All's not as it appears, this tale has many twists -
but if I wasn't here documenting the story
would that mean that the plot did not exist?

— Peter Hammill

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Decline of migrating birds could be partly due to pesticides

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 2:00pm
It’s not just bees that are harmed by neonicotinoids, it’s birds too. A study found the pesticides can cause birds to lose weight and delay their migration (edited) 
Categories: Astronomy

Decline of migrating birds could be partly due to pesticides

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 2:00pm
It’s not just bees that are harmed by neonicotinoids, it’s birds too. A study found the pesticides can cause birds to lose weight and delay their migration (edited) 
Categories: Astronomy

There's a Lost Continent Hiding Beneath Europe

Space.com - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 2:00pm
The lost continent "Greater Adria" existed hundreds of millions of years ago after it broke off from Gondwana.
Categories: Astronomy

Milky Way..

Most recent SkyandTelescope.com stories - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 1:53pm

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Categories: Astronomy

Comet crossing

Most recent SkyandTelescope.com stories - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 1:53pm

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The Witch Herself

Most recent SkyandTelescope.com stories - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 1:53pm

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Categories: Astronomy

‘Blue Stragglers’ in Space May Mask True Age of Star Clusters in Hubble Views

Space.com - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 1:00pm
By spying on star clusters in a nearby galaxy, the Hubble Space Telescope has shown that star clusters aren't always as old as they appear.
Categories: Astronomy

Saturn and Its Rings Look Truly Spectacular in This Hubble Telescope Portrait

Space.com - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:59am
NASA and the European Space Agency unveiled the new Saturn portrait by the Hubble Space Telescope today (Sept. 12), and it is absolutely jaw-dropping.
Categories: Astronomy

Generator that runs on heat escaping to the sky can charge phones

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:00am
A thermoelectric generator that produces off-grid electricity at night from heat radiating from the ground can power lights and phones in remote areas
Categories: Astronomy

Generator that runs on heat escaping to the sky can charge phones

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:00am
A thermoelectric generator that produces off-grid electricity at night from heat radiating from the ground can power lights and phones in remote areas
Categories: Astronomy

Bones release a hormone that helps us deal with sudden danger

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:00am
Bones secrete a hormone when we are under threat that activates the fight-or-flight response, suggesting our skeletons are more active that we thought
Categories: Astronomy

Bones release a hormone that helps us deal with sudden danger

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:00am
Bones secrete a hormone when we are under threat that activates the fight-or-flight response, suggesting our skeletons are more active that we thought
Categories: Astronomy

Saturn's Rings Shine in New Hubble Portrait

Hubblesite Newscenter - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 10:00am

Saturn is so beautiful that astronomers cannot resist using the Hubble Space Telescope to take yearly snapshots of the ringed world when it is at its closest distance to Earth.

These images, however, are more than just beauty shots. They reveal a planet with a turbulent, dynamic atmosphere. This year's Hubble offering, for example, shows that a large storm visible in the 2018 Hubble image in the north polar region has vanished. Smaller storms pop into view like popcorn kernels popping in a microwave oven before disappearing just as quickly. Even the planet's banded structure reveals subtle changes in color.

But the latest image shows plenty that hasn't changed. The mysterious six-sided pattern, called the "hexagon," still exists on the north pole. Caused by a high-speed jet stream, the hexagon was first discovered in 1981 by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft.

Saturn's signature rings are still as stunning as ever. The image reveals that the ring system is tilted toward Earth, giving viewers a magnificent look at the bright, icy structure. Hubble resolves numerous ringlets and the fainter inner rings.

This image reveals an unprecedented clarity only seen previously in snapshots taken by NASA spacecraft visiting the distant planet. Astronomers will continue their yearly monitoring of the planet to track shifting weather patterns and identify other changes. The second in the yearly series, this image is part of the Outer Planets Atmospheres Legacy (OPAL) project. OPAL is helping scientists understand the atmospheric dynamics and evolution of our solar system's gas giant planets.

Categories: NASA