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‘Ring of fire’ lights up the sky for some in Northern Hemisphere

CNN — A “ring of fire” solar eclipse appeared in the sky for some people in the Northern Hemisphere on Thursday as the moon partially blocked out the sun. A solar eclipse happens when the moon crosses between the sun and the Earth, which blocks a portion of the sun’s rays, according to NASA. This eclipse is an annular eclipse, meaning the moon is far enough away from the Earth that it appears smaller than the sun. The name “annular” comes from the Latin word “annulus,” which means ring-shaped, according to Farmers’ Almanac. When the moon...

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Jeff Bezos to go to space on first crewed flight of Blue Origin rocket

Jeff Bezos will be going to space on the first crewed flight of the New Shepard, the rocket ship made by his space company, Blue Origin. The flight is scheduled for July 20, just 15 days after he’s set to resign as CEO of Amazon, reported CNN. Bezos’ younger brother, Mark, will also be on the flight. “Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space,” Bezos, 57, said in a Monday morning Instagram post. “On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend.” If all goes according to plan,...

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Curiosity rover spots colorful, sparkling clouds on Mars

CNN –  The Curiosity rover spied colorful shining clouds on Mars as it trekked the planet’s terrain. While color usually presents itself in shades of red in the frozen desert, the skies above the rover appeared to almost sparkle. Unlike Earth, Mars doesn’t have many overcast, cloudy days. The red planet has a thin, dry atmosphere, so clouds tend to appear in the skies over the Martian equator when the planet is cold and farthest from the sun in its oval-shaped orbit every two Earth years, CNN reported. One Martian year ago [two Earth years], Curiosity spotted clouds that...

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New NASA photo shows our galaxy’s ‘violent energy’

   (CNN) — NASA has released an image detailing the never-before-seen “violent energy” at the center of our galaxy, created after two decades of research. The stunning panorama was compiled using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa. Images also documented an X-ray thread known as G0.17-0.41 that researchers say suggests a mechanism that could control the energy flow, and even the evolution of the Milky Way. “The galaxy is like an ecosystem,” University of Massachusetts Amherst...

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Missed the supermoon? Here’s other sky-gazing events happening this year

FORT MYERS, Fla. / CNN — April showers bring May… supermoons? Not exactly, but the “flower” supermoon lit up the sky on Wednesday. If you missed the supermoon memo, don’t fret! Plenty more sky-gazing events are happening this year. FULL MOONS Here are all of the full moons remaining this year and their names, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac: June 24 — Strawberry moon July 23 — Buck moon August 22 — Sturgeon moon September 20 — Harvest moon October 20 — Hunter’s moon November 19 — Beaver moon December 18...

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Solar orbiter mission captures sun blasts that could disrupt technology on Earth

CNN — An accident turned out to be helpful when the Solar Orbiter mission caught a glimpse of some eruptions coming from the sun. The eruptions, called coronal mass ejections, blast out solar particles across the solar system and have the potential to disrupt technology if they reach Earth. A flyby brought the spacecraft within 46.5 million miles of the sun — that’s half the distance between the massive star and Earth. Instruments picked up on the eruptions on Feb. 10. It was the first time the orbiter witnessed the eruptions. The mission, which launched in February 2020,...

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Space Force commander fired after criticizing the United States military

WASHINGTON / CNN — A Space Force lieutenant colonel has been removed from his command after criticizing the United States military on a conservative podcast. Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier joined The Steve Gruber show to discuss his new book, “Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military,” which alleges that Marxist ideologies are becoming widespread within the armed forces. He explained his theory in the podcast. “Since taking command as a commander about 10 months ago, I saw what I consider fundamentally incompatible...

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Russia announces actor, director for first-ever movie made in space

CNN – Russia is hurrying to be the first nation to film a movie in space after announcing plans to send an actress and a director to the International Space Station (ISS) in October. State news agency Ria Novosti said on Thursday that 35-year-old Yulia Peresild would star in the new movie, which will be shot in space and directed by 37-year-old Klim Shipenko. The movie will be called “Vyzov” (“The Challenge”) and center around the story of a surgeon who has to operate on a sick cosmonaut in space because his medical condition prevents him from returning to earth...

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