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February 9, 2022

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Space.com

SpaceX says a geomagnetic storm just doomed 40 Starlink internet satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 49 Starlink satellites on Thursday (Feb. 3) from NASA’s historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A day later, a geomagnetic storm above Earth increased the density of the atmosphere slightly, increasing …

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The New York Times

One of Evolution’s Oddest Creatures Finds a Fossilized Family Member

However, Opabinia has remained shrouded in evolutionary mystery because of a frustrating lack of fossils. The bulk of Opabinia specimens were collected more than a century ago and the creature has never been found outside of the Burgess Shale.

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Space.com

SpaceX is stacking its giant Starship ahead of Elon Musk’s big update this week

That talk is an update about Starship, the giant vehicle that SpaceX is developing to take people and cargo to the moon, Mars and beyond. Starship consists of two fully reusable elements: a huge booster called Super Heavy and a 165-foot-tall (50 meters) …

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Space.com

UAE’s Hope spacecraft marks 1 year in orbit around Mars

It’s been a full year since the United Arab Emirates made history when its first-ever interplanetary mission slipped into orbit around Mars. The Emirates Mars Mission, also called Hope, launched in July 2020, arrived at the Red Planet seven months …

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The Weather Channel

Ask An Astronomer: Dr Maria Weber on Solar Storms, Types of Solar Flares, Spacecraft Touching Sun, and More

A massive solar storm smashed Earth about 9,200 years ago, and the ice of Greenland and Antarctica holds its evidence to date. A study published recently in Nature Communications called it one of the most powerful solar outbursts ever detected.

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EarthSky

Mighty Saturn auroras driven by high-altitude winds

At all other observed planets, including Earth, auroras are only formed by powerful currents that flow into the planet’s atmosphere from the surrounding magnetosphere. These are driven by either interaction with charged particles from the sun ( …

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Phys.Org

Final moments of planetary remnants seen for first time

The moment that debris from destroyed planets impacts the surface of a white dwarf star has been observed for the first time by astronomers at the University of Warwick. They have used X-rays to detect the rocky and gaseous material left behind by a …

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The Washington Post

SpaceX satellites falling out of orbit after solar storm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacex’s newest fleet of satellites is tumbling out of orbit after being struck by a solar storm. Up to 40 of the 49 small satellites launched last week have either reentered the atmosphere and burned up, or are on the verge of …

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CNET

Astronomers search for alien tech among billions of stars but come up empty

Using one of the world’s most sensitive radio telescopes, a trio of Australian researchers has gone alien hunting in the heart of the Milky Way. In late 2020, they pointed their ears toward the galactic center, listening for alien technosignatures.

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EarthSky

40 Starlink satellites doomed by geomagnetic storm

SpaceX reported last night (February 8, 2022) in its Updates area that 40 of the 49 Starlink satellites it launched to low-Earth orbit on February 3 are now doomed by a geomagnetic storm. Such storms are disturbances in Earth’s magnetic field, …

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