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NASA Picture of the Day: Jupiter and Saturn Rising Beyond Alien Throne Rock
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What planets are those behind that unusual rock spire? Saturn (lower left) and Jupiter.  This month, after sunset, the bright planetary duo are quite prominent toward the southeast.  Now your view of our Solar System's largest planets might not include a picturesque hoodoo in the foreground, nor the spectacular central band of our Milky Way Galaxy across the background, but should be quite eye-catching anyway.  The featured image is a composite of consecutive foreground and background exposures all taken in late May with the same camera and from the same location -- the badlands of the  Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness in the San Juan Basin in New Mexico, USA.  The rock spire, informally dubbed 'Alien Throne', stands about 3 meters tall. Saturn and Jupiter will remain visible together after sunset for several months.
Track And Trace: Invasion Of Privacy Or Public Health Necessity?
Earlier this year, I wrote an article which looked at whether tech is the answer to preventing a pandemic, and explored how technology should have a leading role in social distancing. The piece outlined the notion that, although it would take an unprecedented amount of co-operation between companies…
Asteroid Flybys Over the next 7 Days
NameDateMin Dia. (m)Max Dia. (m)Rel. Velocity (mph)Miss Distance (miles)
(2020 MZ3)13th Aug25557043,25821,039,303
141053 (2001 XT1)13th Aug483108135,37331,944,749
(2013 FX7)15th Aug12728434,77324,337,352
378160 (2006 WX1)15th Aug33474823,00626,708,200
(2002 TB70)17th Aug12728416,80831,578,275
(2019 AN5)19th Aug16035821,1885,460,674
454094 (2013 BZ45)19th Aug11024724,83915,140,164
411165 (2010 DF1)20th Aug11625936,8614,985,498
221980 (1996 EO)20th Aug42194159,44143,574,711
65690 (1991 DG)20th Aug42194114,79236,174,903
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