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Japan lands two rovers on Asteroid Ryugu

On September 21, 2018, the Japanese space agency, JAXA deployed two tiny rovers to the surface of Asteroid Ryugu after being released by the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft. It was a long four year journey to get to this point of the mission. As a part of the MINERVA II program, the rovers are designed to hop along the surface of…

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What are fast radio bursts?

What are fast radio bursts? Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) is a term used in radio astronomy  for high-energy pulses of transient radio emissions that lasts on average just milliseconds. Back in August 2017, researchers on the Breakthrough Listen project used the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to spot 21 fast radio burst the span of an hour emanating from…

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Mystery at the Sunspot Solar Observatory… Solved?

Mystery at the Sunspot Solar Observatory… Solved? Sunspot, New Mexico On Thursday, September 6, 2018, the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico was suddenly closed down and evacuated by the FBI supposedly for security reasons. The facility is run by the Association of Universities for Research Astronomy (AURA). The observatory was closed, along with a nearby US Post Office by…

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What is a false dawn?

  What is a false dawn? A false dawn, also called a zodiacal light, which is a strange, eerie, light phenomenon that is visible low in the sky, giving the illusion of an early sunrise or secondary sunset after twilight. Zodiacal light is best seen just after sunset in spring and before sunrise in autumn, when the zodiac is at a steep angle to the horizon. However, the…

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Farmers’ Almanac’s Teeth-Chattering Forecast Melts Rumors of Mild Winter

If cold temperatures, above-normal snowfall, and biting winds aren’t your favorite, you’re not going to like the forecast from the 2019 Farmers’ Almanac. “Teeth-chattering,” “biting,” and “stinging” cold are a few of the adjectives the Farmers’ Almanac is using to describe the upcoming winter, and not only in northern areas. “Contrary to some stories floating around on the internet, our…

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