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Scientists Investigate Upside-Down Lightning Bolt That Touched the Edge of Space

Scientists Investigate Upside-Down Lightning Bolt That Touched the Edge of Space

On May 14, 2018, a tempest straight from The Twilight Zone rained over Oklahoma.  Rather than scatter the Earth with jagged lightning bolts, the shrouds of dense clouds powering this storm spit one 50 miles upward, far enough to graze the ionosphere, or the edge of space. This violent, backward burst of electricity would soon …

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Astronomers investigate star cluster KMHK 1762 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Astronomers investigate star cluster KMHK 1762 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Image of about 4′ in diameter in the g-band centered on KMHK 1762. The red circle indicates the star cluster radius of 0.5′. Credit: Gatto et al., 2022. Using the VLT Survey Telescope (VST), European astronomers have investigated a peculiar star cluster in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), known as KMHK 1762. Results of the …

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