La teoría de los microbios en Marte

Los microbios pueden sobrevivir la tenue atmósfera de Marte, según un estudio reciente conducido por el astrobiólogo Rebecca Mickol en el Arkansas Centro de Ciencias Planetarias y Espaciales de la Universidad de Arkansas en Fayetteville. Como la forma más antigua de la vida sobre la tierra y los más pequeños, …

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Vesta, Moon’s Apogee, Orion, and More in This Week’s Sky

Sunday, January 15th: The Misnomer of the Summer Triangle The Summer Triangle may still be seen during January low in the northwest.  This asterism, or pattern of stars, has three stars: Vega, Deneb, and Altair. Vega is the fifth brightest star in the sky and the brightest star in the …

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Aldebaran, Full Moon, Venus, and more in this week’s sky

Check out the main astronomical actors taking the stage for astronomers to watch for the week of January 7th through the 14th. Happy stargazing! January 7th: The Little Dipper Look straight down from Polaris, known as the North Star, to find the dim Litter Dipper January 8th: Aldebaran and the …

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Aldebarán, Luna Llena, Venus, y mucho más en el cielo esta semana

Mira los principales actores astronómicos en la etapa para los astrónomos ver por la semana del 7 del enero a el 14 del enero. Feliz observación de la estrellas! El 7 del enero: La Osa Menor Debajo de la estrella polar, conocido como la estrella del norte, buscará La Osa …

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The 2016 Winter Solstice

The solstice is upon us, and for readers in the Northern Hemisphere, this means winter is coming. Astronomically, tonight ushers in the winter season as the Northern Hemisphere experiences the longest night and shortest day of the whole year.  The solstice occurs at the exact moment when the Northern Hemisphere …

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Dentro de nuestro Sistema Solar: El Planeta Mercurio

Mercurio es el primer planeta de el Sol y es el pequeñísimo por la medida. El diámetro sólo mide 4,879 kilómetros, pero no te dejes engañar el medida porque tiene un medio ambiente extremo. La temperatura puede alcanzar a aproximadamente 430 grados Celsius, sólo que bajar casi 1.000 grados a …

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The Roundest Identified Space Object

From years of observation, scientists confirm the distant star Kepler 11145123 as the roundest natural object studied in the observable universe.  Most toy solar system sets represent the planets as perfectly rounded, all orbiting an equally circular sun. Aside from the completely inaccurate sizing of the planets relative to the …

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Monday’s Unique Supermoon Won’t Repeat for Another 18 Years

The Moon will appear slightly larger on Monday, November 14th in a phenomenon appropriately called a “supermoon”. The last time a supermoon as large as Monday’s happened was in 1948.  If you miss this opportunity, you’ll have to wait 18 years to witness the Moon’s exceptionally grandeur appearance. A supermoon …

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This Week’s Sky: October 9th-15th

Sunday, October 9th: Mercury emerges close to the horizon during twilight hours.  Look below the constellation Leo to spot the faint and fast moving world.  Although tricky to spot even with a clear eastern horizon, it’s a wonderful opportunity to try. By next week, Mercury will be even lower to …

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Signing Off: The ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft

After nearly two years, the first mission to a comet concluded on Friday, September 30th when the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft performed a controlled impact into comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.  The decision to terminate the mission resulted from the extensive distance Rosetta orbited from the sun, causing a shortage in solar energy to …

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