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Third Van Allen Belt Discovered
March 3, 2013 | NASA

“Since their discovery over 50 years ago, the Earth’s Van Allen radiation belts have been considered to consist of two distinct zones of trapped, highly energetic charged particles.” The accidental discovery of a third belt will require a rewrite of textbooks. Quote from the NASA press release.


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Asteroid Belt Around Vega
January 10, 2013 | NASA
Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a large asteroid belt around the star Vega, the second brightest star in northern night skies.

An Asteroid with Six Comet-Like Tails
November 11, 2013 | NASA
"This NASA Hubble Space Telescope set of images reveals a never-before-seen set of six comet-like tails radiating from a body in the asteroid belt, designated P/2013 P5." Quoted from the NASA press release.

The Rains of Saturn
April 15, 2013 | NASA
"A new study tracks the "rain" of charged water particles into the atmosphere of Saturn and finds there is more of it and it falls across larger areas of the planet than previously thought." Quoted from the NASA press release.


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