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Comet 46P/Wirtanen: The Brightest Comet of 2018

  Comet 46P/Wirtanen is due to closely sweep passed the sun on December 12, 2018 and then pass the Earth on December 16. 46P/Wirtanen is a small short-period comet that was discovered photographically on January 17, 1948, by the American astronomer Carl A. Wirtanen at the Lick Observatory.The comet has a current orbital period of 5.4 years. On December 16, 2018 the comet will pass Earth at…

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2018 Geminids Coming Soon

  It’s December and it’s time for another Geminid Meteor Shower. Caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, the Geminids are thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a “rock comet” orbit. This would make the Geminids, together with the Quadrantids, the only major meteor showers not originating from a comet. This shower favors the Northern Hemisphere, but will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere as well….

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SETI Searched for Artificial Emissions from ‘Oumuamua

SETI wanted to address the mystery surrounding “Oumuamua, the first interstellar visitor that we’ve detected moving through our solar system keep getting deeper and deeper… What is it? An asteroid, a comet… a derelict alien spacecraft? Using the Allen Telescope Array (ATA), scientist at SETI decided to observe ‘Oumuamua when it was about 170 million miles away to see if…

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InSight Mars Landing Coverage

  Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have completed the final adjustments for landing NASA’s InSight spacecraft on Mars. Atmospheric entry is expected around 11:47 a.m. PST (2:47 p.m. EST) and touchdown, about seven minutes later. Watch live commentary at https://www.nasa.gov/live   Rod WashingtonRod is a blogger, writer, filmmaker, photographer, daydreamer who likes to cook. Rod produces…

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Is Oumuamua Something Else?

First it was an asteroid, then it was a comet, now it’s something else. Remember that interstellar object, Oumuamua, the oblong shaped mas that tumbled through our solar system at incredible speed? Now some scientists at the Harvard Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics are saying that it is possibly something else entirely. Oumuamua might be artificial and could also possibly be…

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Voyager is heading way out there

It’s been 41 years since NASA launched the Voyager 2 probe into space. Fast-forward from 1977 to today and the little probe has travelled nearly 11 billion miles from Earth, and is now passing through the heliosphere. Voyager 2 is rapidly approaching the outer boundary. Scientist are watching as the probe moves closer to exiting the heliosphere. Voyager will become…

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