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ISS tool spots blue light rays shooting upwards

Have you ever wondered about the many experiments taking place on the International Space Station (ISS)? What are astronauts studying in this orbital laboratory? RELATED: ASTRONOMERS CREATE ‘FIFTH STATE OF MATTER’ IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION Well, many things, of course, but one of them is the weather: especially the kind of weather events that cannot be seen from Earth. …

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“Against All Odds” – NASA’s Planet-Hunting Tess discovers a unique star system with six ‘Suns’ (Weekend Feature)

“The system exists against the odds,” said Brian Powell, a computer scientist at NASA’s High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center about the source of starlight, which mysteriously became brighter and dimmed about 1,900 light-years away. The source, called TIC 168789840, is a system with three pairs of binary stars: three different star couplings, which revolve around three different mass …

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Paleontologists have reconstructed a dinosaur’s butthole

New discoveries await diligent paleontologists. For proof, look no further than Jakob Vinther, a scientist at the University of Bristol in England, who recently revealed what could be the field’s first example of a non-avian dinosaur ass. The research, which was published in the journal Current biology, gives a glimpse inside the back of one psittacosaurus, a dog-sized dino whose …

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Six stars, six eclipses: ‘The fact that it exists blows my mind’

From stellar black holes to exploding comets, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, has seen its share of surprises since it began searching the galaxy for exoplanets in 2018. But the source of starlight that mysteriously lit up and dimmed about 1,900 light. years away can top all these discoveries for its science fiction-like grandeur. The source, called TIC …

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Warm up with this cozy picture of a hot spot on Jupiter

A new composite image of Jupiter’s atmosphere shows a hot spot that glows brightly in infrared wavelengths. Astronomers and amateur image processors combined data from NASA Juno spacecraft at Jupiter and the Gemini North Telescope in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, to create the epic image. Although scientists have known about hot spots on Jupiter for more than 25 years, views like …

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A giant dead finback whale discovered the Mediterranean

Last weekend, officials discovered the carcass of a huge finback whale in the Mediterranean. The fin whale, or Balaenoptera physalus, is the second largest animal species on Earth. It measured 65 feet long and is estimated to weigh more than 77 tons, one of the largest ever discovered. The length and estimated weight make it one of the largest whale …

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