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.

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  • 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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    The universe keeps dying and being reborn, claims Nobel Prize winner

    Sir Roger Penrose claims our universe has been through multiple Big Bangs, with more coming.

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    • Roger Penrose, the 2020 Nobel Prize winner in physics, claims the universe goes through cycles of death and rebirth.
    • According to the scientist, there have been multiple Big Bangs, with more on the way.
    • Penrose claims that black holes hold clues to the existence of previous universes.
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    Scientists identify 24 planets potentially better suited for life than Earth

    The study identified superhabitable planets outside of our solar system.

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    • The odds are that if Earth had the right conditions for the development of life, other places probably do, too.
    • Scientists have identified two dozen planets that match some items on the list of desirable traits.
    • All of these planets are too far away to reach with current tech, but may be valuable research targets.
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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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