CategoryAstrophysics

Tonight’s Meteor Shower Is Spectacular Debris From Halley’s Comet

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    The annual Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight! Caused by small pieces of Comet Halley hitting our atmosphere at 147,000 miles per hour (66 kilometers per second), this shower is noted for variable rates - some years see only 15-20 meteors per hour on the peak night, whereas others have sported a maximum rate as high as 80-90 meteors per hour. The rates have been fairly low the past few...

The Moons Formation Was Even More Dramatic Than Thought

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Photo: NASAThe Moon likely formed when the primordial Earth slammed into a Mars-sized object, throwing a sizable chunk of material into orbit, which eventually became our satellite. While this has been known for a few decades, the details are still a mystery. Now, a crucial piece of evidence could help clarify exactly how it happened.An international team of researchers led by Professor Ed Young...

Science confirms that gravitational waves exist

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Photo: NASAAt last, scientists have validated a key part of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The National Science Foundation, Caltech and MIT have confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, or ripples in spacetime. Their two LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) detectors measured atomic-scale differences on September 14th, 2015 that point to the...

This ancient Babylonian map of Jupiter just changed history as we know it

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You're looking at the foundations of modern calculus.Trustees of the British Museum/Mathieu OssendrijverAnalysis of an ancient code breaking tablet has revealed that Babylonian astronomers had calculated the movements of Jupiter using an early form of geometric calculus some 1,400 years before we thought the technique was invented by the Europeans.This means that these ancient Mesopotamian...

New Earth-like Planet found

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Earth-like planet discovered using NASA's Kepler space telescopeAn artistic illustration compares Earth (L) to a planet beyond the solar system that is a close match to Earth, called Kepler-452b in this NASA image released on July 23, 2015. REUTERSA haul of planets from Nasa's Kepler telescope includes a world sharing many characteristics with Earth.Kepler-452b orbits at a very similar distance...

NASA’s New Horizons mission

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In what may rewrite science books soon, NASA's New Horizons mission - launched in 2006 and has travelled over 4.8 billion km so far at the speed of 45,000 km per hour - fly past the mysterious dwarf planet on Tuesday.Crossing Pluto from a distance of about 12,500 km at around 5.30 p.m. (Bangladeshi standard Time), the mission is expected to beam back key images of Pluto's surface...

UFO encounter in Germany, witnesses experience paralysis

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Date: March 9, 1993Location: Braunschweig , GermanyThrough the bedroom window, we saw a bright round shining object stationary at a height of some 10 metres or so above the birch trees to the east... it was now immediately quite clear to me that I was looking at an unknown flying object... we could see its shape absolutely clearly."Main sketch of UFO. "Shimmered with all the colours of the...

Benzir Ahammed Shawon

I'm Benzir Ahammed Shawon (বাংলা: বেনজির আহম্মেদ শাওন), also known as Benzir A. Shawon, from Beautiful Bangladesh. I'm an undergrad student. I'm studying in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering under the School of Engineering and Physical Science at North South University. My undergraduate major is Computer Science and Engineering, and minor is Mathematics. I'm a competitive programmer. I love to solve programs. I'm a Marxist and a leader of the historical progressive leftist student organization Bangladesh Students' Union.