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Nasa reveals final plans for landing on ‘apocalypse asteroid’ Bennu
18th December 2019 metro.co.uk | Space, Tech

Bennu is a 500 metre-wide monster which earned its nickname because there’s a very small chance of it hitting Earth in the 22nd century.

HUGE 1,800-FOOT-WIDE ASTEROID IS ONE OF SIX TO FLY PAST EARTH THIS WEEK
18th December 2019 | newsweek.com | Space

A huge asteroid will sail past the Earth on Friday—one of six close approaches set to take place this week, according to NASA.

December Full Moon 2019: The ‘Cold Moon’ Joins Venus and Saturn Overnight Tonight!
11th December 2019 | space.com | Earth, Space

The full moon of December, called the Full Cold Moon, will arrive overnight tonight just after midnight EST on Thursday, Dec. 12, and as it rises it will be joined in the sky by the planets Venus and Saturn.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission explains Asteroid Bennu’s mysterious particle events
8th December 2019 | sciencedaily.com | Space, Weird

Shortly after OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu, an unexpected discovery by the mission’s science team revealed that the asteroid could be active, or consistently discharging particles into space.

There’s Something Weird About the Craters of Asteroid Ryugu
5th December 2019 | space.com | Space

The Japanese mission Hayabusa2 said farewell to the asteroid the probe spent a year and a half studying, and scientists have now announced some intriguing trends they noticed in the spacecraft’s photos.

Evidence of an Alien Planet Spotted Around a White Dwarf, a Cosmic First
4th December 2019 | space.com | Space, Tech

For the first time ever, astronomers have spotted evidence of an exoplanet circling a superdense stellar corpse known as a white dwarf, a new study reports.

Sun-bombing spacecraft uncovers secrets of the solar wind
4th December 2019 | nature.com | Space, Tech

A spacecraft buzzing past the Sun has caught the best-ever glimpse of the birthplace of the solar wind — the stream of energized particles that floods outwards from the star.

Forbidden planets: Understanding alien worlds once thought impossible
4th December 2019 | sciencemag.org | Space

When astronomers discovered the first exoplanet around a normal star 2 decades ago, there was joy—and bewilderment.

Astronomers See Stars Slinging Comets at Earth for the First Time
4th December 2019 | livescience.com | Space

Stars and comets make unlikely dance partners. Their gravitational partnership is one that astronomers have long suspected but have never seen — until now.

Europe Officially Signs on for Asteroid-Smashing Effort
3rd December 2019 | space.com | Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

Europe has confirmed its participation in humanity’s first full-on planetary-defense demo.

Belfast’s Prof Fitzsimmons calls for help from amateur astronomers
3rd December 2019 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Earth, Space

Professor Alan Fitzsimmons is calling for amateur astronomers to help a multinational space mission which could ultimately help save Earth.

Ancient Earth Rocks Give Clues About Life on Mars
3rd December 2019 | technologynetworks.com | Ancient, Earth, Space

Research which suggests that structures previously thought to be fossils may, in fact, be mineral deposits could save future Mars missions valuable time and resources.

Antarctica: Metal meteorite quest set to get under way
2nd December 2019 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Earth, Space

A team of British scientists has arrived in the Antarctic to try to find the continent’s “missing meteorites”.

Early Asteroid Impacts Could Have Spurred Today’s Tectonic Activity
2nd December 2019 | popularmechanics.com | Space

4.6 billion years ago, a swirling cloud of rock and rubble coalesced into the planet we now call home. For millions of years after, our planet was bombarded by rocky bits from the distant reaches of our solar system.

The best photos ever taken from the International Space Station
2nd December 2019 | stuff.co.nz | Space

As of this week, the International Space Station (ISS) has been orbiting Earth for 21 years, and the astronauts on board have been taking breathtaking photos for almost as long.

A 623-Foot Asteroid Cruised By Earth At 40,000 MPH, Two Days After It Was Discovered
2nd December 2019 | inquisitr.com | Space

The formidable space rock is an Apollo-type asteroid known as 2019 WQ3, zooming past us at a staggering speed of nearly 40,000 mph.

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