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Integral X-rays Earth's aurora

Normally busy with observing high-energy black holes, supernovas and neutron stars, ESA's Integral space observatory recently had the chance to look back at our own planet's aurora.

dateJan 26, 2016 in Space Exploration
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Image: A half-Enceladus

This half-lit view of Enceladus bears a passing resemblance to similar views of Earth's own natural satellite, but the similarities end there. Earth's rocky moon is covered in dark, volcanic basins and brighter, mountainous ...

dateJan 26, 2016 in Space Exploration
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Study zeros in on plate tectonics' start date

Earth has some special features that set it apart from its close cousins in the solar system, including large oceans of liquid water and a rich atmosphere with just the right ingredients to support life as we know it. Earth ...

dateJan 21, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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Antarctic microbes hold clue to Earth's oxygen

At the bottom of an icy Antarctic lake, a thin, slimy layer of bright green microbes is generating a tiny oasis of oxygen that might give a picture of what early Earth looked like before oxygen became common in the atmosphere. ...

dateJan 20, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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