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During the Lunar Eclipse, Something Slammed Into the Moon - The New York Times

'...A flash spotted on livestreams was likely caused by the crash of a tiny, fast-moving meteoroid left behind by a comet....'

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/23/science/lunar-eclipse-meteor-moon.html

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“Uranus, to many, is still the most boring planet, and I suppose that’s true if you’re willing to add a caveat: sometimes. When Uranus is at solstice, it is, indeed, the most boring, featureless world you can find among our eight planets. But the lack of an internal heat source and the fact that it rotates on a tipped-over axis also gives us a unique opportunity to learn how a gas giant planet behaves when its energy balance is driven by the Sun.

Uranus, once thought to be a featureless world, turns out to be incredibly rich and diverse. This turquoise world holds a number of mysteries that are suggestive of a complex, internal structure beneath the easily-observable upper atmosphere. So long as there’s an energy difference, either between the polar hemispheres or between the day-and-night sides, there will surely be interesting phenomena to investigate. The case for a dedicated mission to Uranus has never been stronger.”

When it comes to the planets in our Solar System, they’re as varied and diverse as can be. All of them have remarkable surface features, from Mercury’s and Mars’ craters to Venus’ clouds to Earth’s continents and atmospheres, all the way to the bands and rings and storms on the gas giants. Except for the pale, blue, uniform color of Uranus. When Voyager 2 visited the outer planets in the 1980s, Uranus stood out as the most boring, uniform one.

But that’s not really reflective of what Uranus is actually all about. What’s the full story? Come find out here, and learn why Uranus isn’t as boring as you might think!

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"Using the Mobile Astronomical System of Telescope-Robots (MASTER), an international team of astronomers has detected a new eclipsing cataclysmic variable. The newfound object, designated MASTER OT J061451.70–272535.5, is most likely of the polar subclass. The finding is detailed in a paper published January 9 on arXiv.org."

Study: https://arxiv.org/abs/1901.02669

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2019-01-eclipsing-cataclysmic-variable.html

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New study predicts that both Magellanic Cloud Galaxies are undergoing a new period of growth in the level of Star formation

"After slowly forming stars for the first few billion years of their lives, the Magellanic Clouds, near neighbors of our own Milky Way galaxy, have upped their game and are now forming new stars at a fast clip. This new insight into the history of the Clouds comes from the first detailed chemical maps made of galaxies beyond the Milky Way."

https://arxiv.org/abs/1901.03448

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2019-01-milky-neighbors-pace.html

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"The question of how quickly the universe is expanding has been bugging astronomers for almost a century. Different studies keep coming up with different answers—which has some researchers wondering if they've overlooked a key mechanism in the machinery that drives the cosmos.

Now, by pioneering a new way to measure how quickly the cosmos is expanding, a team led by UCLA astronomers has taken a step toward resolving the debate. The group's research is published today in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2019-01-astronomers-images-quasars-hubble-constant.html

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Fraser Cain: Q&A 76: Can You Come To A Dead Stop In Space? And More... Featuring Launch Pad Astronomy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYzX6ja6m5c

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Multiverse: Science Just Proved Parallel Universes Do Exist – Science Vibe

'...A new study may have just proven that we are living in a multiverse, part of an infinite amount of universes living parallel to each other. These universes have different physical properties, multiple Big Bangs, and even a parallel version of YOU. Though it has been impossible to test so far, the theory has gained the support of great minds link Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku....'
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