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Astronomers report first observations of a "circumplanetary disk" – ScienceDaily

Using the earth's most powerful series of radio telescopes, astronomers have made the first observations of a circumplanetary disk of gas and dust like the one believed to have given birth to Jupiter's moons. The finding was reported online today in Astrophysical Journal Letters adds the fascinating story of the planet PDS 70c, a still-forming gas giant about 370 light-years …

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Japan lands spacecraft on an asteroid after blasting for rock samples

The life of an asteroid is lonely. The rocks spend drifting through the cold vacuum of space. On a Wednesday, the asteroid Ryugu welcomed a special visitor: Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe successfully landed on the asteroid's surface at 9:06 p.m. ET. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched Hayabusa-2 into space in December 2014. Its mission: explore and collect samples from …

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Japan just landed a spacecraft on an asteroid and the images are nuts

An asteroid's life is alone. The rocks spend eons dragging through the cold waters of space. But on Wednesday, asteroid Ryugu welcomed a special visitor: Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe managed to land on the asteroid surface at 21:06 ET (01:06 UTC on Thursday). Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched Hayabusa-2 in space in December 2014. Its mission: explore and collect samples …

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This may be the main black hole yet

Big Boy 130 million light-years away, in the middle of the galaxy NGC 3147, lurking a particularly bizarre super-massive black hole. The black hole, recently discovered by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope, has a much larger disc of material that revolves around it than researchers expected in terms of how economical the galaxy is, according to a press release …

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Moon-forming disk discovered around the distant plane

A color-enhanced image of millimeter-wave radio signals from the ALMA observatory in Chile shows a disk of gas and dust (right of center) around exoplanet PDS 70 c, the first-ever observation of the child of circumplanetary disk that is believed to have birthed the moons of Jupiter more than 4 trillion years ago. Credit: A. Isella, ALMA (ESO / NAOJ …

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Savage tick-clone armies are sucking cows to death; experts fear for humans

Enlarge / Engorged Haemaphysalis longicornis female tick. Ravenous swarms of cloned ticks have killed a fifth cow in North Carolina by exsanguination— that is, during draining it of blood — the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services warned this week. Experts fear that the bloodthirsty throngs, which were first noticed in the United States in 2017, will continue their …

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White house frustration over moon mission delays preceded removal of top NASA official

On Wednesday, William Gerstenmaier was removed from his post as NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Business. (NASA / Bill Ingalls) The sudden removal of William Gerstenmaier, NASA's human exploration manager, since Wednesday is a clear sign that the White House is becoming increasingly frustrated with the agency's efforts to return people to the Moon's surface in 2024. [19659003] …

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Flight crew breaks pole to pole record

(CNN) – An international flight crew has broken the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe through the North and South Poles, with an impressive margin of almost six hours. The 25,000-mile mission, dubbed "One More Orbit" and counting a former International Space Station commander among its leaders, was launched in honor of the Apollo 11 landings, the 50th …

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