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Newly-Discovered Comet Neowise Streaks Past Earth – HuffPost

The spacey object was discovered in March, but will make its closest approach to Earth in two weeks.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail.
Comet Neowise the brightest comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter-century swept within Mercurys orbit a week ago. Its close proximity to the sun caused dust and gas to burn off its surface and create an even bigger debris tail. Now the comet is headed our way, with closest approach in two weeks.
NASAs Neowise infrared space telescope discovered the comet in March.
Scientists involved in the mission said the comet is about 3 miles (5 kilometers) across. Its nucleus is covered with sooty material dating back to the origin of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago.
The comet will be visible across the Northern Hemisphere until mid-August, when it heads back toward the outer solar system. While its visible with the naked eye in dark skies with little or no light pollution, binoculars are needed to see the long tail, according to NASA.
It will be about 7,000 years before the comet returns, so I wouldnt suggest waiting for the next pass, said the telescopes deputy principal investigator Joe Masiero of NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
He said it is the brightest comet since the mid-1990s for stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have already caught a glimpse.
NASAs Bob Behnken shared a spectacular photo of the comet on social media late Thursday, showing central Asia in the background and the space station in the foreground.
Stars, cities, spaceships, and a comet! he tweeted from orbit.
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Electric Ford Mustang Mach-E features ‘audio wizardry’ with optional engine noise – CNBC

When the Mustang Mach-E arrives in showrooms later in 2020, drivers of the all-electric vehicle will be able to make the sound of an engine accelerating when they push the pedal.

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ROMEO, Mich. Driving in the 2021 Mustang Mach-E is different than any other vehicle to ever bear the iconic pony car badge from Ford Motor.
First, there’s the Tesla-like large tablet screen in the center of the instrument panel a first for the automaker. Then, there’s the acceleration. It’s immediate. The most obvious difference is that it’s an all-electric crossover instead of a two-door performance vehicle with an internal combustion engine.
Although the $44,000 vehicle is touted as being “M…

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Katie Mack: ‘I didn’t anticipate being in a pop song when I went off to study physics’ – The Guardian

The cosmologist, author and Twitter sensation on ‘heat death’, getting heckled by Stephen Hawking – and being name-checked on a No 1 album

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Katie Mack achieves two improbable feats with her new book, The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking). First, she writes about the end of the universe with a jauntiness that makes it not actually that depressing. And second, she takes concepts in cosmology, string theory and quantum mechanics and makes them accessible. This gift for straight talking will be familiar to the 360,000 followers of Macks Twitter feed @AstroKatie through which the 39-year-old cosmologist and assistant professor…

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Tuesday night to element the “most preferred meteor shower” of 2020 – haveeruonline

The wait around is in excess of and stargazers are gearing up for one particular of the prime-rated meteor showers of the yr, but clouds could disrupt the

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The wait around is in excess of and stargazers are gearing up for one particular of the prime-rated meteor showers of the yr, but clouds could disrupt the event for about a single-third of the United States.
The Perseid meteor shower will peak on Tuesday night time into early Wednesday morning, a responsible meteor shower that puts on a present year in and calendar year out.
“The Perseids are the most common meteor shower as they peak on warm August evenings as witnessed from the northern hemi…

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