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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Globular Cluster Extraterrestrials to Earth’s Third Pole”

ESO VLT

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China in Space–”From ‘Milky Way Base’ on the Moon’s Farside to Landing the “God of Fire” on Mars”

 

China Mars Landing

China is moving boldly to dominate in 21st-Century space and science from being the first nation to explore the farside of the Moon, to creating a laser that can rip spacetime asunder to landing a spacecraft —six-wheeled Zhurong robot, named after the Chinese god of fireon Mars  for the first time on Saturday, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing.

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“The Death of Mars” –Did a Pluto-Size Asteroid Ignite Ancient Climate Change?

 

Mars Planet

 

In the mid-1980s, a group of American archaeologists pored over satellite images trying to understand what had become of the Mayan civilization that had once ruled over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, discovered a pattern: a near-perfect ring of sinkholes -cenotes- about 200 kilometers across, encircling the Yucatecan capital, Merida, and port towns of Sisal and Progreso. A pattern created by an ancient asteroid explosion that one young NASA scientist thought may yield clues to the lost ocean and atmosphere of Mars.

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“Globular Cluster Opportunity”–Ideal for Signals from Intelligence Billions of Years Older than Humans

Globular Cluster

 

Globular clusters are the oldest visible objects in the Universe – each contains hundreds of thousands to occasionally over one million stars, all born at essentially the same time. They are densely packed into a spherical volume with a diameter over a thousand times smaller than the diameter of the Milky Way Galaxy. Globular clusters are thought to have formed soon after the Universe began nearly 13.8 billion years ago, at the same time as, or perhaps even before, the first galaxies formed.

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“Anomaly?” Weird Dwarf Galaxy Evolved Around a Massive Black Hole

 

ESO 495-21

 

A tiny dwarf galaxy, ESO 495-21, three percent the size of the Milky Way, harbors a supermassive black hole that may offer clues as to how black holes and galaxies evolved in the early Universe. The origin of the central supermassive black holes in galaxies is still a matter of debate — do the galaxies form first and then crush material at their centers into black holes, or do pre-existing black holes gather galaxies around them? Do they evolve together — or could the answer be something else entirely?

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Antimatter Galaxies –“Could Create the Most Explosive Event Since the Big Bang”

 

NGC 4258, also known as M106

 

“Just because we happen to live in a region that is overwhelmingly dominated by matter doesn’t preclude the existence of other regions of space that are instead dominated by antimatter,” observes Dan Hooper, head of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) and Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago.

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Warnings from Earth’s ‘Third Pole’ –Climate Change at the Crest of the World

 

“There is something about the Himalayas not possessed by the Alps, something unseen and unknown,” said mountaineer and botanist Frank Smythe…” a mystery intriguing and disturbing. Confronted by them, a man loses his grasp of ordinary things, perceiving himself as immortal, an entity capable of outdistancing all changes, all decay, all life, all death.”

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