What do birds have to do with stargazing? A lot, it turns out.

Like many individuals staying dwelling in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, I have lately gotten into a brand new interest: bird-watching.  Last fall I arrange a chicken feeder in my yard and instantly turned fascinated by the variety of completely different avian varieties attracted to it. When I recognized a red-bellied woodpecker utilizing a …

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Tibet Observatory Confirms Existence of Galactic PeVatrons

Move over, CERN. Unknown sources within the Milky Way dubbed “PeVatrons” speed up protons to energies of a couple of peta-electronvolts – dozens of occasions greater than the yield of the Large Hadron Collider. Now, new knowledge from a high-altitude experiment in Tibet verify that such very-high-energy cosmic rays are certainly produced in our personal …

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April: Follow the Moon

As you’ll be taught on this month’s Sky Tour astronomy podcast, the Moon circles round the complete sky every month and — alongside the way — passes by many vivid stars and planets. For instance, earlier than daybreak on April sixth, you will discover the crescent Moon about 5° — half of a fist — …

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Mutual Event Season Heats Up at Jupiter

In this 11.4-minute sequence taken with a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, Europa first occults after which partially eclipses Io on February 7, 2015, over the past mutual occasions season. Here’s the animated version.John Sussenbach After their spectacular Great Conjunction final December, Jupiter and Saturn overwintered within the solar glare, misplaced from sight. They’ve now returned to …

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This is not Science Fiction: aN ExoplaNET has Been Discovered in a Three-Star System

Example of a Three-star system

We have simply discovered the planet KOI-5Ab in a three-star system. This is a good instance of the form of superb discoveries made potential by cooperation between massive groups of astronomers utilizing completely different sorts of telescopes and observing strategies. The cliché is that scientists, these “solitary geniuses”, make discoveries with out anybody’s assist. This …

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Scientists detect world’s coldest cloud hovering over Pacific Ocean

A extreme thunderstorm cloud that shaped over the Pacific Ocean in 2018 reached the coldest temperatures ever recorded, in keeping with a brand new examine. The very prime of the storm cloud reached a bone-chilling minus 167.8 levels Fahrenheit (minus 111 levels Celsius), colder than any storm cloud measured earlier than. Thunderstorms and tropical cyclones, …

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