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NASA catches newborn Tropical Cyclone Owen’s rainfall, observed by GPM satellite

Tropical Cyclone Owen formed in the Southern Pacific Ocean's Coral Sea southwest of the Solomon Islands when the GPM core observatory satellite passed above and analyzed its rainfall. On December 2, 2018 at 9:50 a.m. EST (1450 UTC) data collected by GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) and GPM's Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) instruments aboard the Global Precipitation Measuring Mission or GPM core satellite showed that tropical…

The background hum of space could reveal hidden black holes

Deep space is not as silent as we have been led to believe. Every few minutes a pair of black holes smash into each other. These cataclysms release ripples in the fabric of spacetime known as gravitational waves. Now Monash University scientists have developed a way to listen in on these events. The gravitational waves from black hole mergers imprint a distinctive whooping sound in…

Here and gone: Outbound comets are likely of alien origin

IMAGE: Researchers calculated the typical paths of long-orbit comets (blue) perturbed by a passing gas-giant-sized object (white) and objects of interstellar origin (red). view more  Credit: NAOJ Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have analyzed the paths of two objects heading out of the Solar System forever and determined that they also most likely originated from outside of the Solar System. These results…

Piercing the dark birthplaces of massive stars with Webb

IMAGE: More than 100,000 times the mass of the Sun, the Brick doesn't seem to be forming any massive stars--yet. But based on its immense mass in such a small area,... view more  Credit: Credits: NASA, JPL-Caltech, and S.V Ramirez (NExSCI/Caltech) High-mass stars, which are eight or more times the mass of our Sun, live hard and die young. They often end their short lives in…

Infrared NASA imagery shows Hurricane Aletta strengthening

IMAGE: NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Hurricane Aletta on June 7 at 4:41 p.m. EDT (2041 UTC) and saw coldest cloud top temperatures (purple) around the center of circulation and in... view more  Credit: Credits: NASA JPL/Ed Olsen When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Aletta in the Eastern Pacific Ocean it had just become the first hurricane of the season. Infrared imagery showed that Aletta appeared…

NASA finds Tropical Storm Belna’s heavy rainfall potential shrinks

IMAGE: On Dec. 10 at 6:47 a.m. EST (1047 UTC) NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed Tropical Storm Belna using the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument. AIRS found coldest cloud top temperatures... view more  Credit: Credit: NASA JPL/Heidar Thrastarson Tropical Storm Belna weakened after it made landfall in northwestern Madagascar, and infrared imagery from NASA showed how the area of strong storms within had diminished. Cold cloud…

University of Leicester scientists involved in discovery of origins of ‘ghost...

Scientists from the University of Leicester have played a key role in a momentous discovery about the origins of 'ghostly' particles from the distance universe that bombard Earth from billions of light years away. The Leicester team from the Department of Physics & Astronomy are part of a global network of researchers that have helped to resolve a more than century-old riddle about what sends…

NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins, Crewmates to Discuss Upcoming Spaceflight

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will discuss her upcoming second mission to the International Space Station, along with cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, during a news conference at 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 1, from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Seeing the light: MSU research finds new way novae light up...

IMAGE: The star, marked by the lines on the right side of the photograph, is a real image of nova V906 Carinae taken at the Onjala Observatory in Africa. The image... view more  Credit: Photo credit: Franz Hofmann and Wolfgang Paech. EAST LANSING, Mich. - A nova, or stella nova, the Latin word for "new star," is an explosion on the surface of a star that…

The Earth formed much faster than previously thought

IMAGE: They may not look like much, but CI chondrites - small fragile meteorites as shown here - are thought to be our best compositional equivalents of the bulk material of... view more  Credit: StarPlan, Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen The precursor of our planet, the proto-Earth, formed within a time span of approximately five million years, shows a new study from the Centre for Star…
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