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Venus Is a Russian Planet … Says Russia – Yahoo Eurosport UK

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Reading to get new walk-in coronavirus testing centre – Berkshire Live

Reading is currently in Tier 1, but there are concerns cases could quickly spread

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Reading will see a new coronavirus testing centre open later this week.
The new walk-in centre will be based at the University of Reading, but will help all people in the town get Covid-19 tests close to where they live.
It will only be accessible by cycling or walking and not by car, and visitors will not have to book in advance.
At a debate in parliament on test and trace Julia Lopez MP, Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office, announced the news.
She said: I just want to let the ho…

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Supergiant Star Betelgeuse Might Be Much Closer Than We Thought – ExtremeTech

Astronomers expect Betelgeuse will go supernova in the next 100,000 years, and it turns out this star might be much closer to Earth than we thought.

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You probably know Betelgeuse as that star with the weird name, but it’s of particular interest to astronomers right now. It’s a red supergiant in Orion many thousands of times brighter than the sun, and it’s dying. Astronomers expect Betelgeuse will go supernova in the next 100,000 years, and it turns out this star might be much closer to Earth than we thought. Don’t start building a supernova-proof bunker just yet — it may be closer, but it’s still not dangerous. 
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Accretion, not colliding spaghetti, flares-up as star is devoured by black hole – physicsworld.com

Outflow at 10,000 km/s created extremely bright flare

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Flare up: artists impression of a star in the foreground experiencing spaghettification as is sucked in by a supermassive black hole. (Courtesy: ESO/M Kornmesser)
An extremely bright flare, originating from a star being devoured by a supermassive black hole, has been observed in a galaxy 215 million light-years away making this the nearest tidal disruption event (TDE) ever seen. The event was spotted by an international team of astronomers, headed by Matt Nicholl at the University of Birmingham…

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