Summer Nights Offer Splendid Sights in Lyra

Brilliant Vega dominates the small, parallelogram-shaped constellation Lyra, the Lyre.Bob King Lyra is a compact constellation named after the traditional Greek stringed instrument, the lyre, which resembled a U-shaped harp. For many night-sky watchers its rising heralds the arrival of the summer time Milky Way. Vega is Lyra’s most luminous star and the fourth brightest …

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Twisters in the Cosmic Web

Like large cosmic twisters, filaments of the cosmic internet slowly spin round their very own axis whereas funneling matter into galaxy clusters. These humongous buildings are product of galaxies, gas, and darkish matter and might measure as much as a whole bunch of thousands and thousands of light-years. And they’re now the largest buildings in …

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Can we stop time?

The relentless march of time is usually a supply of tension. Who hasn’t generally wished for the power to freeze themselves in a contented second and even forestall a cherished one from slipping away.  Every now and again, a science-fiction guide, film or TV present will characteristic characters who can do what we all want: …

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Strange ‘blinking’ star near heart of Milky Way catches scientists’ eyes

It’s at all times a great signal when astronomers are blunt about how observations have puzzled them. One such complicated object, found by a mission known as the VISTA Variables within the Via Lactea survey, or VVV, seems to be simply the second of its variety identified to scientists — and a form that seems …

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Astronomers Look into the Past of Local Dwarf Galaxies

When midsize galaxies merge with giant ones, they drag so much of little galaxies with them, Eric Bell (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) reported June ninth at the digital summer season assembly of the American Astronomical Society. This visible-light mosaic reveals the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds beneath the Milky Way plane.Axel Mellinger, Central Michigan …

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Pegasus XL rocket launches secretive ‘space domain awareness’ satellite for US Space Force

A Northrop Grumman rocket efficiently launched a secretive Space Force satellite for “space domain awareness” — or detecting synthetic objects in orbit — on Sunday (June 13) in a speedy response mission for the U.S. navy. A Northrop Grumman L-1011 provider plane took off from the newly renamed Vandenberg Space Force Base and flew out …

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Number of Mysterious Radio Flashes Detected Quadruples

The CHIME telescope in British Columbia, Canada.Andre Renard / CHIME Fast radio bursts are highly effective however fleeting flashes of radio waves. Their brevity makes them laborious to seek out; since 2007, astronomers have detected solely about 140 of them. Now, on the latest digital assembly of the American Astronomical Society, a first data release …

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