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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.

Cassini’s last Enceladus flyby to focus on measuring heat coming through ice from moon’s interior

Cassini’s last Enceladus flyby to focus on measuring heat coming through ice from moon

NASA’s Cassini probe’s final close flyby of Saturn’s moon Enceladus will be on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 9:49 a.m. PST. With this, a glorious chapter providing significant images and data about Enceladus will be closed.

Cassini will pass by Saturn's ocean-bearing moon Enceladus at a distance of 3,106 miles. During this final pass, Cassini is expected to get a number of exciting information and several more dazzling images. Though the Cassini mission will continue observing Enceladus through September 2017, it will be four times farther than its position to be on Saturday.

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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.

Orbital Celebrates Successful Launch Of Cygnus

Orbital Celebrates Successful Launch Of Cygnus

The Cygnus spacecraft finally took off from the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral on Sunday. The cargo ship, owned by Orbital ATX, will be supplying 7,400 pounds of space station cargo to the ISS. The spacecraft was launched using the unmanned Atlas V (five) rocket and is likely to arrive at the orbiting station later during the week. The cargo ship is travelling at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour.

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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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NASA’s Hubble Telescope Spots ‘Cosmic Lightsaber Slices’ through Clouds

NASA’s Hubble Telescope Spots ‘Cosmic Lightsaber Slices’ through Clouds

With the release of the latest installment in the movie franchise, Star Wars is raging fever over the Internet. Similarly, NASA has released out a vaguely Stars-Wars themed image on Thursday. NASA’s Hubble space telescope has captured stunning image showing powerful lightsaber slices through the dark matter of dust and gas surrounding it. The lghtsaber is expected to have formed by two beams of light shooting out from their star at supersonic speeds to create two jets that look like the double-sided lightsaber.

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High Energy Gamma Rays from Faraway Galaxy spotted by VERITAS

High Energy Gamma Rays from Faraway Galaxy spotted by VERITAS

NASA said its astronomers have detected powerful gamma rays in the universe. A flare of gamma rays that the astronomers have spotted is generated by a galaxy halfway across the universe, the space agency reported.

When many high energy gamma rays slammed the earth’s atmosphere, large amount of light is produced. It is the first time when astronomers have spotted such powerful high energy light coming from a faraway galaxy. NASA believes the new observations may allow astronomers look into that distant galaxy, known as PKS 1441+25, and the black hole present in its center.

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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