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  1. Using Magnets to Collect Martian Dust

    Using Magnets to Collect Martian Dust
    Space exploration may still seem like science fiction to some, but rest assured, it is very real, and humanity is learning more each year. Our scientists are actually starting to get down to the nitty-gritty of space, meaning Martian rocks and dust. This highly magnetic material is collected by exploratory rovers so that we can study and reveal any secrets it might hold about Mars’ past, specifically in relation to geologic history.  Continue reading →
  2. NASA Detects Ancient Magnetism on Surface of Mars

    NASA Detects Ancient Magnetism on Surface of Mars
    Learning more about Mars has been one of NASA’s top priorities over the last several years. One of their newest discoveries, thanks to NASA’s InSight Lander, indicates that Mars’ magnetism is much stronger than previously anticipated.  Continue reading →
  3. Magnetism in Space

    Magnetism in Space
    We are constantly learning about new findings of magnetism in space. From space migrations and magnetic levitation to helping astronauts reach faraway planets, magnetism plays a key role in our studies of the galaxy beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Read more about what magnetic knowledge we gained in 2019 relating to space. Continue reading →
  4. New Study Suggests The End of the Lunar Dynamo Happened 1B Years Ago

    New Study Suggests The End of the Lunar Dynamo Happened 1B Years Ago
    The moon is known to have likely lost its magnetic field after an internal dynamo stopped firing, the question has remained, however, of when. A team led by Said Mighani from MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and Huapei Wang from the China University of Geosciences, have been studying the moon’s magnetic field for several years, and think they found an answer.  Continue reading →
  5. Magnetars are the Strongest Magnet in the Universe. Here’s Why.

    Magnetars are the Strongest Magnet in the Universe. Here’s Why.
    In 1947, the idea that some massive stars could have large-scale magnetic fields near their surface was established, but the origin of these fields has since remained a mystery. Today, it’s known that the strongest magnetic fields ever detected in the Universe come from magnetars, but we still aren’t sure where these magnetars come from or how they get their strong magnetic fields. Though, astrophysicists Sebastian Ohlmann from the Max Planck Society in Germany and Friedrich Röpke from the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies in Germany may have found out how magnetars form.  Continue reading →
  6. Incredible Uses of Magnets in Science

    Incredible Uses of Magnets in Science
    We are constantly learning about the capabilities of and research on the uses of magnets, magnetic force, and magnetic fields. From helping moths establish a migration pattern to keeping astronauts safe during interplanetary flights, magnet science is nothing short of impressive. Read more about what magnetic knowledge we gained in 2018 in technology, in space, and in the environment. Magnets...
  7. NASA’s Parker Probe: Adventures to the Sun

    NASA’s Parker Probe: Adventures to the Sun
    “I really think these are transformative missions,” says Howard Singer, chief scientist at the Space Weather Prediction Center, of the three sun-focused missions occurring over the next few years. The Parker Probe, the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), and the Solar Orbiter will embark on separate missions to create a better understanding of the star at the center of our system. Continue reading →
  8. Unveiling Complexity in Jupiter’s Magnetic Equator

    Unveiling Complexity in Jupiter’s Magnetic Equator
    There’s more to Jupiter than what meets the eye. At least, that’s what planetary scientists recently discovered when they stumbled upon a mysterious dark “ribbon” around Jupiter’s magnetic equator. This ribbon, created by interactions between the planet’s magnetic field and ionosphere, was found by a team led by University of Leicester planetary astronomer Tom Stallard. Continue reading →
  9. Saturn's Poles Produce Their Own Auroras

    Saturn's Poles Produce Their Own Auroras
    If you haven’t seen the Earth’s aurora borealis in person, you’ve seen pictures – majestic colors that light up the night sky. Planet Earth has so many unique features, like our surface water and abundance of constantly evolving life. But the lights of an aurora? We aren’t the only planet that can boast about them. Did you know that Saturn also produces the phenomenon? However, there’s something different about them. But before we get into that, how does this kind of light show occur in the first place? Here’s a clue: it involves magnets. Continue reading →
  10. Did You Know That the Sun's Heliosphere is Actually a Magnetic Solar Bubble?

    Did You Know That the Sun's Heliosphere is Actually a Magnetic Solar Bubble?
    In its essence, the Sun is considered the heart of our solar system. From Earth’s standpoint, the scorching yellow star of glowing gases directly dictates its seasons, ocean currents, climates and aurorae. If the sun were the size of a front door, Earth would be about the size of a nickel. And without its energy, human life wouldn’t even exist. Crazy to consider, right? However, that example only provides a slight sliver of the Sun’s impact. In actuality, it holds the entire galaxy in place, keeping everything from the largest of planets  – Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus – to the smallest particles of debris in orbit within a magnetic field called the heliosphere that stretches 23 billion miles. Continue reading →

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