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October 20, 2022

Scientific American

First Known Map of Night Sky Found Hidden in Medieval Parchment

A medieval parchment from a monastery in Egypt has yielded a surprising treasure. Hidden beneath Christian texts, scholars have discovered what seems to be part of the long-lost star catalogue of the astronomer Hipparchus—believed to be the earliest …

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1500 Supernovas Provide Most Precise Dark Matter and Dark Energy Calculation Yet

And they might’ve put us on the road to solving some big questions in the field of physics. Monisha Ravisetti headshot. Monisha Ravisetti.

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Record-Breaking Gamma-Ray Burst Leaves Astrophysicists in Awe

On Oct. 9, an unbelievably powerful influx of X-rays and gamma rays infiltrated our solar system. It was likely the result of a massive explosion that happened 2.4 billion light-years away from Earth — and it’s left the science community stunned.

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The New York Times

Orionid Meteor Shower: How and When to Watch It Peak in Night Skies

Meteor showers occur when our planet runs into the debris field left behind by icy comets or rocky asteroids going around the sun. These small particles burn up in the atmosphere, leading to blazing trails of light.

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Marvel at James Webb’s Stunning New Portrait of the Pillars of Creation

The haunting, finger-like shapes are part of the Eagle Nebula, a vast star-forming region located some 6,500 light-years away. Sarah Kuta. Daily Correspondent. October 20, 2022 2:14 p.m.. James Webb Pillars of Creation …

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Hipparchus’s map of the stars may finally have been found

In their paper published in Journal for the History of Astronomy, Victor Gysembergh, Peter Williams and Emanuel Zingg describe a palimpsest manuscript that was found at the Greek Orthodox St Catherine’s Monastery on the Sinai Peninsula, and what they …

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The Washington Post

NASA’s giant telescope captures ‘Pillars of Creation,’ where stars are born

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has captured a new view of an iconic cosmic sight: The region known as the “Pillars of Creation,” where stars are born. The U.S. space agency’s Hubble telescope first photographed the structure in 1995, revealing its …

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Genetic sequencing gives us the first-ever look at a Neanderthal clan

One of the things that makes us special as a species is our ability to form communities, but we humans have not always been alone in that regard. A new study sheds light on how Neanderthals built clans of their own. Neanderthals are distant cousins of …

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The Hub at Johns Hopkins

Webb reveals unprecedented glimpse of merging galaxies

Using the James Webb Space Telescope to look back in time at the early universe, astronomers discovered a surprise: a cluster of galaxies merging together around a rare red quasar within a massive black hole. The findings by Johns Hopkins University …

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Why NASA Is Trying to Crash Land on Mars

NASA has successfully touched down on Mars nine times, relying on cutting-edge parachutes, massive airbags, and jetpacks to set spacecraft safely on the surface. Now engineers are testing whether or not the easiest way to get to the Martian surface is …

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