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Lightning Strikes Up

Unraveling the Mysteries of “Gigantic Jet” Lightning Bursts That Reach 50 Miles Into Space

The telescopes at Maunakea sit calmly at an altitude of around 4200 meters (13,800 feet) beneath a sky filled with extraordinary light. Gemini North’s nighttime Cloud Cams captured this extraordinary light phenomenon. The column of blue and red lights surrounded by a bright blaze of white light appears so otherworldly that it looks like it …

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NASA Lucy Mission Solar Array Anomaly

NASA Troubleshoots Asteroid-Bound Lucy Spacecraft From Millions of Miles Away

Shortly after Lucy launched, one of its solar arrays failed to fully deploy, putting the mission at risk. This artist’s concept animation depicts Lucy’s solar array anomaly. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab Just after the successful launch of NASA’s Lucy spacecraft on October 16, 2021, a group of engineers huddled around …

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Spectacular Shock Wave From Rejected Star Hurtling Through Space at 100,000 Miles per Hour

Spectacular Shock Wave From Rejected Star Hurtling Through Space at 100,000 Miles per Hour

Zeta Ophiuchi was once in close orbit with another star, before being ejected when this companion was destroyed in a supernova explosion. Infrared data from Spitzer reveal a spectacular shock wave that was formed by matter blowing away from the star’s surface and slamming into gas in its path. Data from Chandra show a bubble …

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