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Catch a ‘full Jupiter’ this week and spot its moons with just binoculars – Digital Market News

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OK, so Jupiter won’t be this close, but this week is the perfect time to gaze at it.
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Break out the binoculars, grab a small telescope or just look up. Jupiter, the solar system’s scenically stormy gas giant, will be particularly bright and beautiful this week, making this a perfect time to look for its largest moons.
Jupiter reaches opposition on Tuesday morning, meaning the planet will be located opposite of the sun with Earth in between, like a cosmic sandwich. 
“Jupiter will be at its closest and brightest for this apparition, effectively a ‘full Jupiter,’ rising around sunset and setting around sunrise,” said NASA in its July skywatching update.
With clear skies and a good set of binoculars or a small telescope, you can look for Jupiter’s four biggest moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. NASA recommends observing the moons over time by checking them nightly or waiting a few hours between viewing sessions to catch their orbital movements around the planet. This is the perfect week to try this out. 
While you’re moon-gazing, take a moment to contemplate Europa in particular. NASA is planning its Europa Clipper mission to visit the fascinating moon, which may be our best bet for finding signs of alien life on another world in our solar system.
If you want an even closer look at Jupiter and its wild and swirly atmosphere, then be sure to check out images from NASA’s ongoing Juno mission. Whether you’re seeing a “dolphin” in the planet’s clouds or viewing it from afar, Jupiter is a beauty.

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Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world: Study – The Jakarta Post – Jakarta Post

The dwarf planet Ceres — long believed to be a barren space rock — is an ocean world with reservoirs of sea water beneath its surface, the results of a major exploration mission showed Monday.

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The dwarf planet Ceres — long believed to be a barren space rock — is an ocean world with reservoirs of sea water beneath its surface, the results of a major exploration mission showed Monday.
Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and has its own gravity, enabling the NASA Dawn spacecraft to capture high-resolution images of its surface. 
Now a team of scientists from the United States and Europe have analysed images relayed from the orbiter, captured arou…

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The earth was once home to ‘terror crocodiles’ nearly the size of city buses – CNN

A new study has shed more light on gigantic “terror crocodiles,” that once roamed the world and preyed on dinosaurs with teeth “the size of bananas.”

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(CNN)A new study has shed more light on gigantic “terror crocodiles,” that once roamed the world and preyed on dinosaurs with teeth “the size of bananas.”
The research, which was conducted in 2018, published this week in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. It found that the Deinosuchus — a lineage of giant Late Cretacecous crocodylians from North America — were nearly as long as city buses, growing up to 33 feet in length, according to the study authors.
“Deinosuchus was a giant that must h…

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Some Humans Are Carrying DNA From an Unknown Ancient Ancestor – ScienceAlert

A new analysis of the genomes of the most famous of ancient humans – Neanderthals and Denisovans – has revealed an as-yet-unidentified ancestor for our species – a branch of our distant family tree without any known label to put to it.

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A new analysis of the genomes of the most famous of ancient humans – Neanderthals and Denisovans – has revealed an as-yet-unidentified ancestor for our species a branch of our distant family tree without any known label to put to it.
The study also finds further evidence of interbreeding between humans and Neanderthals, but places it much earlier than we previously knew – some 200,000 to 300,000 years ago. This interbreeding would therefore add new insight into the increasingly complicated hist…

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