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The Milky Way Broke one of its Arms

   22 Aug 00:01:46  |  Universe Today

The Milky Way galaxy is our home, and yet in some ways, it is the least understood galaxy. One of the biggest challenges astronomers have is in understanding its large-scale structure. Because we’re in the midst of it all, mapping our galaxy is a bit like trying to map the size and shape of a …
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Astronomy Jargon 101: Standard Candles

   22 Aug 00:01:45  |  Universe Today

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! If only there was a way to measure the distance to today’s topic: standard candles! Measuring distances to stuff in space is really, really hard. One technique is to use parallax, the observed wiggle in stellar positions over the course of …
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Astronomy Jargon 101: R-Process

   21 Aug 00:00:14  |  Universe Today

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You’ll quickly see what we’re talking about this week: r-process! How do you make heavy elements? Some can be forged deep inside a star, where the intense pressures and temperatures are enough to fuse elements. Right now, at this very moment, …
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James Webb?s Upper Stage is off to the Launch Site

   21 Aug 00:00:14  |  Universe Today

The rocket that will carry the James Webb Space Telescope to space later this year is on its way to the launch site!
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Ingenuity?s Flight 12 was a Tricky one, Flying Over Hazardous Terrain

   20 Aug 00:00:10  |  Universe Today

The Ingenuity helicopter on Mars has now completed its 12th flight, where it acted as a scout, looking ahead for dangerous terrain for it?s partner in crime, the Perseverance rover. The 4-pound autonomous rotocraft climbed over almost 10 meters (33 ft) high, and traveled a total of 450 meters (1,476 ft) in 169 seconds. It …
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Astronomy Jargon 101: Spectrum

   20 Aug 00:00:09  |  Universe Today

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You’ll get the whole picture with today’s topic: spectrum! The spectrum of an object is perhaps the most important, the most useful, the most vital measurement one could take in astronomy. The spectrum unlocks everything from the composition of that object …
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You can Tell how big a Black Hole is by how it Eats

   19 Aug 00:00:16  |  Universe Today

Astronomers can determine the size of a black hole by the way it consumes nearby matter.
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Musk Says That Refueling Starship for Lunar Landings Will Take 8 Launches (Maybe 4)

   19 Aug 00:00:15  |  Universe Today

Bezos is still fighting for the HLS contract by claiming the Starship will require too many refueling missions, prompting Musk to respond.
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Astronomy Jargon 101: Hertzsprung?Russell (HR) diagram

   18 Aug 00:00:29  |  Universe Today

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You’ll soon have a better way to categorize today’s topic: the Hertzsprung?Russell diagram! In the early 1900’s astronomy was in a bit of a mess (NB it’s still in a mess, but a completely different one). Astronomers had figured out the …
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Who was Giuseppe ?Bepi? Colombo and why Does he Have a Spacecraft Named After him

   18 Aug 00:00:29  |  Universe Today

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