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June 17, 2022

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Watch SpaceX launch a Falcon 9 rocket on record-breaking 13th mission Friday

SpaceX plans to launch one of its Falcon 9 rockets for a record-setting 13th time today (June 17), and you can watch the action live. The two-stage Falcon 9 is scheduled to lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida today at 12:08 p.m. EDT …

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Rare 5-planet alignment comes into better view this week. Here’s what to expect.

A rare parade of planets is coming into better view in the second half of June, and even the moon will join the show. The current early-evening sky is completely devoid of any of the five bright planets you can see with the naked eye (Mercury, Venus, …

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Space.com

Fire shuts down Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona

“It is burning grass and brush in steep and rugged terrain that is difficult for firefighters to access,” NSF wrote of the fire, which had consumed 11,400 acres when the observatory was evacuated. “Hot …

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Space.com

The moon begins monthly tour of planets early Saturday. First stop, Saturn!

Graphic showing the moon approaching Saturn in the predawn sky. The moon approaches Saturn in the predawn sky on Saturday (June 18). (Image credit: Chris Vaughan).

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Space.com

Arizona wildfire reaches some of famed Kitt Peak’s telescopes

A large wildfire in Arizona is seriously threatening a key site for astronomy. Kitt Peak National Observatory, in the southern part of the state, includes more than two dozen telescopes and has hosted astronomers for more than six decades.

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Space.com

Hubble Space Telescope’s cosmic birdwatching finds a crane amid the stars

Birds of a feather may flock together here on Earth, but our avian friends are also well represented in the night sky as constellations named after winged creatures both real and imaginary. Take, for example, this recent image captured by NASA and …

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Spaceflight Now

Live coverage: SpaceX launches 53 more Starlink internet satellites

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Starlink 4-19 mission launched SpaceX’s next batch of 53 Starlink broadband satellites. Follow us on Twitter.

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Popular Science

How did Mars get its gasses? A special space rock holds clues.

As such, perhaps Mars was bombarded by chondritic meteorites early on and then solidified while there was still enough solar nebula to form an atmosphere around the hardened Red Planet, Péron suggests. She explains that the nebula …

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Astronomy Magazine

The Sky This Week: Summer is here!

A bright, golden Sun rises over Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe on June 21, 2019, marking the summer solstice. Beau Rogers (Flickr). Friday, June 17. Comet C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) is now around mid-9th magnitude and brightening, according to the Comet …

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USA TODAY

How to see a ‘remarkable’ and rare parade of planets in the morning sky through the end of June

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are lining up in the pre-dawn sky, a planetary procession that could be seen above the eastern horizon every morning through the end of June, AccuWeather said.

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