Fly over Jupiter in this stunning video from NASA’s Juno spacecraft

What if you could hitch a ride on NASA’s Juno spacecraft at Jupiter? We may be stuck on Earth, but the space agency has given us the next best option: a new video flyover of Jupiter based on photos from Juno’s recent flyby in June. 

The stunning video, which is made up of 41 images captured on June 2, gives us a glimpse of what we’d see if we were able to fly around Jupiter ourselves, combining pictures taken from different angles as the spacecraft sped by the solar system’s largest planet. 

Throughout the video, we see zoomed-in views of Jupiter’s upper atmosphere at Juno’s closest approach, when the spacecraft was about 2,100 miles (3,400 kilometers) above the planet’s cloud tops, as well as zoomed-out views. At the spacecraft’s closest point to Jupiter, the gas giant’s powerful gravity sped the spacecraft up to an impressive 130,000 mph (209,000 kph) relative to the planet, according to a NASA statement

In photos: Juno’s amazing views of Jupiter

NASA compiled images taken from the agency’s Juno spacecraft to recreate a Jupiter flyby.  (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS )

Citizen scientist Kevin Gill created the video with data from Juno’s JunoCam, which digitally projects images onto a sphere with a virtual “camera,” giving us these beautiful views of Jupiter. These pictures were taken between 5:47 a.m. and 7:25 a.m. EDT (0947 and 1125 GMT) on June 2 as the spacecraft made its 27th close flyby of the planet. 

Juno launched in 2011 and, after a five-year trek through space, reached Jupiter in July 2016. The spacecraft circles the solar system’s largest planet taking data so we can understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Since its first flyby, Juno has provided incredible information about the planet, including an up-close look at Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a giant storm swirling through the planet’s atmosphere. 

Though the spacecraft was meant to take a dive into Jupiter’s atmosphere in 2018, NASA has extended its mission through 2021. 

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Police look to identify two people in video from hotel where 7 people were shot near University of Maryland, College Park

Prince George’s County Police are searching for two people of interest in a shooting late Saturday that left seven people injured at a party inside a hotel room near the University of Maryland’s College Park campus.

The victims — all of whom are adults and do not attend the university — suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said Sunday. Five have been released from the hospital.

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation. Police released photos of two people of interest.

The University of Maryland Police Department announced Sunday night that they have no information at this point that any of the people shot the previous night are affiliated with the university.

Around 11 p.m. Saturday, police responded to The Hotel in the 7700 block of Baltimore Avenue for a shooting at a party in one of the hotel rooms.

Students Emily Garrett and Avery Strobel say they were on their way from their off-campus house to a Halloween party Saturday night when they saw police activity outside The Hotel. The 19-year-old friends from Bel Air did not know what to make of the situation when they saw the lights and sirens.

“It’s scary to think about,” Strobel, a general studies major, said. “That’s a lot of people.”

Garrett, a communications major, said she doesn’t generally feel unsafe. She said the university goes to significant lengths to keep students safe, including with the installation of emergency call boxes throughout the area.

The friends were among a steady flow of students and families who walked through the area on a dreary Sunday, some stopping for food at Potomac Pizza and Bagels ‘N Grinds at the base of The Hotel. Many said they had not heard much about the shooting but called it unsettling.

By the afternoon, there was no obvious police presence at The Hotel and no lingering evidence of a shooting from the lobby or perimeter of the property.

College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn called the shooting “distressing” and said his thoughts go out to everybody injured, and to their families. In these difficult times, he said, events like the one that took place on Halloween are even more tragic.

“I just hope that everyone pulls out OK,” he said.

Students Chloe Kafka and Tori Lanner walked past The Hotel on their way home to the dorms after brunch Sunday. They said they were taking photos in their Halloween costumes late Saturday when they got an alert from the University of Maryland Police Department that there was an off-campus shooting.

Kafka, an 18-year-old chemistry major from Boston, said she dismissed the alert after glancing at her email, because it did not convey the seriousness of the situation, including that multiple people were injured. A landmark like The Hotel would also have been helpful, because the street address alone didn’t signal to them how close the shooting was to campus.

If they would have had more details Saturday night, Lanner, 18, a communications major from Long Island, New York, said

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Students killed by gunmen at Afghan University [Video]

At least 19 students have been killed at Kabul University on Monday (November 2) as gunmen attacked the campus site, according to a senior government source.

Three attackers were shot dead by security forces.

Eye-witnesses added the attackers were targeting students and fired on them as they fled in the Afghan capital.

Fathullah Moradi is one of them.

“We saw them when they entered the university. They were shooting at every student they saw, and even they shot at the students who were running away. I and a number of my friends managed to leave the scene through the other gate of the university.”

The Taliban said their fighters were not involved in the assault.

No other group immediately claimed responsibility.

Witnesses also said the attack followed an explosion in the area.

Spokesman for the interior ministry Tariq Arian said several attackers had entered the campus and had been fighting with security forces.

At least 15 people were said to be injured, according to a police source.

This latest violence follows an attack late last month on an education center in Kabul which killed 24 people – and comes as the Afghan government and Taliban negotiators have been meeting in Qatar to try to broker a peace deal.

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At least 19 students have been killed at Kabul University on Monday as gunmen attacked the campus site, according to a senior government source. Three attackers were shot dead by security forces. Eye-witnesses added the attackers were targeting students and fired on them as they fled in the Afghan capital. Fathullah Moradi is one of them.

FATHULLAH MORADI: [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

INTERPRETER: We saw them when they entered the university. They were shooting at every student they saw, and they even shot at students who were running away. A number of my friends and I managed to leave the scene through the university’s other gate.

The Taliban said their fighters were not involved in the assault. No other group immediately claimed responsibility. Witnesses also said the attack followed an explosion in the area.

Spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Tariq Arian, said several attackers had entered the campus and have been fighting with security forces. At least 15 people were said to be injured, according to a police source. This latest violence follows an attack late last month on an education center in Kabul, which killed 24 people, and comes as the Afghan government and Taliban negotiators have been meeting in Qatar to try and broker a peace deal.

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Pornhub launches first-ever sex education video series

For many young adults, porn is more of a sex education than anything they learn in school. In fact, less than half of all U.S. states mandate sex ed, so it’s not surprising that teens turn to porn to learn about sex.

The problem is that mainstream porn isn’t proper sex education — it’s a fantasy factory with the sole purpose of profit. One site that promotes this fantasy factory, Pornhub, is attempting to bridge the gap between porn and actual sex ed with their first-ever sex education video series. The series launched today via Pornhub’s Sexual Wellness Center, where the tube site provides articles about sexual health, relationships, and of course sex itself. 

All of the series’s first 11 videos are narrated by licensed sex therapists and PhDs; they also show real anatomy and human examples to provide accuracy and dispel sex myths, according to Pornhub’s press release. The videos cover a range of topics, from communication to preparing for sex to STIs. There’s even a video about having safe sex amidst the coronavirus pandemic. 

One expert narrator is Dr. Laurie Betito, director of the Pornhub Sexual Wellness Center. “I am thrilled to present to our followers a brand new initiative at the Pornhub Sexual Wellness Center,” said Betito in the press release. “As promised, we are tapping into different platforms and mediums to extend the sexual health information we bring to those who seek our resources.”

The wellness center’s mission, according to Betito, is to provide quality information in both an educational and entertaining way. “Many people have questions on how to have sex, so we hope that our video series will provide the visuals that go with those questions,” she said. While the series began with 11 videos, Betito promised the wellness center will be adding more on a regular basis. 

Our current sex education system needs a lot of work, and these videos won’t solve it. At least, however, Pornhub is providing this resource so young adults can learn that “real” sex is much different than the hardcore videos on their site. 

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The truth behind the Halloween 2020 blue moon, according to an Astronomer [Video]

October of 2020 is an exicting month for the moon, with a full moon on the first day of the month, and the last day of the month, making the full moon on October 31st 2020, a blue moon.

“In this case, the moon’s cycle is under 30 days, because of that you can have an event that you get more than one full moon in a given month,” Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, tells Yahoo Life. “The second full moon of any given month, we refer to as a ‘blue moon’.”

This full moon will not actually be blue, however Faherty says that there are occasions where the moon can appear in hues of orange or blue, due to an effect caused by the Earth’s atmosphere. “It changes color as it passes through the most amount of atmosphere, it can create these gorgeous colors for you,” she says. “So it will look orange, it can even look blueish.”

According to Faherty, however, a blue moon occurs about every two to three years, which she doesn’t consider a very rare occurance. She says a more accurate rare phenomena to reference would be a Milky Way supernova, when a star explodes in our galaxy, which happens approximately every 50 years. A “very very rare” occurrence according to Faherty.

None the less, Faherty says any full moon can be spectacular to watch, and she recommends trying to watch the moonrise as well if you can. “Everybody gets all romantic about the sunrise and the sunset but a moonrise and a moonset can be very dramatic and exciting,” Faherty tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “They are spectacular.”

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JACKIE FAHERTY: In October of 2020, we will have two full moons– at the very beginning of the month, and at the very end of the month. And in this case, the moon’s cycle is under 30 days. Because of that, you can have an event that you get more than one full moon in a given month. And the second full moon of any given month we refer to as a Blue Moon.

Now, the expression, as it goes, is “once in a blue moon.” That seems like something that shouldn’t happen a lot. But it’s not really the case for blue moons. You get a blue moon every two-ish years or so.

I don’t like to call things that can happen many times over my lifetime a rare event, so my preference is for something that’s maybe going to happen once if not maybe ever in my lifetime. Rather than once in a blue moon, you might note something that really does happen very rarely. And in the Milky Way, that would be having a supernova going off– so when a star explodes in our own galaxy and gets so bright that it even rivals the moon. And I would say then “once in a Milky Way supernova” would be the expression that we

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This is the astronaut’s video guide to going to the bathroom in space

Have you ever wondered how astronauts use the bathroom? A lot of people do. 

In fact, so many people have asked that NASA astronaut Commander Chris Cassidy, who recently completed a stint as Expedition 63 commander of the International Space Station, explained how it works in a new video from NASA. Cassidy not only went into detail about the process, but he even took his video camera on a tour of the space station’s commode. 

First, the space station’s bathroom isn’t called the bathroom — NASA instead uses the term “waste and hygiene compartment” (WHC). Like bathrooms on Earth, the WHC has walls and a door to give the astronauts privacy, which they need given that the small, closet-like bathroom is right next to the space station’s gym, sandwiched between the treadmill and weight machine astronauts use to avoid muscle and bone loss during long expeditions in space. 

Related: NASA’s new $23 million space toilet is ready for launch

What stays the same as it is on Earth is the urge to go to the bathroom (both #1 and #2, Cassidy said). While it’s easy to assume it would feel different because the liquid inside your bladder is floating without gravity while in space, Cassidy said it feels exactly the same. But, once an astronaut realizes they need to go to the bathroom, they first have to check that the WHC system is ready. 

This is when things start to look a little different from what we’d expect on Earth. Before astronauts can start using the bathroom, they have to look at the WHC’s two primary control panels. If the system is ready for use, three yellow lights will be lit up to form a V. “We say ‘Check that it’s V to pee,'” Cassidy said. Those lights ensure that the liquid waste is going to the UPA (urine processor assembly). 

Once that’s set, an astronaut steps inside the WHC and closes the door. They then grab a hose attached to a funnel and switch a valve on the hose that operates the whole system. (If you forget how the system works, the bathroom is equipped with a checklist labeled “in good NASA fashion,” Cassidy said.) 

A NASA team member demonstrates lifting the urine hose out from its cradled position like a crew member would for use. A funnel (not shown) would be attached to the open end of this hose and be easily replaced or removed for disinfection.

A NASA team member demonstrates lifting the urine hose out from its cradled position like a crew member would for use. A funnel (not shown) would be attached to the open end of this hose and be easily replaced or removed for disinfection. (Image credit: NASA)

Switching on the valve creates airflow which sucks through the funnel on the hose. Astronauts pee directly into the hose, which suctions the pee straight to the UPA. To go #2, however, they have to use something that looks a little more like a toilet. 

The space station’s toilet (which also has a clever acronym, though Cassidy couldn’t remember what it stands for besides “container for something”) is a seat on top of a bucket that holds about 30 “deposits,” Cassidy said. Opening the lid reveals

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Ex-Bull Derrick Rose reflects on career, fight for equality in Adidas video

Derrick Rose is entering Year 13 of his NBA career with a fresh perspective.

In a recently-released video sponsored by Adidas, the former Bulls star reflected on his basketball career, recent social unrest in the United States and his commitment to stand for equality. 

The piece is a part of Adidas’ “Ready for Change” film series, meant to shine light on professional athletes’ motivation to compete on and off the court. Notable submissions aside from Rose include Liz Cambage, P.K. Subban, J.J. Redick, John Collins and more.

“It’s hard growing up in Chicago. It’s hard trying to fight these boundaries and you have to fight through so many elements to find out what you are,” Rose said in the video. He added that he never personally experienced police brutality growing up in Englewood, but that stories of injustice “haunted” his neighborhood.

“Everybody is different, that’s how I look at it,” he said. “Just trying to be open so that I’m never blocked off or being judgemental to someone I don’t understand.

“Knowing yourself or getting knowledge of yourself, that’s like an ongoing thing. Every day I’m working on myself.”

After multiple severe knee injuries that culminated in an abrupt end to his Bulls tenure, the former MVP has spearheaded an on-court resurgence with stops in Minnesota and Detroit, highlights of which are featured in the film.

Achieving basketball mastery clearly motivates him. “They say it’s 10,000 hours to master something, I’m at least 25 to 30,000 for sure,” he said.

 

But the gratitude he feels for the platform basketball has given him drives him as well.

“This is a way for me to express myself,” he said of basketball. “My biggest thing was like, I wanted to make sure everybody was equal, that we’re all on the same page… My platform of basketball has given me the chance to touch others in another way that I can’t even explain.”

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Skyscraper-sized reef discovered in Australia [Video]

Scientists have discovered a massive detached coral reef taller than the Empire State Building in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

It’s the first discovery of its kind in over a century and the reef is healthy and thriving.

Footage captured by scientists shows clown fish paddling between vibrant peach and pink coral; a colourful scene found last week by a team from James Cook University.

Marine Scientist Dr Robin Beaman led the mission:

“That’s it was a real eye-opener to bring the R.O.V. up over the ledge, literally climb onto the summit, and then peer around in the warm photic water, warm photic zone to see all the fish and coral and sharks there. So a very healthy coral ecosystem on this type of top of a 500 metre tall reef. It’s not something you discover every day.”

The nearly mile-long structure was named the “blade reef” for its sharp peak, and was found by using an underwater robot, named Subastian.

With its help, the team collected samples to be archived.

“We’ve found new fish species, new black coral species, we have been taking samples with the R.O.V., because it has a hand and we have a permit from the Marine Park that allows us to collect these rare corals.”

This part of the seabed stands in contrast to the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef, which is suffering from bleaching where warm water causes coral to expel the algae that feeds it and ecosystems are destroyed.

“We didn’t see any evidence of bleaching…what we saw instead was quite a thriving coral reef and sponge community, probably more fish than we’ve seen on any of the other R.O.V. dives.”

The discovery is a welcome breakthrough for scientists after a study was published earlier this month that found the Great Barrier Reef had lost more than half its coral in the last three decades.

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Scientists have discovered a massive detached coral reef taller than the Empire State Building. It’s the first discovery of its kind in over a century, and the reef is healthy and thriving. Footage captured by scientists shows clownfish paddling between vibrant peach and pink coral. A colorful scene found last week by a team from James Cook University. Marine scientist Dr. Robin Beaman led the mission.

It was real eye opener to bring the ROV up over the ledge, literally climb onto the summit and then peer around in the warm photic water to see all of the fish and coral and sharks there. So very healthy coral ecosystem on this, you know, top of a 500 meter tall reef. It’s not something you discover every day.

The nearly mile long structure was named the Blade Reef for its sharp peak and was found by using an underwater robot named SuBastion. And with its help, the team collected samples to be archived.

ROBIN BEAMAN: We’ve found new fish species, new black coral species. We have been taking samples with the ROV,

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Elusive and extremely rare catshark captured in amazing video

Great whites might be the jumbo stars of the shark world, but there are some equally fascinating members on the other side of the size spectrum. The crew of the research vessel Falkor experienced the wonders of the deep when it spotted “one of the rarest species of sharks in the world” during a recent Schmidt Ocean Institute mission.



a close up of a fish: This short-tail catshark (Parmaturus bigus), seen at the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia, is a rare sight. Schmidt Ocean video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET


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This short-tail catshark (Parmaturus bigus), seen at the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia, is a rare sight. Schmidt Ocean video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Shark expert Will White with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia’s national science research agency, identified the short-tail catshark Parmaturus bigus from footage captured during an exploration of the Great Barrier Reef on Oct. 17. Falkor’s remotely operated submersible SuBastian got a good look at the big-eyed creature. 



a close up of a fish: This short-tail catshark (Parmaturus Bigus) seen in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia is a rare sight.


© Schmidt Ocean video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

This short-tail catshark (Parmaturus Bigus) seen in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia is a rare sight.


Though you can chill out and enjoy the hours of underwater footage and scientific commentary, the shark appears a little over two hours into this video. “It’s a shark!” the scientists comment as they zoom in.

Researchers have collected only one specimen of Parmaturus bigus, which is held in the Australian National Fish Collection. The one spotted lounging on the sand was a male estimated to be around 20 inches (50 cm) long. The remotely operated vehicle was able to follow it as it swam off.

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Even better, the ocean researchers discovered they had filmed another specimen during a dive back in May but hadn’t identified it at the time. The team also found footage of an egg case from the short-tail catshark, giving scientists a wealth of new information about the species and its habitat.

“Through the efforts of the Falkor team, we now have three more records of one of the world’s rarest sharks,” Schmidt Ocean said in a statement Monday, including “the first footage of a living specimen.”

Schmidt Ocean expeditions have gifted us some extraordinary views of the marvels of the deep in recent years, from a stunningly bizarre siphonophore to a wild “benthic tornado.” The catshark fits in beautifully with this impressive track record of discovery.

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98 Murder Hornets Recovered From Nest Eradicated This Weekend [Video]

KEY POINTS

  • Washington State authorities captured a total of 98 murder hornets this past weekend
  • 13 of them were captured alive while 85 were vacuumed from the tree
  • Experts say eradicating the nest is just the start of ensuring that the species doesn’t spread

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) successfully eradicated an Asian giant hornet nest this past weekend. In total, the entomologists captured 98 of the so-called “murder hornets.”

After months of searching, WSDA entomologists in eye-catching protective gear were finally able to eradicate a murder hornet nest at a private property in Blaine, Washington. In a news release, the agency said that the experts collected a total of 98 worker hornets, 85 of which were vacuumed out of the nest while the 13 others were captured alive using nets.

Footage of the eradication efforts showed the vacuumed hornets inside a canister but none of them appeared to be moving.

But a later tweet shared by the WSDA revealed that all the 85 hornets that were vacuumed out of the tree turned out to be alive later in the day.

“Even being vacuumed out of bed on Saturday didn’t stop these tough ladies. Post-eradication counting revealed that all of the 85 #AsianGiantHornets were still alive later in the day on Saturday,” WSDA said in the tweet. “No, you can’t have one. The specimens are going to research.”

Despite the successful eradication of the nest, the agency does note that the work to prevent the spread of Asian giant hornets is only just beginning.

“While this is certainly a morale boost, this is only the start of our work to hopefully prevent the Asian giant hornet from gaining a foothold in the Pacific Northwest,” managing entomologist Sven-Erik Spichig said in the news release. “We suspect there may be more nests in Whatcom County.”

Spichig reiterated this sentiment in a virtual press conference held by the WSDA on Monday, noting the possibility that more than one queen from the original nest had been successful at developing a “fully functional nest.”

Now, the agency is planning to cut the tree where the nest was discovered to see just how big the nest really was and whether it may have produced other queens. The experts will also continue to place traps through to November in case there are still other nests in the area.

“The public still has an important role to play in detecting Asian giant hornets in Washington,” WSDA said in the news release. “The nest removed Saturday was found thanks to a report made by a member of the public in September. Every report of an Asian giant hornet leads the agency closer to finding a nest.”

People who believe they may have spotted Asian giant hornets are urged to report it to the authorities via agr.wa.gov/hornets, emailing [email protected] or by calling 1-800-443-6684.

Workers wearing protective suits, illuminated with red lamps, vacuum a nest of Asian giant hornets from a tree in Blaine, Washington state Workers wearing protective suits, illuminated with red lamps, vacuum a nest of Asian giant hornets from a tree in Blaine, Washington state Photo: POOL

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