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Heading out to watch the Geminid meteor shower? Check this cloud forecast first. - Washington Post
The best meteor shower of the year peaks Wednesday night, but clouds may obstruct the view for some of us in the Lower 48. There's nothing like a thick deck of clouds to ruin a good meteor shower, am I right? There's a fast-moving Alberta clipper ...

Is This Cigar-Shaped Asteroid Watching Us? - Slate Magazine
‘Oumuamua This artist's impression shows the first interstellar asteroid: 'Oumuamua. This unique object was discovered on Oct. 19 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii. ESO/M. Kornmesser. Are intelligent extraterrestrials trying to communicate ...

Giant penguins, as tall as people, lived in New Zealand millions of years ago - Los Angeles Times
Scientists have discovered the fossil remains of an ancient giant penguin with a body length of about 5.8 feet that roamed the waters off New Zealand soon after the dinosaurs' demise. Kumimanu biceae, newly described in the journal Nature ...

Watch Blue Origin's New Shepard 2.0 Spacecraft Soar in 1st Test Flight - Space.com
Blue Origin took its new reusable spaceship out for its first spin yesterday (Dec. 12), and you can watch the test flight's highlights in a dramatic new video. The video shows the next-gen New Shepard rocket-capsule combo, which Blue Origin is ...

Ticks Trapped in Amber Were Likely Sucking Dinosaur Blood - New York Times
Paleontologists have found entombed in amber a 99-million-year-old tick grasping the feather of a dinosaur, providing the first direct evidence that the tiny pests drank dinosaur blood. Immortalized in the golden gemstone, the bloodsucker's last supper ...

Watch the last time people walked and rolled on the Moon 45 years ago - Washington Post
On Monday, President Trump signed the Space Policy Directive 1, the broad-brush outline of a plan to return American astronauts to the moon. The signing coincides with the 45th anniversary of the last time humans set foot on the moon: the 12-day ...

Sea reptile fossil gives clues to life in ancient oceans - BBC News
A new fossil is shedding light on the murky past of the sea reptiles that swam at the time of the dinosaurs. With tiny heads on long necks and four pointed flippers, plesiosaurs have been likened to Scotland's mythical Loch Ness monster. The German ...

Lose Water Weight, Grow an Inch? It Happened for These Mountains - Live Science
The Sierra Nevada range rose almost an inch during California's recent drought due to loss of water from within fractured rocks. Credit: Trailkrum/CC BY-NC 2.0. Wouldn't you love to grow an extra inch taller ? by sweating? According to NASA scientists ...

Rapid-fire space station crew swap on tap - CBS News
In a rapid-fire end-of-year crew rotation, a Russian cosmonaut, a NASA astronaut and an Italian flier plan to close out a 139-day mission aboard the International Space Station with a fiery plunge back to the frigid steppe of Kazakhstan aboard their ...

New Horizons' Next Target May Have a Small Moon - Gizmodo
Artist's depiction of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flying by the possible binary 2014 MU69. (Image: Carlos Hernandez). NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is currently hurtling towards MU69, a Kuiper Belt object located a billion miles past Pluto. Details ...

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