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A Shavit 2 launcher takes off from Israel on Monday carrying the Ofeq 16 spy satellite. Credit: Israel Ministry of DefenseFor the first time in nearly four years, a rocket successfully shot into orbit from Israel on Monday with a military reconnaissance satellite to shore up the country's space-based capability [...]
Mon, Jul 06, 2020
Source: Spaceflight Now
Unlike in our solar system, not all planets orbit in the same direction as their stars rotate. A nearby planetary system may reveal how these orbits form. The post Alignment of a Star and a Planet appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]
Mon, Jul 06, 2020
Source: Sky and Telescope Astronomy News
Astronomers have discovered the second-farthest quasar ever found, a mind-stomping 13 billion light years from Earth. It has a supermassive black hole in its heart that tips the cosmic scale at 1.5 billion times the mass of the Sun, making it the most massive black hole seen at that distance*. And [...]
Mon, Jul 06, 2020
Source: Bad Astronomy
These citizen science projects need online volunteers to help identify specimens and transcribe old notes from science centers and museums. [...]
Fri, Jul 03, 2020
Source: Discover Magazine
“If there's a shining center of the solar system, you're on the planet it's farthest from.” — with apologies to Luke Skywalker Astronomers have figured out how [...]
Fri, Jul 03, 2020
Source: Bad Astronomy
In the early 1900s, Mary Mallon worked as a cook — and spread typhoid fever to the families she worked for. [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2020
Source: Discover Magazine
Why did Betelgeuse dim so drastically? In October 2019 it started getting fainter. It's a variable star, getting brighter and fainter on a roughly 420-day cycle, so that's not unusual. But this time it started getting fainter… and then didn't stop. Normally varying by about 50% in brightness, it dropped by [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2020
Source: Bad Astronomy
New research shows stellar flybys are common in our galaxy's crowded center. That could have both good and bad (but mostly bad) effects on growing planets. The post Close Encounters in the Milky Way — and What They Mean for Planets appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2020
Source: Sky and Telescope Astronomy News
Immunizations are intended to stop diseases like the coronavirus. But there are a range of other long-term societal benefits from vaccines. [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2020
Source: Discover Magazine
NASA is about to fly a rotorcraft on another planet. For the engineers who built the Mars Ingenuity helicopter, it's a Wright brothers moment. [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2020
Source: Discover Magazine
Two comets spark excitement for the coming week — NEOWISE might reach naked-eye visibility at dawn, while Lemmon will be visible in binoculars at dusk. The post Anticipation Grows for Comets NEOWISE and Lemmon appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2020
Source: Sky and Telescope Astronomy News
The assessments have been around for over 100 years. Experts say they've been plagued by bias, but still have some merit. [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2020
Source: Discover Magazine
July's 11-minute Sky Tour astronomy podcast describes what to see in the summer sky in a casual, engaging way that your whole family can enjoy. The post July 2020: Welcome Jupiter & Saturn appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2020
Source: Sky and Telescope Astronomy News
Originally published in June 1959 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2020
Source: Scientific American Space
Astronomers have found the most massive known black hole in the very early Universe, and it's a whopper: It has 34 billion — yes, billion, with a b — times the mass of the Sun. And that's only one part of this story that has the hair on the back of [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2020
Source: Bad Astronomy
A decades-long dispute over how much carbon, nitrogen and oxygen lie within our closest star has implications for the entire universe -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2020
Source: Scientific American Space
Two astronomers captured the silhouette of Venus as it passed in front of the solar corona. The post Venus Passes in Front of the Solar Corona (VIDEO) appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2020
Source: Sky and Telescope Astronomy News
If confirmed, the controversial result could open new vistas on cosmic collisions -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2020
Source: Scientific American Space
Several research groups are still trying to tease out the long-term consequences. [...]
Tue, Jun 30, 2020
Source: Discover Magazine
The U.S. as a whole is facing a huge surge in coronavirus cases, but the differences between states like New York and Florida are striking. [...]
Tue, Jun 30, 2020
Source: Discover Magazine

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