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The first ever discovery of gas in a planetary disk

The first ever discovery of gas in a planetary disk

Scientists studying the young star AS 209 have detected gas in a circumplanetary disk for the first time, indicating that the star system may harbor a very small Jupiter-mass planet. Scientific images from the research (right) show point-like emissions of light coming from empty vacuoles in a highly organized seven-ring disk (left). Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), …

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A new giant isopod has been discovered in the deep sea in the Gulf of Mexico

A new giant isopod has been discovered in the deep sea in the Gulf of Mexico

Picture of Bathynomus yucatanensis. Credit: Dr. Ming-Chi Huang, Journal of Natural History Researchers have identified a new species of Bathonimos, the famous genera of deep-sea isopods whose viral Internet fame has made them the most popular aquatic crustacean since Sebastian in “The Little Mermaid.” There are about 20 species of living Bathonimos, a mysterious and …

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SpaceX launches Starship and Super Heavy Booster 7 ahead of test flight

SpaceX launches Starship and Super Heavy Booster 7 ahead of test flight

SpaceX launched a Super Heavy booster on its launch pad today (August 9) for the first time ever, marking a major milestone in the development of its deep space transportation system. The Super Heavy in question, a prototype known as Booster 7, is slated to launch on Starship The program’s first orbital test flight is …

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Giant Magellan Telescope  billion to get 4 times the accuracy of James Webb

Giant Magellan Telescope $1 billion to get 4 times the accuracy of James Webb

The Giant Magellan Telescope, the most powerful telescope ever engineered, has received a new injection of $205 million in funding that will be used to speed up its construction. When completed, it will be four times more powerful than the James Webb Space Telescope. According to the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO), the investment is …

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The wings of the “cosmic butterfly” shimmer as galaxies collide violently

The wings of the “cosmic butterfly” shimmer as galaxies collide violently

Astronomers at the Gemini North Telescope in Hawaii have released a stunning image showing two spiral galaxies in the process of colliding and merging. clash galaxies NGC 4568 and NGC 4567 — also known as the Butterfly Galaxies because of the bilobed shape caused by their interaction — are located 60 million light-years from Earth …

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The ‘best meteor showers of the year’ are hitting their peak this week, but something else might steal the show

The ‘best meteor showers of the year’ are hitting their peak this week, but something else might steal the show

There may even be some fireballs – larger and longer lasting “blasts of light and color”. Minneapolis – One of nature’s best heavenly shows will return this month, but the full moon may steal the show. NASA says the Perseids peak at 50 to 100 meteors per hour and are famous for their occasional fireballs …

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Scientists are investigating an upside down lightning bolt that hit the edge of space

Scientists are investigating an upside down lightning bolt that hit the edge of space

On May 14, 2018, a storm fell straight from the twilight zone over Oklahoma. Instead of scattering the Earth with jagged lightning bolts, the thick envelopes of clouds feeding this storm spit 50 miles upward, far enough to graze the ionosphere, or the edge of space. This violent, retarded eruption of electricity will soon be …

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These researchers watched dead fish rot for 70 days—for science’s sake

These researchers watched dead fish rot for 70 days—for science’s sake

Oric Lawson / T. Clements and others. Science can sometimes be a messy endeavor – not to mention “disgusting and smelly”. This is how British researchers described their experiences of observing the carcasses of sea bass as they rotted over a period of 70 days. In the process, they gained some fascinating insights into how …

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