astronomy

First total solar eclipse caught on film has been restored for all to see

First total solar eclipse caught on film has been restored for all to see

Next to rare comets that stay in the sky for days, few other celestial phenomena have invited awe and superstition than a total solar eclipse. Every culture has a myth for the semi-rare event and although it's no longer a mystery by today's standards, it's still something that people want to capture on film today. Much more, then, in the 19th century when things weren't as advanced as they are now. That is why the rediscovery of the first ever total solar eclipse recorded on film is making quite a fuss among astronomers, filmmakers, and even magicians.

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A van-sized meteor exploded over Cuba

A van-sized meteor exploded over Cuba

In the first of February, 2019, a van-sized asteroid-turned-meteor exploded over Cuba. This explosion and subsequent disintegration happened at a scale and height that allowed leftover pieces to be recovered in its aftermath. This space rock entered our Earthly vision at around West Palm Beach, Florida, and entered the atmosphere somewhere between there and Pinar del Rio, where it landed. We are in no current danger of any similar falling fireballs - none that've yet been detected, that is to say.

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Prometheus made real: Constellations found in caves

Prometheus made real: Constellations found in caves

It's almost like Prometheus was prophesying the findings published today. In the film, researchers discover the same set of symbols depicting a single star constellation in multiple (newly discovered) ancient caves across the planet. In today's study, researchers analyzed already-known archeological sites, finding a set of symbols representing an array of constellations that track to our night sky today.

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These nine American astronauts will make commercial spaceflight history

These nine American astronauts will make commercial spaceflight history

NASA has revealed the nine astronauts who will man the first commercial spaceflights, as the US prepares to once again begin launching manned missions after retiring the Space Shuttle. The crews will be split between two of the commercial projects NASA is counting on to make space travel more accessible and, vitally, more affordable.

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These are the first photos of an exploding star

These are the first photos of an exploding star

Amateur astronomer Victor Buso took a photo of an exploding star at a moment never before captured. In the history of humanity, no known photo has ever captured the burst of light from a supernova, and Buso did it, basically on accident. The chances of this photo capturing this moment are one in hundreds of millions.

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Our first interstellar visitor is a long, ominous asteroid

Our first interstellar visitor is a long, ominous asteroid

Asteroids passing us by, and even potentially sending us to our deaths, is not news even for astronomers. But one that comes from outside our solar system definitely is. That is exactly why the asteroid named `Oumuamua has astronomers all over the world scampering when it passed by almost undetected. In addition to the asteroid’s unusual shape, `Oumuamua has been estimated to have been traveling hundreds of millions of years before its chance, and probably only, encounter with our solar system.

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Three Occultations, all today (with and without the magic)

Three Occultations, all today (with and without the magic)

This week we're set to witness one real celestial event while another is said to be beginning to "end the world as we know it." Of course one of these events is real, while the other is complete nonsense. The first event begins today, and it has to do with the position of our Moon and three other planets within our Solar System. This event is a triple-occultation.

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Earth will see its largest asteroid fly-by in September

Earth will see its largest asteroid fly-by in September

2017 is shaping up to be a real treat for astronomy fans: not only will they be treated to a rare solar eclipse on Monday, less than two weeks after a significant asteroid fly-by will take place. Dubbed Asteroid Florence, NASA has revealed that it will be the largest to pass by our planet since it began keeping track of near-Earth asteroids, and it's scheduled to zoom past on September 1st.

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Ross 128 red dwarf’s signals send scientists’ hearts aflutter

Ross 128 red dwarf’s signals send scientists’ hearts aflutter

You might have an image of outer space as being this vast, empty, and silent vacuum, and, to some extent, you’d be correct. But with the right instruments, you’d discover how much of a noisy party space really is. Radio waves of all kinds travel the vastness of space, taking ages even when traveling at the speed of light. And some of them naturally reach earth, giving scientists data to devour. Last week, however, a red dwarf by the name of Ross 128 in the constellation of Virgo has been sending us some rather strange signals and scientists are only too excited to find out what exactly they are. And no, they don’t think they’re from aliens.

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Fast space radio bursts finally traced to nearby galaxy

Fast space radio bursts finally traced to nearby galaxy

There are many mysteries in both the known and the unknown universe, but one that has recently confounded astronomers is what is known as Fast Radio Bursts (FRB). First recorded in 2007, these short explosions of radio energy were so strong but so short that it was near impossible to determine where they came from. Finally it seems that our stars have aligned and researchers have discovered that these FRBs are actually coming from a dwarf galaxy just outside our Milky Way. And, no, they're not coming from aliens.

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Astronomers catch first glimpse of water snowline around young star

Astronomers catch first glimpse of water snowline around young star

Astronomers have announced a rather big discovery today, as the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile has captured what appears to be the water snowline around V883 Orionis, a young star that has taken up residence in the Orion Nebula cluster, about 1,350 light years from Earth. This is the first time the water snowline has been seen in the disk of debris that forms around young stars and will eventually come together to form new planets.

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How to spot Mars at its brightest in the sky this weekend

How to spot Mars at its brightest in the sky this weekend

The planet Mars is about to be the closest it's been to the Earth in over a decade this weekend, and you'll be able to step outside and spot our red neighbor with the naked eye. Sunday, specifically, marks the "Mars opposition," which is when the sun and Mars are on the opposite sides of Earth, but you can peer into the sky just after sunset on both Saturday and Sunday and find what looks like a bright red star.

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