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Image: Jupiter on 25 February 2017

Earth is about to pass between the Sun and Jupiter, placing the giant planet opposite the Sun on 7 April. This event is termed 'opposition' by astronomers, and takes place roughly every 13 months. This is the length of time ...

dateApr 03, 2017 in Space Exploration
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Watch rotating horns of Venus at dawn

Have you seen it yet? An old friend greeted us on an early morning run yesterday as we could easily spy brilliant Venus in the dawn, just three days after inferior conjunction this past Saturday on March 25th.

dateMar 30, 2017 in Space Exploration
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CO2 clathrate hydrate properties

Clathrate hydrates (Fig. 1) are cage-like structures of water molecules that house guest gas species. They form when the gas interacts with ice under high-pressure and low-temperature conditions, and are thought to influence ...

dateMar 30, 2017 in Materials Science
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The fate of exomoons

When a star like our sun gets to be very old, after another seven billion years or so, it will shrink to a fraction of its radius and become a white dwarf star, no longer able to sustain nuclear burning. Studying the older ...

dateMar 27, 2017 in Astronomy
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