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A cosmic fingerprint, cooling with terracotta, a map explaining what Indigenous territory you're on and more

Oakland to Return Park Land to Indigenous People Oakland, California is slated to become one of the first US cities to return land to Indigenous people—and the first to do so for a federally unrecognized tribe. The city council is planning to rematriate Sequoia Point—a five-acre park owned by the city—to the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, the East Bay Ohlone tribe and the Confederated Villages …

“Cosmic Fingerprint” Captured by James Webb Telescope

Emanated by the duo of stars called the Wolf-Rayet 140 system, 17 dust rings thousands of light years away have been captured by the James Webb Telescope. The image of these concentric dust loops is stunning, and resembles a “cosmic fingerprint” which has been created because “wind from the other star sweeps the gas into lanes and you have enough of the material close together …

James Webb’s First Image of a Distant World

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has taken its first direct image of a distant world: a planet lying outside our solar system. The image shows the exoplanet HIP 65426 b in varying infrared light, revealing that it is a gas giant, contains no rocky surface and is thus uninhabitable. From the image, astronomers were also able to discern that the exoplanet is about six to …