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The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight–10 Things You Need To know The Perseids captured in a 30-second exposure on August 12, 2016. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight–10 Things You Need To know

Each year in August, stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere get the chance to observe one of the most fascinating meteor showers – the Perseids. Perhaps you already got your chance to see some shooting stars since the beginning of the astronomical event in July but if not… tonight will be the best chance to spot some falling meteorites.

NASA Model On Star Resembling Our Sun—10 Reasons Why This Matters Artist's impression of the early appearance of our Sun based on the research on a new star. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Conceptual Image Lab

NASA Model On Star Resembling Our Sun—10 Reasons Why This Matters

By the standards of the stars, the Sun is now “a moderately plump star in its prime.” But to thoroughly understand its evolution and try to predict future development, scientists need to find out what such bodies were like at earlier stages of development. Observations of young stars of the same type and, of course, modeling help a lot in this process.

NASA’s New Spacecraft Will Carry Message to Aliens—10 Things You Need to Know Artist's impression of the Lucy as it passes near a Trojan asteroid with Jupiter in the distant background. Credit: Southwest Research Institute

NASA’s New Spacecraft Will Carry Message to Aliens—10 Things You Need to Know

NASA’s new interplanetary Lucy mission, scheduled for launch into space in October 2021, will carry a “time-capsule” with famous quotes from prominent members of society or history. Since the station will continue to orbit Earth for hundreds of thousands of years, perhaps it will one day be found by our distant descendants or perhaps even aliens.

Melting Tibetan Glaciers Unleash 15,000-Year Old Viruses–10 Reasons Why This Matters Scientists have discovered dozens of unknown ancient viruses from melting glaciers. Credit: Pixabay

Melting Tibetan Glaciers Unleash 15,000-Year Old Viruses–10 Reasons Why This Matters

Scientists analyzed old ice samples from the Tibetan plateau and found in them the genomic sequences of more than 30 ancient viruses, most of which were not previously known to science. The viruses from the Guliya ice cap have been given an approximate point of origin – around 15,000 years ago.

Jupiter’s Striking X-Ray Aurora Mystery Cracked By Experts—10 Things You Should Know Overlaid images of Jupiter's pole from NASA's Juno satellite and X-ray telescope. Sources: NASA / Chandra / Juno Wolk / Dunn

Jupiter’s Striking X-Ray Aurora Mystery Cracked By Experts—10 Things You Should Know

A team of researchers from University College London and the Chinese Academy of Sciences has tracked down the source of the bright X-rays that flash on Jupiter every few minutes. Thus, they unraveled the mystery of this phenomenon, the reasons for which remained unknown for the last 40 years. We finally understand Jupiter’s auroras.