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the study of planets and planetary systems. Also known as planetary science.

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Can an astronaut on Venus cook a 16-inch pepperoni pizza by holding it in the air for 4 seconds?

According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, one can cook a 16-inch pepperoni pizza on Venus by holding it in the air for 4 seconds. However, no detailed calculations were given to demonstrate this.
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Did the vedas accurately describe the planetary system like elliptical orbits and Sun being the centre?

There is a book called 108 eternal truths which claims many things which have been proved wrong on this site. It makes the following claims about vedas describing the planetary system. The Vedas are ...
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Did Babylonians in BCE used geometrical methods in mathematical astronomy to calculate planet positions and its motions?

A recent (2016) study, Ancient Babylonian astronomers calculated Jupiter’s position from the area under a time-velocity graph examines a cuneiform script and gives evidence that that Babylonians in ...
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Does doubling the atmospheric pressure make its gases toxic to humans?

I was recently reading an article which made the claim that doubling atmospheric pressure would cause gases to become toxic and make it impossible for human life. From the article: double[ing] the ...
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Could the moons of Jupiter support life?

I read a news article about a probe headed out to Jupiter. At the end of the article, it mentions a fear of "contaminating" the moons if it does not end it's life on Jupiter itself: Juno's ...
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Are there pine trees on Mars?

There's a UFO site which claims that the below image is captured by the Mars Global Surveyor and is of what looks like pine or other similar type of trees. I think this image is important because ...