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A fireball with unexpected features as seen by the Global Fireball Observatory camera at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, Alberta.

Scientists trace a fireball on a strange rocky meteoroid from the outskirts of the solar system

A rocky meteoroid that exploded over Canada last year was more extraordinary than it first appeared: it came from the outer solar system, where scientists thought only icy bodies existed. A cavalcade of professional and amateur astronomers took pictures and videos of the meteorites as it exploded over Alberta. Studying this data, the researchers determined …

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Neptune, from the James Webb Space Telescope.

Solar eclipse, meteor showers, planets coming to the sky near you in 2023

2022 has been a memorable year in astronomy. The James Webb Telescope began returning stellar images from all over the universe, two lunar eclipses graced the night sky, and Mars was back – big, bright, and shining like an orange beacon. So, what are the must-see events in the sky in 2023? Get your calendars …

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An 'unexpected' space traveler challenges theories about the origin of the solar system

An ‘unexpected’ space traveler challenges theories about the origin of the solar system

The fireball captured by the Global Fireball Observatory camera at Lake Miquelon Provincial Park, Alberta. Credit: University of Alberta Western researchers have shown that a fireball that originated on the outskirts of the solar system was likely made of rock, not ice, challenging long-held beliefs about the formation of the solar system. Just at the …

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Ryugu: Asteroid samples continue to shed light on the history of the solar system

Ryugu: Asteroid samples continue to shed light on the history of the solar system

Samples of the asteroid Ryugu analyzed at the IPGP. Credit: © IPGP Nearly two years after the Japanese mission Hayabusa2 returned to Earth, samples from the asteroid Ryugu continue to reveal valuable information about the history of the early solar system. A study conducted by scientists from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, …

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This solar system flips

This solar system flips

Geologist studies asteroids and moon dust to decode the history of the solar system WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Michelle Thompson is a geologist. But while “geo” means earth, it studies decidedly supernatural, or at least extraterrestrial things: the moon and asteroids. “I study space weathering: how space environments affect tiny mineral particles on planetary surfaces,” …

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