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How To Watch The Perseids, The Best Meteor Shower Of The Year – News On 6

How To Watch The Perseids, The Best Meteor Shower Of The Year

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Tuesday, August 4th 2020, 3:14 pm
Summer 2020 has brought with it the spectacular comet Neowise, the visibility of five planets and a full moon at once and a number of breathtaking meteor showers. But it saved the best for last the Perseids meteor shower peaks next week, and it’ll be the best one all year.
What are the Perseids? 
The Perseids are active every year from July 14 to August 24, according to NASA. The meteor shower peaks next week, around the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13. 
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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx grabs rocks from asteroid in historic mission – Al Jazeera English

Scientists want at least 60 grams of Bennu’s carbon-rich material – thought to contain the building blocks of life.

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A NASA spacecraft touched down on the rugged surface of the Bennu asteroid on Tuesday, grabbing a sample of rocks dating back to the birth of the solar system to bring home.
It was a first for the United States only Japan has previously secured asteroid samples.
The so-called Touch-And-Go manoeuvre was managed by Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, Colorado, where at 6.12pm (22:12 GMT) on Tuesday an announcer said: Touchdown declared. Sampling is in progress, and scientists erupted in celebration.

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Lost and Found: Geologists “Resurrect” Missing Tectonic Plate That Some Argued Was Never Real – SciTechDaily

Long-debated plate located in Northern Canada using 3D mapping technology. The existence of a tectonic plate called Resurrection has long been a topic of debate…

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(l-r) Jonny Wu, assistant professor of geology in the UH Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Spencer Fuston, a third-year geology doctoral student, applied a technique developed by the UH Center for Tectonics and Tomography called slab unfolding to reconstruct what tectonic plates in the Pacific Ocean looked like during the early Cenozoic Era. Credit: University of Houston
Long-debated plate located in Northern Canada using 3D mapping technology.
The existence of a tectonic plate called…

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Nasa Osiris-Rex spacecraft lands on asteroid Bennu in mission to collect dust – The Guardian

Spacecraft ‘kissed the surface’ in brief landing on asteroid 200m miles away from Earth in US-first mission

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A Nasa spacecraft has successfully landed on an asteroid, dodging boulders the size of buildings, in order to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for analysis back on Earth.
The space agency team behind the Osiris-Rex project said preliminary data showed the sample collection went as planned and that the spacecraft had lifted off the surface of asteroid Bennu.
I cant believe we actually pulled this off, said lead scientist Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona. The spacecraft did everythi…

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