Life-Bearing Clouds of Venus? -Its Upper Atmosphere is the Most Earth-like Location in the Solar System

Planet Venus

 

“Venus is like Earth in so many ways,” explained the late physicist, Stephen Hawking. “A sort of kissing cousin. She’s almost the same size as Earth, a touch closer to the Sun. And, she has an atmosphere that could crush a submarine.”

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Extraterrestrial Contact Paradox to Antimatter Stars of the Milky Way (The Galaxy Report)

ESO Observatories

 

Our Universe provided some fascinating news stories over the past few days, ranging from Antimatter Stars of the Milky Way to Can Early Dark Energy Save the Universe to Our Weird Solar System.

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Before the Big Bang to the Search for Life Not as We Know It (The Galaxy Report-Weekend Feature)

 

ESO Observatories

 

This week’s report from the Cosmos brings amazing stories ranging from What Existed Before the Big Bang to Forms of Consciousness We Can’t Recognize to World’s Scientists Share Their Expectations for the James Webb Space Telescope.

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If Aliens Exist Here’s Where We’ll Find Them to The Year in Physics (Planet Earth Report)

Earth from Space

 

Another week of amazing news from our Pale Blue Dot, with stories ranging from strange things are happening at the outer edges of our solar system to plants feel pain and might even see to a  wrinkle in nature could lead to alien life.

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Plumes of Enceladus and Europa–Harbinger’s of Life in Global Oceans of Our Solar System?

Enceladus Tiger Stripes

 

“Something is going on on Enceladus – is active and we want to know,”  said astrophysicist Laura Danly, curator at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn observed surface fissures on Enceladus that are unique in our Solar System and are perpetually erupting with water ice from its global subsurface ocean, that appear as parallel, evenly spaced “stripes” that are some 130 kilometers long and 35 kilometers apart.

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Superionic Ice –A New State of Matter that Solves the Puzzle of the Existence of Ice Worlds in Our Solar System

 

Neptune Voyager 2

 

In 2019, scientists confirmed the existence of “superionic ice,” a new almost metal-like phase of water that is black and hot, first theoretically predicted more than 30 years ago. Although it has never been seen until then, scientists think this new state of matter might be among the most common forms of water in the universe. “It’s not quite a new phase of water. It’s really a new state of matter,” said physicist Livia Bove of France’s National Center for Scientific Research and Pierre and Marie Curie University. “Which is rather spectacular.”

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