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Scientists call for serious study of ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’, ,

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The U.S. Navy recently admitted that, indeed, strangely behaving objects caught on video by jet pilots over the years are genuine head-scratchers. There are eyewitness accounts not only from pilots but from radar operators and technicians, too. In August, the Navy established an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force to investigate the nature and origin of these odd sightings and …

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The Best Space Books On Sale for Prime Day, ,

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From the astrophysical topics to the inspiring tales of women in space, we’ll compiled the best space books that are on Amazon and on sale right now — just in time for Prime Day. We’ll update this page throughout Amazon Prime Day with more deals for space fans as we see them, so don’t forget to check back period to …

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Black hole-sized magnetic fields could be created on Earth, study says, ,

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Scientists should be able to create magnetic fields on Earth that rival the strength of those seen in black holes and neutron stars, a new study suggests. Such strong magnetic fields, which would be created by blasting microtubules with lasers, are important for conducting basic physics, materials science and astronomy research, according to a new research paper authored by Osaka …

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A mini fractal universe may lie inside charged black holes (if they exist), ,

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Black holes are perhaps the strangest, least-understood objects in our universe. With so much potential — being linked to everything from wormholes to new baby universes — they have sucked in physicists for decades. But as strange as these known objects are, even stranger types of black holes could be dreamed up. In one upside-down, hypothetical version of the universe, …

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Exploring Mars at Opposition using Starry Night, ,

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After a long anticipated wait, Mars will finally reach opposition on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, its closest approach to Earth until 2035. The sky on opposition night will feature the bright planets Jupiter, and Saturn in early evening, and the moon and Venus before dawn. Look for very bright reddish Mars in the southeastern sky after dusk. It will climb …

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‘Kerbal Space Program’ celebrates 9th anniversary with Enhanced Edition launch for Xbox One, Playstation 4, ,

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Calling all Kerbonauts! New adventures await you on gaming consoles. The physics-based space simulator “Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition Complete” is celebrating its ninth anniversary with digital launches for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, developers Private Division and Squad announced Wednesday (Sept. 16). American players can pick up the game bundle for $39.99 in PlayStation Store or the Microsoft Store; …

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Smoke from US wildfires spreads across country and into Europe, ,

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NOAA/NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite’s OMPS (Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite) aerosols from the U.S. wildfires are detected from space. (Image credit: NOAA/NASA/Worldview) Smoke from the devastating U.S. wildfires is spreading across the country, moving north into Canada and across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. Thousands of miles away from the fires, which originated in California and have spread along the U.S. …

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SpaceX delays next Starlink satellite fleet launch due to rocket ‘recovery issue’, ,

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SpaceX called off the launch of a new fleet of Starlink internet satellites on Thursday (Feb. 17) due to a “recovery issue” related to the mission’s Falcon 9 rocket. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch 60 new Starlink satellites for the company’s growing megaconstellation at 2:19 p.m. EDT (1819 GMT) Thursday from Pad 39A of NASA’s historic …

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SpaceX to launch 60 Starlink internet satellites today. Here’s how to watch live., ,

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UPDATE for 2:06 pm ET: SpaceX has called off today’s launch attempt of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink internet satellites due to bad weather at the rocket’s landing drone ship “Just Read The Instructions” in the Atlantic Ocean. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX will launch another big batch of Starlink satellites into orbit for the company’s burgeoning megaconstellation …