Arrokoth’s origins may solve planetary ‘building blocks’ mystery

Arrokoth, the furthest object a spacecraft has ever visited, could shed light on how planetary "building blocks" called planetisimals form.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Feb. 17, 2020 | futurity
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Earth’s early magnetic field was stronger than we thought

The Earth's early magnetic field was stronger than scientists had believed, according to ancient crystals that give researchers a view into the past.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester | Feb. 3, 2020 | futurity
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NASA mission finds its first exoplanet that may be habitable

Thanks to NASA's TESS spacecraft, scientists have discovered two amazing new worlds: A potentially habitable exoplanet and one with two suns.

U. Chicago | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
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Our solar system may have captured ‘alien’ comets

"...there could be anywhere from a few hundred to hundreds of thousands of these alien comets orbiting the sun."

U. Zurich | Dec. 31, 2019 | futurity
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Exoplanets with magma oceans ‘eat’ their own skies

Why there are so few exoplanets larger than Neptune has puzzled scientists, but new research offers a possible answer.

Louise Lerner-Chicago | Dec. 27, 2019 | futurity
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Iron crystal ‘snow’ falls in Earth’s core

"It's sort of a bizarre thing to think about. You have crystals within the outer core snowing down onto the inner core..."

Monica Kortsha-Texas | Dec. 23, 2019 | futurity
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How plausible are the planets in Star Wars?

Could icy Hoth really exist? How about the iconic double suns of Tatooine? Experts on planetary formation, processes, and habitability discuss the science of Star Wars.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford | Dec. 18, 2019 | futurity
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Mercury’s volcanic activity may point to Earth-like worlds

Volcanic activity on Mercury, or a lack of it, could help us find other Earth-like planets, researchers say.

Tracey Peake-NC State | Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity
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Our planet is partly made of stardust from red giants

The Earth is partly made of stardust from red giant stars, aging stars that expand because they've run out of fuel in their core.

Barbara Vonarburg-ETH Zurich | Dec. 11, 2019 | futurity
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How dust comes together to form planets

How aggregates of space dust stick together and form planets has been a mystery, but researchers may finally have an answer.

Camden Flath-Futurity | Dec. 10, 2019 | futurity
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