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https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/05/13/back-to-back-launches-scheduled-from-cape-canaveral-this-weekend/

Weather permitting, United Launch Alliance and SpaceX aim to launch Atlas 5 & Falcon 9 rockets from Cape Canaveral in a span of less than 20 hours Saturday & Sunday. It would mark the shortest time between orbital flights from the Space Coast since 1967.

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https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/ep4dzk/scientists-captured-a-planets-birth-and-it-is-terrifying-and-beautiful

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It is a baby picture like no other: A maelstrom of gas and dust swirling around what is likely a newborn giant planet. This stunning portrait is a composite that could be the first direct evidence of the hellacious site of a planet’s birth, according to a study published on Wednesday in Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/mars-missions-2020-1.5647214

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Mars is about to be invaded by planet Earth — big time.

Three countries — the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates — are sending unmanned spacecraft to the Red Planet in quick succession beginning this week, in the most sweeping effort yet to seek signs of ancient microscopic life while scouting out the place for future astronauts.

 

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On 2020-07-07 at 11:24 AM, FrostyWinnipeg said:

 

Saw it quite clearly at Lundar Beach last Thursday night (11-ish) with the naked eye.  Binoculars make it much clearer, though.

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2 minutes ago, FrostyWinnipeg said:

Not able to see it yet. Maybe trees/houses in way.

It was pretty high (just below the big dipper, if I recall correctly) - maybe 40 degrees up?  Apparently, it has started to fade already.

The super clear and dark sky certainly helped.

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Perseid Meteor Shower hits its peak tonight and should be pretty good in areas with little to no light pollution: https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-perseid-meteor-shower

Dawn spacecraft has new data on dwarf planet Ceres: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/ceres-ocean-world-1.5681683

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