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Team identifies clathrate ices in comet 67P

For decades, scientists have agreed that comets are mostly water ice, but what kind of ice—amorphous or crystalline—is still up for debate. Looking at data obtained by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft in the atmosphere, or coma, ...

dateApr 08, 2016 in Space Exploration
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How do massive young star clusters form?

Young massive star clusters are systems of stars with more than about ten thousand solar-masses of material and ages less than about one hundred million years that are gravitationally bound together. In these clusters the ...

dateApr 08, 2016 in Astronomy
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Searching for far out and wandering worlds

Astronomers have made great strides in discovering planets outside of our solar system, termed "exoplanets." In fact, over the past 20 years more than 5,000 exoplanets have been detected beyond the eight planets that call ...

dateApr 08, 2016 in Astronomy
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The colour-changing comet

Rosetta's comet has been seen changing colour and brightness in front of the ESA orbiter's eyes, as the Sun's heat strips away the older surface to reveal fresher material.

dateApr 08, 2016 in Space Exploration
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