NASA finds water on sunlit moon surface for first time

Water may be far more abundant on the lunar surface than previously thought.

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  • Scientists have long thought that water exists on the lunar surface, but it wasn't until 2018 that ice was first discovered on the moon.
  • A study published Monday used NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy to confirm the presence of molecular water..
  • A second study suggests that shadowy regions on the lunar surface may also contain more ice than previously thought.
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Six solar system oddities and why we must learn about them

Want some crazy space phenomena? You don't have to leave the neighborhood for it.

By nagualdesign; Tom Ruen, background taken from File:ESO - Milky Way.jpg - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
  • The universe has a lot of weird stuff in it.
  • You don't have to travel far to find it. Our solar system is filled with oddities and strangeness. Some that we can't figure out.
  • Learning about these things isn't just fun, it can be applied to our lives and can alter our perspectives.
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Scientists may have solved the mystery of how the moon was magnetized

New research explains why the Moon's crust is magnetized by debunking one long-standing theory.

Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abb1475
  • Researchers used advanced computer simulations to study the effect of meteoroid impacts on the Moon's surface.
  • The study shows that such impacts were unlikely to cause the magnetization observed in the lunar crust.
  • An ancient core dynamo is the most likely explanation for the Moon's magnetic field from about 4 billion years ago.
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    New model explains Saturn’s hexagon shaped storm

    The solar system has some strange stuff in it. Learning how it ended up that way can tell us where we're going.

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    • A new model of Saturn's atmosphere might finally explain how a bizarrely shaped storm developed there.
    • The model produced a polygonal storm system similar, but not identical to, that observed on Saturn.
    • The findings may shed light on the formation of the solar system.
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    Scientists find 'smoking gun' proof of a recent supernova near Earth

    A supernova exploded near Earth about 2.5 million years ago, possibly causing an extinction event.

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    • Researchers from the University of Munich find evidence of a supernova near Earth.
    • A star exploded close to our planet about 2.5 million years ago.
    • The scientists deduced this by finding unusual concentrations of isotopes, created by a supernova.
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