“Time Capsule” –Google Earth Reveals a Hidden Rainforest Atop an Africa Mountain

 

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Atop Mount Lico in northern Mozambique is a site that few have had the pleasure of seeing – a hidden rainforest, protected by a steep circle of rock. Though the mountain was known to locals, the forest itself remained a secret until six years ago, when Professor Julian Bayliss spotted it on satellite imagery. It wasn’t until last year, however, that he revealed his discovery, at the Oxford Nature Festival.

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The Alien Observatory: NASA –“A Single Pixel of Light Can Unveil a Habitable World”

 
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An exciting new study analyzed a data set containing single-pixel images taken multiple times per day, in 10 wavelengths, over an extended period. Despite the fact that the entire exoplanet had been reduced to a single point of light, the authors were able to identify water clouds in the atmosphere and measure the planet's rotation rate (the length of its day). The authors say the study, in the June 27 issue of the Astrophysical Journal, demonstrates that the same information could be derived from single-pixel observations of exoplanets.

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A New Kepler “Earth” Discovered 500 Light-Years Away

 
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A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology provides new clues indicating that an exoplanet 500 light-years away is much like Earth. Kepler-186f is the first identified Earth-sized planet outside the solar system orbiting a star in the habitable zone. This means it's the proper distance from its host star for liquid water to pool on the surface.

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Webb Space Telescope –Hubble’s Heir Delayed, Yet Again! NASA’s Head Explains (WATCH Today’s ‘Galaxy’ Stream)

 
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“It hasn’t been good,” Jim Bridenstine, the NASA's administrator, recently told The Atlantic's Marina Koren about the work of the contractor, Northrop Grumman. “They know that. NASA knows that. But we’re gonna get it worked out.”

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“It Just Appeared Out of Nowhere” –Colossal Explosion 200 Light Years from Earth 100 Times Brighter than a Supernova

 
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"I've never seen anything like this before in the local universe," said astrophysicist Stephen Smartt, part of the ATLAS team at the Keck Observatory in Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

 

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