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Asteroid 2016 VA gives Earth a very close shave

Asteroid 2016 VA gives Earth a very close shave

Just hours after being spotted by astronomers for the first time, a small asteroid dubbed Asteroid 2016 VA gave out planet a very close shave at 8:32 p.m. EDT (0032 GMT) on 2nd of November.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Minor Planet Center (MPC) said in a statement that the Asteroid 2016 VA zoomed within 48,000 miles or 77,000 kilometers of Earth. To put that into perspective, the Moon is orbiting our planet at a distance of 239,000 miles or 385,000 kilometers.

Saturn’s North Pole changed color from blue to gold: NASA

Saturn’s North Pole changed color from blue to gold: NASA

A unique, six-sided jet stream surrounding Saturn’s North Pole has mysteriously changed its color from blue to gold over the past few years, images captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft revealed.

Astronomers create most detailed map of Milky Way

Astronomers create most detailed map of Milky Way

A team of Australian and German scientists claimed to have created the most sensitive and detailed map of our galaxy, the Milky Way, to date.

Using the world’s largest and most powerful radio telescopes, astronomers involved in the HI4PI project, a combination of Australian and German surveys, mapped all of the hydrogen gas in and around our galaxy.

China’s Shenzhou 11 spacecraft docks with Tiangong 2 space station

China’s Shenzhou 11 spacecraft docks with Tiangong 2 space station

China’s Shenzhou-11 spacecraft, which lifted off from the Gobi Desert-based Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Monday, successfully docked with the country’s Tiangong 2 space station at 19:24 GMT on Tuesday.

Xinhua, the official news agency of China, announced that the manned spacecraft successfully docked with Tiangong 2, and two astronauts have entered the space station.

Universe has 10 times more galaxies than previously thought: new study

Universe has 10 times more galaxies than previously thought: new study

The universe has ten times more galaxies than scientists previously estimated to exist, a fresh analysis of deep-space images and other data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope suggested.

An international team of scientists used Hubble data, particularly Hubble's Deep Field images, to create a 3D map of the universe, which contains up to 200 billion galaxies. It may be noted here that the powerful telescope's Deep Field images revealed the most far-flung galaxies ever seen.

Curiosity rover embarks on its extended Mars mission

Curiosity rover embarks on its extended Mars mission

Advancing as part of its two-year mission extension that commenced on Oct. 1, U. S. space agency NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is now driving toward uphill destinations.

The mobile laboratory's new destinations include a ridge that is rich in iron-oxide mineral hematite. It is around two-and-a-half kilometers ahead of the rover on lower Mount Sharp.

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