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NASA Launches a New X-ray Observatory

   11 Dec 19:00:16  |  Universe Today

A new mission has launched to study some the most intriguing secrets of the universe. No, not THAT spacecraft (JWST is scheduled for launch on December 22). Another new and exciting mission is called Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) and it will allow scientists to explore the hidden details of some of the most extreme …
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Brrrr: Bundle Up For the 2021 Geminid Meteors

   11 Dec 19:00:16  |  Universe Today

One of the best annual meteor showers of the year, the Geminids top off 2021.
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After 10 Days of Dangerous, Careful Work, James Webb has Been Fully Fueled up

   10 Dec 19:00:07  |  Universe Today

After many MANY delays, the James Webb Space Telescope is fully-fueled and ready for the final stage of preparations before launch (still on for Dec. 22nd)!
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Galaxies Have Been Found With no Dark Matter at all

   10 Dec 19:00:07  |  Universe Today

According to new research led by Dutch astronomers, there may be lots of galaxies in the Universe that have no Dark Matter.
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NASA?s New Asteroid Impact Monitoring System Comes Online

   09 Dec 19:00:05  |  Universe Today

An asteroid striking Earth is a genuine possibility. There are tens of thousands of asteroids classified as Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs), and we’re finding around 3,000 more each year. The number of new detections will see an uptick in the next few years as better survey telescopes come online. Now NASA has developed a new system …
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Hubble is Fully Operational Once Again

   09 Dec 19:00:05  |  Universe Today

After suffering a technical glitch and going into sleep mode for the second time this year, Hubble is once again back online!
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TESS Finds a New Mars-Sized Planet (With the Density of Mercury)

   08 Dec 19:00:23  |  Universe Today

Some planets orbit their stars so closely that they have extremely high surface temperatures and extremely rapid orbits. Most of the ones astronomers have found are Hot Jupiters? planets in the size range of Jupiter and with similar compositions as Jupiter. Their size and proximity to their star make them easier to spot using the …
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A Nearby Dwarf Galaxy has a Surprisingly Massive Black Hole in its Heart

   08 Dec 19:00:22  |  Universe Today

New research from UT Austin shows that dwarf galaxies - like our neighbor, Leo I - also have massive black holes at their centers!
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Asteroid Apophis? 2029 Flyby Will Provide a Bonanza of Asteroid Science

   07 Dec 19:00:15  |  Universe Today

If NASA and other space agencies don’t want us to freak out about asteroids colliding with Earth, why do they give them names like Apophis? It sounds apocalyptic. Apophis was the ancient Egyptian god of Chaos. He was an evil serpent that dwelled in endless darkness, the enemy of light and truth. So when they …
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Rocket Lab Shows off its new Reusable Neutron Rocket, due for Launch in 2024

   07 Dec 19:00:14  |  Universe Today

Rocket Lab just showed the updated design of their Neutron rocket, which features a never-before-seen Hungry Hippo fairing!
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