A team of astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to study the exoplanet HD 189733b, and noticed curious changes in the planet’s upper atmosphere after it was bombarded with intense X-ray radiation from a flare unleashed by its host star. From observations made in 2011, the researchers saw signs that the planet’s atmosphere was evaporating, releasing strong bursts of gas at a staggering rate of at least 984 tons per second, the researchers said. The study’s findings offered an intriguing view of changing climates and space weather on an alien planet.
Experts who have studied the Northwestern moose — Alces alces andersoni — believe they are witnessing one of the most precipitous nonhunting declines of a major species in the modern era, yet few outside Minnesota fully appreciate the loss.
The woman tried to stop, drop and roll but was unsuccessful in getting the flames out, Stone said. Her husband also tried to help and got second-degree burns when he tried to pull the shorts off, Stone said. The rocks, described as small, the size of a hamburger patty, smooth and orange and green in color, fell from the shorts onto the floor and continued to burn the wood floor and fill the house with smoke.
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NASA says that roughly 4,700 asteroids orbit close enough to Earth for us to be concerned for our safety — at least a little. Just when we thought we had escaped Armageddon, this: NASA announced late Wednesday that approximately 4,700 potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) are currently buzzing around “near” Earth. The estimate — which could be off by as many as 1,500 PHAs — is based on analysis of new information gathered by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope.
(Space.com) Skywatchers in East Asia and the western United States should circle Sunday (May 20) on their calendars. That’s when a solar eclipse will block out most of the sun, leaving a spectacular “ring of fire” shining in the sky for observers located along the eclipse’s path.