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The James Webb Space Telescope has arrived at its new home

The James Webb Space Telescope has arrived at its new home

The James Webb Space Telescope has completed its million-mile journey through space and has safely reached its new home orbiting the sun. The next generation observatory, launched on Christmas day last year, successfully performed an orbital insertion maneuver today to enter orbit at the second sun-Earth Lagrange point, or L2.

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Why NASA thinks a hidden ninth planet might be possible

Why NASA thinks a hidden ninth planet might be possible

You've probably heard both astronomers and members of the public arguing about how many planets there are in our solar system. Ever since Pluto was demoted from its planet status in 2006 and downgraded to a "dwarf planet," people have been arguing that it should be reinstated. However, there's another debate about how many planets are in the solar system which is not so well known, about whether there's a mysterious as-yet-unobserved planet out there called Planet Nine.

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Here’s what would really happen if an asteroid was going to hit Earth

Here’s what would really happen if an asteroid was going to hit Earth

If you watched Don't Look Up this Christmas, you might be one of many people wondering about how realistic the danger posited by the movie was. Could Earth really be struck by an asteroid? How would scientists react if they did spot an asteroid heading for us?

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NASA moon landing delayed: Here’s the bad news

NASA moon landing delayed: Here’s the bad news

It's been over 50 years since any human set foot on the moon, but NASA has plans to change that. The agency's Artemis program aims to send humans to explore the moon's south pole in the next few years, using a brand new rocket and capsule system. But the path to achieving this ambitious goal hasn't been smooth. Despite an announcement in 2019 that people would be back on the moon within five years, the reality has turned out to be rather slower and more complex. So here's why you might have to wait a while longer before any of us see people back on our planet's favorite satellite.

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These exoplanets are teetering on the verge of destruction

These exoplanets are teetering on the verge of destruction

Exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system, are a hot topic in astronomy research right now. Recently, a team of astronomers has discovered some very hot exoplanets indeed - ones that are orbiting so close to their stars that they are soon to be gobbled up by them.

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Hubble finds weird black hole which is helping stars to grow

Hubble finds weird black hole which is helping stars to grow

When you think of black holes, you probably think of destruction. Consuming everything in their path, they are the monsters of the astronomical world, gobbling up gas and dust and planets and stars alike. But recently, the Hubble Space Telescope has discovered something intriguing: a black hole that seems not to be eating stars, but rather helping new stars form.

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Who owns the Moon?

Who owns the Moon?

Here on Earth, we're used to the idea of land ownership. A piece of land belongs to someone, whether that's an individual, a company, or a state, and the owner has rights over what is done with that land. But what about the Moon? Who owns that?

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NASA’s Ingenuity gears up for its 19th flight – and it’s a tricky take-off

NASA’s Ingenuity gears up for its 19th flight – and it’s a tricky take-off

The plucky little helicopter exploring Mars, NASA's Ingenuity, has exceeded all expectations and has lasted longer than even the most optimistic predictions. Originally designed for up to five flights, the helicopter is now gearing up for its 19th flight, which will be its first of 2022. But this flight won't be easy, especially given the tricky take-off it will have to perform.

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NASA’s Webb telescope has begun unfolding its audacious gold-plated mirror

NASA’s Webb telescope has begun unfolding its audacious gold-plated mirror

The launch of the world's most powerful space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, was just the beginning of this space-based observatory. Having left Earth's atmosphere and traveled over 250,000 miles away from our planet, it is now more than 70% of its way to its final orbit around the sun (via NASA).

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That “Moon cube” mystery? Scientists have an explanation

That “Moon cube” mystery? Scientists have an explanation

In December the world was hooked on the mystery of the odd-looking cube spotted on the Moon's surface by the Chinese rover Yutu-2. Now, a new post from the rover drivers on Chinese-language WeChat offers some explanations about the strange little cube.

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What NASA’s 10 billion dollar space telescope is hoping to find

What NASA’s 10 billion dollar space telescope is hoping to find

The James Webb Space Telescope, recently launched by NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, is an incredible piece of kit. According to NASA, its origami-style construction includes a mirror which consists of 18 segments made of ultra-lightweight beryllium. It has a huge sunshield the size of a tennis court which consists of five layers to keep the telescope safe from the intense heat of the sun. And it is armed with four instruments, both cameras and spectrometers, which are super sensitive and can pick up the faintest of signals from space. They work in the infrared wavelength, allowing the telescope to peer through clouds of dust which would obscure its view if it looked in the visible light wavelength.

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This bizarre cube on the moon has everyone’s attention

This bizarre cube on the moon has everyone’s attention

A Chinese lunar rover has spotted something very odd on the moon, and scientist can't agree on just what it is. A mystery cube-shaped object was spotted in the distance, and described as a "hut" according to Chinese-language site Our Space.

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