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Comet 45P set to appear on New Year’s Eve

Comet 45P set to appear on New Year’s Eve

A rare comet, dubbed Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova, is set to appear somewhere near the crescent moon on the eve of the New Year, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced.

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is set to appear as people will be welcoming 2017 on Saturday, Dec. 31. However, it will not be visible to the naked eye.

Cassini spacecraft preparing for its planned death plunge into Saturn

Cassini spacecraft preparing for its planned death plunge into Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will soon stop transmitting information back to Earth as it is preparing to embark on its final mission -- a death plunge through the gap that separates Saturn’s rings from the planet.

Launched by the American space agency in 1997, Cassini maneuvered through the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, before entering the Saturn system in 2004. It provided a lot of vital information on Titan – Saturn’s biggest moon.

Geminid meteor shower to overlap last supermoon of 2016

Geminid meteor shower to overlap last supermoon of 2016

Sky watchers will once again be able to feast their eyes on two celestial spectacles that will brighten the night sky later this week, NASA astronomers have confirmed.

The two night sky spectacles are: the peak of the Geminid meteor shower and the final supermoon of 2016. The super large full moon will be brightening the night sky just as the annual Geminid meteor shower will be giving its best performance in the night hours of Dec. 13th.

NASA commissions spacecraft that can refuel satellites in orbit

NASA commissions spacecraft that can refuel satellites in orbit

U.S. space agency NASA on Tuesday commissioned a new sort of spacecraft that will refuel satellites and provide needed services while they are still in orbit around Earth.

ESA remains committed to Mars mission

ESA remains committed to Mars mission

Despite Schiaparelli’s disappointing crash landing on the surface of Mars in October, the European Space Agency (ESA) remains committed it its ExoMars mission.

Reiterating their commitment and expressing confidence in the mission, the ESA’s 22 member states approved €436 million (US$480 million) in funding for the ExoMars mission.

Pluto’s ‘icy heart’ may have not been created by violent impact

Pluto’s ‘icy heart’ may have not been created by violent impact

The left “lobe” of Pluto’s “icy heart” has long been believed to be a massive impact crater that subsequently filled with frozen nitrogen and other types of exotic ices. But, a study published in the journal Nature has suggested that the famous feature may not have been born in violence.

According to the new study, the ice buildup came first and the amassed material ultimately pushed the original landscape down, allowing frozen nitrogen and other exotic ices to fill the opening.

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