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January 12, 2022

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Giant galactic bubble is driving star formation, new study finds

Earth is surrounded by a vast bubble about 1,000 light-years wide whose borders drive the formation of all nearby young stars, a new study finds. For decades, astronomers have known the solar system lies within the so-called “Local Bubble,” a giant …

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How to see and track the International Space Station (ISS)

NASA’s spot the station widget (below) is a great tool for quickly finding out upcoming ISS viewing opportunities. Simply pop in the location you wish to know for ISS sighting opportunities and let the widget work its magic.

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NASA may need more astronauts for space station, moon missions, report says

But the agency’s ambitious Artemis program to return humans to the moon is set to change that, with the program’s first crewed mission targeting 2024. That flight is meant to be the first stage in developing a long-term lunar exploration program that …

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China’s Chang’e 5 lunar lander is first to find water on the moon up close

Chang’e 5 found water at its landing site near Oceanus Procellarum on the moon’s near side, using an instrument that detects water by determining spectral reflectance measurements of regolith (soil) and rocks.

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A 3400-foot-wide asteroid will make a safe flyby of Earth next week

A huge asteroid will safely whiz by our planet next week. The asteroid, known as 7482 (1994 PC1), will make its closest approach to our planet on Jan. 18 at 4:51 p.m. EST (2151 GMT), according to a table from the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies …

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NASA’s InSight Mars lander hunkering down in Red Planet dust storm

One of NASA’s Mars robots is in safe mode to save power while a dust storm blocks its solar panels from charging. The InSight lander, which is designed to study the interior of Mars, is stable in its safe mode, which the spacecraft initiated on Jan.

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‘Mini’ monster black hole discovered hiding in a dwarf galaxy

The black hole, which has about 200,000 times the mass of our sun, lies in the center of the dwarf galaxy Mrk 462, and, while it is enormous, it is one of the smallest supermassive black holes ever found.

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James Webb Space Telescope begins lining up its golden mirrors

The observatory team will spend about 10 days working to move the mirror segments out of their launch alignments, with more precise work continuing beyond that time. The goal is to get all of Webb’s …

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New NASA chief scientist pledges a plan to renew agency’s Earth satellite fleet

Katherine Calvin is the first NASA chief scientist to also act as the agency’s senior climate advisor, a role created in February 2021. Calvin is serving in the roles under a temporary assignment from her long-time base at the Pacific Northwest National …

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The Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is leaking gas

The supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy is leaking. The Milky Way’s central black hole, known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), has been “leaking” or emitting jet-like superheated beams for several thousand years.

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