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Marveling at Geminid meteor showers through years

Marveling at Geminid meteor showers through years

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The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most prolific of the big, annual meteor showers, and also one of the strangest. When viewing conditions are ideal, it is possible to see between 100 and 140 meteors per hour. However, this year the Geminid peak coincided with a nearly-full moon. Because the light of the moon will drowned out some of the dimmer meteors, sky watchers saw between 40 to 60 meteors Friday night. More →

Frog photobombs NASA LADEE spacecraft launch

Frog photobombs NASA LADEE spacecraft launch

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Did you catch NASA’s frog photobomb?

NASA released this photo Thursday that captured a frog flying through the air during the launch of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft. It was taken by a still camera on a sound trigger, says NASA, who reported that “the condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.”

The craft, which took off from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, is currently on its way to orbit the moon where it will collect data about lunar conditions. Click for more on the mission.

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Hidden Maryland: Building the Webb Telescope in NASA’s clean room

Hidden Maryland: Building the Webb Telescope in NASA’s clean room

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The second installment of Hidden Maryland heads to NASA Goddard, which is assembling parts of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble. Only contractors and NASA employees can enter the clean room, where the work is taking place, but not before entering an air shower and covering themselves from head to toe in special, sterile attire.
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