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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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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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Get ready to see movie studios in space

Get ready to see movie studios in space

Today, the UK-based Space Entertainment Enterprise (SEE) announced plans to put a movie studio in space. This studio, called the SEE-1, will be a module attached to Axiom's planned commercial space station, but the studio itself will be ready to go long before construction on Axiom Station is complete. In fact, Space Entertainment Enterprise intends to launch this studio is late 2024, so just under three years from now.

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A half-mile asteroid will buzz Earth next week: Here’s the good news

A half-mile asteroid will buzz Earth next week: Here’s the good news

NASA has announced that another big asteroid will come close to Earth, relatively speaking, during its space travels. The celestial body is being monitored under the space agency's Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) center, which identifies and keeps track of large space rocks that could potentially pose a threat to our planet. Fortunately, and as with other near fly-by events, NASA says we don't have anything to worry about.

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The 15 Most Groundbreaking NASA Missions

The 15 Most Groundbreaking NASA Missions

Humankind has yearned to explore space since our ancestors began to study the night sky millennia ago. What we've been able to accomplish in the last 63+ years has taken the dedication, perseverance, and imagination of countless people. While many nations have aided in scores of missions outside of the Earth's atmosphere, NASA has certainly had the lion's share of firsts. Indeed, NASA successfully landed astronauts on the surface of the moon, collaborated with European governments on the exploration of Saturn's largest moon, and developed space telescopes that capture the far reaches of the universe. While this list isn't meant to outline every major accomplishment, it will lend some perspective on what this U.S. space agency has been able to achieve since its creation in 1958 (via History). 

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The one question about Pluto that just won’t die down

The one question about Pluto that just won’t die down

Many people alive today learnt that our solar system has nine planets, which included Pluto. However, that changed in 2006 when the International Astronomical Union voted to relegate Pluto to the status of a "dwarf planet" leaving us with only eight internationally recognized planets. The rationale for the decision was based on a criteria for planets that says that a planet must be spherical, orbit the sun and have cleared its neighboring region of other objects.

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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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Alexa is going to the Moon

Alexa is going to the Moon

Who would have thought that one day Amazon Alexa would make it all the way to the moon and beyond? The familiar AI found in many Amazon devices will now be part of its most important mission yet, this time aboard NASA's Orion spacecraft. As a collaboration between Lockheed Martin, Amazon, and Cisco, many engineers are working towards integrating Alexa into deep space missions. Lockheed Martin, alongside the other companies involved, detailed the development in a blog post.

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