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Researchers find possible evidence of toroidal magnetic field surrounding magnetar

(Phys.org) —Space researchers in Japan working at the Suzaku observatory have found possible evidence of the existence of a toroidal magnetic field …

Recent Tornadoes Highlight Vast Strike Zone

Last week's storms are typical for this time of year in the United States.<p>When Americans imagine tornadoes, many tend to think of them churning through plains states like Kansas or Oklahoma. But destructive twisters strike hard in a very broad area of the eastern United States.<p>The tornadoes that …

Monster Galaxy Tosses Stars to the Cosmic Curb

Changing Planet<p>This artist’s illustration shows the hypervelocity star cluster HVGC-1 escaping from the supergiant elliptical galaxy M87. HVGC-1 is the first runaway star cluster discovered by astronomers. It is fated to drift through intergalactic space. Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)<p><b>Talk about</b> …

Dark Matter Might Be Hiding In Microscopic Black Holes, Astrophysicists Say

Dark matter, the invisible and mysterious stuff that makes up most of the material universe, might be hiding itself in microscopic black holes, says a team of Russian astrophysicists.<p>No one knows what dark matter is. But scientists do know that it must exist, because there is not enough visible …

APOD: A Scorpius Sky Spectacular (2014 May 04) Image Credit & Copyright: Stéphane Guisard, TWAN http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140504.html Explanation: If Scorpius looked this good to the unaided eye, humans might remember it better. Scorpius more typically appears as a few bright stars in a well-known but rarely pointed out zodiacal constellation. To get a spectacular image like this, though, one needs a good camera, color filters, and a digital image processor. To bring out detail, the above image not only involved long duration exposures taken in several colors, but one exposure in a very specific red color emitted by hydrogen. The resulting image shows many breathtaking features. Vertically across the image left is part of the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy. Visible there are vast clouds of bright stars and long filaments of dark dust. Jutting out diagonally from the Milky Way in the image center are dark dust bands known as the Dark River. This river connects to several bright stars on the right that are part of Scorpius' head and claws, and include the bright star Antares. Above and right of Antares is an even brighter planet Jupiter. Numerous red emission nebulas and blue reflection nebulas are visible throughout the image. Scorpius appears prominently in southern skies after sunset during the middle of the year. http://sguisard.astrosurf.com/ http://twanight.org/Guisard Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140504 #APOD

This Is What Uranus Looks Like From Saturn

The planet Uranus is spectacularly far away. Even when viewed from Saturn, the next planet in, icy Uranus is still just a few pixels of blue in an inky black sky. This photo was taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft while the probe was 2,659,800,000 miles away from Uranus.<p>Here, Saturn’s A and F rings …

Survey Finds Trash In The Remotest Ocean Floors

Plastic, fishing gear and 18th-century steamship coal were among the most common finds.<p>We hope you liked the Okeanos Explorer livestream as much as we have. We saw shiny things and creepy things, passive things and aggressive things. We've also occasionally seen trash, such as a kitchen glove. For …

The midwest has some of the most extreme weather in the US and these are the photos to prove it

Storm chasing photographer Mike Hollingshead makes a living following America's worst storms, from snarling tornadoes chewing up Kansas farmland to supercell thunderstorms in the Dakotas.<p>A Nebraska-native, Hollingshead used to watch the Midwest's extreme weather from hills that overlooked his town. …

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