By Michelle Starr Science Alert Writer You’ve heard of hot Jupiters. You’ve heard of mini-Neptunes. You’ve heard of super-Earths. But have you heard of Eyeball Planets? Yep – planetary scientists think there might be a type of exoplanet out there that looks disturbingly like a giant eyeball. Just sitting there. Staring. But it’s actually not as weird […]
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ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has captured the launch of the Russian Progress MS-10 cargo spacecraft. He filmed the craft leaving the Earth’s atmosphere while on board the International Space Station. Posting on Twitter he wrote: “This is real. How a spaceship leaves our planet, seen from ISS.”
See the video on BBC’s website.
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By Brooke Jarvis Sune Boye Riis was on a bike ride with his youngest son, enjoying the sun slanting over the fields and woodlands near their home north of Copenhagen, when it suddenly occurred to him that something about the experience was amiss. Specifically, something was missing. It was summer. He was out in the country, moving […]
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By Arkady Martine Right now, the largest and most deadly wildfire in California history is burning. Last year, Hurricane Harvey drowned southeast Texas under punishing, endless rain; a month ago, Hurricane Florence did the same to North Carolina. Apocalyptic-scale disasters happen every day (and more often now, as climate change intensifies weather patterns all over […]
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Please do yourself a favour and watch this video. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful and awe-inspiring! Thanks! – Diane
European Space Agency release
Since the very first module Zarya launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on 20 November 1998, the International Space Station has delivered a whole new perspective on this planet we call home. Join us as we celebrate 20 years of international collaboration and research for the benefit of Earth with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s longest time lapse yet.
In just under 15 minutes, this clip takes you from Tunisia across Beijing and through Australia in two trips around the world. You can follow the Station’s location using the map at the top right hand-side of the screen alongside annotations on the photos themselves.
This timelapse comprises approximately 21,375 images of Earth all captured by Alexander from the International Space Station and shown 12.5 times faster than actual speed.
Read the full article (and watch the video) at Phys.org.
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As posted on the SFWA blog, written by me: “Hey, I’m looking for advice. My character lost a limb in the last fight. Does anyone know about writing amputees?” I was inspired to write this because I’ve had this conversation on Twitter a few times. My husband is an amputee from a traumatic accident that […]
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By Tim Reyes Astronomers have reported the discovery of a star that passed within the outer reaches of our Solar System just 70,000 years ago, when early humans were beginning to take a foothold here on Earth. The stellar flyby was likely close enough to have influenced the orbits of comets in the outer Oort […]
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