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Saturn’s Death Star Moon May Be a ‘Stealth’ Ocean World in Disguise

Saturn’s innermost moon Mimas may be hiding a vast subsurface ocean locked away beneath its icy surface, according to the results of a new study. Mimas is but one of Saturn’s eclectic family of 63 confirmed moons, which come in a dizzying array of shapes and sizes, from the stress fractured form of Enceladus to …

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Astronomers find rare star system that will lead to gold-producing explosion

Astronomers at the National Science Foundation’s NOIRLab made the first confirmed detection of a star system that will one day form a kilonova, an ultra-powerful and gold-producing explosion created by merging neutron stars.  Researchers said on Tuesday that they used data from the SMARTS 1.5-meter Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile to uncover …

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A 319-million-year-old brain has been discovered. It could be the oldest of its kind

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  A scan of the skull of a 319-million-year-old fossilized fish has led to the discovery of the oldest example of a well-preserved vertebrate brain, shining a new light on the early evolution of …

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Only filmed interview with Georges Lemaître, ‘father of the Big Bang,’ rediscovered after 60 years

A still of Georges Lemaître from the rediscovered video. (Image credit: VRT) (opens in new tab) The only known video interview with Belgian physicist Georges Lemaître, widely considered the “father of the Big Bang,” talking about the birth of the universe has been rediscovered almost 60 years after it was lost. Lemaître (1894-1966) was a …

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Mysterious Beams of Light and Curious Spirals: Hawaii’s Subaru-Asahi Star Camera Keeps Capturing Bizarre Scenes in the Night Sky

In the past few weeks, the Subaru-Asahi telescope star camera has been capturing several bizarre sights in the night skies over Hawaii, including eerie blue spirals and ghostly green beams of light.  According to researchers, these extraordinary light shows have earthly origins and can be attributed to NASA and SpaceX.  On January 19, researchers shared a …

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Look! New JWST Shows a Billion-Year-Old Spiral Galaxy in Stunning Detail

In this latest image from James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), we’re seeing spiral galaxy LEDA 2046648 as it looked while the first multicellular organisms were clumping themselves together here on Earth. The spiral galaxy in the foreground of this latest image from JWST is a billion light years away; its light had to travel across …

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Neanderthals hunted and butchered giant elephants

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  Some 125,000 years ago, enormous elephants that weighed as much as eight cars each roamed in what’s now northern Europe. Scientifically known as Palaeoloxodon antiquus, the towering animals were the largest land mammals …

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