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  1. Tonight At Sunset Pause Arrested Development And Look At Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury Together

    You can see Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter together tonight, that is if you can pull yourself away from Netflix for five minutes.

    I get it. It's Memorial Day weekend. You have 15 episodes of Arrested Development to get through before returning to work, but tonight take a minute to look to the Western sky and see Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus huddled together. It's not something you get to see every day, and in fact it's pretty rare.

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  2. Today in Geek History: NASA’s Voyager 1 Nears Jupiter, Snaps Pics

    As a race, we can't leave well enough alone. We need to look and prod and just generally be voyeurs of the entire universe, and that's been all right, since aliens haven't called us on it yet. So back in 1977, we sent out a space probe -- not the first, not the last -- that you might remember called Voyager 1. Its mission was to get a good look at the outer reaches of the Solar System. And so it was that today, in 1979, Voyager 1 made its closest approach to mighty Jupiter and snapped some amazing photos. Thousands, in fact. So what did we learn about the Jovian gas giant that constitutes the fifth planet from the Sun?

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  3. Scientists Say Europa, Not Mars, Is Best Place To Search For Life

    Searching for life on Mars is all the rage right now. We've covered the Curiosity rover mission quite a bit here at Geekosystem, because NASA shot a robot at a planet, landed it safely on the surface, and now that robot is drilling and sending back data. That's amazing. As amazing at it is, though, some scientists think we should be using our resources to look for life in a more likely spot -- Jupiter's moon Europa.

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  4. When Math, Science, and Embroidery Get Together, We All Win

    Do Try This At Home

    Can you recognize this just from looking at it? If you can, high five, because I got it too. It's an embroidery design inspired by NASA photographs of Jupiter's Great Red Spot, by Pardalote on Tumblr. They've got a lot of their beautiful work up on their blog but this, and another STEM oriented one caught our attention. It's a beautiful embroidered Voronoi diagram!

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  5. A “Just Right” Asteroid Belt Could Be Key to Extraterrestrial Life

    The map for seeking out life elsewhere in the cosmos may have just gotten a new must-have accessory. A new study from NASA suggests that having an asteroid belt like our own solar system's could be a key ingredient in the development of extraterrestrial life.

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  6. Jupiter Just Took One For the Team, Meteorite Style

    And All Was Right With the World

    When you look up at the sky tonight (or early tomorrow morning), see if you can find Jupiter. And if you can, give it a bit of a nod. A salute. A wave. Perhaps, extend your fist towards it, and imagine that it's giving you a planetary fistbump right back, because if Jupiter could, it would. Instead, it'll just have to keep using its enormous gravity well to attract dangerous extra-solar bodies like asteroids and comets, giving the inner solar system of Mercury, Venus, Mars, and yes, Earth, a bit shelter from what space, earth, and ancient life scientists understatedly call "impact events." You know, like it did yesterday morning, as picked up on by a handful of amateur astronomers.

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  7. Amazing Views of Venus and Jupiter Across the Sky

    As you may recall, Jupiter and Venus have been putting on quite the show together as they pace each other across the night sky. For those of you that haven't seen some of the more dramatic conjunctions of these planetary bodies, Patrick Cullis has put together this beautiful time lapse video. What's more, he's pointed his camera above Boulder, Colorado's beautiful Flatiron rock formations. It's an unforgettable view.

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  8. Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon Line Up Beautifully

    Over the past few weeks, you might have noticed two bright lights in the night sky that stuck close to each other night after night. These weren't stars, but rather the planets Jupiter and Venus traversing across our view. On Sunday, the two planets lined up with our moon in a spectacular conjunction made all the better by Rick Ellis' multiple exposures, tracking the progress of the triplet as they make their way across the sky.

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  9. Complete Geologic Map of Io Shows 425 Volcanoes But No Craters

    Our own moon is something of a dead, crater-ridden boulder careening around the Earth, doing little of interest in the meantime. Sure, it's got some interesting features and it probably has more than a few secrets left to be uncovered, but nothing is really going on up there. Jupiter's moons, on the other hand, tend to be a little more active. Io, for example, has a vast sulfur landscape and hundreds upon hundreds of active volcanoes. Now, for the first time, we have a full geologic map of the moon's surface, indexing all of its harsh alien glory, including 425 volcanoes and not a single crater.

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  10. Jupiter's Central Core May be Liquifying and Dissolving, Jupiter May Have Been Bigger Once Upon a Time

    Recently, planetary scientists at University of California, Berkeley, Hugh Wilson and Burkhard Militzer, performed an experiment wherein they dipped the material that helps make up Jupiter's core, magnesium oxide, into a hydrogen-helium fluid, which is at the heart of the planet. It turns out the magnesium oxide actually has a high solubility, which means Jupiter's rock could very well be liquifying, shrinking over time, which in turn suggests that Jupiter was even bigger at one point in time than it is now.

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