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August 19, 2021

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Space.com

Jupiter is at its biggest and brightest this week

Jupiter arrives at opposition on Thursday (Aug. 19) at approximately 8 p.m. EDT (0000 Aug. 20 GMT). Since Earth will be positioned between the sun and the gas giant, Jupiter will rise at sunset, remain visible all night long and set at sunrise. (Image credit: …

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Space.com

Mars rover Curiosity reaches intriguing transition zone on Red Planet (video)

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has rolled into a patch of ground that could shed considerable light on the Red Planet’s climate history. Curiosity landed inside the 96-mile-wide (154 kilometers) Gale Crater in August 2012, on a mission to assess the region’s past …

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Space.com

SpaceX’s giant Super Heavy rocket spotted from space in satellite photo

On Aug. 9, Maxar Technologies’ WorldView-3 satellite snapped a great shot of SpaceX’s “Starbase” facility in South Texas, where the company is building and testing its Starship deep-space transportation system.

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BBC News

Nature: Rattlesnakes rapid sound switch fools human ears

Rattlesnakes have evolved a clever method of convincing humans that danger is closer than they think, say scientists. The sounds of their shaking tail get louder as a person approaches, but then suddenly switches to a much higher frequency. In tests, the …

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Scientific American

Chinese Astronomers Eye Tibetan Plateau Site for Observatory Project

The analysis focuses on a study site near Lenghu Town in Qinghai Province at an altitude of more than 2.5 miles (4.2 kilometers) and some 1,900 miles (3,000 km) west of Beijing. In the paper …

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Space.com

You can watch Arianespace launch 34 OneWeb internet satellites tonight. Here’s how.

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket carrying the 34 satellites of OneWeb’s Launch 9 mission is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today at 6:23 p.m. EDT (2223 GMT; 3:23 a.m. Aug. 20 local time at Baikonur).

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NPR

Bats Love To Babble — Just Like Humans

Fernandez, a co-author on the new paper, hopes that the similarities in infant sounds might eventually reveal common genes used in the process of vocal learning …

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Forbes

My Lifelong Wait To Visit Space, Step-By-Step, Over Five Decades

A few minutes later, a ghostly figure emerged from the tiny spacecraft, climbed backwards down a ladder, then stepped onto the bright-white virgin lunar surface …

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Popular Science

A tiny town on the Tibetan Plateau could be the new global hub for space telescopes

Known as ‘the roof of the world,’ the Plateau boasts clear skies and predictable weather—ideal conditions for the next powerhouse in space research. By Charlie Wood | Published Aug 19 …

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Livescience.com

Rattlesnake rattles use auditory illusion to trick human brains

Scientists think that rattlesnakes “rattle” the keratin structure on their tails to warn off predators, gradually increasing the frequency as a possible attacker gets closer. But now they’ve found the snake may have another …

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