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LOOK UP! Orionid meteor shower is this weekend

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Meteor sighting reported in Connecticut

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Researchers say they may have found the perfect spot for a space base on the moon

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Why Gravitational Waves Are So Exhilarating

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Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

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'Endurance': Hitch a ride with Scott Kelly as he relives 'A Year in Space'

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Lego unveils 'Women of NASA' set with astronauts, scientists
ENFIELD, Conn. — Lego has unveiled a set of figures celebrating the women of NASA. The 231-piece set features Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space. Also included in the set are figures of astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton. Lego versions of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Hubble Space telescope can be put together with the set   Read More ...
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LOOK UP! Orionid meteor shower is this weekend
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak in the next couple of days and NASA calls it "one of the most beautiful showers of the year." The meteor's particles come from Halley's Comet, which passes Earth every 75 to 76 years, and are visible from anywhere on Earth, according to Space.com. As the comet passes the planet, it leaves behind a "trail of comet crumbs," or meteoroids, and every now and then, the Earth's orbit crosses path with the debris   Read More ...
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Meteor sighting reported in Connecticut
The American Meteor Society reported a meteor over the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday afternoon. The meteor was seen streaking towards the New Jersey/ Virginia shoreline just before 4 p.m. Universal time. There were 13 reports sent to the American Meteor Society of a fireball being seen in New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Maryland and even Connecticut. A man in Meriden reported seeing a "long white tail, white and light blue head" that "came from east north east or so   Read More ...
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Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend; clear skies could mean a good view in NC
The annual Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak this weekend, and with clear skies in the forecast, much of North Carolina could have a good view. Orionid meteors appear every year around this time, when Earth orbits through an area of space littered with debris from Halley’s Comet, according to NASA. The shower normally produces 20 meteors per hour. “Earth is passing through a stream of debris from Halley’s Comet, the source of the Orionids,” said Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office   Read More ...
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Researchers say they may have found the perfect spot for a space base on the moon
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Lego introduces 'Women of NASA' sets featuring female astronauts and scientists, but ‘Hidden Figures’ inspiration not included 
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Lego unveils 'Women of NASA' set with astronauts, scientists
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Lego unveils 'Women of NASA' set with astronauts, scientists
ENFIELD, Conn. The 231-piece set features Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space. Also included in the set are figures of astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman and computer scientist Margaret Hamilton. Lego versions of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Hubble Space telescope can be put together with the set   Read More ...
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Lego unveils ‘Women of NASA’ set with astronauts, scientists
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Why Gravitational Waves Are So Exhilarating
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Jane Goodall: Stop destroying the planet or 'we may not even be on it anymore'
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Planet 9: More Evidence Suggesting A Massive Planet Lurking In The Outer Solar System
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ULA, Bigelow plan to place inflatable space habitat near moon by 2022
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Parts of unmanned Russian spaceship burn up over Dubai
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Parts of unmanned Russian spaceship burn up over Dubai
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Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold
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Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold
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