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Mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ might not actually exist after all

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Skywatchers have been theorizing and dreaming about a mysterious unknown planet hanging out at the edge of our Solar System for many years. Sifting through an incredible amount of data, both professional scientists and amateur space sleuths have suggested that a planet is hiding somewhere past the recently demoted Pluto, and have repeatedly claimed that they have evidence that the reclusive world is out there. Now, after extensive study of four large bodies in the outer reaches of the Solar System seems to cast some serious doubt on Planet Nine's existence, and it's a huge blow to the effort of many astronomers in the ongoing search. 

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Mike Wehner

June 24th

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Scientist says the sun is sneezing on Earth

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The sun at the center of our Solar System is one of the big reasons why we're here today, but it can also be a bit of a nuisance from time to time. Coronal mass ejections — when the sun spews a whole bunch of plasma and energy into space — can seriously mess up human communication infrastructure if they happen to graze Earth. For years, researchers have attempted to forecast and predict CMEs in the hopes that warnings could help prevent damage to electronics and the power grid, and when doing so, they've modeled the huge solar blasts as bubbles moving through space. As it turns out, a CME is more like a sneeze.

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Mike Wehner

June 24th

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Watch SpaceX’s first rocket launch this weekend right here

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This afternoon marks the beginning of a real hold-your-butts weekend for SpaceX fans. Two launches are planned over the next 48 hours, and thanks to the magic of the internet, you can watch the launch (and hopeful landing!) right here.

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Chris Mills

June 23rd

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Satellogic raises $27M for affordable, high-resolution imaging satellites

 Space tech company Satellogic has raised $27 million in a Series B round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent, and with participation by CrunchFund (disclosure: co-founded by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington). The company also launches its sixth micro-satellite into orbit on June 15, aboard a Long March-4B rocket that took off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. What Satellogic… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

June 23rd

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An asteroid is definitely going to hit the Earth, expert warns

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Space is a dangerous place to be, and since the Earth is in space, every living thing on the planet is at risk of eventually feeling its wrath. Asteroids are the most clear and present threat that our Solar System poses to us, and you only need to look at the scars on the Earth, our moon, and other planets in our neighborhood to see exactly how real that danger is. Now, a Queen's University Belfast researcher is warning that the Earth is definitely going to be hit, it's just a matter of when.

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Mike Wehner

June 21st

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NASA just found 10 new Earth-like planets

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NASA's Kepler space telescope has been floating in space since early 2009, and it's already outlived its planned mission window by a handful of years, but that's not stopping it from continuing to find some seriously awesome objects outside of our Solar System. The team that runs the powerful stargazer just released a new rundown of over 200 brand new planets that the telescope has managed to detect, and ten of them are very, very exciting for anyone hoping to one day hear about the discovery of life outside of Earth.

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Mike Wehner

June 21st

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NASA wants to probe Uranus in search of gas

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We hear a lot about Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, and that's because we have extremely fancy hardware floating around and, in some cases, cruising on the surface of those planets. The planets that lie further away from the Sun don't get nearly as much attention, but they may soon, as NASA is currently spitballing some missions that will give us a better look at Uranus than we've ever gotten. 

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Mike Wehner

June 16th

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Elon Musk is planning a city on Mars, and here’s why

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If there's one thing you can definitively say about Elon Musk it's that most certainly does not lack ambition. The boss of SpaceX, Tesla, and The Boring Company makes more grand plans before breakfast than you have in your entire life. His most frequent muse is travel to Mars, which he has been a proponent of for a long while, but in a recent article in the journal New Space, Musk dives deep into his vision for not just a visit to Mars, but the emergence of an entire Mars society.

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Mike Wehner

June 15th

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Scientists discovered evidence that Jupiter is way older than anyone thought

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Jupiter is one of the most interesting places in the Solar System for a number of reasons. It's massive ball of gas, covered in rolling storms, and it also happens to be the biggest planet in our neck of the woods. Now, an international team of researchers have reached a conclusion that supports the hypothesis that Jupiter is also the oldest planet in our system, and it's all about the gas. 

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Mike Wehner

June 13th

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Astronauts are going to bake bread in space, and it’s a pretty big deal

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When you think of the perks of becoming an astronaut, there's plenty to list: you get to see the Earth from a perspective that only few have shared, you're privy to new science discoveries before the public hears about them, and you get to be one of the few people who grew up to become something they wanted to be as a kid. That's all great, but when it comes to an astronaut's diet — freeze-dried foods and carefully sealed packs of liquid — it's not something most people would look forward to. That could begin to change soon, as plans have been set in motion for the very first bread to be baked in space.

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Mike Wehner

June 12th

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