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January 7, 2022

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Space.com

Death star: In cosmic first, scientists observe red supergiant just before it explodes

It’s much easier for scientists to see the messy aftermath of stellar explosions than to watch the prelude to the drama. But finally, astronomers managed to observe a red giant star just as it “went supernova,” as exploding stars are called.

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Space.com

James Webb Space Telescope has unfolded 1st wing of massive golden mirror

“Webb’s iconic primary mirror is taking its final shape. Today, the first of two primary mirror wings, or side panels, was deployed and latched successfully,” NASA officials wrote in a statement.

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Astronomy Magazine

The Sky This Week: Mercury and Saturn mingle

The Moon slides just 4° south of the distant planet Neptune at 5 A.M. EST. The two aren’t visible then, but will appear in the evening sky after sunset, separated by 7° an hour after the Sun disappears.

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Space.com

Watch the James Webb Space Telescope soar through space in this livestream today!

Catch a livestream of the James Webb Space Telescope as it zips towards its celestial perch today (Jan. 7). Starting at 4:30 p.m. EST (2130 GMT), astrophysicist Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy will stream live telescope views of …

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Space.com

1 billion seconds in space! NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope surpasses major milestone

The famous observatory launched on April 24, 1990, aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Hubble was deployed into orbit the following day, beginning its mission to explore the vast universe, including distant galaxies, supernovas, nebulas and exoplanets.

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CNN

These stunning gas clouds of the Flame Nebula are where stars and planets are born

The observation was made by the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment, which is operated by the European Southern Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Orion isn’t just a popular constellation. This region of the sky is also where giant clouds of hydrogen lead to …

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CNET

Google Doodle celebrates Stephen Hawking’s 80th birthday

Saturday’s Google Doodle will pay homage to the late Stephen Hawking, perhaps the most famous scientist of his time, who sought to explain the universe to millions. The renowned British theoretical physicist and cosmologist’s work focused on increasing …

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The New York Times

Fossils of a Prehistoric Rainforest Hide in Australia’s Rusted Rocks

The area, McGraths Flat, is not Australia’s only Miocene deposit, but these new fossils are a paleontological boon because of their exquisite preservation. Over the past three years paleontologists have excavated flowers, insects and even a bird’s wispy …

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Phys.Org

Several asteroids are heading towards Earth: How we deal with threats

Don’t look now—but we are currently experiencing a rash of stories about a forthcoming global catastrophe. But in a change from reports of pandemics and climate change, this global catastrophe is produced by the impact of a giant asteroid. Or comet.

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CNET

‘Mystery hut’ spotted by China’s moon rover gets an explanation

It turns out the cube-shaped “hut” is a small lumpy rock sitting on a crater rim. It just happened to look much bigger and more mysterious in the rover’s first image. After getting closer and getting some perspective, the rover was able to reveal the …

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