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December 8, 2023
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Space.com

Halley’s Comet begins its 38-year journey back toward Earth tonight

Starting today, the world’s most famous comet is on its way back through the solar system towards Earth. Comments (0). a bright comet streaks through the night sky, leaving a cloudy trail behind it. Halley’s Comet passes through space as seen from the …

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Space.com

Strange underground polygons on Mars hint at Red Planet’s wet past

The newfound honeycomb fractures are the “most compelling evidence to date” that Mars was tilted more extremely than it is today. Comments (0). A black and white image of Martian terrain. A network of polygon-shaped cracks were detected dozens of …

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CBS News

New details on a mysterious Milky Way region called ‘The Brick’ reveal it’s even stranger than scientists thought

(CNN) — A box-shaped cloud of opaque dust that lies at the center of our galaxy has long perplexed scientists, and observations that reveal a new detail about its composition are deepening the mystery – possibly upending what’s known about how stars form.

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Space.com

That’s no moon! Scientists doubt proposed detection of the 1st exomoons

While the exoplanet catalog burgeons to over 5,000 known worlds, exomoon discovery is a whole other story. Comments (0). A reddish striped planet is seen next to a smaller orb that’s blueish. The two. An illustration shows an exomoon orbiting an …

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CNN

Meet ‘Turtwig,’ an ancient turtle species once thought to be a plant

Ancient plant fossils that puzzled scientists have turned out not to be plants after all, new research has revealed. Instead, the small round shapes bearing a leaflike pattern were once the shells of baby turtles that …

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The Washington Post

Mary Cleave, shuttle astronaut who tracked climate change, dies at 76

Mary L. Cleave, a NASA astronaut who joined the space agency after seeing a recruitment flier at a post office, serving on two space shuttle missions in the 1980s and then leading climate change research that scanned ocean ecosystems with images from …

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CNN

Astronaut Frank Rubio lost a valuable tomato in space. But his colleagues just found it

NASA astronaut Frank Rubio checks tomato plants inside the International Space Station in October 2022. The tomatoes were grown without soil using hydroponic techniques to demonstrate space agricultural methods. Koichi Wakata/Japan Aerospace Exploration …

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Space.com

Crossed wires caused parachute problem during OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample delivery, NASA says

a small black capsule sits in brown desert scrubland, with a scrunched-up orange. A capsule with a sample of asteroid Bennu inside, delivered to Earth on Sept. 24, …

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Scientific American

Astronomers Spy First Star-Forming Disk beyond the Milky Way

No one has ever seen a newborn star feeding on its natal disk anywhere outside our galaxy—that is, until now. By Phil Plait. Artist’s impression of the disc and jet in the young star system HH 1177. An artist’s concept of the HH 1177 system, …

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CNN

Teen tyrannosaur had a taste for baby dinos, rare fossil reveals

An illustration shows a Gorgosaurus, a cousin of T. rex, feeding on a smaller dinosaur in a Cretaceous forest scene. Julius Csotonyi. Sign up …

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