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Planet Earth Report –“China’s Mindblowing Fossils to New X-Files Alien Theories”

Earth from ISS

 

The “Planet Earth Report” connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our planet and the future of the human species.

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot –“Reveals a Water Planet”

 

Juno Image of Jupiter

 

As storms go, Jupiter’s colossal Great Red Spot, 16,000 kilometers wide and raging for 350 years, is the solar system’s heavyweight. According to NASA, it could swallow the Earth whole and still have room for Mars. One critical question has bedeviled astronomers for generations that may have been answered by the swirling mystery of this iconic storm: Is there water deep in Jupiter’s atmosphere, and if so, how much?

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Milky Way’s Violent Central Engine –“Two X-Ray Plumes Discovered Reaching Out 500 Light Years”

 

Milky Way's True Shape

 

In images collected from 2016 to 2018 and in 2012, researchers have found two plumes of X-rays — galactic center chimneys — stretching in opposite directions from the central hub of the galaxy. Each plume originates within about 160 light-years of the supermassive black hole and spans over 500 light-years.

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“Ivy League X Files” –Two New Advanced-Alien-Life Theories

ESO Chile

 

Two mind-boggling conjectures about the existence of advanced alien civilizations have been made by Harvard’s chief astronomer and the director of Columbia University’s Astrobiology Center.

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“Mounting Suspense” –Over Consistent Detection of a Dark-Matter Signal

Dark Matter Web

 

“There is really no conclusion to be drawn at this point, other than mounting suspense,” says Juan Collar, a physicist at the University of Chicago in Illinois who has worked on several dark-matter experiments about the fact that for more than two decades, only one experiment in the world has consistently reported detecting a signal of dark matter — the missing mass of the cosmos that physicists have long tried to identify. “But the instruments seem to have sufficient sensitivity to give conclusive results soon,” Collar adds.

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At the Edge of the Known Universe –“Galaxies Ten Times More Faint Than Any Prior”

Hubble Ultra Deep Field

 

Astronomers are confident that the volume of space-time within range of our telescopes—‘the universe’—is only a tiny fraction of the aftermath of the big bang. “We’d expect far more galaxies located beyond the horizon, unobservable,” says renowned astrophysicist Martin Rees, “each of which (along with any intelligences it hosts) will evolve rather like our own.”

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“A Huge Surprise” –NASA Unveils First-Ever Asteroid Plumes

 

NASA at Asteroid Bennu

 

“The discovery of plumes is one of the biggest surprises of my scientific career,” said Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona about near-Earth asteroid Bennu. “And the rugged terrain went against all of our predictions. Bennu is already surprising us, and our exciting journey there is just getting started.”

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“Undetected” –NASA Discovers Hiroshima-Size 2018 Asteroid Explosion Above the Bering Sea

Asteroid

 

A fireball exploded above the Bering Sea at about noon local time on December 18, 2018 from an asteroid with 10 times the energy of Hiroshima’s atomic bomb at a speed of 32 km/s (20 miles per second). The event went unobserved until military satellites spotted light the explosion released. The fireball was also spotted by Peter Brown at Canada’s University of Western Ontario, who announced his finding on Twitter. Brown looked at data taken from around 16 different infrared stations that were originally set up to listen for covert nuclear tests.

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