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January 11, 2024
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Space.com

January’s new moon welcomes Mercury as a ‘morning star’

The new moon of January will be at 6:57 a.m. Eastern Time on January 11, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory, and a day later the planet Mercury will reach its greatest westward separation from the sun, showing itself as a “morning star.”.

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CNN

‘Magic islands’ on Saturn’s moon Titan may be like icebergs of organic material

The disappearing “magic islands” on Saturn’s largest moon Titan have intrigued scientists since NASA’s Cassini mission spotted them during flybys a decade ago. Now, researchers believe they have unraveled the phenomenon’s secrets. The ephemeral …

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Space.com

‘Missing link’ supernova connects star’s death to birth of black hole or neutron star

Two teams of scientists made the discovery using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the New Technology Telescope (NTT) to look at supernova wreckage designated SN 2022jli, which was discovered in May 2022. Lurking …

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Space.com

Doomed Peregrine moon lander snaps another selfie as it zooms away from Earth (photo)

Astrobotic’s Peregrine moon lander has beamed home another in-space selfie, a memorable shot that may capture a sliver of its home planet. The photo, which Astrobotic posted on X on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 9), shows one of Peregrine’s landing legs (at …

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Space.com

Private Peregrine moon lander powers up lunar payloads despite propulsion anomaly

All may not be lost for Astrobotic’s Peregrine moon lander. Soon after launching on the first-ever flight of United Launch Alliance’s new Vulcan Centaur rocket on Monday (Jan. 8), the lander encountered an anomaly due to a stuck valve in its propulsion …

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Space.com

Hubble Telescope finds surprising source of brightest fast radio burst ever

The brightest fast radio burst ever observed emerged from a group of ancient galaxies that appear to be merging, observations by the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed. The finding surprised astronomers, as the vast majority of known fast radio …

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Space.com

UAE to provide airlock for NASA’s moon-orbiting Gateway space station

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is getting involved with NASA’s Artemis moon program, by building an airlock for the lunar Gateway space station. In return, one of the Middle Eastern nation’s astronauts will get to visit the outpost in the future.

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Scientific American

NASA’s Troubled Mars Sample Mission Has Scientists Seeing Red

NASA’s Mars Sample Return program is the agency’s highest priority in planetary science, but projected multibillion-dollar overruns have some calling the plan a “dumpster fire”. By Leonard David. Roman Budnyi / Alamy Stock Photo.

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The New York Times

New Origin Story for Tyrannosaurus Rex Suggested by Fossil

Researchers say the species they named Tyrannosaurus mcraeensis predated the dinosaur era’s great predator. Share full article.

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Phys.Org

Top ten plant and fungal species named new to science in 2023

The orchid Aeranthes bigibbum was found on Madagascar as part of a years-long exploration of the island and its incredible flora. There are an estimated 45 species in the genus of which, 40 are found on Madagascar. Credit: Johan Hermans/RBG Kew.

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