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A quick look at potential landing sites for 2020 Mars rover

A quick look at potential landing sites for 2020 Mars rover

U.S. space agency NASA has chosen three potential landing sites for its upcoming Mars 2020 mission, which aims to find evidence of alien life on the Red Planet.

The three potential landing sites for the Mars rover include an ancient lake, an early hot-spring site and a former volcanic hotbed. Scientists selected the three sites at a workshop held from Feb. 8-10 in Monrovia, California, from 8 sites proposed in 2015.

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Three intriguing celestial events occur over weekend

Three intriguing celestial events occur over weekend

The most recent weekend proved to be a significant treat for sky watchers, thanks to three intriguing celestial events that took place over the span of just a few days.

Over the weekend, sky watchers witnessed the so-called “Snow Moon,” a total penumbral eclipse, as well as a “green comet” that made its closest flyby our planet.

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Pale green comet to make closest flyby to Earth in decades

Pale green comet to make closest flyby to Earth in decades

For the next few days, night sky-gazers will be able to spot a pale green comet that is making one of its closest flybys to our plant in several decades.

Comet 45P/Honda–Mrkos–Pajdušáková will make its closest approach to Earth at 3 a.m. ET on 11th of February. However, the greenish comet will be visible only by telescope or binoculars.

It has gradually been brightening since it rounded the Sun on New Year’s Eve. Astronomers have predicted that it will pass within 7.4 million miles of Earth, roughly 32 times farther away from our planet than the moon.

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Archaeologists find new ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ cave

Archaeologists find new ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ cave

An international team of researchers from Israel and the United States have discovered evidence of a cave that reportedly housed Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of historically significant ancient manuscripts including copies of the Hebrew Bible.

The ancient cave in question was discovered in the hills of Wadi Qumran in the Judean Desert. Inside the cave, the researchers found only fragments of ancient manuscripts and some storage jars and lids from the Second Temple period (dated from 530 BC to 70 CE). Since the early 1940s, 12 such caves have been discovered.

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February ‘Snow Moon’ eclipse to be really unique

February ‘Snow Moon’ eclipse to be really unique

The so-called Snow Moon on Feb 10 will be a unique full moon as it will not only coincide with a special lunar eclipse but also a pale green comet that will streak by Earth.

Astronomers have predicted that the Moon will spend more than four hours coasting through the outer shadow of Earth, called the penumbra. The penumbral lunar eclipse will thus make the full moon’s bright, glowing façade to look somewhat dark.

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Researchers studying nuclear bomb test site to understand Moon’s formation

Researchers studying nuclear bomb test site to understand Moon’s formation

The formation of the Moon has along been puzzling researchers. Now, a team of American researchers are studying a nuclear bomb detonation site to determine how Earth’s only natural satellite came into existence.

Lead researcher James Day, a geochemist at UC San Diego, said Moon-building happened on a large scale, and thus they decided to look into an analogue that was large-scale enough to replicate what might happened during the early process of planet formation.

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Federal scientist allegedly cooked global warming data ahead of Paris Climate Agreement

Federal scientist allegedly cooked global warming data ahead of Paris Climate Agreement

A key Obama administration scientist brushed aside data that showed a slowdown in global warming while preparing a 2015 study report that coincided with the United States’ participation in the Paris Climate Agreement, a whistle blower alleged.

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A Martian volcano erupted nonstop for 2 billion years: researchers say

A Martian volcano erupted nonstop for 2 billion years: researchers say

A fresh analysis of a meteorite discovered in Algeria in 2012 has suggested that a volcano on Mars may have erupted nonstop for 2 billion years.

A tem of scientists led by Marc Caffee, a member of the meteorite research team and professor of physics & astronomy at Purdue University, found clues of the nonstop volcanic activity in a Martian meteorite discovered in Algeria in 2012.

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SpaceX plans to launch Falcon 9 rockets every 2-3 weeks

SpaceX plans to launch Falcon 9 rockets every 2-3 weeks

Elon Musk-led Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has announced a plan to launch its Falcon 9 rockets every 2-3 weeks, once a new launch pad in Florida becomes operational next week.

The ambitious plan will mark the private-sector space firm’s fastest rate of launching rockets on space missions since it started launches in 2010.

SpaceX officials announced the plan just five months after a Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad in Florida. The company has successfully launched only one rocket since then, in January this year.

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WWF calls for complete fishing ban to save endangered vaquita porpoises

WWF calls for complete fishing ban to save endangered vaquita porpoises

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Monday urged the Mexican government to impose a complete ban on fishing in the habitat of the vaquita porpoise, saying it is the only way to save the critically endangered species from extinction.

An international team of experts recently warned that fewer than 30 vaquita porpoises have are left in the upper Gulf of California, which is the only place for the endangered mammal to live.

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