John Wenz

John Wenz

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John Wenz is a Seniorhelpline writer and space obsessive based in Philadelphia. He tweets @johnwenz.

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Why Voyager 2 Is In Interstellar Space But Not Out of the Solar System

There's a good difference between where the sun's energy ends and where it's gravity ends.

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An Elephant-Size Mammal Relative Roamed Among Dinosaurs

The lumbering beast is the biggest of its kind found.

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Great Holiday Gifts for the Space Nerd in Your Life

For those who are always looking upward.

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Two Young Stars On a Death Spiral Are Acting Very Strangely

The objects, circling in a pinwheel of death, are behaving like stars we haven't seen in billions of light years.

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The Kepler Satellite Is Officially Going Offline Forever

After lasting longer than anyone expected, it finally ran out of fuel.

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The Planet-Hunting Kepler Space Telescope May Be Gone for Good

The spaceship is out of fuel and in sleep mode. It may not wake up.

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Mars May Have Enough Oxygen to Sustain Subsurface Life

The ingredients for life are richer than we thought.

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Everything To Know About the January 2019 Lunar Eclipse

The shadow of the Earth will eclipse the moon and turn it blood red on January 21, 2019.

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Menacing Ice Spikes on Europa Could Endanger Future Landers

The last thing a future mission to the moon needs is a 50 foot jut of ice.

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We're Close To Confirming the Very First Exomoon

If confirmed, this strong candidate would open up new vistas in astronomy.

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World War II Bombs Sent Shockwaves Into Space

As the Earth shook, bombing raids were felt high, high above the ground too.

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Japan's Team Missed the $30 Million XPRIZE—But Now They're Going to the Moon Anyway

In the wake of the Lunar XPRIZE competition, ispace has contracted with SpaceX to send two missions to the Moon.

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Octopuses Take Ecstasy for Science and Become More Social Creatures

Researchers let these solitary creatures try MDMA. For science.

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Scientists May Have Found What Makes Batteries Degrade Over Time

It could pave the way for a better electric car or home solar power system.

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This Robot Helped Uncover the Flying Secrets of Fruit Flies

Flying can be complicated when you don't have a rudder-like tail.

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Opportunity May Not Come Back Until January. NASA May Not Give It That Long.

The lost rover may return, but it needs more time than the agency is currently allowing it.

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Black Holes Reignite Dead Stars and Turn Them Into Zombies

For a brief, glimmering instance, the dead star can rise.

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This Purple Plant Has a Secret That Could Replace Synthetic Engine Oil

The Chinese violet cress has been hiding a never-before-discovered fatty acid that could be a near-perfect lubricant.

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A New Fossil Holds an Ancient Secret About Humanity

Technology is taking archeologists into unexplored areas of humanity's past.

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NASA Is Launching a Submarine to the Seafloor

They're not hunting for aliens—but instead trying to learn how to hunt for aliens.

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Kickstarting Life on an Exoplanet Requires the Right Amount of UV Light

A new study outlines a holistic view on how life might arise on exoplanets, and the habitable zone might not be enough.

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Neat 12-Sided Origami Bot Traps Squid and Jellyfish Without Hurting Them

The dodecahedron could help us understand the weird, weird life deep under the ocean.

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20 Space Objects Ranked by How Badass They Sound

These cosmic phenomena all have cool leather jackets.

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory is buried at depths between 1.5 and 2.5 kilometers below theSouth Pole.
Blaze It: Far-Out High-Energy Neutrino Came From a Blazar
This discovery could give us better insight into how our universe works—and understanding what's happening deep inside violent co…
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Bringing Alien Planets (Virtually) To Life

Want a hands-on tour of a rocket that hasn't been built yet? It's the kind of thing happening inside NASA right now.

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16 Tools You Need When You Live Off the Grid

What goes in your end-of-the-world toolbox.

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We Might Finally Know What Smacked Uranus Sideways

A planet twice the size of Earth gave our most unfortunately named planet its odd tilt.

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How Neal Stephenson Got Book Ideas by Moonlighting at Blue Origin
Many of the famed sci-fi author's ideas come from real world work—like helping the private space company Blue Origin find a machi…
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One of the Three Closest Stars Looks Friendly for Life

Alpha Centauri A may be even less deadly than the sun—if there are any planets there.

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