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The Orionid meteor shower peaks this week! Here’s what to expect. – Space.com

It’s an excellent year to view the Orionids, which peak before dawn on Wednesday (Oct. 21).

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Orionid meteors streak through the starry sky over Big Bend National Park in Texas, in this composite of four shots taken by astrophotographer Sergio Garcia Rill in October 2017. (Image credit: Sergio Garcia Rill)
On a night this past summer, soon after sunset, a number of people gathered at a little-league field, not far from my home, eagerly awaiting nightfall and the appearance of the stars. We had also gathered there because there wasn’t much in the way of light pollution and we were afford…

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Driver Identified of the Largest Mass Extinction in the History of the Earth – SciTechDaily

New study provides a comprehensive reconstruction of the Permian-Triassic boundary event. Life on Earth has a long, but also an extremely turbulent history. On …

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Sessile filter feeders like this Carboniferous crinoid, the mushroom crinoid (Agaricocrinus americanus), were significantly less abundant after the Permian-Triassic extinction. Credit: Vassil – Alias Collections, CC BY-SA 3.0
New study provides a comprehensive reconstruction of the Permian-Triassic boundary event.
Life on Earth has a long, but also an extremely turbulent history. On more than one occasion, the majority of all species became extinct and an already highly developed biodiversity …

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NASA’s Osiris-Rex set to grab a piece of asteroid Bennu: How to watch live – CNET

NASA’s van-size asteroid-chaser will attempt to swipe space souvenirs from Bennu Tuesday to bring home to Earth. But it might not be easy.

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Artist’s conception of NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft collecting a sample from the asteroid Bennu.
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NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft will briefly touch down on a large asteroid Tuesday and grab some rocks and dust from its surface to be returned to Earth for study. The event marks a major first for NASA and a potential boon for science, space exploration and our understanding of the solar system. Lockheed Martin Space will stream the daring mission live and we have …

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Breathtaking Hubble Image Captures a Star That’s Still Being Born – ScienceAlert

Zooming in on a small corner of cloud 7,500 light-years away, the Hubble Space Telescope has caught a fascinating stage in the development of baby stars.

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Zooming in on a small corner of cloud 7,500 light-years away, the Hubble Space Telescope has caught a fascinating stage in the development of baby stars.
It’s called J025157.5+600606, and it’s just a (relatively) tiny bulge in the colossal Soul Nebula (also known as Westerhout 5) in the constellation of Cassiopeia.
But, while the section of cloud seems insignificant in the broader nebula complex to which it belongs, it’s an excellent place to learn about the birth of new stars.
That’s because…

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