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* Cassini’s first dive inside Saturn’s rings
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has survived one of its riskiest manoeuvres -- after successfully undertaking its first ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings. As well as provide unrivalled close-ups of the rings – the flight through this previously unexplored region could finally help astronomers answer the nagging question of the true age of Saturn’s spectacular rings.
*Hints of possible new physics beyond the Standard Model
Researchers may have just discovered the first possible hints of new physics -- which could forge the first significant cracks in the Standard model of particle physics -- that forms the foundations of sciences understanding of the universe. The new findings could be an early indicator of an inconsistency which could take science beyond the Standard Model.
*Ripples in the Cosmic web
Astronomers have made the first ever measurements of small-scale ripples in the primeval hydrogen gas which makes up the large scale cosmic web like structure of the universe. Researchers used rare double quasars to measure variations in the structure of the cosmic web 11 billion light years away.
We check out the night skies of May on SkyWatch where the highlight of the month will be the annual Eta-Aquarids meteor shower which is generated as the Earth passes through the dust and debris trail left behind by Halley’s Comet.
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