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Another supernova explodes in a galaxy know for them

Another supernova explodes in a galaxy know for them

May 21, 2017 Utah amateur Patrick Wiggins discovered a possible bright supernova in the spiral galaxy NGC 6946 in Cygnus on May 13. If confirmed, 2017 eaw will become the 10th supernova found in this explosion-rich galaxy in the past century, reaffirming its reputation for fireworks of the grandest kind. It was Wiggins’s third supernova, […]

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NASA launches probe to return samples from Asteroid Bennu

NASA launches probe to return samples from Asteroid Bennu

September 11, 2016 David Dickinson, Sky and Telescope The dusk skies lit up over Cape Canaveral on September 8th, as NASA’s ambitious Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security and Regolith Explorer (Osiris-REX) mission started its long round trip journey. Its mission: meet up and explore Earth-crossing Apollo asteroid 101955 Bennu and bring samples of it […]

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Fireball over the Swiss Alps

Fireball over the Swiss Alps

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Ivo Scheggia] A few days ago, a bright fireball was photographed from the Alps mountain range in Switzerland as it blazed across the sky. The fireball, likely from the Taurids meteor shower, was notable not only for how bright it was, but for the rare orange light it created […]

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Apocalypse watch: The countdown to Sept. 28 has begun

Apocalypse watch: The countdown to Sept. 28 has begun

With the “blood moon” or total lunar eclipse expected to occur on Sept 28, the debate if the apocalyptic predictions that it is the end of the world would happen is once more resurrected barely three years after the Mayan calendar did. On one hand, NASA had issued a statement that the blood moon would […]

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Comet dust over central Texas

Comet dust over central Texas

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION, Jared Tennant Dusty debris from periodic Comet Swift-Tuttle was swept up by planet Earth this week. Vaporized by their passage through the dense atmosphere at 59 kilometers per second, the tiny grains produced a stream of Perseid meteors. A bright, colorful Perseid meteor flash was captured during this 20 […]

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About that asteroid due to hit the Earth in September . . .

About that asteroid due to hit the Earth in September . . .

. . .  The Daily Mail has checked it out and it’s nothing to worry about. The rumor did force NASA to respond with a non-denial denial. And a professor did say there’s a asteroid out there with our name on  it. And a former astronaut did say we’ve just been lucky so far in […]

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Cosmic cherry tree from space mystifies Japanese priests, researchers

Cosmic cherry tree from space mystifies Japanese priests, researchers

A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists in Japan after a tree grown from a cherry stone that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected — and with very surprising flowers. The four-year-old sapling — grown from a cherry pit that spent time onboard the International Space Station (ISS) — […]

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Battered moon syndrome: Meteror impact’s flash lasted 8 seconds

Battered moon syndrome: Meteror impact’s flash lasted 8 seconds

Spanish astronomers spotted a meteorite with a mass of about half a tonne crashing into the lunar surface last September. They say the collision would have generated a flash of light so bright that it would have been visible from Earth. … “This is the largest, brightest impact we have ever observed on the Moon,” […]

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Gravitational tow truck for world-shattering asteroids

Gravitational tow truck for world-shattering asteroids

How would you change the course of an Earth-threatening asteroid? One possibility – a massive spacecraft that uses gravity as a towline – is illustrated in this artist’s vision (Dan Durda (FIAAA, B612 Foundation)) of a gravitational tractor in action. In the hypothetical scenario worked out in 2005 by Edward Lu and Stanley Love at […]

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Asteroid that could end humanity will miss Earth by 17,000 miles tomorrow

Asteroid that could end humanity will miss Earth by 17,000 miles tomorrow

An asteroid half the size of a U.S. football field will pass between Earth and orbiting satellites next week, sparing the human race from the fate suffered by dinosaurs, NASA said.   The 150-foot diameter asteroid, named 2012 DA14, will pass about 17,000 miles above Earth on Feb. 15 — lower than the orbits of some […]