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A star cluster in the constellation Serpens blazes with the fires of dozens of young stars. And it’s not that far away — perhaps 1300 light-years or so. That should make it an easy target for most telescopes. Yet until a few years ago, no one knew it even existed.
There’s little doubt that the larger star in the system known as Eta Carinae will soon expire — and in spectacular fashion. But just how spectacular remains uncertain.
Space rocks hit our planet all the time. Most of them burn up in the atmosphere, but a few hit the ground. And most of those are unseen — they hit the oceans or deserts or other uninhabited regions. But like the one in New Zealand, a few have witnesses.
The Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft passed an important milestone back in March: It made its 100th close pass by Titan, the planet’s largest moon. Stardate has the details on how this was achieved.
German Shepherd Dies After Being Left Inside Truck With Windows Rolled Up; Owner Arrested In Belmont
On Monday, Belmont Police responded to a call of a dog in distress on the 1100 block of Shoreway Rd. Officers found “Elisha,” an unresponsive 8 year-old German Shepherd in distress, inside the cab of a black 2011 Toyota pick-up truck. The dog had been left in the truck with the windows rolled up and without water, according to Belmont police.
Partly cloudy skies and patchy fog in the Bay Area were bringing cooler temperatures to the region Tuesday morning.
If you judge by the layout of the night sky, you might think that centaurs roamed across every field and mountain in ancient Greece. That’s because these mythological beasts are represented by not one, but two constellations created by the Greeks.
One hundred eighteen years ago, a team of draft horses labored up a hill west of Flagstaff, Arizona. Their cargo was a 32-foot steel telescope tube commissioned by astronomer Percival Lowell.
Regulus is the bright heart of Leo, the celestial lion. It’s several times bigger and heavier than the Sun, and hundreds of times brighter. Its most interesting feature, though, is its shape. Instead of a nice, round ball, it’s shaped more like a round jelly doughnut.