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  • The Sky This Week from January 18 to January 27
  • Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT -

    A total eclipse of the Moon Sunday night highlights a week that also boasts a stunning predawn conjunction between Venus and Jupiter.



  • Hot Jupiters may form close to their stars
  • Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT - Giant planets circling their suns in a matter of days could form in place, rather than migrating inward, as previously thought.

  • The plants that China sprouted on the Moon have died
  • Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT - Dead plants Earlier this month, an experiment on China’s Chang’e 4 lander got cotton plants to sprout on the Moon, a historic first. Well, they’re already dead. On Jan. 7, China’s space agency released pictures of cotton seeds beginning to grow on the Chang’e 4 lander. But, as reported by GBTimes on Jan. 16, the new sprouts haven’t survived the freezing temperatures on the lunar surface, even in their protective capsule. The cotton seeds sprouted inside of a c

  • Ancient lunar craters reveal Earth’s own impact history
  • Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT - Can studying pockmarks on the Moon teach us about the hits Earth has taken?

  • Get outside and see this weekend's total lunar eclipse
  • Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT -

    On January 20, a total eclipse of the Moon will be visible in its entirety across North and South America.



  • Saturn's rings are surprisingly young
  • Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT - The first dinosaurs and mammals appeared long before the planet's stunning rings.

  • Our solar system's formation was a lot messier than you think
  • Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:00:00 GMT - When most of us learn about the solar system, it seems like a pretty well-ordered place. Our Sun formed first, about five billion years ago, and the planets appeared a little later. As a very general trend, these planets grew larger and less dense the farther from the Sun they formed. But this story leaves out the chaotic dynamics and frenetic reshuffling that occurred when our solar system was young. Nature may like order eventually, but that order evolves out of pure chance. Our solar system

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