Uranus' Strange Magnetosphere Switches Open and Closed, Letting in Solar Wind

New research on Uranus' magnetosphere could help scientists learn about distant systems, and refine the ways they search for alien life.

Uranus has a “switch-like” magnetosphere that opens and closes once every rotation of the planet, exposing it to deadly solar winds, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US.

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Humans Created a Protective Bubble Around Earth (Even If We Didn't Mean To)

NASA space probes discovered a protective barrier created by human communication technology.

Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Genna Duberstein

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The 2 Biggest Challenges We Need to Solve Before Living on Mars

It seems inevitable that there will be a Mars colony, but the path there won't be easy. There are two key challenges ahead that will push innovation. 

The first crew of Martian astronauts survey their new home. Credit: Mars, National Geographic Channel

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