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A planet similar to Neptune was spotted in a place where it is not expected to exist

Artist's impression of "Prohibited Planet". Illustration: University of Warwick An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of a planet similar to Neptune at about 920 light-years from Earth. Called the "Forbidden Planet" by researchers, this heavenly object is locked in a strange orbit with its home star in a configuration that is rarely seen. The new study, published today …

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Exploding stars may have motivated human ancestors to walk

This is an artist's rendering of ancient supernovae that bombarded Earth with cosmic energy millions of years ago. Galaxy NGC 4485 collided with its larger galactic neighbor NGC 4490 million years ago, leading to the creation of new stars seen in the right side of the image Astronomers developed a mosaic of the distant universe called Hubble Legacy Field, which …

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What the M87 black hole and a 1919 eclipse reveal about Einstein

A century ago, British astronomer Arthur Stanley Eddington and his colleagues photographed a solar eclipse, and changed the way humanity thought about the heavens Those photographs, taken on May 29, 1919, from Sobral, Brazil and Príncipe Island off Africa's west coast, affirmed for the first time a key prediction of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity: Mass bends spacetime. The …

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Arctic warming produces weather extremes in our latitudes – ScienceDaily

Atmospheric researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have now developed a climate model that can accurately depict the frequently observed winding course of the jet stream and major air current over the Northern Hemisphere. The breakthrough came when scientists combined their global climate model with a new machine learning algorithm on ozone …

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SpaceX satellites create a new headache for astronomers

In this screenshot, made of a video shot by Marco Langbrook, a group of SpaceX Starlink satellites goes through Leiden, The Netherlands on 24 May 2019 It looked like a science fiction blockbuster scene: an astronomer in the Netherlands shot footage from a train of brightly lit cosmic satellites climbing through the night sky over the weekend, stunning cosmic enthusiasts …

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The 'Forbidden' planet has been found in the 'Neptunian Desert'

Exoplanet NGTS-4b – also known as 'The Forbidden Planet' Credit: University of Warwick / Mark Garlick              An exoplanet less than Neptune with its own atmosphere has been discovered in the Neptunian Desert by an international collaboration of astronomers, with the University of Warwick taking a leading role.                                                 New research led by Dr. Richard West including Professor Peter Wheatley, …

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Did the ancient supernovas have made human ancestors walk upright? – Science

Are the ancient supernovas challenging proto-humans to walk on two legs, ultimately as a result of this Homo sapiens with hands-free construction of cathedrals, rocket design and snapping of iPhone selfies? Geological Journal makes the case: Supernovas have bombarded the Earth with cosmic energy that began eight million years ago, with a peak about 2.6 million years ago, initiating an …

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NASA says SpaceX prepares the dragon crew's capsule for a possible pilot test flight by the end of the year – Spaceflight Now

CBS Writing History and Uses File photo of Kathy Lueders, NASA Sales Team Manager. CreditX: NASA / Robert Markowitz In parallel with the ongoing investigation of failure, SpaceX is preparing a Dragon spacecraft for a flight in the hope that corrective action can be taken in time to release two astronauts at the International Space Station SpaceX has successfully launched …

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