Stunning hoard of Bronze Age jewelry discovered by local hiker in Sweden

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The hoard likely belonged to an elite woman.

"It's one of the largest hoards we've ever excavated from the late Bronze Age in Sweden," project leader Johan Ling, a professor of archeology at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, told Live Science. "And, indeed, [they're] also very spectacular bronzes and very well-preserved bronzes."

The many treasures that were discovered include neck rings, bronze spirals, necklaces, arm rings, pins and ankle rings, as well as the head of an ax. "The interesting thing is [the hoard objects] are not very common in Scandinavia, although they are common in northern Poland and northern Germany," which indicates the existence of a "strong trade network," Ling said. 

This buried Bronze Age hoard is likely "a self-investment, it's a manifestation of power that these elites are doing, showing that 'We can afford [this], we have this ability, you do not have this,'" Ling said. "[They] believed it showed their power by offering their surplus, so to speak."

It's also possible that the hoard was buried in parallel with an individual at another location, but archaeologists have yet to find a grave, he said. In this scenario, the hoard might have been buried as a type of potlatch, as well as a way to help the deceased in the afterlife, he said. 

It's unlikely the hoard was buried for safekeeping or to hide it from enemies, Ling noted.

Photos: Gilded Bronze Age weaponry from Scotland 

Photos: Prehistoric village holds Bronze-Age treasures 

Photos: Discoveries from a Bronze Age battlefield 

Ling and his colleagues plan to further analyze the hoard. Its peculiar location might be a clue that there are hoards buried in similar spots, he said.

"It was found in a very sloppy, hilly area. I can tell you I would have passed that find and that assemblage of stones a thousand times [without looking there]," Ling said. "But now, we have a new pattern that we have to follow. There could be much more of these that we haven't been able to detect yet."

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SpaceX launches Starlink satellites into orbit

Associated Press 06 May, 2021 - 03:00pm

Lift off! Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral

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Starlink can serve 500,000 users easily, several million “more of a challenge”

Ars Technica 06 May, 2021 - 03:00pm

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SpaceX has received more than 500,000 orders for Starlink broadband service, the company said yesterday.

"'To date, over half a million people have placed an order or put down a deposit for Starlink,' SpaceX operations engineer Siva Bharadvaj said during the launch webcast of its 26th Starlink mission," CNBC reported.

SpaceX opened preorders for Starlink satellite service in February and is serving at least 10,000 users in its beta in the US and overseas combined. The preorders required a $99 deposit for service that would be available in the second half of this year. The 500,000 total orders presumably include both US residents and people in other countries; we asked SpaceX for more details and will update this article if we get a response.

A preorder doesn't guarantee that you'll get service, and slots are limited in each geographic region because of capacity limits. Still, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he expects all of the preorderers to get service—but said that SpaceX will face a challenge if it gets millions of orders.

"Only limitation is high density of users in urban areas," Musk tweeted yesterday. "Most likely, all of the initial 500k will receive service. More of a challenge when we get into the several million user range."

Despite Musk's comment, SpaceX has been laying the groundwork to potentially serve up to 5 million subscribers in the US. SpaceX initially obtained a Federal Communications Commission license to deploy up to 1 million user terminals (i.e. satellite dishes) in the US and later asked the FCC to increase the authorized amount to 5 million terminals. The application is still pending.

"SpaceX Services requests this increase in authorized units due to the extraordinary demand for access to the Starlink non-geostationary orbit satellite system," the company told the FCC in its license-change request on July 31, 2020. At that time, nearly 700,000 people in the US had registered interest on Starlink's website, but that action didn't require putting down any money. The 500,000 orders and deposits that Starlink has received even without saying exactly when the service will exit beta is a stronger indication of people's interest in the satellite broadband system, though this number likely includes non-US residents.

Musk has said that Starlink will be available to "most of Earth" by the end of 2021 and the whole planet by next year. SpaceX is also planning a new version of the "Dishy McFlatface" satellite dish for large vehicles, aircraft, and ships. Musk has said that the original version of the dish "should be fully mobile later this year, so you can move it anywhere or use it on an RV or truck in motion."

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Nope, not UFOs this time either: Lights seen in night sky by Utahns are Starlink satellites

KSL.com 06 May, 2021 - 12:00am

SALT LAKE CITY — It's a bird... it's a plane... it's Starlink! A string of lights was spotted moving across Utah's night sky on Wednesday.

According to Patrick Wiggins, a NASA solar systems ambassador in the state, what Utahns saw was a series of 60 Starlink satellites, which were launched Tuesday.

The 60 Starlink satellites were launched at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. According to a SpaceX press release, the release of the satellites was the ninth launch and landing of this "Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously launched Telstar 18 VANTAGE, Iridium-8, and six Starlink missions."

SpaceX has been conducting a series of launches. The company conducted another test flight on Wednesday of an early Mars rocket prototype at its South Texas facility.

Utah skywatchers reported a similar occurrence in December when a separate set of Starlink satellites that launched in November appeared in the sky. You can track most satellites here.

It's too soon for the strange celestial sighting to have been another popular guess on Wednesday night, regarding a Chinese rocket that will return to Earth soon. "The largest section of the rocket that launched the main module of China's first permanent space station into orbit is expected to plunge back to Earth as early as Saturday at an unknown location," according to the Associated Press.

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