Ceres bright spot mystery solved
FINAL EPISODE: Bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres are giant salt pans. Also; climate change slowing the planet's rotation, and searching for the universe's missing matter.
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Milky Way could make stars for another six billion years
The Milky Way has up to three times more star-forming material than previously thought. Also; sudden dramatic increase in X-ray flares blasting out of supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, and stunning new views of Enceladus.
Asteroid and volcanoes combined killed the dinosaurs
The asteroid that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago accelerated volcanic eruptions in India creating a double-whammy disaster that wiped out the dinosaurs. Also; new insights into the dwarf planet Ceres, and neutrino discovery awarded the Nobel Prize in ...
Signs of water discovered on Mars
Astronomers confirm dark streaks running down cliffs on the Red Planet contain evidence of flowing liquid water. Also; Rosetta's comet 67P consists of two separate comets that merged early in the history of the solar system, and new computer simulations ...
Red dwarfs point to birth of a solar system
Dust discs discovered around two nearby stars challenge existing ideas about how planets form. Also; two supermassive black holes to crash into each other much sooner than previously thought and spectacular new images of Pluto's majestic icy mountains and frozen ...