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Lyrid meteor shower to peak on Saturday

Lyrid meteor shower to peak on Saturday

The recently-started Lyrids meteor shower is expected peak on coming Saturday and the best time to view the dramatic show will be early morning hours on that day, astronomers said.

American Meteor Society (AMS) said in a statement that the Lyrids meteor shower will be most viewable during a waning crescent moon, which will be better than a full moon. Nevertheless, moonlight could cause some insignificant interference.

Cassini captures images of Saturn’s disk-shaped moon Atlas

Cassini captures images of Saturn’s disk-shaped moon Atlas

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has sent back some images of Atlas, an atypical moon of Saturn that looks like a flying saucer, orbiting just outside the gas giant’s rings.

According to NASA, Atlas orbits Saturn just outside its outermost main, bright ring, the ring A. It is just around 19 miles or 30 kilometers across. The moon Pan, which has a similar appearance, is even smaller.

Dead right whale had bruising from blunt trauma: necropsy report

Dead right whale had bruising from blunt trauma: necropsy report

The female North Atlantic right whale that was found floating dead in Cape Cod Bay on Thursday had died from blunt trauma, initial necropsy results showed.

The huge marine creature was brought to a landfill in Bourne, where a team of experts performed a necropsy on Friday. They found bruising from some kind of blunt trauma. However, there was no indication of entanglement.

Cape Cod boaters urged to proceed in the area with extreme caution

Cape Cod boaters urged to proceed in the area with extreme caution

The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) is urging Cape Cod boaters to use extra caution due to presence of unusually large number of endangered right whales in the bay area.

In a newly released statement, the Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game said that a large number of endangered North Atlantic right whales were spotted swimming in the area.

Warrior ants carry injured comrades home: researchers discover

Warrior ants carry injured comrades home: researchers discover

The common Soldier’s Creed that Army recruits learn during their basic training including the idea that no fallen comrade should be left behind. But, this quality isn’t unique to human soldiers.

And never leaving a fallen comrade is also the rule for some warriors who are ants, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

NASA sections off Earth to be ‘adopted’ by supporters

NASA sections off Earth to be ‘adopted’ by supporters

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has sectioned off thousands of individual pieces of our planet on its website to be “adopted” by supporters.

The 64,000 pieces of Earth are around 55 miles wide and have been assigned randomly. Similar to naming of a star or adopting a highway, participants will not get legal or property rights to the section they will adopt.

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