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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

NASA’s Chandra X-ray telescope celebrates 20 years in space – Science News

NASA’s Chandra X-ray telescope celebrates 20 years in space – Science News

 The spacecraft launched in July 1999 and has been searching the sky ever since LOOKING AROUND NASA released a set of images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory to celebrate its 20th anniversary, showing merging galaxies and a supernova remnant, among others.In July 1999, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory took off aboard the space shuttle Columbia…
Thanks, Gaia: Astronomers spy Europa blocking distant star – Phys.org

Thanks, Gaia: Astronomers spy Europa blocking distant star – Phys.org

Jupiter and the four Galilean moons. Credit: NASA/JPL/DLR On 31 March 2017, Jupiter's moon Europa passed in front of a background star—a rare event that was captured for the first time by ground-based telescopes thanks to data provided by ESA's Gaia spacecraft. Previously, observatories had only managed to watch two of Jupiter's other moons—Io and…
Asteroid news: Watch as space rock explodes over Canada in stunning footage – Express.co.uk

Asteroid news: Watch as space rock explodes over Canada in stunning footage – Express.co.uk

Express. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. AN asteroid has been caught on film exploding over Canada, causing a bright blast in the night’s sky. PUBLISHED: 14:45, Thu, Jul 25, 2019 | UPDATED: 14:51, Thu, Jul 25, 2019 On July 24, a small asteroid smashed into the Earth’s atmosphere over Canada, causing a bright…
Scientists discover ‘plasma tsunamis’ are responsible for sunspots – Fox News

Scientists discover ‘plasma tsunamis’ are responsible for sunspots – Fox News

Rolling waves of plasma known as "solar tsunamis" could be causing the sudden end of solar cycles, according to scientists.Researchers identified so-called "terminator events" that mark the end of sunspot cycles, which could explain the process of how the sun transitions from periods of lower activity to higher activity.The study, which was published in the…
Mysterious medieval warrior found in Viking graveyard wasn’t actually a Viking – Fox News

Mysterious medieval warrior found in Viking graveyard wasn’t actually a Viking – Fox News

A mysterious female warrior discovered in a Viking grave in Denmark was originally thought to be a Viking. But now, researchers have made a surprising discovery about this fierce warrior who died more than 1,000 years ago — she wasn't actually a Viking.According to researchers at Poland's Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the woman…
How today’s global warming is unlike the last 2000 years of climate shifts – Science News

How today’s global warming is unlike the last 2000 years of climate shifts –...

Temperatures across 98 percent of Earth’s surface were hotter at the end of the 20th century than at any time in the previous 2,000 years.Such nearly universal warming, occurring in lockstep across the planet, is unique to this current era, scientists say. By contrast, other well-known cold and warm snaps of the past, such as…
College student unearths 65 million-year-old Triceratops skull – CNN

College student unearths 65 million-year-old Triceratops skull – CNN

College student unearths 65 million-year-old Triceratops skull - CNN
Apollo moon landing math is why your flight lands on time – CNN

Apollo moon landing math is why your flight lands on time – CNN

Apollo moon landing math is why your flight lands on time - CNN
Binary white dwarfs are waltzing fast enough to distort spacetime itself – New Atlas

Binary white dwarfs are waltzing fast enough to distort spacetime itself – New Atlas

2 picturesAn artist's impression of ZTF J1530+5027, a pair of white dwarfs orbiting each other extremely quickly(Credit: Caltech/IPAC)View gallery - 2 imagesGravitational waves are usually detected as they sweep across Earth after whatever cataclysmic event created them, but now astronomers have found a likely source before the waves become detectable. Using Caltech's Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF),…
Watch SpaceX launch a new docking port to the International Space Station – The Verge

Watch SpaceX launch a new docking port to the International Space Station – The...

This afternoon, SpaceX is slated to launch its latest cargo mission from Florida for NASA, sending about 5,000 pounds of supplies to the crew on the International Space Station. For this mission, the company is employing a Dragon cargo capsule that’s already been to space twice before. If successful, it’ll be the first time the…

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See the First Eerie NASA Images of DART’s Asteroid Crash Site – CNET

See the First Eerie NASA Images of DART’s Asteroid Crash Site – CNET

On Monday, the world watched as a little NASA spacecraft called DART met its explosive end. This box, slightly bigger than an oven and winged with solar panels, had been fated to die since it left Earth in November.  The Double Asteroid Redirection Test's mission was simple: Crash into a large asteroid so scientists can see whether…
Uncovering Hidden Patterns: AI Reduces a 100,000-Equation Quantum Physics Problem to Only Four Equations – SciTechDaily

Uncovering Hidden Patterns: AI Reduces a 100,000-Equation Quantum Physics Problem to Only Four Equations...

Abstract quantum physics illustration.Scientists trained a machine learning tool to capture the physics of electrons moving on a lattice using far fewer equations than would typically be required, all without sacrificing accuracy.A daunting quantum problem that until now required 100,000 equations has been compressed into a bite-size task of as few as four equations by…
Superhot blob of gas discovered orbiting Milky Way’s black hole at ‘mind-blowing’ velocity – Livescience.com

Superhot blob of gas discovered orbiting Milky Way’s black hole at ‘mind-blowing’ velocity –...

Home News The orbit of the newly discovered rapid hot spot around Sagittarius A* superimposed on top of the first image of the supermassive black hole captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration. (Image credit: EHT Collaboration, ESO/L. Calçada (Acknowledgment: M. Wielgus)) (opens in new tab)Astronomers have detected a blob of hot gas whizzing…