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Tech & Science Space Watch: Probing the sun, a future 'atmos-fear' and asteroid-proofing Earth

07:51  06 december  2019
07:51  06 december  2019 Source:   skynews.com.au

Let This Actual Astronaut Tell You What's Wrong With All Your Favourite Space Movies

  Let This Actual Astronaut Tell You What's Wrong With All Your Favourite Space Movies Hollywood isn’t exactly known for its wholehearted accuracy when it comes to race cars or outer space. But you generally don’t know how bad they are unless you’re something of an authority on the whole business. We’ve already talked about the motorsport side of film inaccuracies here—now let’s let a NASA astronaut tell you everything that’s wrong about your favourite space films. The astronaut in question is Nicole Stott, a retired astronaut who participated in the International Space Station Expedition 20 and 21, along with being a mission specialist on other trips out into the great beyond.

The ominously-named Apophis asteroid could have hundreds of opportunities to hit the Earth over the course of the next century, Russian scientists have Researchers from the Department of Celestial Mechanics at St. Petersburg State University have warned that the 370-meter-wide near- Earth orbit

The space rock is due to pass BETWEEN the Earth and the moon in 2135 - a distance of around 290,000 km away. It will spend a year mapping the asteroid and collecting rock samples. The probe will also take measurements of a force that can Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team?

NASA's Parker Solar Probe has beamed back the first batch of data it has gathered whilst studying the Sun's outer corona.

It is hoped the probe will be able to help scientists understand why the corona of the Sun is much hotter than the surface, as well as the effects of 'solar winds' on our orbiting satellites.

Meanwhile, a Neptune-like planet has been discovered around a white dwarf which has an atmosphere that is being absorbed by the dying star.

Finally, data from NASA's Osiris-Rex Probe indicates the asteroid Bennu may be a collection of interstellar fragments clumped together.

The information could be used to defend Earth from any Earth-bound visitors.

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The Geminids meteor shower peaks this weekend, with hundreds of multicoloured shooting stars. Here's how to spot them. .
The Geminids meteor shower peaks on Friday night, sending up to 120 multicoloured meteors across the night sky per hour. Because the moon will be almost full, only the brightest and most colourful meteors will be visible, however. Unlike most meteor showers, which come from comet dust, the Geminids are fragments of an asteroid.Here's how to spot the shooting stars.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The Geminids meteor shower peaks on Friday night and early Saturday morning, producing up to 120 multicoloured shooting stars per hour.

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