TODAY IN HISTORY. In 1944, the USS Princeton is lost at the height of the Battle of Leyte Gulf—considered the largest naval battle of the Second World War.
TOP: USS Princeton burning soon after she was hit by a Japanese bomb. BOTTOM-LEFT: USS Birmingham comes alongside the burning USS Princeton to assist with fire fighting. BOTTOM-RIGHT: The USS Princeton survivors jumping from a motor whaleboat to swim to USS Cassin Young (DD-793). [img src]
Though the Battle of Leyte Gulf would eventually prove a decisive win for Allied forces, particularly in the Southeast Asian region, the USS Princeton was a considerable loss. The top photo, with the plumes of smoke rising from the carrier, remains iconic of that pivotal episode of that watershed moment in the Pacific War theater.
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Artist: Ira Chernova
By golly he’s right!
Astronomers have found a dusty tail streaming off a faraway alien planet, suggesting that the tiny, scorching-hot world is indeed falling apart.
Image: This artist’s concept depicts a cometlike tail of a possible disintegrating super Mercury-size planet candidate as it transits, or crosses, its parent star, named KIC 12557548. At an orbital distance of only twice the diameter of its star, the surface temperature of the potential planet is so high, the surface would melt and evaporate, according to the results of a study. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
In May, researchers announced the detection of a possibly distintegrating exoplanet, a roughly Mercury-size world being boiled away by the intense heat of its parent star. Now, a different team has found strong evidence in support of the find — a massive dust cloud shed by the planet, similar to the tail of a comet.
Both studies used observations from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, which spots alien planets by flagging the telltale brightness dips caused when they pass in front of their parent stars from the instrument’s perspective.