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December 10, 2021

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Space.com

The Geminids peak next week! Here’s how to spot them despite the bright moon.

The December Geminid meteor shower is usually considered the most satisfying of the annual meteor displays, but this year, the moon will put a damper on the spectacle. Unfortunately, the moon will be full on Dec. 18 and as such will seriously hamper …

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Scientific American

NASA Launches IXPE, a New X-Ray Space Telescope

A used Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 1 a.m. (0600 GMT) from Pad 39A here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE). The mission marked the fifth flight for this particular booster.

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Phys.Org

Five things to know about the James Webb Space Telescope

Webb’s centerpiece is its giant primary mirror, a concave structure 21.5 feet (6.5 meters) wide and made up of 18 smaller hexagonal mirrors. The James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful space observatory ever built, is finally set for launch in …

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EarthSky

‘Mystery hut’ on the far side of the moon

The object known as the cube or mystery hut can be seen here on the horizon. What is Yutu 2’s ‘mystery hut’? Image via CNSA/ Space.com. China’s Yutu 2 rover has been crawling across the lunar surface since landing in Von Kármán crater on the far side …

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Phys.Org

Hubble is fully operational once again

But in Earth orbit, the longevity prize goes to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), which is once again fully operational after experiencing technical issues. With this latest restoration of operations, Hubble is well on its way to completing 32 years of …

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Science News

Ingenuity is still flying on Mars. Here’s what the helicopter is up to

The Ingenuity Mars helicopter was never supposed to last this long. NASA engineers built and tested the first self-powered aircraft to fly on another planet to answer a simple question: Could the helicopter fly at all? The goal was to take five flights …

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Phys.Org

Oceans could be harnessed to remove carbon from air, say US science leaders

“Ocean carbon dioxide removal strategies are already being discussed by scientists, non-governmental organizations and entrepreneurs as potential climate response strategies,” said Scott Doney, chair of the committee and professor in environmental sciences …

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The Atlantic

Why Is NASA Sending Its New Telescope a Million Miles Away?

The delicate rings of Saturn, the countless pieces of ice and rock arrayed like grooves on vinyl. The aurora borealis on Earth, the collision of solar particles and atmospheric molecules painting the night sky with a ghostly green.

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Astronomy Magazine

The Sky This Week: Catch Comet Leonard at its best

Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) is on fine display this week after passing by the globular cluster M3 early in the month. Chris Schur. Friday, December 10. The Moon passes 0.5° north of asteroid 2 Pallas in Aquarius at 8 A.M. EST; meanwhile, asteroid 44 Nysa …

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Phys.Org

NASA Goddard helps ensure asteroid deflector hits target, predicts and will observe impact results

If an asteroid were discovered and determined to be on a collision course with Earth, one response could be to launch a “kinetic impactor”—a high-velocity spacecraft that would deflect the asteroid by ramming into it, altering the asteroid’s orbit slightly …

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