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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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Succesful Launch and Landing of Falcon 9

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket had a successful night launch and landing on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The rocket lifted off at 7:21 p.m. PST, on schedule, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Los Angeles. An Earth-observation radar satellite for the Argentina national space agency, SAOCOM-1A was successfully delivered into orbit. Falcon nine made its first attempted ground landing on…

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CASSINI: A year after the Spacecraft’s final act!

The Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn last year, September 15, 2017 after orbiting the planet since 2004. It’s the fourth probe to visit the planet from Earth. The 13-year Cassini mission had provided new insights and discoveries  about Saturn. Cassini gave us a new scientific perspective on its moons and its rings. The mission also gave us some of the…

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What are fast radio bursts?

What are fast radio bursts? Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) is a term used in radio astronomy  for high-energy pulses of transient radio emissions that lasts on average just milliseconds. Back in August 2017, researchers on the Breakthrough Listen project used the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to spot 21 fast radio burst the span of an hour emanating from…

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Mystery at the Sunspot Solar Observatory… Solved?

Mystery at the Sunspot Solar Observatory… Solved? Sunspot, New Mexico On Thursday, September 6, 2018, the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico was suddenly closed down and evacuated by the FBI supposedly for security reasons. The facility is run by the Association of Universities for Research Astronomy (AURA). The observatory was closed, along with a nearby US Post Office by…

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What is a false dawn?

  What is a false dawn? A false dawn, also called a zodiacal light, which is a strange, eerie, light phenomenon that is visible low in the sky, giving the illusion of an early sunrise or secondary sunset after twilight. Zodiacal light is best seen just after sunset in spring and before sunrise in autumn, when the zodiac is at a steep angle to the horizon. However, the…

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A Probe’s Journey to the Sun

  After a successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket, its passenger, NASA’s Parker Probe, is now on its way to rendezvous with the sun. Onlookers cheerfully watched as lift off occurred at 3:31am EDT from Space Launch Complex 37 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The spacecraft, which is roughly the size of…

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