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Monday, June 26, 2017

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jupiter 1

This image shows Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers). The oval features are cyclones, up to 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) in diameter. Multiple images taken with the JunoCam instrument on three separate orbits were combined to show all areas in daylight, enhanced color, and stereographic projection.

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asteroid impact

Scientists have discovered what they believe is one of the biggest impact craters in the world near the Falklands Islands. They say the crater appears to date to between 270 and 250 million years ago, which, if confirmed, would link it to the world’s biggest mass extinction event, where 96 percent of life on Earth was wiped out. 

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     Satellite images

For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life. NASA and the Belgian-led research team announced the news Wednesday.  This cluster of planets is 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. They circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter. Three planets are in the so-called habitable zone, where water and, possibly life, might exist. The others are right on the doorstep.

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Space X 2017 Launch

Thirteen seconds before liftoff, a panicked voice on the livestream said, “hold, hold, hold!” And so SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch on Saturday morning , February 19, 2017  was scrubbed in the final seconds “out of an abundance of caution,” operators said, because of a potential problem in the rocket’s upper stage. “Better to wait a day,” Elon Musk tweeted. The launch was pushed to Sunday morning, and this time went off without a hitch.

 

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Solar System

Welcome to Solar System Scope space traveller, SSS means Astronomy for Everybody. Whether you are a student, astronomy fan or an accidental browser, you are most welcome to play with the user-friendly application. It's full of space-art graphics, has easy-to-use interface with various settings and offers interesting information.