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NASA has recently discovered a third belt of radiation around planet Earth. Two so-called Van Allen belts have been observed for many years, but the discovery of the third belt reveals unexpected possibilities. All three Van Allen belts trap radiation around our planet and are susceptible to changes in space weather. Solar storms could affect these belts and damage critical … [ Read more ]
Astronomers from the University of Arizona have made an exciting discovery about a star known as ‘Vega’ some 25 light years from Earth. They report that they have seen an asteroid belt encircling Vega and believe that it could be similar to our solar system and contain Earth like planets. The lead author explained, “The wide gap between the two … [ Read more ]
Scientists recently published new findings that report that the massive extinction that killed off the dinosaurs was also responsible for eradicating lizards and snakes on Earth. Previously, researchers believed that these reptiles survived the massive meteor collision which led to an atmospheric dust cloud which blocked the sun’s rays. These findings claim that over 80% of lizards and snakes went … [ Read more ]
A nomad planet has been identified by astronomers. This planet is believed to be completely free-floating, meaning that it wanders through the galaxy without a parent planet or star. This star is fairly close to Earth, only 100 million light years away, and because there is no bright star near it, has been easy for scientists to observe and study. … [ Read more ]
A new theory put forward by Harvard scientists suggests the Moon was once part of the Earth that spun off after a giant collision with another body. With the Earth spinning so quickly, a giant impact could have launched enough of the Earth’s material to form a moon, the scientists said in an explanation published on a Harvard website. According … [ Read more ]
Scientists are examining the possibility of using solar radiation management (SRM) techniques to protect the Earth from the amount of sunlight hitting our planet. Materials would be transported to the stratosphere to provide shading of the Earth. This high tech solution is being considered both feasible and cost effective. But, it does nothing to reduce greenhouse gases or ocean acidification, … [ Read more ]
NASA Scientist, Gordon Chin, discusses the planet named after love and beauty. Venus, second from the Sun, is peculiar in many ways. Although it is almost the same size as Earth and was formed during the same time, for some unexplained reason, it spins on its axis in an opposite direction than Earth. The planet also spins very slowly and … [ Read more ]
The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Wyoming has a supercomputer called “Yellowstone” that may play a pivotal role in atmospheric science research. The computer’s speed is designed to burst through the limits of chaos theory and may give scientists a clearer image of the state of our planet.
Physicists involved in the investigation of the universe and Big Bang theory are reporting that they have found an elusive particle that may have been key to turning debris from the Big Bang into life. Researchers are using the world’s biggest particle accelerator to prove that the particle actually exists.
A stream of hydrogen gas found streaming between the two major galaxies near the Milky Way may indicate that the galaxies passed close together at some point in history. The Andromeda and Triangulum galaxies are located about 2.6 and 3 million light-years from Earth and are both members of the Local Group of galaxies.