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On May 12th, scientists with the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration, which unveiled the first black hole image in 2019, will reveal something "groundbreaking" about the Milky Way galaxy. This morning, a collaboration of scientists with the Event Horizon Telescope initiative is set to unveil a “groundbreaking discovery” about our Milky Way galaxy. The team has provided little details about what they’re announcing, but the

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Astronomers discover largest group of ‘rogue planets’ yet

Telescopes from the European Southern Observatory and other facilities caught a glimpse of dozens of rogue planets not tethered to stars. Using 20 years' worth of data, the telescopes were able to spot at least 70 planets while they were still hot enough to glow. Astronomers just discovered a treasure trove of “rogue planets” — free-floating planets that don’t orbit a star but exist all by their lonesome in the depths of space. With masses comparable to that of Jupiter, the 70 or more rogue planets

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How astronomers decided where to point the most powerful space telescope NASA ever built

Once NASA launches its powerful new observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, the spacecraft is already slated to do more than 10,000 hours of science in its first year of life. Here’s how scientists prioritized what the telescope should do first. In late March, Grant Tremblay was sitting at his computer at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, listening in on a Zoom meeting, when he saw a string of emails pop up in his inbox. The title of each email read: “Cycle 1 JWST Notification

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Astronomers call for a massive new space telescope to find the next Earth

On November 4th, the nation’s astronomers released the Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, a report compiled every 10 years detailing the highest priority space telescopes the community wants to build in the coming decades. The report stresses the desire to search for habitable exoplanets outside our Solar System. American astronomers are calling for the development of a whole new suite of grandiose space telescopes that will be able to peer into the atmospheres of planets beyond our Solar System, listen to black holes ringing as they form throughout the

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Alien planets have had ‘front-row’ view of Earth for ages, astronomers say

Nearly 2,000 star systems have had a front-row seat to observe Earth in recent millennia, astronomers in the journal Nature said on June 23rd, suggesting imagined alien civilizations could’ve been positioned to look at us the same way we attempt to look at other planets. For decades, astronomers have probed the universe for signs of life by watching distant planets glide past their host stars, studying the tiny dips of starlight that give away clues about an exoplanet’s atmosphere. Hundreds of those worlds could

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How you can help astronomers hunt for undiscovered worlds

Astronomers are searching outer space for mysterious worlds called brown dwarfs, and they’re turning to citizen scientists for help. Together, they could make a huge new discovery within our own Solar System: the much-theorized Planet 9, or Planet X. Astronomers discovered the stars closest to our Solar System more than 100 years ago. There’s the three-star Alpha Centauri system about four light-years away and Barnard’s star about six light-years out. But our celestial neck of the woods

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Astronomers trace mysterious space radio waves to a source within our galaxy

Astronomers say they have successfully pinpointed the source of a blast of radio waves — known as fast radio bursts — to a source within our own Milky Way galaxy. The discovery could help solve where these mysterious flashes come from. In April, a group of astronomers spotted a short, powerful blast of radio waves coming from outer space and then successfully found where it was coming from: a powerful object within our own galaxy. It’s the first time scientists have been able to

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Astronomers say they’ve detected the most massive merger of two black holes ever discovered

Scientists with LIGO and Virgo searching for gravitational waves say they’ve detected the most massive merger of two black holes ever found, occurring some 7 billion years ago. The discovery could serve as a missing link for astronomers to help explain why our Universe looks the way it does. Astronomers may have detected the most massive collision of two black holes ever discovered, a chaotic merger that occurred some 7 billion years ago, the signs of which have only just reached us. The cataclysmic event offered researchers a front-row

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Astronomers see first light flare from two distant black holes colliding

Astronomers may have detected the first light coming from two distant black holes merging billions of light-years away. The rare event may serve as a new tool for studying distant galaxies and supermassive black holes. A whopping 7.5 billion light-years from Earth, two black holes, each about the size of Long Island, rapidly spun around each other several times per second before smashing together in a cataclysmic explosion that sent shockwaves through the

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Tesla is ready to take your money for its Semi truck (just don’t ask when you’ll actually get one)

Tesla has opened up reservations for its long-promised all-electric Semi truck. Buyers can secure their own Tesla Semi with a deposit of $20,000, payable over 10 days. Five years after it was announced, Tesla has opened up reservations for its all-electric Semi truck, scheduled to go into production in 2023. On the company’s website, you can make a reservation by paying $5,000 upfront, then $15,000 within 10

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Cake Ösa electric motorbike review: hungry for more

The Cake Ösa electric motorbike is positioned as a "multifaceted utility platform with off-road capabilities." To test that claim, I took an Ösa Flex model on a sunrise surf safari and then cooked breakfast off the Ösa’s battery, which also powered my workday on a remote stretch of beach. Everyone — and I do mean everyone — has an opinion about the Ösa electric two-wheeler from Swedish upstarts Cake. It invokes such a surge of emotion that dozens of strangers felt compelled to exclaim unsolicited critiques at me over the last

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