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A ‘potentially dangerous’ asteroid the size of a blue whale will cross Earth’s orbit on Friday

A “potentially dangerous” asteroid the size of a blue whale is expected to pass Earth on Friday (August 12), according to NASA (opens in a new tab). The asteroidnamed 2015 FF, has an estimated diameter of between 42 and 92 feet (13 and 28 meters), approximately the body length of an adult blue whale (Balaenoptera …

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Earth’s days have mysteriously increased in length – scientists don’t know why

Precise measurements show that the Earth’s rotation has been mysteriously slowing since 2020, making the day longer. Accurate astronomical observations, combined with atomic clocks, have revealed that the length of a day is suddenly getting longer. Scientists don’t know why. This has critical impacts not only on our timing, but also on things like GPS …

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The length of Earth's days has mysteriously increased, and scientists don't know why

The length of Earth’s days has mysteriously increased, and scientists don’t know why

Credit: Shutterstock Atomic clocks, combined with precise astronomical measurements, have revealed that the length of a day is suddenly getting longer, and scientists don’t know why. This has critical impacts not only on our timing, but also on things like GPS and other technologies that govern our modern lives. In recent decades, the rotation of …

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Tonga's eruption threw enough water to fill 58,000 Olympic swimming pools into Earth's atmosphere, NASA says

Tonga’s eruption threw enough water to fill 58,000 Olympic swimming pools into Earth’s atmosphere, NASA says

When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai submarine volcano erupted on January 15, 65 kilometers north of Tonga’s capital, it created a tsunami as well as a sonic boom that rippled through the world – twice. The eruption sent a large plume of water vapor into the stratosphere, which is located between 8 and 33 miles (12 …

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