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Weather could make it bit more difficult to view today’s Quadrantid meteor shower

Weather may make it bit more difficult to view today’s Quadrantid meteor shower

Sky gazers please note that the Quadrantid meteor shower, the first of 2016, is tonight. This meteor shower is known for putting up a bright slow like Perseid and Geminid showers. But this time, experts have warned that it is bit tricky to have the shooting stars falling at a rate of 50 per hour, but effort is worth making.

Certain things that make the Quadrantid meteor a unique one is that it is the first meteor shower of the year. Another thing is this meteor shower is not the result of debris from any normal comet burning up in the atmosphere.

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Space X maintains secrecy over where it would display its much-famed Falcon 9 rocket stage

Space X maintains secrecy over where it would display its much-famed Falcon 9 rocket stage

Space X’s decision to turn Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage that made a historic landing last month as a display has raised a question for the company as to what made take this decision. On December 21 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Space X has now given the historic landing of its Falcon 9 rocket.

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Astronomers develop new technique for detecting habitable planets around distant stars

Astronomers develop new technique for detecting habitable planets around distant stars

A team of astronomers claimed to have developed a new tool to find habitable planets in other solar systems by measuring the surface gravity of the stars that are too distant to be studied with conventional methods.

Astronomers have already identified at least a dozen “Goldilocks” planets in other solar systems that are neither too hot nor too cold, but just right to support life. But a planet’s likelihood to support life depends on its star’s properties. Determining the star’s surface gravity can suggest the size and other details of the planets in its system.

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Quadrantid meteor shower 2016 will be stunner: astronomers say

Quadrantid meteor shower 2016 will be stunner: astronomers say

The imminent Quadrantid meteor shower, the annual cascade of shooting stars produced by the debris stream from asteroid 2003 EH1, will be a stunner, astronomers predicted.

According to U.S. space agency NASA, the Quadrantid meteor shower will peak in the pre-dawn hours of Monday, January 4, 2016, as the debris stream from asteroid 2003 EH1 will enter Earth’s atmosphere.

Usually, the Quadrantids take place in early January and peak around Jan. 3 or 4, producing up to 100 or even more shooting stars per hour. It is the first major annual meteor shower of the year.

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Social robot’ Nadine can converse with people, adapt their responses and remember previous conversations

Social robot’ Nadine can converse with people, adapt their responses and remember previous conversations

There is a terrifyingly lifelike ‘social robot’ called Nadine that looks and acts like its owner. Nadine sits behind the welcome desk at a Singapore university as a receptionist and is causing a stir. The robot has mousy, shoulder-length hair neatly parted sideways.

It very well remembers what you talked about last time she saw you and greets you saying a friendly hello. However, there is something odd about Nadine. She is among the latest in a line of so-called ‘social robots’, having personalities and emotions of their own.

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Quadrantid meteor shower expected to peak on January 4

Quadrantid meteor shower expected to peak on January 4

In what would be the first celestial event to be seen in the New Year, the annual Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to peak in the pre-dawn hours on January 4. Scientists have suggested sky-watchers to observe this meteor shower from midnight and on through to sunrise on Monday morning so as to have the best view.

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Space X Falcon 9 to be put on display though it is could fly again: Musk

Space X Falcon 9 to be put on display though it is could fly again: Musk

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Thursday posted a photo of the Falcon 9 rocket that has registered success in landing back on earth after launching a payload of satellites into orbit that was back at its hanger at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Musk affirmed that the rocket is in good shape and ready to fire all again. He did not find any damage after the landing. The successful landing is considered to be a remarkable feat that could one day lead to the start of an era of reusable rockets and further lead to cost effective flights.

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Mother Nature Welcoming New Year with Amazing Meteor Shower

Mother Nature Welcoming New Year with Amazing Meteor Shower

Not only humans are welcoming New Year’s eve, our mother nature too is celebrating the New Year and welcoming 2016. Do you gain interest in watching planets and stars? If yes, then 2016 Year is bringing something special for them. It has been reported that hundreds of meteors will dance across the night sky on the New Year ’s Eve. Early mornings will offer a view of Earth's five closest neighbors, appearing as tiny lights in the predawn darkness in the month of February.

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Comet Catalina to Appear In Pre-Dawn Sky

Comet Catalina to Appear In Pre-Dawn Sky

NASA has reported that Comet Catalina has visited the inner part of our solar system for the first time and will be visible in the sky before the dawn of January 1, 2016. The comet is officially known as C/2013 US10 and after its short visibility in sky, it will permanently return to the outer space. The comet was named after the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The survey was funded by NASA and the comet was detected on October 31st, 2013.

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Congress wants NASA to spend $55 million to develop Deep Space Habitat by 2018

Congress wants NASA to spend $55 million to develop Deep Space Habitat by 2018

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has planned to launch a manned mission to Mars in 2030, but there are no plans into how astronauts will set up camps in earth’s neighbor planet. It’s not NASA, but congress which took next big step towards sending humans to deep space: to create a deep space habitat.

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