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December 12, 2021

NEWS

Space.com

A new era of space stations is about to kick off. NASA has announced three commercial space station proposals for development, joining an earlier proposal by Axiom Space. These proposals are the first attempts to create …

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Space.com

Comet Leonard, the brightest comet of the year, made its closest approach to Earth today (Dec. 12) and should be visible through binoculars and telescopes, weather permitting. Officially known as Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard), Comet Leonard was discovered …

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Spaceflight Now

The crew will be welcomed aboard by Expedition 66 commander Anton Shkaplerov and his Soyuz MS-19/64S crewmates Pyotr Dubrov and Mark Vande Hei, along with four Crew Dragon astronauts: NASA’s Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron and European Space …

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Space.com

The European Space Agency’s Mars Express collected data from China’s Zhurong Mars rover and successfully sent it to Earth following a series of experimental communications tests. The Zhurong rover was designed only to communicate with its companion …

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CBS News

In 1990, NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope. It had faced years of delays and cost overruns, but it proved the existence of black holes, calculated the age of the universe, and delivered astonishing views of deep space.

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The Washington Post

The Webb telescope is scheduled to rocket into space December 22 and investigate galaxies formed billions of years ago. NASA technicians lifted the James Webb Space Telescope using a crane …

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FOX31 Denver

Researchers from the University of Colorado-Boulder say astronomers spotted a powerful version of this stellar phenomenon for the first time in a star system just 100 light-years away. The team describes that sun’s spectacular fireworks show as “troubling” …

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Fox 59

Researchers say it lies in the constellation of Draco in the far northern sky. Known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), stars regularly shoot out clouds of extremely hot particles (plasma) that hurtle through space at tremendous speeds.

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WTOP

All is not lost, as each year the Geminid Meteor Shower reliably produces a large number of meteors per hour (75-100+) in a dark sky, with many of them being bright enough to be classified as fireballs — a meteor that is brighter than the planet Venus.

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The Wall Street Journal

He said increased light pollution means that today’s skywatchers see fewer shooting stars than their counterparts did decades ago. But meteor showers that tend to serve up lots of brightly colored fireballs—including the Geminids and summer’s Perseids—are …

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