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NASA releases Star Wars-themed images of ‘cosmic lightsaber’

NASA releases Star Wars-themed images of ‘cosmic lightsaber’

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has released Star Wars-themed images of a huge ‘cosmic lightsaber’ that appears to be cutting through dark space.

The American space agency said it spotted the huge lightsaber in an area of space clouds where new stars are born. The images of a bright, space light resemble the weapons wielded in popular space film franchise Star Wars cutting through the darkness of space.

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Meteor hurtling Towards Earth Hit the Ground on Thursday Night

Meteor hurtling Towards Earth Hit the Ground on Thursday Night

A fireball was caught streaking across the southern sky on Thursday evening, and NASA confirmed that it was a meteor. NASA Meteor Environment Office’s Bill Cooke said it is for sure that the meteor hit the ground.

On Friday, Cooke, the NASA MEO lead, said in a statement that spotting a fireball in the sky can be usual but meteorite droppers are very rare.

The recent meteor was first seen when it was travelling above McDonough, Ga., at 5:33 pm. At that time the meteor was travelling at a speed of 29,000 miles per hour about and was about 50 miles above the ground.

Increased amount of oxygen kick-started early animal evolution, study suggests

Increased amount of oxygen kick-started early animal evolution, study suggests

Life on Earth has exploded after slow built up of oxygen levels to enough levels over 100 million years. The boom in animal life has happened earlier than thought before, following the freezing of the oceans due to second of 3 huge 'snowball Earth' glaciations, from poles to the tropics 600 million years back.

NASA’s Curiosity Rover’s new Surprising Find on Mars: Silica and Tridymite

NASA’s Curiosity Rover’s new Surprising Find on Mars: Silica and Tridymite

Discoveries made by NASA’s Curiosity rover have been baffling scientists on earth since it landed on the Red Planet in 2012. Now, the car-sized robotic rover has spotted silica on the Red Planet, NASA announced.

The silica has been found in high concentrations. Adding to that, Curiosity has also found a mineral, which is even very rare on earth and never seen before on Mars, the space agency added. The mineral named tridymite has been discovery by the rover while drilling into a rock called ‘Buckskin’.

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NASA’s Cassini probe is all Set to Make Final Flyby of Saturn’s Enceladus Moon

NASA’s Cassini probe is all Set to Make Final Flyby of Saturn’s Enceladus Moon

NASA’s unmanned spacecraft Cassini is all set to whiz past sixth-largest moon of Saturn Enceladus this weekend. It will be probe’s final close flyby of the ocean-bearing moon, NASA said.

Cassini, which entered orbit around Saturn in 2004, will make the flyby at a distance of about 3,106 miles, or 4,999 kilometers, on December 19 at about 9:49 am, as per the US space agency. It will be probe’s final close pass, but it will continue to keep a watch on the natural satellite at a much greater distance, NASA revealed.

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captures Rare Exploding Supernova

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captures Rare Exploding Supernova

Astronomers know that a number of stars end their life with an explosion, but it is very rare when these acts are captured. But now, astronomers have captured an image of the stellar activity, thanks to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

The astronomers not only imaged the young star in action, but also predicted the first supernova coming. The space telescope in low earth orbit captured the stellar explosion in action on December 11, 2015.

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NASA’s Next Mars Spacecraft Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base

NASA’s Next Mars Spacecraft Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base

The American space agency NASA’s next Mars spacecraft has arrived at the Vandenberg Air Force base, California. The craft will undergo the final preparations before its scheduled launch in March 2016.

The craft was build and tested by Lockheed martin Space Systems, which even delivered it on December 16 from Buckley Air Force Base in Denver to Vandenberg, on the central California Coast.

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Source of Gamma rays emitted from galaxy found much further than expected, say researchers

Source of Gamma rays emitted from galaxy found much further than expected, say researchers

After studying a flare of extremely high-energy gammy rays emitted from a galaxy known as PKS 1441+25, a rare type of galaxy known as blazer, astrophysicists have come to know how and where such gamma rays are produced.

These gamma rays were produced in April 2015 and were studied by the researchers using a range of telescopes including the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS) in Arizona. Blazers are considered to be unsteady light sources that can sometimes emit flares ten to 100 times brighter than their normal-level emissions.

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Enceladus and Tethys appear to be spooning in deep space

Enceladus and Tethys appear to be spooning in deep space

Enceladus the tiny moon spoon and the big spoon Tethys seems to be lining up almost perfectly just over the distinctive rings of Saturn from the perspective of Cassini spacecraft exploring the ringed planet in September 2015.

NASA said that the picture was taken by Cassini when the craft was nearly 1.3 million miles from Enceladus and at a distance of 1.6 million miles from Tethys. Tethys and Enceladus are the two most fascinating and mysterious moons of the Saturn.

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