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September 22, 2022
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The New York Times

Maarten Schmidt, First Astronomer to Identify a Quasar, Dies at 92

His daughter Anne Schmidt confirmed the death. Dr. Schmidt’s discovery of what was then among the farthest known objects in the universe answered one of the great conundrums of postwar astronomy, and like all great breakthroughs …

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Spaceflight Now

NASA completes cryogenic tanking test on Artemis 1 moon rocket

Engineers filled up the Artemis 1 moon rocket with more than 750,000 gallons of super-cold propellants in a tanking test Wednesday at Kennedy Space Center after troubleshooting a persistent hydrogen leak. NASA’s launch director said she was “extremely …

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The New York Times

The Tonga Volcano Shook the World. It May Also Affect the Climate.

The eruption of an underwater volcano in the Pacific Ocean in January that was so large it produced a global shock wave also spewed huge amounts of water vapor into the upper atmosphere, where it may cause a small, short-term spike in global warming, …

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Scientific American

Quantum Physics Titans Win Breakthrough Prize

This year’s Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics honors four pioneers who combined math, computer science and physics to do “foundational work in the field of quantum information.” The prize is shared between Charles Bennett of IBM …

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Scientific American

JWST’s First Exoplanet Images Forecast a Bright Future

The planet HIP 65426 b, as seen in four different wavelengths of infrared light by the NIRCam and MIRI instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The small white star in each image denotes the location of HIP 65426 b’s host star, which is …

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The Washington Post

EXPLAINER: Why a NASA spacecraft will crash into an asteroid

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In the first-of-its kind, save-the-world experiment, NASA is about to clobber a small, harmless asteroid millions of miles away. A spacecraft named Dart will zero in on the asteroid Monday, intent on slamming it head-on at 14,000 …

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EarthSky

InSight hears meteoroid impacts on Mars

Now, mission scientists say it has added another scientific accomplishment to its list. NASA announced on September 19, 2022, that, for the first time, InSight has heard the impacts of four meteoroids as they crashed into the Martian surface. The lander …

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The Planetary Society

DART impact: What to expect

Earth-based telescopes will be able to see this change, verifying the test was successful. A CubeSat deployed by DART will also observe the impact, while the European Space Agency’s Hera probe will visit Dimorphos in 2026 to study the crater DART made.

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MIT News

Peter Shor wins Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Peter Shor, the Morss Professor of Applied Mathematics at MIT, has been named a recipient of the 2023 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. He shares the $3 million prize with three others for “foundational work in the field of quantum …

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Scientific American

Sparkly Image of Neptune’s Rings Comes into View from JWST

As if dainty, iridescent fairies are racing around a cosmic track, Neptune’s rings sparkle in a stunning new view captured by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the most powerful off-world observatory yet built. This is the sharpest image of the …

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