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If a star (red trail) wanders too close to a black hole (left), it can be shredded, or spaghetized, by the intense gravity.  Some of the star material swirls around the black hole, like water in a sewer, emitting many X-rays (blue).

Polarized light reveals the final fate of a star ‘spaghettified’ by a black hole

Enlarge / If a star (red trail) wanders too close to a black hole (left), it can be shredded, or spaghetized, by the intense gravity. Some of the star material swirls around the black hole, like water in a sewer, emitting many X-rays (blue). NASA/CXC/M. Weiss When astronomers first observed a jagged or ‘spaghettified’ star, …

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Five amazing new images released by the JWST

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has already extended humanity’s vision farther into time and space than ever before, providing breathtaking insight into the deepest, sharpest infrared image in the universe. primitive so far. Now NASA has just unveiled five more stunning color images captured by the most ambitious telescopes mankind has ever built. “You …

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LZ water tank

Hit! First results from the world’s most sensitive dark matter detector

LZ team members in the LZ water tank after installing the outdoor detector. Credit: Matthew Kapust, Sanford Underground Research Facility Berkeley Laboratory Researchers Record Successful Startup of LUX-ZEPLIN Dark Matter Detector at Sanford Underground Research Facility An innovative and uniquely sensitive dark matter detector – the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment – has passed a verification phase …

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This test image was taken by Webb's fine guidance sensor over an eight-day period in early May.  It shows how Webb can capture detailed images of very faint objects.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope: President Biden reveals stunning first image

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news about fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — The first glimpse of how the James Webb Space Telescope will change the way people view the universe has arrived. President Joe Biden has released one of the first images of Webb, and …

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An illustration shows a galaxy surrounded by a blue cloud that represents a halo of dark matter.

World’s most sensitive dark matter detector yields first results

A new-generation dark matter detector has started operations, already delivering its first results, which show that it is the most sensitive machine of its type on Earth. The machine could help unravel one of physics’ greatest mysteries – the nature of black matter— by directly detecting its constituent particles for the first time. Located deep …

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Strawberry Moon 2022: Photos of the Super Moon

July’s full supermoon will be the biggest and brightest moon of 2022

The second of two consecutive “supermoons” will shine brightly in the night sky this week, as the full “male moon” of July 2022 rises and offers skywatchers a special summertime treat. Here are a few things to know about the July full moon, when to see it, and why it’s so unique among this year’s …

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The Gemini South Telescope delivered this view of the west wall of the Carina Nebula

First color images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to be released

NASA prepares to show what the James Webb Space Telescope is capable of when the space agency releases the first color images of the observatory before beginning science operations revealing the mysteries of the universe. After Christmas morning launch, the telescope’s 6.5-meter mirror opened and its tennis-court-sized sunshade extended into space. The telescope is now …

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Genyornis Egg

Controversial prehistoric egg identified as last of ‘demon ducks of fate’

The only nearly completely intact Genyornis eggshell ever discovered. It was located by N. Spooner and collected by Gifford H. Miller, South Australia. The presence of four puncture wounds on the egg indicates that it was preceded by a scavenger marsupial. Credit: Gifford H. Miller Researchers identify ancient birds behind giant prehistoric eggs A years-long …

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Engineers consult 45-year-old Voyager manuals to solve a problem

Engineers consult 45-year-old Voyager manuals to solve a problem

In May, NASA scientists said the Voyager 1 spacecraft was returning inaccurate data from its altitude control system. The mysterious issue is still ongoing, according to the mission’s engineering team. Now, in order to find a solution, engineers are digging through decades-old textbooks. Voyager 1, along with its twin Voyager 2, was launched in 1977 …

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A hole showing where the Perseverance Mars rover dug up its 9th sample of Martian rock.

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover collects 9th sample from Red Planet

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is digging on the Red Planet’s surface for evidence of running water in the planet’s past – and signs of ancient life on Mars, if it ever existed. Perseverance is currently exploring an ancient river delta in the interior crater lake and recently collected its ninth Martian rock sample not far …

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