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  1. This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Brian Wang at his Next Big Future blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #591 And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you’ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. Just email an entry …

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  2. Hosts: Fraser Cain ( / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter ( / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier ( / @AstroKimCartier ) Dr. Morgan Rehnberg ( / @MorganRehnberg & Announcements: Want to support CosmoQuest? Here are specific ways you can help: * Donate! (Streamlabs link) * Donate and challenge your friends to donate too! (Tiltify …

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  3. Scientists have known for some time that Earth’s atmosphere loses several hundred tons of oxygen each day. They understand how this oxygen loss happens on Earth’s night side, but they’re not sure how it happens on the day side. They do know one thing though; they happen during auroras. According to a press release from …

    The post Did You Know that the Earth Loses Several Hundred Tons of Atmosphere to Space Every Day? appeared first on Universe Today.

  4. Located in the Pisces constellation, roughly 30 million light years from Earth, is the spiral galaxy known as Messier 74 (aka. the "Phantom Galaxy").

    The post Messier 74 – the NGC 628 Spiral Galaxy appeared first on Universe Today.

  5. Astronomers have discovered a distant body that’s more than 100 times farther from the Sun than Earth is. Its provisional designation is 2018 VG18, but they’ve nicknamed the planet “Farout.” Farout is the most distant body ever observed in our Solar System, at 120 astronomical units (AU) away. The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center …

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  6. A new survey by an ALMA collaboration has resulted in stunning images of 20 nearby protoplanetary disks, which shows the process of planet formation as it happens.

    The post Here are 20 Protoplanetary Disks, With Newly Forming Planets Carving Out Gaps in the Gas and Dust appeared first on Universe Today.

  7. It’s been 124 days since the Parker Solar Probe was launched, and several weeks since it made the closest approach any spacecraft has ever made to a star. Now, scientists are getting their hands on the data from the close approach. Four researchers at the recent meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington, D.C. …

    The post Here’s the First Image of the Sun from the Parker Solar Probe appeared first on Universe Today.

  8. According to a new analysis of Rosetta data, the orbiter passed through the bow shock of Comet 67/P several times during its mission.

    The post Rosetta Flew Through the Bow Shock of Comet 67P Several Times During its Mission appeared first on Universe Today.

  9. InSight has been on the Martian surface for almost three weeks, prepping itself for all the science it’s going to do. But in the meantime, it’s doing what any self-respecting, modern robotic lander does: Taking pictures of itself. And now NASA has released InSight’s first selfie for all the lander’s adoring fans and Instagram followers. …

    The post Of Course You’ll Want to See InSight’s First Selfie. appeared first on Universe Today.

  10. The SPHERE planet-hunting instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope captured this image of a white dwarf feeding on its companion star, a type of Red Giant called a Mira variable. Most stars exist in binary systems, and they spend an eternity serenely orbiting their common center of gravity. But something almost sinister …

    The post You’re Looking at an Actual Image of a White Dwarf Feeding on Material from a Larger Red Giant, 650 Light Years from Earth. appeared first on Universe Today.

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