Batten down the hatches, people. A giant solar flare that arced off the sun on Wednesday afternoon is heading for Earth, and scientists say it could disrupt our planet’s power and communication grids when it crosses our path on Friday and Saturday.
Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butter-like consistency, it is no wonder the papaya was reputably called the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus. Once considered quite exotic, they can now be found in markets throughout the year. Although there is a slight seasonal peak in early summer and fall, papaya trees produce fruit year round.
An image captured by NASA’s Curiosity rover on August 14 is causing quite a stir online, with internet users and bloggers asserting an ‘alien thigh bone’ has been spotted on the Red Planet. “Normally, I see rocks as rocks,” said one commenter, “This can’t be a thigh bone, can it?” Others have suggested this find is merely a product of the brain’s tendency to spot patterns in otherwise random data.
In the Center of the Lagoon Nebula — “The center of the Lagoon Nebula is a whirlwind of spectacular star formation. Visible near the image center, at least two long funnel-shaped clouds, each roughly half a light-year long, have been formed by extreme stellar winds and intense energetic starlight. The tremendously bright nearby star, Hershel 36, lights the area. Walls of dust hide and redden other hot young stars. As energy from these stars pours into the cool dust and gas, large temperature differences in adjoining regions can be created generating shearing winds which may cause the funnels. This picture, spanning about 5 light years, combines images taken by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. The Lagoon Nebula, also known as M8, lies about 5,000 light years distant toward the constellation of Sagittarius.” (Image credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, @NASA, ESA - Processing & Licence: Judy Schmidt) 💫 #universe #nature #cosmos #stars #sky #beautiful #lagoonnebula #nasa #milkyway #galaxy #nebula #amazing #beauty #science #hubble #space #telescope #astronomy #astrophotography
The human body is an incredibly complex and intricate system and it still baffles researchers regularly despite thousands of years of medical knowledge. As a result, it shouldn’t be a surprise that even body parts we deal with everyday have unexpected facts and explanations behind them.
Curiosity’s Brushwork on Martian ‘Bonanza King’ Target: Our Curiosity Mars rover used the Dust Removal Tool on its robotic arm to brush aside reddish, more-oxidized dust, revealing a gray patch of less-oxidized rock material at a target called “Bonanza King,” visible in this image from the rover’s Mast Camera.
The rover team is evaluating Bonanza King as a possible drilling target. The mission has previously drilled into three target rocks to collect sample powder for analysis by the rover’s onboard laboratory instruments.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS