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Jul 31, 2021

Look: 14 stunning images show Mars in all its glory

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In the world of space exploration, all eyes are on the Red Planet.

Billionaires like Elon Musk still envision Mars as a future home for human civilizations.


All eyes are on the red planet. Here’s a look back at some of the best images ever taken, from rovers like Perseverance to orbiters like Mars Express.

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Jul 29, 2021

Scientists find two huge red rocks in the asteroid belt that shouldn’t be there

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Scientists have found two huge, red objects in the asteroid belt that they believe are not supposed to be there – both of which have “complex organic matter” on their surfaces.

These two asteroids, called 203 Pompeja and 269 Justitia, were discovered by Jaxa, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Pompeja is approximately 110 kilometres wide, while the smaller Justitia has a diameter of only 55 kilometres.

Found in the cluster of rocks between Mars and Jupiter, these two objects are distinctly different from their neighbours. Both Pompeja and Justitia reflect more red light than other surrounding asteroids due to the increased presence of complex organic material on their surface – such as carbon or methane.

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Jul 29, 2021

A ‘Very Exciting’ unique exoplanet has more water than earth

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The CHEOPS satellite accidentally spotted a rare exoplanet with no known equivalent. The satellite detected this unique exoplanet while looking for two exoplanets in a bright nearby star system.

This planet called ‘Nu2 Lupi d’ is located 50 light-years away in the constellation Lupus (Latin for Wolf), around a star called Nu2 Lupi. It is about 2.5 times the size of Earth and almost 9 times its mass.

What’s more, scientists used measurements with archival data from other observatories and numerical models to characterize the density and composition of the planet and its neighbors. They found that the planet has a rocky interior. It has far more water than the Earth. However, the water is not liquid; instead of taking high-pressure ice or high-temperature steam, making the planets uninhabitable.

Jul 29, 2021

Rocket Lab will launch a US Space Force experimental satellite Thursday: Watch live

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A two-hour launch window opens 2 a.m. ET (0600 GMT; 6 p.m. local New Zealand time)


Rocket Lab will launch an experimental research and development satellite to low Earth orbit tomorrow (July 29) for the U.S. Space Force. The mission will demonstrate the feasibility of large deployable sensors.

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Jul 29, 2021

Scientists capture most-detailed radio image of Andromeda galaxy to date

Posted by in categories: physics, space

Scientists have published a new, detailed radio image of the Andromeda galaxy—the Milky Way’s sister galaxy—which will allow them to identify and study the regions of Andromeda where new stars are born.

The study—which is the first to create a radio image of Andromeda at the of 6.6 GHz—was led by University of British Columbia physicist Sofia Fatigoni, with colleagues at Sapienza University of Rome and the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics. It was published online in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

“This image will allow us to study the structure of Andromeda and its content in more detail than has ever been possible,” said Fatigoni, a Ph.D. student in the department of physics and astronomy at UBC. “Understanding the nature of physical processes that take place inside Andromeda allows us to understand what happens in our own galaxy more clearly—as if we were looking at ourselves from the outside.”

Jul 29, 2021

Pet food shortages leave owners on the hunt for kibble and cat treats

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, space

Black short-haired kitty Astra, one of millions of pets acquired during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, had to go without salmon-flavored Whiskas treats that were sold out at stores in New Orleans this month.

Jul 28, 2021

NASA detects water vapor on Jupiter’s Ganymede — the largest moon in the solar system

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Reviewing the images of Ganymede’s aurora, the team discovered that, as the moon’s surface temperature rises and falls throughout the day, it becomes warm enough around noon near the equator for sublimation to occur, releasing water molecules.

“In a wider sense, this discovery shows that often one needs to know what to focus on when analyzing data. The signal from H2O was present in the HST images since 1998,” said lead author Lorenz Roth. “Only with additional information through new data and predictions from theoretical studies, we knew what to look for and where to search for it. There are likely many more things to discover in the gigantic dataset that the Hubble Space Telescope has accumulated over its three decades in space.”

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Jul 27, 2021

You need to see the Solar System’s most dazzling planet shine its brightest

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The August skies are going to be gorgeous.


The planet Saturn will reach a moment of alignment with Earth and the Sun known as “opposition” in August 2021 and appear especially bright in the sky.

Jul 27, 2021

NASA confirms meteor traveling over 30,000 mph exploded over Texas

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Skygazers believe they saw a meteor streak across the Texas sky Sunday night.

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Update 3:30 p.m. EDT July 26: NASA Meteor Watch confirmed what hundreds of eyewitnesses across the Midwest already knew, that a fireball seen streaking across the night sky was a meteor.

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Jul 26, 2021

NASA’s Fermi Spots a Weird Pulse of High-Energy Radiation Racing Toward Earth

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On August 26, 2020, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected a pulse of high-energy radiation that had been racing toward Earth for nearly half the present age of the universe. Lasting only about a second, it turned out to be one for the record books – the shortest gamma-ray burst (GRB) caused by the death of a massive star ever seen.

GRBs are the most powerful events in the universe, detectable across billions of light-years. Astronomers classify them as long or short based on whether the event lasts for more or less than two seconds. They observe long bursts in association with the demise of massive stars, while short bursts have been linked to a different scenario.

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