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How black holes can spaghettify stars that fall too close – Mashable

Spaghetti never sounded so deadly.

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Spaghettification sounds like a particularly unpleasant thing to happen to pretty much anything that isn’t a lump of pasta dough. Now imagine it happening to a star.
Thats precisely what astronomers around the world observed over a six-month period when a black hole stretched and ripped apart a star that was sucked into its intense gravitational grasp at a distance of 215 million light years from Earth, as detailed in an Oct. 12 study
published through the Royal Astronomical Society. It was t…

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Five quick questions answered about finding water on the Moon – ABC News

We’ve answered five quick questions about how excited we should be about the discovery of liquid water on the Moon and what happens next.

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A team of scientists has detected liquid water on the Moon using NASA’s flying telescope.
Meanwhile, another team of scientists has calculated that cold traps shadows that are cold enough to freeze water for billions of years are much more abundant than we previously thought.
The findings, published today in the journal Nature Astronomy, are a major boost for future missions to the Moon.
We’ve answered five quick questions about how excited we should be and what happens next.
Just to be clear there…

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Reef credits to pay farmers for improving water quality – North Queensland Register

Queensland farmers are set to receive financial gains in exchange for their efforts to improve water quality in Great Barrier Reef catchments.

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Tully cane farmer Jamie Dore has sold Queensland’s first reef credits to HSBC Australia and the state government.
Queensland farmers are set to receive financial gains in exchange for their efforts to improve water quality in Great Barrier Reef catchments.
Similar to Australia’s carbon credits scheme, reef credits will be paid to landholders who are able to improve water quality while maintaining the productivity of their land.
The scheme has been developed by GreenCollar in conjunction with landholders,…

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Extreme ‘Black Widow’ Star Identified as Source of Mystery Gamma Radiation – ScienceAlert

For more than two decades, astronomers have been systematically tracing mystery sources of high-energy gamma rays to their sources.

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For more than two decades, astronomers have been systematically tracing mystery sources of high-energy gamma rays to their sources.
One, however, remained stubborn – the brightest unidentified source of gamma rays in the Milky Way. It seemed to be coming from a binary system 2,740 light-years away, but only one of the stars could be found.
Now, astronomers have solved the mystery and pinned down that second star by searching gamma-ray data obtained between 2008 and 2018. Together, the two stars…

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