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What Is The Great Attractor?

by Brian Koberlein July 14, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter There’s a strange place in the sky where everything is attracted. And unfortunately, it’s on the other side of the Milky Way, so we can’t see it. What could be doing all this attracting? Remove this ad Brian Koberlein on Google+

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What’s Inside Jupiter?

by Fraser Cain July 10, 2014

Jupiter is like a jawbreaker. Dig down beneath the swirling clouds and you’ll pass through layer after layer of exotic forms of hydrogen. What’s down there, deep within Jupiter? Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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How Many Ways Can the Sun Kill You?

by Fraser Cain July 7, 2014

The Sun has a Swiss army knife of ways it can do you in, from radiation to solar flares. And when it dies, it’s taking you with it. What are the various ways the Sun can do you in? Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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What Does a Supernova Sounds Like?

by Fraser Cain June 23, 2014

We’ve all been ruined by science fiction, with their sound effects in space. But if you could watch a supernova detonate from a safe distance away, what would you hear? Grab your pedantry tinfoil helmet and say the following in your best “Comic Book Guy” voice: “Don’t be ridiculous. Space does not have sound effects. […]

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Mercury’s Hot Flow Revealed by MESSENGER

by Jason Major June 18, 2014

Our Sun is constantly sending a hot stream of charged atomic particles out into space in all directions. Pouring out from holes in the Sun’s corona, this solar wind flows through the Solar System at speeds of over 400 km/s (that’s 893,000 mph). When it encounters magnetic fields, like those generated by planets, the flow of particles is […]

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