21 Jun 2019

The ocean on Jupiter’s moon Europa has table salt, just like Earth’s seas

Although Jupiter’s moon Europa looks alien to us, it contains an ingredient familiar to us: sodium chloride, otherwise known as good ol’ table salt.

It’s also a main component of sea salt. Europa is one of the intriguing water worlds in our solar system and potentially a place where life could exist in a subsurface ocean. The discovery of sodium chloride means Europa’s ocean could look more like those on Earth and even possibly include salt. Now, astronomers may have to think differently about the composition of Europa’s ocean.

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12 Jun 2019

There’s a huge mass embedded in the center of the moon, and astronomers aren’t sure what it is

Here is something you may not know about the Moon: Earth’s clingy best friend is also the site of one of the largest-known impact craters in our entire solar system. Essentially, something caused a giant hole on the Moon billions of years ago, and astronomers have just discovered that there’s something big — really big — buried underneath the surface.

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30 May 2019

‘Forbidden Planet’ found by astronomers in Neptunian Desert

Astronomers have found an exoplanet so rare that they have deemed it “The Forbidden Planet,” according to a new study.

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10 Apr 2019

First ever black hole image released

Astronomers have taken the first ever image of a black hole, which is located in a distant galaxy.

It measures 40 billion km across – three million times the size of the Earth – and has been described by scientists as “a monster”.

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23 Feb 2019

Scientists need your help to name Jupiter’s newly discovered moons

Now’s your chance to name a moon, but don’t get your hopes up — Moony McMoonFace is not in the running. Researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science have implemented some pretty strict rules for their contest asking for the public’s help in naming Jupiter’s newly discovered moons.

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