Astronomy

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, November 25 – December 4

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25 ■ Does the Sun already appear to be setting about as early because it ever will? You’re proper! We’re nonetheless virtually a month from the winter solstice — however the Sun units its earliest every year round December Seventh, in case you’re close to latitude 40° north. And already the Sun units …

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NASA’s DART Mission Launches for Head-on Collision with an Asteroid

Last evening, a spacecraft constructed through the hardships of the COVID pandemic efficiently departed Earth on a one-way journey to an asteroid. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, launched at 06:21:02 UTC November 23 and can crash into 65803 Dimorphos, the moon of asteroid Didymos, in September or October 2022. This isn’t an asteroid …

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Can This Near-Earth Asteroid Help Us Understand the First Interstellar Visitor?

When interstellar object 1I/ ‘Oumuamua was first spotted tumbling through the solar system in 2017, we’d by no means seen something prefer it. Among many unexplained oddities was its form: With a side ratio of 6:6:1, it’s principally an otherworldly pancake — not like something we’d seen in the solar system. Artist’s impression of ʻOumuamuaESO …

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Did Astronomers Spot a Black Hole in Another Galaxy? Maybe Not

Recently, European Southern Observatory (ESO) scientists announced that they noticed a stellar-mass black hole outdoors the Milky Way — the primary time an extragalactic black hole had been detected by measuring its affect on the movement of a close by star. The black hole was additionally the primary uncovered inside a younger globular cluster; NGC …

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Russia Conducts Antisatellite Test; Space Station Crew Takes Cover

The International Space Station in Earth orbit. NASA Notice first got here, like so many issues lately, as a rumor throughout Twitter. Word unfold early Monday morning that Russia had carried out a direct ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) missile take a look at towards considered one of its personal getting older satellites, and that the ensuing …

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