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Astronomers spot ‘spooky’ object in ‘our galactic backyard’

Astronomers spot ‘spooky’ object in ‘our galactic backyard’

Researchers in Australia said they located a “spooky” item about 4,000 light-years away that mysteriously becomes one of the brightest objects in the sky for about one minute every 20 minutes, according to a report. Dr. Natasha Hurley-Walker, an astrophysicist from Australia’s Curtin University, International Center for Radio Astronomy Research said observing its odd bursts …

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James Webb Space Telescope arrives at orbital home 1 million miles from Earth

James Webb Space Telescope arrives at orbital home 1 million miles from Earth

The James Webb Space Telescope arrived at its observation point on Monday afternoon.  In a blog post, NASA said that the $10 billion observatory fired its rocket thrusters for nearly five minutes to complete the final postlaunch course correction to Webb’s trajectory. JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE TEAM ANNOUNCES DEPLOYMENT OF ALL MIRRORS “This mid-course correction …

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Scientists think 2020 lockdowns may have caused less lightning

Scientists think 2020 lockdowns may have caused less lightning

Scientists have theorized that COVID-19 lockdowns may have helped decrease the amount of lightning produced in the atmosphere in the year 2020, according to a recent study.  A study presented at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) analyzed atmospheric factors that may have contributed to reductions of 10-20%, depending on how lightning …

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James Webb Space Telescope team announces deployment of all mirrors

James Webb Space Telescope team announces deployment of all mirrors

The James Webb Space Telescope hit another milestone this week and NASA announced that the $10 billion observatory’s 18 hexagonal mirror segments and its secondary mirror have been fully deployed.  “Just in from the @NASAWebb team: All 18 primary mirror segments and the secondary mirror are now fully deployed!” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson wrote in …

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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover runs into another snag: pebbles

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover runs into another snag: pebbles

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has run into another snag on its mission to find evidence of ancient microbial life.  In continuing to collect Martian rock and regolith samples, which will eventually return to Earth, the rover encountered a “new challenge.”  STUDY NIXES MARS LIFE IN METEORITE FOUND IN ANTARCTICA “Seems some pebble-sized debris is obstructing …

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What is the wolf moon?

What is the wolf moon?

What is a new moon? What is the modern definition of a new moon? This video explains why this happens and how often. The next full moon, known as the “wolf moon,” will occur on the evening of Monday, Jan. 17.  According to a NASA blog, the moon will appear opposite the sun in Earth-based …

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Red supergiant star's death witnessed by astronomers for the first time: report

Red supergiant star’s death witnessed by astronomers for the first time: report

Astronomers have captured the death of a red supergiant star for the first time.  The real-time discovery was published Jan. 6 in Astrophysical Journal and led by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of California, Berkeley.  JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE IS FULLY DEPLOYED According to a press release from Northwestern, the team observed the …

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