• Geminids Meteor Shower Peaking Tonight
Geminids Meteor Shower Peaking Tonight

An Indiana officer got a stunning view of the Geminid meteor shower - known as one of the best meteor shows of the year - from his patrol vehicle late Wednesday. 'Star gazers will be looking for clear, cloudless skies to have the best possible chance of catching a glimpse of the meteor shower. But it is slated to set about 10 p.m., after which th...

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  • When is the Geminid meteor shower tonight and how to see it?
When is the Geminid meteor shower tonight and how to see it?

Expected to be at their peak on Thursday and Friday night (Dec. 13-14, 2018), the dependable meteors rank high in both quantity and quality. Peaks Thursday night and early Friday (pre-dawn). But while those stars are about 33-50 light years away, the burning meteors of the Geminid shower are only about 60 miles above the earth's surface. Gemi...

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  • Russian spacewalkers take sample of mystery hole at space station
Russian spacewalkers take sample of mystery hole at space station

A pair of Russian cosmonauts will investigate a hole in the Soyuz MS-09 capsule attached to the International Space Station . And so on Tuesday the 2-millimeter hole led to a foot-long gash, as Kononenko sawed through the debris shield and insulation, looking for clues.

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  • Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test
Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test

The spacecraft (for that is what it now is) hit Mach 2.9 and reached 271,268ft (about 82.7km) above the Earth, before beginning its descent to an unpowered landing. Future passengers would need to pay $250,000 (€220,150) for a 90-minute flight. The two pilots will attempt to launch the craft on a supersonic flight to the edge of space for the f...

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  • Where to Watch Tonight's Geminids Meteor Shower
Where to Watch Tonight's Geminids Meteor Shower

These meteor showers occur in December each year when our planet passes through the tail of the debris from 3200 Phaethon . The meteors, which are unusually bright and multi-colored, can appear anywhere in the sky, and longer streaks of light should be visible closer to sunset.

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  • Leonid meteor shower peaking: How and when to watch
Leonid meteor shower peaking: How and when to watch

The Leonids are known for being prolific, bright meteor storms with up to 100,000 meteors that whiz through the sky at every hour. A full moon won't occur until the 23rd so the over a quarter waxing gibbous moon could be better and worse and it will set in the small hours of Sunday morning.

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  • NASA's Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space after 41-year journey
NASA's Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space after 41-year journey

It follows in the path of its sibling, Voyager 1 , which crossed into interstellar space in 2012 . Data shows the probe crossed over on November 5 and is now 11 billion miles ( 18 billion kilometers ) from Earth . Their observations complement data from NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), a mission that is remotely sensing that bou...

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  • China launches probe to explore dark side of Moon
China launches probe to explore dark side of Moon

Although the far side is hidden from our sight, it's not exactly luna incognita: The territory has been mapped extensively by a host of robotic missions, plus the crewed Apollo missions. During the lunar night - which lasts 14 earth days - temperatures will drop as low as minus 173C, while during the lunar day, also lasting 14 earth days, tempera...

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  • SpaceX ship sends holiday cheer to Space Station
SpaceX ship sends holiday cheer to Space Station

This was SpaceX's sixteenth supply mission to the International Space Station . The moment was captured on video and shared on Twitter by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk even though the official SpaceX feed cut away from the rocket as it came down.

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  • Sounds of Mars wind captured by Nasa's InSight lander
Sounds of Mars wind captured by Nasa's InSight lander

The wind was estimated to be blowing 10 to 15 miles per hour from northwest to southeast, which matched the direction of dust devil streaks observed from another NASA spacecraft in orbit. The vibrations have been shifted up into the human audible range, and sped up so that we can make sense of them, but it really sounds like if you were sitting...

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  • SpaceX rocket sends worms to Int’l Space Station
SpaceX rocket sends worms to Int’l Space Station

SpaceX had planned to land the first stage of the brand-new Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket at a landing zone ashore at Cape Canaveral, but as the rocket descended toward the cape, the live feed from the booster's onboard cameras appeared to show the craft going into some sort of uncontrolled spin.

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  • Seal with eel stuck up its snout gets help from nosy scientists
Seal with eel stuck up its snout gets help from nosy scientists

The pic comes courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hawaiian Monk Seal Research program . "We have now found juvenile seals with eels stuck in their noses on multiple occasions", the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program wrote in a Facebook post on Monday .

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  • Soyuz Rocket Launches, Docks Successfully To Relief Of NASA, Russia Space Agency
Soyuz Rocket Launches, Docks Successfully To Relief Of NASA, Russia Space Agency

That's when a rocket failure forced the Soyuz capsule carrying two astronauts to make an emergency landing. A Russian investigation attributed the failure to a sensor that was damaged during the rocket's final assembly. Aboard the International Space Station, he will conduct a number of science experiments, with some focusing on the physical ef...

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  • Astronauts to try for space station on Russian rocket after October crash
Astronauts to try for space station on Russian rocket after October crash

The crewmembers of the manned Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft that docked to the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday evening has entered the station after pressure inside the spaceship and the station was equalized, a spokesman for the mission control center said .

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  • SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission
SpaceX Suffers Malfunction in Landing of Falcon 9 ISS Resupply Mission

Experiments onboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule include studies on wound healing in space, as well as two studies by students inspired by Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" will also launch to the orbiting laboratory. "Recovery ship dispatched", Musk tweeted . These steerable, waffle-like devices help the rocket guide itself toward a landing site ...

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  • NASA deep space probe reaches asteroid deemed potential Earth threat
NASA deep space probe reaches asteroid deemed potential Earth threat

I mentioned Bennu's orbit is Earth-like; in fact it gets close enough to Earth that's considered a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid , capable of impacting Earth. Mission team members want to make sure they nail down Bennu's mass and precise shape before slipping into orbit around the asteroid on December 31.

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  • Rare blitz of tornadoes leaves central IL with damage, injuries
Rare blitz of tornadoes leaves central IL with damage, injuries

Central Illinois endured several tornadoes on Saturday, resulting in fascinating footage of the funnels spinning through the state. "This is the biggest December outbreak in IL since 1957", he said. Tornadoes were also reported in Arkansas and Oklahoma. At least three people are being treated for major injuries at Memorial Hospital in Springf...

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  • David Attenborough: 'The collapse of our civilizations is on the horizon'
David Attenborough: 'The collapse of our civilizations is on the horizon'

The British broadcaster urged world leaders to respond to "our greatest threat in thousands of years". He said: "If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon".

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  • Asteroid Bennu Has Got a Visitor from Planet Earth
Asteroid Bennu Has Got a Visitor from Planet Earth

OSIRIS-Rex ( Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer ), if successful, will be the first United States spacecraft to return an asteroid sample to Earth. There is enough nitrogen for three attempts if the first is unsuccessful. The arm has a full range of motion, with joints capable of movement compar...

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  • Sir David Attenborough Lays Into World Leaders At UN Climate Change Summit
Sir David Attenborough Lays Into World Leaders At UN Climate Change Summit

The 20 warmest years on record have all occurred within the last 22 years, and the top four in the past four years, The Guardian noted. "Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale", Attenborough began. For many people, regions, even countries, this is already a matter of life or death". He implored governments of the world...

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