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A Special Supermoon Comes—But What Causes it?

A Special Supermoon Comes—But What Causes it?

The Moon follows an elliptical path around the Earth, with an average eccentricity of about 0.055 (a perfect circle has an eccentricity of 0). This means that, at its closest approach, the Moon comes within 363,400km of our planet, and at its most distant the Moon is 405,500km. When the Moon is full at the perigee of this orbit, it has come to be known as a "Supermoon."

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‘Alien Megastructure Star’ KIC 8462852 Mystery Deepens as Analysis Shows New Weirdness

Remember that star that caused all the fuss about alien megastructures last year? The more astronomers look at it, the weirder it seems to get. New research neither confirms nor denies that intelligent life is behind the behavior of the strangest star in the universe, but deepens in the mystery...

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Pluto’s ‘Mysterious’ Heart Finally Explained

Pluto's 'Mysterious' Heart Finally Explained

In 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured an image of Pluto which has gone viral on social media. The image is that of the icy planet with a big heart splashed across its surface. A year after, scientists now have an explanation for Pluto's mysterious icy heart...

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