July 12, 2024
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Astronomy

Mars is bombarded by more meteorites than previously thought

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Scientists have long wondered why more bowl-shaped craters caused by asteroid impacts have not been found on Mars, even though the Red Planet lies next to the asteroid belt and its thin atmosphere is only 1 percent as thick as Earth’s. A new study suggests that about 300 basketball-sized meteorites scar the surface

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Bold in blue | Astronomy Magazine

Bold in blue | Astronomy Magazine FAKE product Bold in blue https://www.astronomy.com/picture-of-the-day/photo/bold-in-blue/ Bold in blue | Astronomy Magazine Fernando Oliveira de Menezes, taken from Munhoz, Minas Gerais, Brazil The reflection nebula IC 4605 is illuminated by the star 22 Scorpii and is one of the most prominent features of the colorful Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex.

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Famous celestial cartographer Wil Tirion has passed away

Back to list of articles The Dutch celestial cartographer created two landmark star atlases and contributed charts to many popular volumes. Wil Tirion, pictured in 2022, was one of the greatest celestial cartographers of the modern star chart era. Credit: Alex P. Kok/WikiMedia Commons Dutch celestial cartographer Wil Tirion, creator of two landmark star atlases

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This is how astronauts return to Earth

SpaceX's Dragon Freedom crew splashed down with four astronauts on Oct. 14, 2022. Credit: NASA/u003c/strongu003e On July 21, 1961, for about 15 minutes, the American astronaut Gus Grissom He felt on top of the world, and he truly was. Grissom manned the Liberty Bell Mission 7a ballistic test flight that launched him through the atmosphere

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A knotty tail | Astronomy Magazine

A knotty tail | Astronomy Magazine FAKE product a knobby tail https://www.astronomy.com/picture-of-the-day/photo/a-knotty-tail/ A knotty tail | Astronomy Magazine Chris Schur of Payson, Arizona Comet 13P/Olbers reached perihelion (its closest approach to the Sun) on June 30, displaying a faint but intricate ion tail that appears to be shedding from the nucleus. This image was taken

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Short trips into space can take a toll on an astronaut's body

NASA's SpaceX Crew-7 crew members (pictured) spent 199 days in space. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky Only about 600 people have ever traveled to space. The vast majority of astronauts For the past six decades, they have been middle-aged men on short-duration missions of less than 20 days. Today, with the entry of private, commercial and multinational

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Scientists want to study the heliosphere: here's how they could do it

The heliosphere, or the giant field generated by the Sun's magnetic field, surrounds all of the planets in the Solar System. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Imaging Lab The Sun warms the Earth, making it habitable for people and animals. But that's not all it does, as it affects a much larger area

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Hardy desert moss could survive on Mars

Back to list of articles This plant could one day pave the way for terraforming the Red Planet with its ability to thrive in drought conditions, withstand freezing temperatures and even survive high levels of radiation. The moss Syntrichia caninervis has proven to be tough enough to survive conditions found in space and on Mars.

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Forming stars like old times – Astronomy Now

Did stars form differently 12 billion years ago than they do today? The cosmic environment of the early Universe was metal-poor, meaning it lacked the heavy elements that astronomers call “metals” and that form inside stars. These metals were scarce because not enough time had passed for enough generations of stars to produce them. Image:

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When to see the Full Moon and its phases

The full moon, photographed in July 2016 from Melbourne, Florida. Credit: Michael Seeley/Flickr. The phenomenon of a full moon occurs when our planet, Earth, is sandwiched between the Sun and the Moon. This alignment ensures that the entire side of the Moon facing us shines in the sunlight. Thanks to the Moon's orbit around the

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