Largest star in Milky Way is DYING and could collapse into a black hole

A HYPERGIANT star is dying and researchers have been studying the phenomenon closely. Astronomers at the University of Arizona have developed a model to track the activity of a red hypergiant star. 1 Artist’s illustration of VY Canis MajorisCredit: NASA, ESA, Roberta Humphreys (UMN), Joseph Olmsted (STSc) Dubbed VY Canis Majoris, this star may be … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope: Just a huge thermal camera | Science | In-depth reporting on science and technology | DW

Scientists are abuzz with anticipation for the first full-color images from the James Webb Space Telescope, the biggest and most powerful infrared space-based telescope, which will be revealed in July. “[The images] are sure to deliver a long-awaited ‘wow’ for astronomers and the public,” said Klaus Pontoppidan, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in … Read more

NanoAvionics Small Satellite Uses GoPro for Selfie in Space

A view of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from low Earth orbit (shown at 8x normal speed). gif: NanoAvionics/Gizmodo Proprietary space-grade cameras are expensive, limited, and a pain to develop. Smallsat manufacturer NanoAvionics recently sidestepped any development issues and opted for something off the shelf instead. The company used a GoPro Hero 7 mounted to a … Read more

Genomes of six viruses that infect Asgard archaea from deep-sea sediments

Spang, A. et al. Complex archaea that bridge the gap between prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Nature 521, 173–179 (2015). CAS  PubMed  PubMed Central  Article  Google Scholar  Zaremba-Niedzwiedzka, K. et al. Asgard archaea illuminate the origin of eukaryotic cellular complexity. Nature 541, 353–358 (2017). CAS  PubMed  Article  Google Scholar  Eme, L., Spang, A., Lombard, J., Stairs, C. … Read more

Surprise solar storm with ‘disruptive potential’ slams into Earth

A stream of supercharged particles from the sun recently crashed into Earth with no prior warning. (Image credit: Shutterstock) (opens in new tab) Scientists were recently left scratching their heads after a “potentially disruptive” solar storm smashed into Earth without warning. The surprise solar storm hit earth just before midnight UTC June 25 and continued … Read more

Oil and gas activity linked to most recent ea

image: Researchers investigated the linkage between earthquakes and oil and gas production activities in the Delaware Basin of Texas and New Mexico. The graphic indicates how strongly seismicity is linked with hydraulic fracturing, shallow wastewater injection, and deep wastewater injection in different regions. The lower the p-value the higher the association confidence. In some cases, … Read more