geology of Greater Thaumasia on Mars

The unusual geology of Greater Thaumasia on Mars | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets' describes a research on the traces of ancient volcanic events that ma
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Data gathered by NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe of a Mars region called Greater Thaumasia show traces of explosive volcanic events.
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The pillars of destruction of the Carina Nebula

The pillars of destruction of the Carina Nebula | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article accepted for publication in the journal 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society' describes a research on the large columnar structure
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The Carena Nebula cotains structures nicknamed the pillars of destruction that are actually a star incubator.
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An explanation to the creation of Mare Orientale on the Moon

An explanation to the creation of Mare Orientale on the Moon | Astronomy | Scoop.it
Two articles published in the journal 'Science' provide new information about the birth of Mare Orientale, a big impact basin on the Moon. Researcher
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Data from NASA's GRAIL mission allowed to explain the creation of Mare Orientale on the Moon.
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The buried glaciers of Colles Nili on Mars

The buried glaciers of Colles Nili on Mars | Astronomy | Scoop.it
Photos taken by ESA's Mars Express space probe show the Colles Nili region on planet Mars. It's very ancient geological feature that mark th
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ESA's Mars Express space probe found traces of ancient glaciers in the Colles Nili region of Mars.
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The ancient variable stars at the center of the Milky Way offer clues about the formation of the galactic nucleus

The ancient variable stars at the center of the Milky Way offer clues about the formation of the galactic nucleus | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in 'The Astrophysical Journal Letters' describes the discovery of the relics of an ancient globular cluster in the Milky Way'
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The RR Lyrae variable stars found in the Milky Way's central area offer clues about the nuclear bulge's formation.
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The IRS 43 system is formed by two stars and three protoplanetary disks

The IRS 43 system is formed by two stars and three protoplanetary disks | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in 'Astrophysical Journal Letters' describes a research on the IRS 43 system, which turned out to be really extraordinary becaus
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The ALMA radio telescope allowed to discover that the very young IRS 43 system has 2 stars and 3 protoplanetary disks, the first one of that kind ever found.
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Ammonia in the possible underground ocean of Pluto

Ammonia in the possible underground ocean of Pluto | Astronomy | Scoop.it
The hypothesis of an underground ocean on the dwarf planet Pluto was revived by some research based on data collected by NASA's New Horizons space prob
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According to a hypothesis, if there's an underground ocean on Pluto it contains a lot of ammonia.
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An alternative model for the formation of Sputnik Planitia on Pluto

An alternative model for the formation of Sputnik Planitia on Pluto | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Nature' describes a research that suggests a rapid formation of the large basin of Sputnik Planitia, a part o
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Maybe the Sputnik Planitia basin on Pluto formed because of the ice weight and not because of an asteroid impact, a new research suggests.
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Nitrogen-rich stars discovered in the Milky Way’s core

Nitrogen-rich stars discovered in the Milky Way’s core | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society' describes the discovery of a new family of stars at the center o
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The discovery of nitrogen-rich stars in the Milky Way core is another indication of globular clusters' role in galactic formation.
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A huge deposit of water found in Utopia Planitia on Mars

A huge deposit of water found in Utopia Planitia on Mars | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Geophysical Research Letters' describes the discovery of a kind of subterranean lake in Utopia Planitia on Mars. A tea
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Data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter space probe allowed to find a huge underground deposit of water ice in Utopia Planitia on Mars.
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Dry ice observed on the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Dry ice observed on the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko | Astronomy | Scoop.it
Two articles published in the journal 'Science' describe the discovery of dry ice, meaning frozen carbon dioxide, on the surface of th
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ESA's Rosetta space probe's VIRTIS spectrometer detected dry ice on the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the first detection of that kind.
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A brown dwarf observed under a gravitational microlens

A brown dwarf observed under a gravitational microlens | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in 'Astrophysical Journal' describes the study of a brown dwarf that orbits a K-type star that was possible thanks to
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The gravitational microlensing event called OGLE-2015-BLG-1319 allowed to study a brown dwarf that might orbit its star in the area called the brown dwarf desert.
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The galaxy IC 2163 has the shape of an eye

The galaxy IC 2163 has the shape of an eye | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in 'Astrophysical Journal' describes a research about the eye-shape galaxy IC 2163, due to a collision with another galaxy called NG
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A clash between two galaxies created a cosmic eye.
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A supermassive black hole left almost naked after a galactic encounter

A supermassive black hole left almost naked after a galactic encounter | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the 'Astrophysical Journal' describes the discovery of the remnants of a galaxy of which only a small core remained afte
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B3 1715+425 is a small galactic core with a supermassive black hole left almost naked after the encounter with a larger galaxy.
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The young L1448 IRS3B system has three newborn stars

The young L1448 IRS3B system has three newborn stars | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Nature' describes the discovery of a triple system in formation. An international team of scientists used th
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The L1448 IRS3B is a very young triple system that allowed to prove a formation mechanism.
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The surprising gas halos around quasars

The surprising gas halos around quasars | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article to be published in 'The Astrophysical Journal' describes an investigation into the glowing gas clouds around distant quasars. An internationa
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A research on quasars gave surprising results thanks to the MUSE instrument mounted on ESO's VLT.
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The best map of hydrogen distribution in the Milky Way

The best map of hydrogen distribution in the Milky Way | Astronomy | Scoop.it
An article published in the journal 'Astronomy & Astrophysics' describes the creation of a map of neutral atomic hydrogen in the Milky Way. A
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The HI4PI survey created the best map of neutral atomic hydrogen distribution in the Milky Way.
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2014 UZ224 is a dwarf planet just discovered

2014 UZ224 is a dwarf planet just discovered | Astronomy | Scoop.it
David Gerdes, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Michigan, and a number of colleagues associated with the DES (Dark Energy Survey) surve
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2014 UZ224 is a possible dwarf planet currently about 14 billion kilometers away from the Sun.
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