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Small Moons form and die in Saturn’s Rings

Small Moons form and die in Saturn’s Rings

Researchers have revealed that small moons are regularly formed and destroyed in the rings of Saturn. Published in the journal Icarus, a study has thrown light on a subject surrounding constant birth and death of miniature moons in a very short period of time compared to the average formation and destruction window of most heavenly bodies.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has recently captured images of these small moons, also called moonlets. Researchers observed significant changes in the Saturn's rings, especially in the F-ring where fewer spots can be seen than a few decades ago.

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Third Supermoon of 2014 Lights up sky on Monday Night

Third Supermoon of 2014 Lights up sky on Monday Night

Residents of the Northern Hemisphere on Monday witnessed the third Supermoon of 2014, also known as "Harvest Moon". The final Supermoon of 2014 wrapped up the summer trilogy of full moons that began in July. The first Supermoon occurred was on July 12 and the second came on August 10.

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Monday’s Harvest Moon was the Last Supermoon of 2014

Monday’s Harvest Moon was the Last Supermoon of 2014

The third supermoon of the summer occurred on Monday night and was the last of this year. The first one was on July 12 and second supermoon was witnessed on August 10. On Monday, the third supermoon was in its full form at 6.38 pm.

The September supermoon was also the Harvest moon. It is termed as the Harvest moon as it fell closest to the fall equinox. Also, its occurrence perfectly coincided to provide little extra light to the farmers for harvesting their crops.

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Opportunity’s First Flash Memory Reformatting to be done Next Month

Opportunity’s First Flash Memory Reformatting to be done Next Month

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity will get its flash memory reformatted in October. For the first time, this procedure will be carried out on Opportunity.

After its memory gets cleared, the procedure will also find cells within it that have become time-worn. If cells are used for a long time, they can get worn out. Flash memory continues to work even when the rover is turned off.

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Scientists try to answer questions regarding formation of Galaxies

Scientists try to answer questions regarding formation of Galaxies

Glimpse of the earliest stages of the massive galaxy construction has recently been caught by NASA astronomers for the first time ever. Dubbed as Sparky, the building site has been claimed by researchers to be a dense galactic core. The light of millions of newborn stars - forming at a very high rate - blazes the region.

Erica Nelson from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, said that they had never witnessed such a formation process wherein created things are this dense.

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Team behind Curiosity Decides Not to Drill ‘Bonanza King’

Team behind Curiosity Decides Not to Drill ‘Bonanza King’

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has successfully carried out three drillings. Its fourth drilling session was cancelled after the potential target was found to be unstable.

NASA shared that Bonanza King, the proposed target, was found last week after taking roundabout route through the northeastern end of Hidden Valley on its way to the landing site in Gale crater to the site, Mount Sharp.

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NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft crosses Orbit of Neptune on August 25

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft crosses Orbit of Neptune on August 25

NASA's New Horizons reached the orbit of Neptune and its largest moon, Triton, on August 25, Monday. What a coincidence it was as NASA's Voyager 2 also completed 25th anniversary of its amazing achievement - the fly-by of Neptune - on Monday. New Horizons is on its way to Pluto and in its endeavor, the explorer traversed the planet Neptune's orbit and its moon in record eight years and eight months.

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