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‘Near-Earth’ asteroid twice as big as Empire State Building to pass by Tuesday; how to track, view it - KTLA Los Angeles
An asteroid classified by NASA as a “Near-Earth object” will make its closest approach to our planet for the next 200 years on Tuesday. The asteroid, known as 7482 (1994 PC1), is set to fly by the planet at 1:51 p.m. PT, traveling at a speed of about 43,754 m…

Ancient life may be just one possible explanation for Mars rover's latest discovery - CNN
Sediment collected by the Curiosity rover on Mars revealed the presence of carbon, accordingt to a new analysis. The possible existence of ancient life on the red planet is just one of three potential explanations for why it may be there.

Where Is the James Webb Telescope Right Now and When Will It Reach Its Destination? - Newsweek
The telescope is headed for a point where gravity will balance its orbital motion, locking it in almost perfect unison with the Earth's orbit around the sun.

World's oldest fossilized flower bud could solve Charles Darwin's 'abominable mystery' - Daily Mail
The fossilized flower bud, found in China, was found at a deposit dated more than 164 million years ago and could be the transitional stage that finally answer's Darwin's abominable mystery

EGS, Jacobs working to finish testing in time for Artemis 1 rollout in mid-February - -
NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) program and prime launch processing contractor Jacobs are performing final…

Globular cluster Messier 14 and its peculiar multiple stellar populations investigated by Hubble -
Using the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), astronomers have observed the globular cluster Messier 14 and its peculiar multiple stellar populations. Results of the observational campaign, published January 7 on, deliver important insight into the nature…

Space: Asteroids could be approaching Earth undetected thanks to quirk of the planet's rotation - Daily Mail
This is the warning of University of Hawaiʻi experts who investigated how telescopes nearly missed a 328-feet-wide asteroid that came within 43,500 miles of Earth back in 2019.

Gravitational waves play with fast spinning stars, study suggests -
Scientists observed changes in the signals coming from rapidly-spinning stars called millisecond pulsars that might point to the existence of subtle space-time ripples vibrating throughout the entire universe.

Ironing Out the Interiors of Super-Earth Exoplanets - SciTechDaily
The discovery of more than 4,500 extra-solar planets has created a need for modeling their interior structure and dynamics. As it turns out, iron plays a key role. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators have used lasers at …

SLS: Nasa fixes glitchy megarocket equipment ahead of key test - BBC News
Nasa fixes malfunctioning equipment on a new rocket designed to take astronauts to the Moon.

Earth's Insides Are Cooling Faster Than We Thought, And It Will Mess Things Up - ScienceAlert
Earth formed 4.5 billion years or so ago. Ever since then, it's been slowly cooling on the inside.

For The First Time, Astronomers Detect Rugby-Ball Shape of a Deformed Exoplanet - ScienceAlert
Beyond the Solar System, out there in the wider galaxy, a very strange subset of exoplanets exists. Called hot Jupiters, these are majorly clingy – hugging so close to their host stars, they're not just intensely hot, but also likely warped by grav

Newly Discovered Type of “Strange Metal” – Material That Shares Fundamental Quantum Attributes With Black Holes - SciTechDaily
A new discovery could help scientists to understand “strange metals,” a class of materials that are related to high-temperature superconductors and share fundamental quantum attributes with black holes. Scientists understand quite well how temperature affects…

Black Hole at Center of Milky Way Is Unpredictable and Chaotic – Mysterious Flares Erupt Every Day - SciTechDaily
An international team of researchers, led by postgraduate student Alexis Andrés, has found that the black hole at the center of our galaxy, Sagittarius A*, not only flares irregularly from day to day but also in the long term. The team analyzed 15 years’ wort…

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