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May 24, 2021

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Space.com

On May 26 (or between May 25-27, depending on where you are in the world) there will be a total lunar eclipse. During a lunar eclipse, the moon travels through Earth’s shadow as our planet is directly in between the sun and our natural, rocky satellite.

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Space.com

During the total phase of a lunar eclipse, our atmosphere acts like a lens, bending or refracting some of the reddish colors seen at sunrise and sunset into the Earth’s shadow. When those colors fall on the moon, our natural satellite appears to glow with a ruddy …

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Space.com

Meteor showers are the dazzling result of cometary debris building up along well-worn paths through the solar system, then burning up in Earth’s atmosphere as our planet crosses that dust trail. It’s hard to call a path well-worn when something passes by only …

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Spaceflight Now

NASA has assigned astronaut Kayla Barron to join three crewmates on a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft set to launch to the International Space Station in October, rounding out a four-person team after the space agency was unable to secure an agreement to add a …

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Space.com

Three students will get the chance to watch the first uncrewed Artemis mission launch to the moon after winning an essay contest about their visions for lunar exploration. The selected essays came from nearly 14,000 entries received by NASA and Future …

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The New York Times

Using a technique called optogenetics, researchers added light-sensitive proteins to the man’s retina, giving him a blurry view of objects.

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NPR

Why it’s “super”: The shape of the moon’s orbit around the Earth is not a perfect circle, but an oval. When a full moon reaches the point closest to our planet on its elliptical orbit, it’s called a supermoon, or perigee-syzygy, and appears larger than usual in the sky.

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Phys.Org

While many might consider a walk in the woods to be a quiet, peaceful escape from their noisy urban life, we often don’t consider just how incredibly noisy some natural environments can be. Although we use soothing natural sounds in our daily lives—to relax …

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Phys.Org

The finding was made by a team led by Nicholas Scott and Jesse van de Sande, from Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D) and the University of Sydney.

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Livescience.com

First, it’s crucial to understand why mammals have fur in the first place, said Mark Pagel, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. Fur keeps animals warm when it’s cold at night and protects them from the sun during the day.

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