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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Cosmic dead ringers: 27 very strange-looking area things

Cosmic dead ringers: 27 very strange-looking area things

Mimas, the Death Star moon Join us on a romp through the universe as we look at wondrous images from space, including a Game of Thrones symbol on Mars, Mr. Hankey on Jupiter and moons that look like you could eat them. Saturn has dozens of moons, so it's no wonder at least a few…
Worldwide Warming Is Not Cosmic

Worldwide Warming Is Not Cosmic

“I heard that sunspots are the main driver of temperature changes.” “What about the Grand Solar Minimum?” “We’re headed for a new ice age based on orbital parameters.” “Cosmic rays are causing the Earth to heat up!” There is no shortage of people in the online community who passionately advocate for cosmic explanations to account…
These Wisps Around Black Holes Might Expose How the Cosmic Monsters Consume

These Wisps Around Black Holes Might Expose How the Cosmic Monsters...

An artist's impression shows a black hole's accretion disk, with gas and dust from nearby nebula being pulled toward the disk. Credit: Marc Ward/Shutterstock DENVER — You've seen the first close-up of a black hole. Now, get ready to see the faint wisps of matter surrounding the object. The international team responsible for the first-ever…
X-Ray Chimneys At The Centre Of The Galaxy Are Blowing Cosmic Bubbles

X-Ray Chimneys At The Centre Of The Galaxy Are Blowing Cosmic...

Astronomers have discovered two massive galactic chimneys that provide release valves for the vast energies at the center of the Milky Way. Every galaxy in the Universe produces new stars, but some are operating at a furious rate while others are only birthing a few baby stars by comparison. Even over the course of a…
A Set of Giant Area Bubbles May Be Spitting Cosmic Rays at Earth

A Set of Giant Area Bubbles May Be Spitting Cosmic Rays...

The galaxy NGC 3079, located 67 million light-years from Earth, appears to be blowing two enormous gas bubbles near its galactic center. This combined X-ray and optical light image reveals the superbubbles in their gassy glory. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Michigan/J-T Li et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI Astronomers have discovered a distant galaxy that's giddily blowing…
Gravitational wave detectors updated to hunt for ‘severe cosmic occasions’

Gravitational wave detectors updated to hunt for ‘severe cosmic occasions’

LIGO Our ability to detect gravitational waves is about to level up.  The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) facilities, residing in Washington and Louisiana, will be upgraded via grants from the US National Science Foundation, UK Research and Innovation and the Australian Research Council -- providing stronger, more frequent detections and decreasing noise. Over $34…
‘Spaghetti’ Magnetic Fields May Be Powering Cosmic Particle Accelerators

‘Spaghetti’ Magnetic Fields May Be Powering Cosmic Particle Accelerators

Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Scientists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California have found a new way to explain how charged particles are ejected in the form of jets from black holes . These exciting findings could help future research on Earth in the fields of fusion and particle accelerators.…
NASA Voyager 2 gets in interstellar area after years of cosmic sightseeing

NASA Voyager 2 gets in interstellar area after years of cosmic...

This illustration shows the positions of the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes in interstellar space, outside the heliosphere. NASA/JPL-Caltech Welcome to the history books, Voyager 2. NASA launched the probe back in 1977 and all these decades later it's finally stepped out into the space between the stars. It joins Voyager 1, which entered interstellar…
NASA’s Osiris-Rex meets asteroid Bennu for cosmic pickpocketing

NASA’s Osiris-Rex meets asteroid Bennu for cosmic pickpocketing

Osiris-Rex will now spend a year and a half scanning and mapping Bennu. NASA NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft officially rendezvoused on Monday with Bennu, an asteroid with a tiny chance of hitting Earth in the distant future. "We have arrived," communications system engineer Javi Cerna called out in the mission control center at Lockheed Martin outside…
NASA Hubble telescope eyes cosmic Bat-Signal

NASA Hubble telescope eyes cosmic Bat-Signal

The Serpens Nebula is about 1,300 light-years away. The Bat Shadow appears in the upper right. NASA, ESA, and STScI "Bat Shadow in the Serpent's Tail" should be the name of a heavy-metal album. But it's actually the term the European Space Agency used to describe a new image from the Hubble Space Telescope.  The…

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