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Supergiant Betelgeuse had a never-before-seen massive eruption

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 12:05
(CNN) The red supergiant Betelgeuse, a colossal star in the Orion constellation, experienced a massive stellar eruption -- the likes of which have never been seen before, according to astronomers. Betelgeuse ...

World's largest ice sheet threatened by warm water surge

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 11:54
Unlike ice masses in West Antarctica, which are melting at a staggering rate, the East Antarctic ice sheet was thought to be sheltered from ocean warming by cold, dense seawater that forms on the continental shelf, near ice shelves.

The James Webb Space Telescope will study countless planets. Here's your chance to name one.

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 11:00
To name an exoplanet and its star, entrants need to form a team that brings together some combination of students and teachers, astronomy enthusiasts, amateur astronomers and professional astronomers. Teams should choose a target system, ...

Watch SpaceX launch 46 Starlink satellites, land rocket today

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 11:00
SpaceX is set to launch another batch of its Starlink internet satellites on Friday (Aug. 12). SpaceX is scheduled to send Group 3-3 of the Starlink constellation into orbit from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at 5:40 p.m. EDT (2140 GMT; ...

Covid: Evusheld antibody protection ruled out for most vulnerable

Health News BBC - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 10:46
The antibody injection had promised a protection boost to those with conditions such as blood cancer.

53 feet 'potentially hazardous' asteroid approaching Earth today; 4 more in next 4 days

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 10:40
On September 26, NASA said it will attempt the world's first mission to deflect an asteroid in space. NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will demonstrate and test asteroid deflection by kinetic impactor. The spacecraft ...

This Week's Sky at a Glance, August 12 – 20

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 09:59
The Perseid meteor shower should be at its peak late tonight, but the light of the Moon, just a day past full, will compromise the view this year. Only the brightest of the meteors will shine through.

Brightest stars in the night sky can strip Neptune-sized planets to their rocky cores

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 09:46
Over the last 25 years, astronomers have found thousands of exoplanets around stars in our galaxy, but more than 99% of them orbit smaller stars—from red dwarfs to stars slightly more massive than our sun, which is considered an average-sized star.

Ask Ethan: Why can't dark matter be made of light?

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 07:02
There's an extra source of massive "stuff" in our Universe beyond what gravitation and normal matter can explain. Could light be the answer? dark matter. According to models and simulations, all galaxies should be embedded in dark matter halos, ...

What created the continents? New evidence points to giant asteroids

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 06:38
How do you make a continent? The continents form part of the lithosphere, the rigid rocky outer shell of Earth made up of ocean floors and the continents, of which the uppermost layer is the crust ...

Melanoma: 'Doctors said my cancerous mole was fungus'

Health News BBC - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 02:58
By the time BBC journalist Sarah Lee was able to get doctors to listen, her cancer had spread.

Saturday Is 'Saturn-Day!' See The Ringed Planet At Its Biggest, Brightest And Best Of 2022 This Weekend

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 01:12
What kind of telescope is relevant. Anything that gives you just a little magnification will allow you to glimpse the incredible ring pattern surrounding the sixth planet from the Sun. Depending on the ...

The newest planet to the galaxy? Astronomers say they may have found it.

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 23:51
More than 5,000 planets exist beyond our solar system, according to NASA, and this week astronomers announced they may have discovered the youngest one so far. Scientists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile report in ...

8 spectacular SoCal spots for viewing tonight's Perseids meteor shower

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 23:25
Lights, camera, Perseids! It's that time of year again: Summer's biggest celestial blockbuster, the Perseids meteor shower, graces the night sky through about Aug. 24. The American Meteor Society forecasts that our planet will be audience to the ...

Your guide to watching the Perseids meteor shower despite this week's supermoon

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 23:09
While viewers of the Perseids can typically see 50 to 100 meteors in the sky, this year they might only be able to spot about 10 or 20, according to Greg Halac of the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society.

Betelgeuse is recovering from blowing its top

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 22:10
Analyzing data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and several other observatories, astronomers have concluded that the bright red supergiant star Betelgeuse quite literally blew its top in 2019. Betelgeuse lost a substantial part of its visible surface and ...

Sauropods had soft foot pads to help support their massive weight

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 21:59
Enlarge / A 3D paleoreconstruction of a sauropod dinosaur has revealed that the hind feet had a soft tissue pad beneath the "heel," cushioning the foot to absorb the animals immense weight.

How to View the Last Supermoon of the Year

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 21:27
Here's what to know about the Sturgeon Moon and how to view it. What is a supermoon? The word, coined in 1979 by the astrologer Richard Nolle, is not an official astronomical term ...

Ignition confirmed in a nuclear fusion experiment for the first time

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 21:19
Under these extreme conditions, hydrogen atoms underwent fusion and released 1.3 megajoules of energy – the equivalent of 10 quadrillion watts of power for 100 trillionths of a second. This was NIF's highest ever energy yield.

Discovery of small armoured dinosaur in Argentina is first of its kind

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 08/11/2022 - 21:10
The scientists said jakapil marked a first-of-its-kind discovery of an armoured dinosaur from the Cretaceous in South America. It is part of the thyreophoran dinosaur group that includes the likes of stegosaurus, ...

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