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A curiosity in space: a “Blue Marble” look-alike

From the “watch the skies” department, and ESO, comes this “Blue Marble” look-alike, hence the name, The Planetary Nebula:. The ghost of a dying star This extraordinary bubble, glowing like the ghost of a star in the haunting darkness of space, may appear supernatural and mysterious, but it is a familiar astronomical object: a planetary nebula,…

Ionized Buckminsterfullerene (C60+) is present at the gas-phase in space.
Credit: University of Basel

Finding: Buckminsterfullerenes are absorbing starlight

Old astronomic riddle on the way to be solved From the University of Basel Scientists at the University of Basel were able to identify for the first time a molecule responsible for the absorption of starlight in space: the positively charged Buckminsterfullerene, or so-called football molecule. Their results have been published in the current issue…

When worlds collide – study says our moon was formed by a collision with planet-sized body

From the European Association of Geochemistry New isotopic evidence supporting moon formation via Earth collision with planet-sized body A new series of measurements of oxygen isotopes provides increasing evidence that the Moon formed from the collision of the Earth with another large, planet-sized astronomical body, around 4.5 billion years ago. This work will be published…