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The latest on the Tokyo Olympics

The latest on the Tokyo Olympics

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Hubble finds water vapor around Jupiter’s moon Ganymede
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Hubble finds water vapor around Jupiter’s moon Ganymede

The Hubble Space Telescope has spied evidence of water vapor in the atmosphere around Jupiter’s moon Ganymede, the largest moon in our solar system. The water vapor forms as the icy surface of the moon turns from a solid to a gas, a process called sublimation. Astronomers uncovered this water vapor while using a combination…

July 27 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

July 27 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

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Largest known comet is heading close enough to us to become visible
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Largest known comet is heading close enough to us to become visible

Astronomers have discovered the largest known comet, and it’s about a thousand times more massive than others. Comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein, so named because it was found by University of Pennsylvania department of physics and astronomy graduate student Pedro Bernardinelli and Professor Gary Bernstein, is between 62 to 124 miles (100 to 200 kilometers) across. The team…

Meteor lights up the night in Norway

Meteor lights up the night in Norway

An “unusually large” meteor illuminated the night sky over southern Scandinavia early Sunday morning before at least some of it came rumbling down near Oslo, the capital of Norway. The meteor “lit up the sky for a brief time as if broad daylight,” just after 1 a.m., Steinar Midtskogen, a spokesperson for the Norwegian Meteor…

Secrets of Mars’ core revealed for the first time
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Secrets of Mars’ core revealed for the first time

Have you ever spotted another planet in the sky? It’s a celestial thrill without compare. The first time I spied Mars, it appeared like a red star among a sea of glittering white ones. It was a mind-blowing moment, as I thought about the many spacecraft that humans have sent across millions of miles to…

Marsquakes reveal the mysterious interior of the red planet
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Marsquakes reveal the mysterious interior of the red planet

When NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars in 2018, the mission team hoped the stationary spacecraft would be able to perform a checkup on the red planet’s interior. Now, InSight and its instruments have exceeded those goals, revealing the mysteries of the Martian crust, mantle and core that have eluded scientists until now. It’s…

Must-watch videos of the week

Must-watch videos of the week

NFL GOAT Tom Brady lobs jokes at the White House, a new bride tests her “in sickness and in health” vow at the reception and Olympic athletes TikTok-test their cardboard beds in the athletes’ village (yes, cardboard). These are the must-watch videos of the week. ‘Sleepy Tom’ Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady visited…

Watch the July full ‘buck’ moon illuminate the sky tonight
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Watch the July full ‘buck’ moon illuminate the sky tonight

Lunar lovers, grab a cozy spot outside and set your sights to the southeast to gaze upon July’s full moon, dubbed the “buck” moon, as it rises Friday after sunset. The moon will reach peak illumination at 10:37 p.m. ET Friday, according to NASA. In all its glory, the celestial treat will hang in the…

As the West winds down its ‘war on terror,’ jihadists are filling the vacuum, UN warns
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As the West winds down its ‘war on terror,’ jihadists are filling the vacuum, UN warns

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the United Nations is warning that the threat from terror groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda is not only resilient, but in many places expanding. A report to the Security Council by the UN monitoring team charged with tracking worldwide jihadi threats, published Thursday, warns that these…

Astronomers spy first moon-forming disk around an exoplanet

Astronomers spy first moon-forming disk around an exoplanet

For the first time, astronomers have found a disk around a Jupiter-like planet outside of our solar system — the kind of disk where moons could actively be forming. The disk, known as a circumplanetary disk, was discovered around an exoplanet known as PDS 70c. It’s one of two massive planets similar to Jupiter that…

Wildfires have erupted across the globe, scorching places that rarely burned before
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Wildfires have erupted across the globe, scorching places that rarely burned before

Yakutsk in Russian Siberia is known as the world’s coldest city. In a place where even an exposed nose during the winter months can cause biting pain, people are accustomed to taking precautions against freezing temperatures, including spending extra time in the morning to dress in many layers. But now the city is blanketed in…

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Ingenuity helicopter spies intriguing features on Mars during record-breaking flight
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Ingenuity helicopter spies intriguing features on Mars during record-breaking flight

During a recent daring Martian flight by the Ingenuity helicopter July 5, the chopper acted like an aerial scout for the Perseverance rover as it sailed over rough but intriguing terrain. Now, photos taken during the 2,051-foot-long flight are helping the Perseverance science team develop the rover’s exploration plan. This Martian helicopter did things it…

Canada will finally open its borders, first to Americans, beginning August 9
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Canada will finally open its borders, first to Americans, beginning August 9

The long wait will soon be over for foreigners who have been banned from entering Canada for nearly 16 months. Beginning August 9, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the United States currently residing in the US will be permitted to enter Canada. Non-essential travel into Canada has been banned since March 2020, something…

The Hubble Space Telescope is functioning again after more than month offline
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The Hubble Space Telescope is functioning again after more than month offline

The Hubble Space Telescope is functioning again after more than a month offline as a result of a problem with the payload computer on board. On Saturday, NASA said engineers had successfully switched the telescope, which orbits 340 miles above Earth’s surface, to backup hardware, a high-stakes maneuver that began Thursday. “Hubble is an icon,…

Deadly floods inundated parts of Europe, but the Netherlands avoided fatalities. Here’s why
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Deadly floods inundated parts of Europe, but the Netherlands avoided fatalities. Here’s why

As communities devastated by the catastrophic flooding in parts of western Europe start picking up the pieces, they are wondering how it all went so wrong, so fast. After all, Europe has a world-leading warning system that issued regular alerts for days before floods engulfed entire villages. But at least 200 people still died in…