Archive of 2019 May

31May2019

Starlink Satellite Train Launch Sparks Worldwide UFO Reports

A satellite tracker in the Netherlands has captured stunning video of dozens of SpaceX Starlink satellites passing overhead. Launched together late last week, the chain of satellites looked like a giant, brightly lit train chugging away in the night sky.

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31May2019

Did A Supernova Explosion Make Humans Two-Legged?

In one fiery burst, an exploding nearby star millions of years ago may have helped change the course of life on Earth. Upon its death, this supernova sent high-energy charged particles, called cosmic rays, racing across the universe.

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31May2019

CONFIRMED: Earth-Like Planet Found In Our Closest Star System

European Southern Observatory officials confirm that they have discovered a new exoplanet candidate named Proxima b inside the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri - a red dwarf star in our closest  star system, Alpha Centauri.

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31May2019

Astronomers Find ‘Forbidden’ Planet in ‘Neptunian Desert’

An exoplanet smaller than Neptune with its own atmosphere has been discovered in the Neptunian Desert around its star by agroup of astronomers, with the University of Warwick taking a leading role. (more&helli

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31May2019

What’s Happening To Jupiter’s Great Red Spot? 

An amateur astronomer has stunned experts with his photos of Jupiter's Great Red Spot — a centuries-old storm raging above Jupiter. Experts have praised a Qld. amateur astronomer for documenting this historic planetary event. (more…)

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31May2019

Chinese Lander Reveals What Lies Under Moon’s Crust

The decades-old mystery of what lies beneath the Moon is a step closer to being solved. Data from a Chinese space probe that landed on the Moon’s ‘dark side’ earlier this year is providing scientists with details of the material from its mantle.

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27May2019

Aussie ‘Night Sky Secrets’ Tours

NightSkySecrets have been conducting astronomy tours & presentations across Northern Australia since 2009. Our specialty is tours featuring an aboriginal perspective on the southern skies and viewing the deep sky through large Aperture Telescopes.

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26May2019

What Happened Before The Big Bang?

The Big Bang is commonly thought of as the start of it all: About 13.8 billion years ago, the observable universe went boom and expanded into being. But what were things like before the Big Bang?

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26May2019

NASA Invites Public To Send Your Name To Mars

Although it will be years before the first humans set foot on Mars, the US space agency has invited public to submit their names to fly abroad the next rover to Red Planet in 2020. (more…)

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26May2019

Space X Launch 60 Satellites – Free Broadband

The SpaceX company has begun the roll-out of its orbiting broadband system. A Falcon-9 rocket has launched from Cape Canaveral packed with 60 satellites capable of giving users high-speed connections to the internet. (more…)

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25May2019

A Close Encounter Coming With The Taurid Meteor Swarm

In November 2032, Earth will pass through the Taurid Swarm, a cloud of debris from Comet 2P/Encke that makes brilliant fireballs when its gravelly particles occasionally hit Earth's atmosphere. (more…)

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24May2019

Dashcam Videos Capture “Fireball” Flying Across Australian Skies

A meteor that soared across the Australian sky on Tuesday night was the size of a "small car" when it hit the Earth's atmosphere, according to an expert from NASA.

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21May2019

Why You Can’t See Extrasolar Planets With Your Telescope

The most powerful telescopes in the world are unable to see most of the planets orbiting other stars. One rare exception to this required the European Southern Observatory’s 8.2 meter Yepun Very Large Telescope. (more…)

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19May2019

Plan To Build The Fastest Aircraft In The World

A new aerospace company has entered the race to provide supersonic commercial air travel. US-based company, Hermeus announced plans to develop an aircraft that will travel at speeds of up to Mach 5.

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19May2019

Supercomputer Will Run World’s Largest Radio Telescope

When complete, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) will be the largest radio telescope array in the entire world. The result of decades of work involving 40 institutions in 11 countries. (more…)

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19May2019

The Moon Is Shrinking And Getting Wrinkles

The Moon is not only shrinking as it ages, it’s also getting wrinkles, decades-long observations released this week have revealed. Over the past several hundred million years the Moon has changed!

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