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January 22, 2022

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Spaceflight Now

Thirty days outbound from Earth, the James Webb Space Telescope will slip into its parking orbit a million miles away Monday, an ideal spot to scan the heavens in search of faint infrared light from the first generation of stars and galaxies.

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CBS News

Once aligned and its instruments calibrated, Webb will be 100 times more powerful than Hubble, NASA says — so sensitive to infrared light that it could detect the faint heat of a bumble bee as far away as the moon.

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Popular Science

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is approaching its new home. On January 24, it will arrive at a point in space that scientists call Lagrange point 2, or L2. This is the technical name for a delicate gravitational tipping point.

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CNET

On Thursday, our sun released its pent-up energy in the form of a little magnetic bomb. It’s called a solar flare, and NASA caught the whole thing on camera. Solar flares, which …

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Livescience.com

Some animals are capable of interspecies decimation if humans put them in the wrong place and they become invasive — species that cause ecological or economic damage to their non-native environment. For example, Burmese pythons (Python bivittatus) from …

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Livescience.com

Archaeologists have uncovered the exceptionally well-preserved remains of an Iron Age village that grew into a bustling ancient Roman trading town — an archaeological gem with more than 300 Roman coins, glass vessels and water wells — in what is now …

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Phys.Org

Associate Professor Jonathan Boreyko and graduate fellow Mojtaba Edalatpour have made a discovery about the properties of water that could provide an exciting addendum to a phenomenon established over two centuries ago. The discovery also holds …

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Ars Technica

Dash a few drops of water onto a very hot, sizzling skillet and they’ll levitate, sliding around the pan with wild abandon. Physicists at Virginia Tech have discovered that this can also be achieved by placing a thin, flat disk of ice on a heated …

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SlashGear

Fast points out that it’s important for us to locate asteroids before they do pose a threat, because an asteroid impact would be a preventable natural disaster. NASA has a department called the Planetary Defense Coordination Office which …

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EarthSky

The Curiosity rover has been exploring the Gale crater on Mars since 2012. Curiosity drilled into the sandstone floor of the crater, retrieving a sample of rock ground into a fine powder. The rover has a science lab on board and is able to provide sample …

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