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In September 2022, a distant dead star reawakened with a flash of light. The brilliant and powerful pulsing signal is about one billion light-years from Earth and was picked up by 15 different telescopes worldwide. It’s named AT2022tsd or the “Tasmanian devil”. Mysterious signals called Luminous Fast Blue Optical Transients (LFBOTS) are the suspected sourceContinue reading "‘Tasmanian devil’ rises from slumber with brilliant bursts of light"
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Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the Chilean desert have just achieved an impressive astronomical first: Imaging a planet-forming disk around a star in another galaxy. The results of their efforts were published Wednesday in a paper in Nature. The discovery will now allow astronomers to watch as the star, HH 1177,Continue reading "Astronomers discover disk around star in another galaxy for the 1st time ever"
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A newly discovered system of six planets circling a nearby Sun-like star may be the key to unlocking how planetary systems form. All between the size of Earth and Neptune, the worlds are orbiting in a so-called resonant chain — a configuration that it’s relatively rare to observe in nature, making the system a valuableContinue reading "‘Shocked and delighted’: Astronomers find six planets orbiting in resonance"
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For millennia, Full Moons have wielded a magnetic charm that has seized human hearts and minds. Across diverse cultures and eras, this consistent monthly event has been the inspiration behind innumerable myths, tales, traditions, and even agrarian activities. So, let’s delve deeper into the various types of Full Moon, see the calendar of Full moonsContinue reading "2023 Full Moon calendar: Dates, times, types, and names"
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Every so often, a comet, an icy visitor from deep in the outskirts of the solar system, comes hurtling toward the Sun on a long orbit, dazzling us with the apparition of its ghostly coma and long, shimmering tail. How do these comets get their names? It depends. Sometimes these visitors make only one passContinue reading "How do comets get their names?"
Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun, orbits in the outer solar system, about two billion miles (3.2 billion kilometers) from Earth. It is an enormous world – quadruple the diameter of Earth, with 15 times the mass and 63 times the volume. Unvisited by spacecraft for more than 35 years, Uranus inhabits one of the leastContinue reading "The many mysteries NASA can solve on a mission to Uranus"
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The universe is filled with bizarre objects. Then again, Earth is all we know. So what may seem wild and exotic to us is likely common throughout the cosmos. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that space is filled with many mysterious oddities that astronomers are just beginning to both discover and unravel.Continue reading "4 of the weirdest objects in space"
In this photograph captured by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station on July 31, 2011, the oblique angle reveals the layers of Earth’s atmosphere, along with a thin crescent Moon illuminated by the Sun sitting below the horizon. NASA Earth Observatory These days, spacecraft are venturing into the final frontier at a record pace.Continue reading "The Kármán Line: Where space begins"
From our earliest ancestors on the plains of Africa to astrology and finally to modern science, humans have always looked up to the sky. It’s easy to imagine that Sahelanthropus tchadensis, our earliest hominin ancestors thought to have walked upright, may have looked up at night 7 million years ago and wondered about the natureContinue reading "The awakening of astronomy: This Week in Astronomy with Dave Eicher"
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