Ancient Roman Military Camp Uncovered in Portugal

The 2,100-year-old camp of Lomba do Mouro in Melgaço, Portugal, was used by around 10,000 Roman soldiers sent to conquer Northwest Iberia. Covering more than 20 hectares, the site of Lomba do Mouro was discovered using remote sensing techniques. “Written sources mention the army crossing different valleys, but until now we didn’t know exactly where,” […]

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How lobster eyes can help astronomers get a wider view of the cosmos

The crustacean-inspired technology can help us analyze far-off phenomena, like supernovae collisions and solar wind, that extend past our own galaxy. For more than half a century, scientists have sought to understand cosmic X-rays and what they reveal about our galaxy and the universe beyond it. As it turns out, lobsters can help astronomers do […]

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Giant ‘Blinking’ Star Spotted in Milky Way’s Central Region

A giant star called VVV-WIT-08 exhibited a smooth, eclipse-like drop in brightness to a depth of 97% in 2012; minimum brightness occurred in April 2012 and the total event duration was a few hundred days, according to an analysis of data from the VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea survey (VVV), a project using the […]

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Two Giant Exoplanets Found around Sun-Like Star

Professional astronomers and citizen scientists from the NASA-funded Planet Hunters TESS project have discovered a two-planet system around the bright Sun-like star HD 152843. HD 152843 is a G-dwarf star located about 352 light-years away in the northern constellation of Hercules. Otherwise known as TOI-2319 or SAO 84691, the star is about the same mass […]

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