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Cassini catches Titan naked in the solar wind

30 January 2015 Astronomy Now

Researchers analysing data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft were able to study the effect of a powerful solar outburst on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, when it was unprotected from a raging stream of energetic solar particles.

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The tell-tale signs of a galactic merger

29 January 2015 Astronomy Now

NGC 7714 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces that drifted too close to its companion. The gravitational interaction has twisted its spiral arms out of shape, dragged streams of material out into space, and triggered bright bursts of star formation.

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Gully patterns document Martian climate cycles

29 January 2015 Astronomy Now

A new analysis of gullies carved into Martian impact craters suggests the Red Planet has undergone several ice ages in the last several million years. The driver of these climate swings is likely the planet’s wobbly axis tilt.