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Skywatching Highlights for January 2022: Don't Miss Quadrantid Meteor Shower and Mars Rising - SciTechDaily What's Up for January? New year, new Moon; midnight meteors; and Mars rises. January begins with a new moon on the 2nd. And that means the first week of the month is ideal for stargazing because the few days before and after the n…

Jim Green, NASA’s Retiring Top Scientist, Says We Can Terraform Mars - The New York Times
Jim Green has shaped much of the space agency’s scientific inquiry for decades.

How to spot the upcoming meteor shower, one of the biggest expected for the year - USA TODAY
One of the biggest meteor showers of the year is expected to peak over the next few days, producing over 100 meteoroids per hour.

NASA delays tightening James Webb Space Telescope sunshield to study power system -
NASA personnel are spending the day studying the power subsystem of the massive James Webb Space Telescope to ensure the spacecraft is ready to execute a key procedure.

Experts warn of space cannibalism if colonists' food systems fail - New York Post
Two space scholars have warned that astronauts may turn to cannibalism if humans do not prepare enough for the rigors of colonizing outer space.

The Tiny Dots in This Image Aren't Stars or Galaxies. They're Black Holes - ScienceAlert
The image above may look like a fairly normal picture of the night sky, but what you're looking at is a lot more special than just glittering stars. Each of those white dots is an active supermassive black hole.

A jaw-dropping look at Hubble Space Telescope best images – including Saturn’s rings - New York Post
The images and data Hubble has collected so far have changed and enhanced our understanding of the cosmos.

Why can't we put a space station on the moon? -
A space station on the moon could be very useful to provide future space missions with a stopping point between Earth and deeper space. Why haven't we built one yet?

'Cosmic monster' star spits energy with the force of a billion suns -
High energy outbursts in this type of neutron star — a magnetar — are thought to be caused by "starquakes."

Dinosaur footprints dating back 200 million years discovered on Wales beach, researchers believe - CNN
Footprints discovered on a beach in Wales are believed to have been made by an early dinosaur more than 200 million years ago, experts say.

Big Rockets, Massive Asteroids and More Space Highlights for 2022 - The New York Times
Here’s a look at what may be launching in the year to come.

United States extends ISS operations through 2030 - Engadget
The US has extended its operations aboard the International Space Station through 2030..

Yes, Researchers Extracted Human DNA from Head Lice on Mummies -
The lice were said to contain more human DNA than a human tooth — and held secrets about the 2,000-year-old South American remains.

We may finally be able to test one of Stephen Hawking's most far-out ideas -
The James Webb Telescope should bring back much-needed data.

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