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Stunning Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower and Super Flower Moon Happening This Week

The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower peaks tonight!

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(TMU) — This week, as long as the skies are clear, stargazers will have an opportunity to hit a double jackpot in the form of the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower reaching its peak over May 5 and 6 and the Super Flower Full Moon reaching full illumination on May 7, at 06.45 in New York City, NY.

Of course, in some areas of the world, full illumination of the moon will be during the daytime but still a beautiful sight to observe with clear skies. Check the best time and date in your town or city.

While millions of people worldwide are still hunkering down during the pandemic, they are rediscovering the little things they may not have had time for during the daily grind of commuting and work.

By now, the spring cleaning is done and time is being spent playing games, reading books, cooking, baking, gardening, art, sewing, and watching the stars. Older family members will recall nights when they used to lay on the lawn trying to be the first to spot Sputnik in orbit, see shooting stars, and learn about the stars and planets in our galaxy.

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 In those days, there was often no need to travel far to get away from the glow of city lights, but at this time we don’t necessarily have the same freedom to travel to a wide open space, where the sky is deep and dark, especially to view the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. Although the shower started April 19 and starts fading towards May 31, it reaches its peak on Tuesday, May 5.

The Eta Aquarids is visible from across the globe but usually gives the Southern Hemisphere a particularly good show. According to a report by Forbes, Eta Aquarids shower is estimated to produce about 60 meteors per hour, unfortunately, this year’s showers may fade against to brilliant Super Moon in its final days before reaching full illumination on May 7, but the showers are usually at their best in the darkest hour, before twilight, which means the Super Moon might not have shown its face yet to steal the show.

If all else fails, find a ‘moon shadow’ such as a tree, mountain, or building casting a shadow from the moon light to sit under, check the radiant, altitude and direction from your location then switch off all lights and electronics and relax. Your eyes should adjust to the darkness in about 15-20 minutes and it will be a lot easier to spot the meteors.

The Eta Aquarids shower is named after the brightest star, Eta Aquarii, in the constellation of Aquarius, which is the direction from where the shower seems to come from. Both the Eta Aquarids and the Orionid Meteor Shower in October are created by debris from the Comet Halley. Earth passing through Halley’s path of space dust causes the spectacular firework displays. Halley takes approximately 76 years to complete its revolution around the sun and won’t be visible from Earth again until 2061.

Although this week’s Flower Super Moon is the last Super Moon of 2020, we can look forward to some special celestial events in June, starting with a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on 5-6 June and an Annular Solar Eclipse on 21 June.

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Video Showing UFOs Swarming Navy Warship is Real, Pentagon Confirms

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Late last month, reports emerged that a number of U.S. Navy guided missile destroyers sailing off the coast near Los Angeles encountered a swarm of strange unidentified flying objects or drones in 2019. While Navy investigators looked into the strange incident, no explanation has since been given.

However, new footage has been leaked to documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell that shows the strange flying objects swarming above one of the ships, and the Pentagon has confirmed that the videos are authentic.

“I can confirm that the referenced photos and videos were taken by Navy personnel,” a Department of Defense spokesperson told Futurism.

In the brief footage, which appears to have been recorded with night vision cameras, triangular or pyramid-shaped objects can be seen hovering above the deck of a Navy destroyer.

According to Corbell, the Pentagon has gone to great lengths to disavow any connection to the swarming UAVs.

“This was taken on deployment from the USS Russell,” Corbell told Mystery Wire. “It shows what they described as vehicles. And they made a great distinction. They made sure in this classified briefing, they made a great distinction that this is not something that we own either a black project, this is not something of a foreign military, that these were behaving in ways that we did not expect.

“And that they were you know shaped non aerodynamically,” he added. “Like pyramids, these are flying pyramids!”

The video, as well as a number of photos from the incident, have all been gathered by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, a group tasked with investigating encounters between the different service branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and a number of unidentified flying objects.

While officials have been baffled by the unknown flying objects, in recent years the Pentagon has been more vocal about past encounters, which they describe as having been frequent. Officials have also discouraged the use of the acronym “UFOs,” instead opting to describe them as unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs.

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Scientists Discover X-Rays Coming From Uranus For Very First Time

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Scientists are seeing X-rays being emitted from Uranus for the very first time, according to new research.

On Wednesday, the study was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research that lays out how a comparison of two images of the planet taken by the Chandra Observatory in 2002 and 2017 show a clear detection of X-rays in the first image, while the second shows a possible flare of X-rays on the enigmatic and icy planet.

According to NASA, the reason for these X-rays is “mainly the sun.”

However, “there are tantalizing hints that at least one other source of X-rays is present,” the space agency noted.

“One possibility is that the rings of Uranus are producing X-rays themselves, which is the case for Saturn’s rings,” NASA said. “Another possibility is that at least some of the X-rays come from auroras on Uranus, a phenomenon that has previously been observed on this planet at other wavelengths.”

X-rays can be provide a crucial window into the processes and characteristics of our universe. In the case of Uranus, these characteristics can include “atmospheric, surface and planetary ring composition.”

And while X-ray lights given off by the sun have been previously observed by astronomers on Jupiter and Saturn, this hasn’t been the case for icy giants like Uranus and Neptune.

The agency hopes that by figuring out the origin of the X-rays observed at Uranus, researchers can better grasp how mysterious objects including black holes and neutron stars emit X-rays.

Uranus is roughly four times the diameter of Earth and is the seventh planet from the sun, and is known for its distinct pair of rings around its equator and its unique side rotation.

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Breathtaking New Image of Black Hole Reveals Ultrapowerful Magnetic Fields

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Two years after the first-ever image of a black hole was produced, an international team of scientists have released an updated view of the magnetic fields surrounding it, saying that the groundbreaking new development allows us to understand the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy’s ability to “launch energetic jets from its core.”

In a press release, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) said that over 300 researchers collaborated on the project and the  findings were published Wednesday in two separate papers in The Astrophysical Journal.

In April 2019, scientists from EHT captured the world’s attention by releasing an image of the supermassive black hole lying at the center of M87, which is located 55 million light-years away from Earth.

The striking image showed a dark central region outlined by a ring-like structure, which scientists described at the time as “emission from hot gas swirling around it under the influence of strong gravity near its event horizon.” In the new image captured through polarized light, brightly colored streaks of light can be seen corresponding with its magnetic field.

“We are now seeing the next crucial piece of evidence to understand how magnetic fields behave around black holes, and how activity in this very compact region of space can drive powerful jets that extend far beyond the galaxy,” said Monika Mościbrodzka, coordinator of the EHT Polarimetry Working Group and a professor at Radboud Universiteit in the Netherlands.

The new observations, which are based on data collected by EHT researchers, should provide crucial insights on how a galaxy can project streams of energy thousands of light-years outward from its core.

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