Top Science Stories This Week

Posted: Oct 23 2016, 1:11am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 23 2016, 1:18am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Top Science Stories This Week
Uranus is seen in this false-color view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope from August 2003. Credit: NASA/Erich Karkoschka (Univ. Arizona)

Uranus may be Hiding Two New Moons in its Ring System

Two small moons might be hiding in the rings of planet Uranus.

In 1986, Voyager 2 spacecraft made a close flyby of Uranus and detected several previously undiscovered moons around the planet. Researchers from Idaho University have recently revisited the data collected by the Voyager 2 and discovered what could be the evidence of two more small dark moons lurking inside its ring system. Researchers estimate that the hypothesized moonlets in Uranus' rings are very small, between 2 to 9 miles in diameter and could be easily missed because of their dark surface tone.

Currently, Uranus has 27 moons. If confirmed, the number of Uranus moons will be expanded.

NASA’s New Horizon Spacecraft is Speeding Towards Next Target

NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft is heading towards a new destination after completing Pluto probe. The destination is a small Kuiper Belt object called 2014 MU69 which is about nearly a billion miles beyond Pluto and is known to have a very reddish surface – possibly even redder than the Pluto.

While approaching the mysterious red object, New Horizon continues to send more data about Pluto collected during last summer close flyby. The latest data suggests that Pluto may have a handful of potential clouds in its hazy atmosphere.

Mysterious Planet Nine may be Responsible for the Tilt of our Solar System

Planet Nine is not visible yet but it is making its presence felt in the solar system.

A new research suggests that the massive hypothetical object is apparently causing the whole solar system to wobble and gives the impression that the sun is slightly tilting. This could help explain why the eight planets in our solar orbit the sun in an unusual way.

Researchers believe that the putative Planet Nine is a massive object and has an orbit titled compared to the other planets. That’s why; it has also chocked off the Sun at an angle.

It appears that the unseen Planet Nine’s angular momentum is having a massive impact on solar system due to its location and size.

New Species of Long-Necked Dinosaur Discovered in Australia

Paleontologists have recently unearthed the fossil remains of two enormous long-necked dinosaurs in Australia and one of them is entirely new to science.

The 45 feet long creature, named Savannasaurus elliottorum, is a plant-eating dinosaur and belongs to titanosuar family, a type of dinosaurs which are believed to be the largest animals to ever roam on Earth.

The examination of roughly 95-miilion old fossil revealed that titanosaurs arrived the region only about 100 million years ago, when warming temperatures might have made it possible for them to migrate from ancient South America to Australia, which was otherwise the icy cold Antarctica.

The Most Detailed Map of Milky Way Ever Created

Scientists have used two of the world’s largest telescopes, Max-Planck radio telescope in Germany and the CSIRO radio telescope in Australia, to create the most detailed map of our galaxy so far.

Named HI4PI, the map shows the concentrations of stars across our section of the universe and reveals the fine details of their structures. The map can also help better understand Milky Way and its neighboring galaxies.

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