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February 19, 2023


Surprise! Colliding neutron stars create perfectly spherical ‘kilonova’ explosions

When neutron stars collide, the explosions they create are perfectly spherical, a new study finds. This contradicts previous theories surrounding the blasts, known as kilonovas, that suggest they should proceed as flattened discs.

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Hidden lights on the sun could help crack solar atmosphere mystery

A composite image consisting of data captured by NASA’s NuSTAR and Solar Dynamics Observatory, and. Bluish patches in this image show areas that radiate extremely hot high-energy X-rays.

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The Washington Post

Paul Berg, pioneer in gene splicing who led way for biotech, dies at 96

Paul Berg, a Nobel laureate biochemist whose breakthrough in splicing DNA molecules helped place the foundations for the biotech industry, but who was once so concerned about possible risks from manipulating genes that he asked scientists to allow …

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Detecting asteroids near the sun with NEOMIR

And it’s tough – or impossible – to spot those asteroids coming toward us. ESA’s planned NEOMIR mission will orbit between Earth and the sun at the first Lagrange point (L1). It’ll act as an early warning system for asteroids – 65 feet (20 meters) and …

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KCRA Sacramento

Webb telescope sees once invisible structures inside spiral galaxies

The space observatory can see the universe in infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye, making the telescope uniquely poised to look through the dust that obscures some galactic features when less powerful telescopes are used.

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BBC Sky at Night Magazine

Star Diary: 20 to 26 February, 2023

What’s in the night sky in the week of 20 to 26 February 2023 in our weekly stargazing guide. Advertisement. Chris Bramley Hello and welcome to Star Diary, the podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine. You can subscribe to the print edition …

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EL PAÍS in English

Scientists eye mission to Uranus: an alien world where the darkness of winter lasts 21 years

The scientific community agrees that the largest space exploration mission of the decade must begin now. And scientists opine that the destination should be Uranus – the strangest and most unknown planet in the solar system.

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Closest Known Black Hole to Earth Identified Using ESA’s Gaia Astrometry Mission

Still, these objects have long found their place in astrophysics. So-called stellar black holes, in particular, with a few solar masses, are the end state of very massive stars. Now, a …

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The Jerusalem Post

Are aliens calling? Scientists find 8 suspicious radio signals in space – study

Radio telescopes, which are used to find radio broadcasts from space (Illustrative). (photo credit: PIXABAY). An AI algorithm was used to sift through 820 star systems to …

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Hindustan Times

Solar Flare warning! Geomagnetic Storm to hit Earth this weekend

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) recorded the extreme ultraviolet pulse. A solar flare is a sudden and brief eruption of intense energy from the Sun’s surface that releases a burst of radiation across the electromagnetic spectrum, including X-rays …

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