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New ‘geologic clock’ resets date for moon’s formation

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Earth’s moon started forming up to 65 million years later than some previous estimates, according to a study released on Wednesday that uses a new way to calculate the birthday of the 4.47 billion-year-old planet’s only natural satellite. The mega-asteroid that smashed…

Kepler’s bonanza: Space telescope discovers 715 new planets

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Scientists added a record 715 more planets to the list of known worlds beyond the solar system, boosting the overall tally to nearly 1,700, astronomers said on Wednesday. The additions include four planets about 2-1/2 times as big as Earth that are…

Planet found floating alone beyond the solar system

Astronomers said Wednesday they have found a lonely planet outside the solar system floating alone in space and not orbiting a star. The gaseous exoplanet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light years from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter. Having formed 12 million years…

NASA’s Voyager 1 becomes first spacecraft to leave our solar system

Never before has a human-built spacecraft traveled so far. NASA’s Voyager 1 probe has now left the solar system and is wandering the galaxy, US scientists said Thursday. The spacecraft was launched in 1977 on a mission to explore the outer planets of our solar system and to possibly journey…

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