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Are Intelligent Civilizations Doomed?

by Fraser Cain August 25, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter One answer to the Fermi Paradox is the idea of the Great Filter; the possibility that something wipes out 100% of intelligent civilizations. That why we’ve never discovered any aliens… they’re all dead. Is that our future too? Remove this ad […]

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Watch Pluto and Charon Engage in Their Orbital Dance

by Jason Major August 7, 2014

Now here’s something I guarantee you’ve never seen before: a video of the dwarf planet Pluto and its largest moon Charon showing the two distinctly separate worlds actually in motion around each other! Captured by the steadily-approaching New Horizons spacecraft from July 19–24, the 12 images that comprise this animation were acquired with the Long Range […]

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Cool Infographic Compares the Chemistry of Planetary Atmospheres

by Jason Major July 27, 2014

Here on Earth we enjoy the nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere we’ve all come to know and love with each of the approximately 24,000 breaths we take each day (not to mention the surprisingly comfortable 14.7 pounds per square inch of pressure it exerts on our bodies every moment.) But every breath we take would be impossible (or at least quickly […]

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Is Our Solar System Weird?

by Brian Koberlein July 17, 2014

Is our Solar System normal? Or is it weird? How does the Solar System fit within the strange star systems we’ve discovered in the Milky Way so far? Remove this ad Brian Koberlein on Google+

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Why Isn’t the Asteroid Belt a Planet?

by Fraser Cain June 11, 2014

It seems like there’s a strange gap in between Mars and Jupiter filled with rocky rubble. Why didn’t the asteroid belt form into a planet, like the rest of the Solar System? Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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