SpaceX's early-stage plan to fill the skies with thousands of mini internet satellites is already wreaking havoc on astronomical research. According to astronomers at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, nearly 20 satellites operated as part of SpaceX's Starlink program recently streamed across the sky, disrupting the experts' exposure and obscuring the final images. 'Wow!! I am in shock!! The huge amount of Starlink satellites crossed our skies tonight a [Cerro Tololo],' tweeted one of the observatory's astronomers, Clarae Martínez-Vázquez. 'Our DECam exposure was heavily affected by 19 of them! The train of Starlink satellites lasted for over 5 minutes!! Rather depressing… This is not cool!' Wow!! I am in shock!! The huge amount of Starlink satellites crossed our skies tonight at @cerrotololo. Our DECam exposure was heavily affected by 19 of them! The train of Starlink satellites lasted for over 5 minutes!! Rather … [Read more...] about Astronomers shocked as train of 19 SpaceX satellites obstruct their telescopes at observatory in Chile
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Was the world's best-known physicist Albert Einstein a racist? The same man who, while in US exile, spoke out against the discrimination of African-Americans, blasting segregation as "a disease of white people?" Yes, that same man might have in fact harbored racist prejudices, as the recently published Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein: The Far East, Palestine, and Spain, 1922-1923 suggests. That is certainly the conclusion reached by Britain's Guardian newspaper: "The publication of Albert Einstein's private diaries detailing his tour of Asia in the 1920s reveals the theoretical physicist and humanitarian icon's racist attitudes to the people he met on his travels, particularly the Chinese." The English translation of Einstein's original German-language diaries was published as a standalone volume by Princeton University Press. Read more: Albert Einstein's letter on physics and flirty note sold in Jerusalem Among other things, Einstein wrote down his impressions of everyday life … [Read more...] about Albert Einstein: The racist genius?
Thousands of stargazers and tourists turned out across Chile and Argentina on Tuesday afternoon to observe a rare solar eclipse. The sky darkened as the moon moved in front of the sun and cast its shadow down below, plunging a vast swath of Latin America's southern region into darkness. "In the past 50 years we've only had two eclipses going over observatories. So when it happens and an observatory lies in the path of a totality, it really is special for us," said Elyar Sedaghati, an astronomer at the European Southern Observatory in Paranal, Chile. Both Chile and Argentina were situated under the narrow, 6,000-mile (9,650-kilometer) band of Earth that experienced the eclipse. The natural spectacle began at 1:01 p.m. (1701 UTC) in the Pacific Ocean, and a 95 mile-wide band of total darkness reached Chile's coast at 4:38 p.m. (2038 UTC), before crossing into southeastern Argentina and the South Atlantic ocean. Read more: What you can see in space in 2019 The solar … [Read more...] about Chile, Argentina witness rare solar eclipse
The gender pay-gap row, which has pitted broadcasting colleagues against each other, has now become even more personal. I can disclose that Radio 4 Woman’s Hour host Jane Garvey has accused her ex-husband and fellow BBC presenter, Adrian Chiles, of failing to speak out over equal pay. Adding insult to injury, she suggests that Chiles let down their two daughters. I can disclose that Radio 4 Woman’s Hour host Jane Garvey has accused her ex-husband and fellow BBC presenter, Adrian Chiles, of failing to speak out over equal pay. Adding insult to injury, she suggests that Chiles let down their two daughters Chiles was the highly paid co-presenter of BBC’s The One Show with Christine Bleakley until the pair were poached by ITV in a multi-million-pound move to host ill-fated breakfast show Daybreak ‘I have talked to him about it,’ says Garvey. ‘I feel that some of the men at the BBC could have done a lot more to help.’ Chiles was the highly paid … [Read more...] about SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Woman’s Hour host chides her ex Adrian Chiles in BBC pay row
Researchers have discovered the remains of an ancient ceremonial site in the Atacama Desert – one of the driest places in the world. The stone complex holds several signs of the rituals that took place there thousands of years ago, including a gold-plated vulture head, mortars and grinding slabs used to prepare pigments and hallucinogens, and more than two dozen infant burials. The discovery in the Chilean desert, coupled with the reinterpretation of another nearby site, suggests the harsh region was home to hunter-gatherer communities that developed complex ceremonial traditions over the years. The stone complex holds signs of the rituals that took place there, including mortars and grinding slabs used to prepare pigments and hallucinogens, and more than two dozen infant burials. An infant buried with the gold plaque is indicated with the black arrow The site, called Tulan-52, is estimated to have thrived in the desert’s largest salt flat from around 1110-900BC until … [Read more...] about Massive stone structures in the middle of Chile’s Atacama Desert used for ‘ceremonial purposes’ as far back as 5,000 years ago