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Current Advancements & Information on the Solar System

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Astronomers Discover New Moon in our Solar System Orbiting Dwarf Planet Makemake
Current Advancements & Information on the Solar System
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Earth's Almost-Twin
Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Life
NASA's
Curiosity rover
discovered
primitive microbes
.
Instruments on the rover identified some of the key ingredients necessary for life.
Not
current life; only
potentially habitable environments
in the
past

Other Findings on Mars:
A freshwater Martian lake
Flowing saltwater
The Earth's closest exoplanet twin =
Kepler-78b
20 percent wider and 80 percent more massive than Earth; similar density
Orbits its sun
once
every
8.5 hours
at a
distance
of
900 000 miles
Surface temp
=
3,680 degrees Fahrenheit
Extrasolar Planets
Extrasolar planet count = 1 000

3,600 planetary candidates
announced by NASA's Kepler spacecraft =
150 have been confirmed.
produced the first cloud map of a planet outside the solar system.
Kepler spacecraft + infrared Spitzer Space Telescope = study Kepler 7-b, a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting near its sun.
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Meteorite Minerals Reveal Unexpected
Collisions in the Early Solar System
NASA captures enormous aurora on
the largest planet in the solar system
NASA Juno Mission T-Minus Two Days From Jupiter
moon located near a dwarf planet on the outskirts of our solar system. 
Southwest Research Institute team spotted a faint light near Makemake
"Makemake's moon proves that there are still wild things waiting to be discovered, even in places people have already looked," Dr. Alex Parker
less than 100 miles wide, and is currently nicknamed "MK2"
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