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Spirals Of Blue Light Appear In New Zealand Sky, Experts Point To SpaceX Launch

Spirals of blue light appear in New Zealand skies, experts point to SpaceX launch

The blue spiral appeared in the night sky over New Zealand on Sunday. Stargazers in New Zealand were surprised by strange spiraling light formations in the night sky on Sunday evening. The photos were widely shared on social media, with many New Zealanders comparing them to some sort of “wormhole”. But experts said these “crazy-looking …

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Shuyu 3D Braincase

419-million-year-old Chinese fossils show human middle ear evolved from fish gills

Shuyu’s 3D braincase. Credit: IVPP The human middle ear — which houses three small, vibrating bones — is key to transporting sound vibrations to the inner ear, where they become nerve impulses that enable us to hear. Embryonic and fossil evidence proves that the human middle ear evolved from the spiracle of fish. However, the …

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Cygnus freighter’s ISS-boosting engine fire ends early

A planned reboot of the International Space Station (ISS) ended after just 5 seconds for reasons not currently known. Cargo ships docked at the International Space Station regularly fire their thrusters in short bursts to keep the orbiting lab at cruising altitude. Usually these vehicles are Russian Progress capsules, but on Monday (June 20), a …

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Blood pressure e-tattoo promises continuous, mobile monitoring

Credit: University of Texas at Austin Blood pressure is one of the most important indicators of heart health, but it is difficult to measure frequently and reliably outside of a clinical setting. For decades, cuff-based devices that constrict around the arm to provide a reading have been the gold standard. But now, researchers from the …

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Astronomers link 64 telescopes to observe the structure of the universe

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain An international team of astronomers has combined the power of 64 radio telescope dishes for the first time to detect the faint signatures of neutral hydrogen gas across cosmological scales. The feat was accomplished using the South Africa-based MeerKAT telescope, a precursor to the world’s largest radio observatory, the SKA Observatory …

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James Webb Space Telescope is about halfway through its instrument checks

The James Webb Space Telescope is halfway through testing its instrument modes for science operations, expected to begin in mid-July. The James Webb Space Telescope is equipped with four advanced instruments, making the $10 billion observatory the most distant, oldest galaxiesoccurring in the early universe only a few hundred million years after the big bangand …

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Why being hit by space dust is an inevitable aspect of space travel

On June 8, NASA revealed that its new high-powered space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, now shows a small dimple in one of its primary mirrors after being pelted by a larger-than-expected micrometeoroid in deep space. The news came as a shock because the impact occurred in the telescope’s spacecraft just five months ago …

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A huge supercluster of galaxies in the early Universe

A false-color image of the far-infrared emission from a huge protocluster of galaxies (in the circle) dating to the epoch about 1.4 billion years after the Big Bang. Astronomers have made deep optical and infrared observations of the complex and have concluded that the star-forming processes at work, while exceptionally active, generally appear to follow …

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SpaceX Falcon 9 second stage inside view

Starlink lets SpaceX capture high-definition video of its 187-foot-high rocket landing for the first time!

A view from the second stage of the Falcon 9 during SpaceX’s 2015 CRS-15 mission to the International Space Station. Image: SpaceX In a rare feat, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) was able to capture live video of the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket landing on a drone ship off the coast of …

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Bad Astronomy | Comet 323P/SOHO came too close to the sun and partially disintegrated

Discovered in 1999, comet 323P/SOHO has an orbit of fire and ice: In its deeply elliptical 4-year orbit around the Sun, it nearly goes out to Jupiter’s orbit, then falls back to just a hair over 5 million miles from the sun’s erratic surface. If you were standing on the comet at that moment, you’d …

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