Category Archives: Space

99 Problems and a Wild Gecko Space Orgy

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Author: Amy Shira Teitel

On July 19, Russia launched a satellite designed to study the effects of microgravity on, among other living beings, geckos. The purpose was to observe the geckos—four females and one lucky male—mating, then study how fertilization in microgravity affected the eggs after the satellite returned to Earth. But there was...

Contradictory Findings on How the Full Moon Affect Our Sleep

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Author: University of Gothenburg

According to folklore, the full moon affects human sleep. International researchers are trying to determine whether there is any truth to the belief. Studies by a team at Sahlgrenska Academy have found that people actually sleep 20 minutes less when the moon is full. A Swiss research study conducted last...

Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Weakening 10 Times Faster Now

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Author: Kelly Dickerson

Earth's magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of deadly solar radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, according to data collected by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite array called Swarm. The biggest weak spots in the magnetic field — which extends 370,000 miles (600,000...

4 Stellar Sky Shows This Week

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Author: Andrew Fazekas

Earth’s closest companion, the moon, cozies up with the brightest objects in the night sky this week, while the most distant ice giant poses for great views through backyard telescopes. Moon and friends. After nightfall on Monday, June 9, look for the waxing gibbous moon to ride in the middle of a...