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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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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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Astronomers predict bright auroras lightening up the sky on New Year

You may ring into New Year with bright auroras lightening up the sky

New Year is going to be special for one more reason as potentially there would be some natural fireworks in the upper atmosphere just in the time for 2016. What else one could wish for that sky is joining us in the New Year’s celebrations.

On Monday, December 28, a sunspot cluster erupted that lead to an M-class flare directly at earth. The extreme-ultraviolet radiation initiated an ionization event causing a radio blackout over South America, Africa and the South Atlantic Ocean.

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NASA-released-video shows Fireball hurtling towards Earth at 29,000 mph

NASA-released-video shows Fireball hurtling towards Earth at 29,000 mph

National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) has released a video recently, which shows a mystery fireball racing in the direction of our planet Earth at 29,000 mph. The Mirror reported about the fireball, but the US space agency has confirmed that the mystery fireball was a meteor which had made an entry into the atmosphere of Earth.

The space agency released the video when it received a number of reports of the object above the state of Georgia.

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New Horizons: NASA divulges Sharpest Images of Pluto we’ll see for Some Time

New Horizons: NASA divulges Sharpest Images of Pluto we’ll see for Some Time

NASA scientists are continuously receiving photos and data on Pluto that the New Horizons spacecraft captured during a flyby in July this year. A new set of images beamed back by the probe are some of the sharpest images we have ever seen of the dwarf planet.

NASA said the images with a resolution of about 250-280 feet per pixel exposing to Pluto’s view diverse surface. Cratered, mountainous and glacial terrains of the dwarf planet are clearly visible in new pictures.

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Experts think reusable rockets may not be as cheaper as Space X thinks

Experts think reusable rockets may not be as cheaper as Space X thinks

Space X has always believed that reusability of rockets can prove as a cost-saver for the private spaceflight industry. Now, it has even landed a rocket after launching it in space. But experts have a question as whether rocket reusability is that cost-effective as prompted by Space X.

Elon Musk has shared some facts that it takes $60 million to make Falcon 9 and $200,000 to fuel it. He believes that reusing rockets can lower these costs, which as per experts, is not exactly correct. Firstly, Space X needs to be sure that it’s returned rockets are able to fly again.

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NASA Puts Next Mission to Mars on Hold for Indefinite Time

NASA Puts Next Mission to Mars on Hold for Indefinite Time

Deep space missions or any mission beyond earth always involve high risk and efforts. NASA was also planning one such mission to Mars, but it has now put the mission on hold for an indefinite period.

Sources with knowledge about the matter said that the decision to cancel the new Mars lander, named InSight, was taken after agency engineers were unable to repair a major leak, which involves key scientific instruments.

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NASA spacecraft Beams Back Photos taken of Ceres from closest-ever Vantage Point

NASA spacecraft Beams Back Photos taken of Ceres from closest-ever Vantage Point

A NASA spacecraft has just sent back photos of the dwarf planet Ceres to home, captured from closest-ever vantage point. The pictures have given scientists a more in depth view of the cratered world's terrain than earlier.

NASA's Dawn probe has captured the latest pictures of Ceres' southern hemisphere from an orbit that brought it nearly 240 miles from the surface of the dwarf planet. It is roughly 10 miles closer as compared to the International Space Station (ISS) is to our planet Earth in its average orbit.

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Climate Change To Worsen Algae Blooms

Climate Change To Worsen Algae Blooms

NASA and the National Science Foundation jointly carried out a study, which shows that the temperatures of lakes across the globe are rising rapidly due to climate change. The study reveals that an average increase in the temperature of lakes in each decade is 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit. The rise in temperature will eventually aggravate algae blooms in the lakes.

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