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Feb 10, 2023

Ominous Green Lasers Shot Over Hawaii Didn’t Come From NASA Satellite After All

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Above the islands of Hawaii o n January 28, a green laser was seen piercing the night sky, silently tracing a path towards the horizon like a stutter in the Matrix’s code.

The scene was caught on camera from a telescope atop Hawaii’s tallest peak.

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Feb 10, 2023

Astronomers Detect a Strange New ‘Molecular Bubble’ Structure in Space

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A newly discovered structure located deep in the heart of a thick cloud of gas and dust more than 450 light-years away is the signature of a pair of baby stars in the throes of formation.

A team of astronomers have identified a previously unseen bubble at the center of a stellar nursery called Barnard 18 in the Taurus molecular cloud complex, likely carved from the surrounding gas as two emerging stars therein formed and grew.

It’s only the second time astronomers have identified such a bubble with the ejection of material or ‘outflow’ associated with a growing star. The newly discovered structure could help scientists learn more about how stars affect their environment as they grow.

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Feb 10, 2023

Space Mystery: Unexpected New Ring System Discovered in Our Own Solar System

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During a break from looking at planets around other stars, the European Space Agency’s CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite (Cheops) mission has observed a dwarf planet in our own Solar System and made a decisive contribution to the discovery of a dense ring of material around it.

The dwarf planet is known as Quaoar. The presence of a ring at a distance of almost seven and a half times the radius of Quaoar, opens up a mystery for astronomers to solve: why has this material not coalesced into a small moon?

Feb 10, 2023

Unlocking the Mystery of the Stellar Initial Mass Function: A New Breakthrough Discovery

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The fate of galaxies is determined by the initial mass distribution at the birth of a new population of stars in the diverse and vast Universe. This relationship is referred to as the Initial Mass Function (IMF

In the field of astronomy, initial mass function (IMF) is an empirical function that details the distribution of stellar masses in a newly formed population of stars.

Feb 9, 2023

NASA is launching a new quantum entanglement experiment in space

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A tech demo launching later this year are the first steps towards a possible communication system based on quantum entanglement.

Feb 9, 2023

Mysterious Eruption Detected on Star Could Help Explain Fast Radio Bursts

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One of the most interesting stars in the Milky Way is still serving up more than its fair share of intrigue.

In October 2020, SGR 1935+2154, the magnetar responsible for spitting out radio signals never before detected in our home galaxy, unexpectedly slowed down.

Now, scientists believe the rotational slowdown could be evidence of a volcano-like eruption on its surface, spewing material out into space that altered the star’s environment enough to decelerate the spinning of the planet minutely.

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Feb 9, 2023

Google’s Rival To ChatGPT Makes Embarrassing JWST Error That Wipes $100 Billion Off Shares

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Google’s wannabe rival to ChatGPT is off to a shaky start after its launch video featured a glaring error about the JWST and exoplanets. As a result of the blunderin parent company Alphabet plunged by around $100 billion on Wednesday.

In a promo video posted on Wednesday, Googles’s new artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, Bard, was asked to describe the discoveries made by JWST to a nine-year-old child. It replied that it was the first telescope to ever take pictures of a planet outside of the Solar System.

Unfortunately, however, that is not true.

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Feb 9, 2023

Astronomers found the source of a mysterious distant light in space

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Scientists discovered a mysterious light in what they previously believed was a darker region of space. The light, which James Webb picked up, was initially invisible when Hubble observed the area. But scientists aren’t quite sure what caused this mysterious light in space, so they’re still searching.

Feb 9, 2023

Video shows what will happen when the Milky Way collides with Andromeda in 5 billion years

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The Andromeda galaxy — the closest neighbour to our Milky Way galaxy — is on course to collide right into us. Great news, right? But since it won’t happen for the next four to five billion years, here’s a simulation of what that would look like:


Feb 9, 2023

Scientists find dense ring around dwarf planet, but can’t quite explain why it’s there

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“When we put everything together, we saw drops in brightness that were not caused by Quaoar, but that pointed to the presence of material in a circular orbit around it,” said Bruno Morgado of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in a statement. “The moment we saw that we said, ‘Okay, we are seeing a ring around Quaoar.’”

Quaoar is part of a collection of about 3,000 dwarf planets known as trans-Neptunian objects, which are beyond the orbit of the planet Neptune.

Scientists are now wondering why the dense material in Quaoar’s ring has not come together to form a small moon, because the ring itself is “at a distance of almost seven and a half times the radius of Quaoar,” the ESA said.

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