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January 6, 2022

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Space.com

SpaceX will launch 49 Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket today. Watch it live!

Thursday’s flight will mark the first Falcon 9 mission for SpaceX so far in 2022 after it set a new company record for the most number of rocket launches in a year with 31 rockets launched in 2021. (That record was previously set in 2020, with SpaceX …

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Space.com

What is the Planck time?

The Planck time is an incredibly small interval of time that emerges naturally from a few basic quantities in theoretical physics. When it was discovered by Max Planck at the end of the 19th century, it seemed to be no more than a scientific curiosity.

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BBC News

What existed before the Big Bang?

This may sound like a mathematical quirk rather than real physics, but such particles have been spotted in countless experiments. The spacetime vacuum state is seething with particles constantly being created and destroyed, apparently “out of nothing”.

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Space.com

Why doesn’t the James Webb Space Telescope have any cameras onboard?

Webb launched on Dec. 25 and is now on a month-long journey to its observing destination, nearly 1 million miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth. But engineers in charge of the telescope’s nerve-wracking development have no photographs to work from.

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CNN

Giant dying star explodes as scientists watch in real time — a first for astronomy

Ground-based telescopes provided the first real-time look at the death throes of a red supergiant star. While these aren’t the brightest or most massive stars, they are the largest in terms of volume. One popular red supergiant star is Betelgeuse, which …

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Space.com

Giant hunk of Russian space junk crashes to Earth

The space junk population just got a tiny bit smaller. The Persei upper stage of a Russian Angara A5 heavy-lift rocket crashed back to Earth in an uncontrolled fashion today (Jan. 5), hitting the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean at 4:08 p.m. EST (2108 …

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Space.com

Astronaut snaps spectacular shot of crescent moon glowing over stunning sunset

The image was taken using a digital camera as the ISS passed over the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand at an altitude of around 262 miles (422 kilometers). NASA’s Earth Observatory released …

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Space.com

Mars helicopter Ingenuity gearing up for 19th Red Planet flight on Friday

NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity is poised to make its first flight of 2022. The 4-pound (1.8 kilograms) Ingenuity’s next Red Planet sortie — its 19th overall — will take place as early as Friday (Jan. 7), mission team members said in a blog post on …

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Phys.Org

Magnetic surprise revealed in ‘magic-angle’ graphene

“Yet we’ve shown that we can create magnetism in a system that originally hosts superconductivity. This gives us a new way to study the interplay between superconductivity and magnetism, and provides exciting new possibilities for quantum science research.

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Spaceflight Now

Live coverage: SpaceX poised for first launch of 2022

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will launch SpaceX’s next batch of 49 Starlink broadband satellites. Text updates will appear automatically below.

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