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Scientists detect water vapor on an odd Neptune-like planet - Inverse
A team of scientists detected water vapor in the atmosphere of a Super Neptune exoplanet located 150 light years away.

Unusual team finds gigantic planet hidden in plain sight -
A University of California Riverside (UCR) astronomer and a group of eagle-eyed citizen scientists have discovered a giant gas planet hidden from view by typical stargazing tools.

Earth inhales and exhales carbon in mesmerizing animation -
The animation shows plants taking up and releasing carbon as the seasons change.

SpaceX launches third dedicated smallsat rideshare mission - SpaceNews
A SpaceX Falcon 9 placed more than 100 smallsats into orbit Jan. 13 as the company accelerates the pace of its dedicated rideshare missions.

Huge asteroid passes Earth at 43,000 miles per hour next week - Daily Mail
The space rock, called 7482 (1994 PC1), poses no threat to the Earth as it will be five times further away from the planet than the Moon, as it shoots by at 43,000 mph.

Scientists unravel mystery of giant cosmic bubble surrounding Earth - CNET
The bubble is 1,000 light-years wide and the source of all our star friends.

Physicists discover 'secret sauce' behind exotic properties of new quantum material -
MIT physicists and colleagues have discovered the "secret sauce" behind some of the exotic properties of a new quantum material that has transfixed physicists due to those properties, which include superconductivity. Although theorists had predicted the reas…

Red supergiant star's death witnessed by astronomers for the first time: report - Fox News
Astronomers have captured the death of a red supergiant star for the first time.

Astronomers Spot What Could Be a Neptune-Sized Moon in a Distant Solar System - Gizmodo
Only a small handful of exomoons have ever been detected, none of them confirmed.

Durham University fibre-optics help largest 3D map of Universe - BBC News
Their Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument has already broken all records for 3D galaxy surveys.

Astronomers Catch Stellar “Intruder” Redhanded – Chaotic Streams of Dust and Gas - SciTechDaily
Scientists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) made a rare detection of a likely stellar flyby event in the Z Canis Majoris (Z CMa) star system. An intruder—not bound to the system—object…

Researchers propose new explanation for Moon's half-century magnetic mystery -
Rocks returned to Earth during NASA's Apollo program from 1968 to 1972 have provided volumes of information about the Moon's history, but they've also been the source of an enduring mystery. Analysis of the rocks revealed that some seemed to have formed in th…

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