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December 9, 2021

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Space.com

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches NASA’s new IXPE X-ray space telescope

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched its 28th rocket of the year early Thursday morning (Dec. 9), ferrying an X-ray observatory into space for NASA. A used …

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Space.com

Comet Leonard, the brightest of the year, is fading and acting strange

Astronomers first spotted what’s been dubbed Comet Leonard in January 2021, and soon skywatchers were eagerly anticipating December and January, when the comet was due to pass by first Earth, then the sun. But by late November, observers noticed something …

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Space.com

Astronomers spy record-breaking eruption on young sunlike star

Astronomers may have, for the first time, detected a sunlike star erupting with a giant outburst 10 times larger than anything similar ever seen from our sun, a new study finds. The new results may shed light on the effects such powerful outbursts may …

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CNN

A special sleeping bag could help astronauts with vision issues in space

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. (CNN) An astronaut’s eyes can change during spaceflights that last six months or more.

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The New York Times

New NASA Telescope Will Provide X-Ray Views of the Universe

The IXPE spacecraft will use X-ray polarimetry to better measure black holes, supernovas and other astronomical phenomena.

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The New York Times

Her Name Was Perseverance

Turning Point: In NASA’s most audacious effort to find evidence of past life on Mars, the space agency lands the robotic explorer Perseverance on the red planet. On Feb. 18, 2021, a one …

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Astronomy Magazine

Comet Leonard: View 2021’s best comet

Comets pass through our skies frequently, but not many manage to crack naked-eye brightness. That’s why, when one gets close to or crosses that threshold, it’s worth taking notice. And now, it’s time to take notice of Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard), …

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Phys.Org

Crucial leap in error mitigation for quantum computers

Experimental demonstration of error mitigation through randomized compiling. Left: Eight-qubit superconducting quantum processor. Right: Quantum state tomography of a single qubit with (orange) and without (blue) randomized compiling compared to the …

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Space.com

Chinese astronauts to deliver live science lesson from space station Thursday. Watch it live.

Astronauts Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu will begin the class at 2:40 am EST (0740 GMT, 3:40 pm Beijing time) on Thursday (Dec. 9) from inside the Tianhe module, the core (and currently only module) of the Tiangong station.

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News 13 Orlando

NASA, SpaceX launching X-ray observatory to study black holes, pulsars

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The next step in understanding some of the most energetic parts of the galaxy was scheduled to take off from the Space Coast early Thursday morning. NASA was preparing to launch the X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission …

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