Category Archives: Space

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...

Night Sky Guide for June 2014

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Author: The Watchers

Globular clusters M10 and M13 will both be well placed for observation at the beginning of June. The strongest daylight meteor shower - Daytime Arietids - peaks on June 7. Since the radiant will be located only thirty degrees west of the Sun the visual observing conditions will be poor at best. Theta Opichiud meteor shower will...

“White Holes” Could Exist

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Author: Matthew Francis

A black hole is a one-way door to oblivion. According to general relativity, once anything crosses its boundary—the event horizon—it cannot return to the outside. For that particle, the black hole is the entire future. We’ll never actually get a chance to see the particle live out that destiny: Any...

Listening to the Skies

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Author: Tara MacIsaac

As many amateur astronomers keep their eyes on space, looking through telescopes for unusual phenomena, others get excited by a less visual survey of the great unknown. Amateur radio astronomers at the annual USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. this weekend spoke with great animation of the solar...

Searching for the Holographic Universe

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Author: Leah Hesla

The beauty of the small operation—the mom-and-pop restaurant or the do-it-yourself home repair—is that pragmatism begets creativity. The industrious individual who makes do with limited resources is compelled onto paths of ingenuity, inventing rather than following rules to address the project’s peculiarities. As project manager for the Holometer experiment at...