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Scientists identify rain of molten iron on distant exoplanet | Science

The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope at Paranal, Chile

Wasp-76b is what astronomers call an exoplanet, one that orbits a star outside our solar system. Scientists have discovered that the local weather conditions include 2,400C temperatures, winds in excess of 10,000mph and a steady pelting of iron rain. The observations of the distant planet’s unusually hostile climate are the …

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Elon Musk Dismisses Astronomy Concerns Over Starlink Network

Elon Musk Dismisses Astronomy Concerns Over Starlink Network

SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Monday dismissed scientists’ concerns that his company’s Starlink constellation of Internet satellites would obscure the view of the night sky, predicting the network “will not cause any impact whatsoever in astronomical discoveries.” Musk is trying to seize control of the future Internet space market and …

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Possible New ‘Mini-Moon’ Detected in Orbit Around Earth

Possible New ‘Mini-Moon’ Detected in Orbit Around Earth

The possible new mini-moon, as observed during the night of February 15, 2020. Image: Catalina Sky Survey Astronomers from the Catalina Sky Survey say they have detected a rare mini-moon around Earth. Sadly, we shouldn’t get too attached to our new natural satellite, as the rock—if that’s indeed what it …

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Astronomers to sweep entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life | Science

Astronomers will sweep the entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life for the first time, using 28 giant radio telescopes in an unprecedented hunt for alien civilisations. The project is a collaboration between the privately-funded Seti Institute and the Very Large Array observatory in New Mexico, one of the world’s …

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Four Shortlisted NASA Missions Would Explore the Nastiest Places in the Solar System

Four Shortlisted NASA Missions Would Explore the Nastiest Places in the Solar System

NASA’s Galileo spacecraft caught Jupiter’s moon Io experiencing a volcanic eruption on June 28, 1997. Image: NASA/JPL/DLR As part of its ongoing Discovery Program, NASA has selected four possible missions that would involve some of the most hostile and enigmatic places in the solar system. Established in 1992, NASA’s Discovery …

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Will Betelgeuse Explode? After ‘Unprecedented’ Dimming The Giant Star Is Now Changing Shape

The red supergiant star Betelgeuse, in the constellation of Orion, has been undergoing unprecedented dimming. This stunning image of the star’s surface, taken with the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope late last year, is among the first observations to come out of an observing campaign aimed at understanding why the star is becoming fainter. When compared with the image taken in January 2019, it shows how much the star has faded and how its apparent shape has changed.

The red supergiant star Betelgeuse, in the constellation of Orion, has been undergoing unprecedented … [+] dimming. This stunning image of the star’s surface, taken with the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope late last year, is among the first observations to come out of an observing campaign aimed …

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Mysterious Object Beyond Pluto Could Help Explain How Our Solar System Formed

Mysterious Object Beyond Pluto Could Help Explain How Our Solar System Formed

ArrokothImage: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI/Roman Tkachenko Nothing you encounter is truly “pristine.” Nearly every atom on our planet has been processed in some way, either by humans, the Sun, Earth’s core, or other influences. But on New Year’s Day 2019, the New Horizons mission flew past one of the most pristine objects in …

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Telescope Detects Fast Radio Burst Hitting Earth Every 16 Days

Telescope Detects Fast Radio Burst Hitting Earth Every 16 Days

Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) telescope A telescope in Canada has found a source of mysterious fast radio bursts that repeat every 16 days, according to a new paper. It’s the first regularly repeating fast radio burst known to science. Fast radio bursts (FRB) are bright radio blips that originate …

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