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Geminid meteor shower peaks Friday and Saturday

Geminid meteor shower peaks Friday and Saturday

The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most active and dependable displays of the year, according to the American Meteor Society. This year, the shower will peak on the evening of December 13 and 14, so hope for clear skies that will let you see a beautiful show of green fireballs. Unfortunately, the meteor…MORE

NASA’s plan to collect the first sample from an asteroid finds its target

NASA’s plan to collect the first sample from an asteroid finds its target

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx is on a mission to bring back the first sample from an asteroid, and the team behind it has found the perfect place to collect that material. NASA announced Thursday that they’ve identified the “Nightingale” location, within a crater on the near-Earth asteroid Bennu’s northern hemisphere. The goal is for OSIRIS-Rex to retrieve…MORE

Hubble catches interstellar comet as it flies past the sun

Hubble catches interstellar comet as it flies past the sun

The Hubble Space Telescope had a front row seat to capture the best and closest image to date of interstellar comet 2I/Borisov, a visitor that originated from outside of our solar system. On Sunday, the comet passed within 190 million miles of Earth on its closest approach before continuing on through our solar system. As…MORE

Meet MAMBO-9, one of the most distant galaxies to ever be observed

Meet MAMBO-9, one of the most distant galaxies to ever be observed

No, it’s not a follow-up song to Lou Bega’s one-hit wonder “Mambo No. 5.” The light from the galaxy known as MAMBO-9 traveled for 13 billion years to reach us, making it the most distant star-forming galaxy ever observed with a telescope. This monster galaxy is considered a giant stellar nursery and is full of…MORE

Here’s how to say the words you mispronounced in 2019

Here’s how to say the words you mispronounced in 2019

Every year, something different captures our attention — but we don’t always know how to say it right. (Remember when we taught you how to pronounce “Beto O’Rourke” last year? And how to sound out “Namibia” the year before that?) It’s OK! You’re not alone. There are words that most Americans avoid saying out loud…MORE

Water found an inch beneath the Martian surface could help future astronauts

Water found an inch beneath the Martian surface could help future astronauts

When the first astronauts land on Mars, they won’t be able to take everything they need with them. The logistics and weight of transporting so much material on one spacecraft, along with a crew, defies current technology. While scientists at NASA have discussed missions to deliver materials to the Red Planet ahead of a manned…MORE

Insects trapped in amber show that lice munched on feathered dinosaurs

Insects trapped in amber show that lice munched on feathered dinosaurs

Feathered dinosaurs were annoyed by tiny pests that are still familiar to many schoolchildren — and their horrified parents — today: lice. Scientists discovered previously unknown tiny insects similar to modern lice trapped in amber, along with a partially damaged dinosaur feather. The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, provide the earliest…MORE

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