Extremophiles: Methanogens

Extremophiles are very interesting organisms that inhabit seemingly uninhabitable areas on the Earth. They thrive in intense environments, and their relative abundance on the Earth provides hope that if life can survive in such extreme situations, perhaps finding life outside of our own planet is not as far-fetched as it may sound (Prather, Offerdahl, and […]

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The Formation of Saturn’s Rings

Saturn is instantly distinguishable by its famous set of rings. First discovered in 1610 by Galileo, these bright adornments are as well-known as the planet itself (NASA). But how did this gas giant acquire such stunning rings? We don’t know for sure, but there are Source Credit: ZME Science several probable answers: the rings are […]

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Naming Pluto: New Horizons

In 2006, the New Horizons spacecraft was launched. Its mission is to give astronomers a closer look at the Pluto system, and in the summer of 2015 the first images of Pluto were received from the New Horizons mission (NASA). The images show an incredibly beautiful world full of landmarks such as valleys, mountains, and […]

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Wormholes

Growing up, one of my favorite games to play was the space pinball found on our home computer. In the game, there were several tricks and cool traps that would boost your score or spell disaster if you hit them. One of these traps was the wormhole: the pinball goes into one side and is […]

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