A Beautiful Cosmic Couple

Julia Mariani

The Hubble Space Telescope captures a “cosmic couple” as a star named Hen 2-427 and the surrounding nebula M1-67 make for a marvelous photograph.  The pair can be found in the constellation Sagittarius. A nebula acts as a nursery for star formation, composed of hot gases and dust.  The ingredients […]

Neon Discovered in Moon’s Exosphere

Julia Mariani

For decades astronomers only theoretically believed the element neon existed on the Moon. After much research, NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) changed theory into fact. Neon is present in the Moon’s thin atmosphere. Neon is a colorless and odorless gas under standard temperature and pressure. When captured […]

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