A ‘lump’ of dark matter may be ripping apart Taurus’ face, ,

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The Hyades — a young, V-shaped cluster of stars swooshing through the head of the constellation Taurus — is slowly being ripped apart by an enormous, invisible mass, a new study suggests. This unrest in the bull’s head could point to an ancient cache of dark matter left over from the Milky Way‘s creation, the study authors said. In the …

The Space Force sounds like a joke thanks to pop culture. That could be a problem for an important military branch., ,

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This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies The U.S. Space Force has a serious role to play in the modern world. Its stated mission is to train and …

Infamous asteroid Apophis poses no threat to Earth for at least 100 years, NASA says, ,

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The notorious Apophis space rock just shed its hazardous status — for the next 100 years at least — after fresh observations of the near-Earth asteroid. Astronomers have been keeping an eye on Apophis since its discovery in 2004, after initial estimations based on a more preliminary orbit suggested it would come uncomfortably close to our planet in 2029. Apophis’ …