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The Orionid meteor shower peaks this week! Here’s what to expect. – Space.com

It’s an excellent year to view the Orionids, which peak before dawn on Wednesday (Oct. 21).

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Orionid meteors streak through the starry sky over Big Bend National Park in Texas, in this composite of four shots taken by astrophotographer Sergio Garcia Rill in October 2017. (Image credit: Sergio Garcia Rill)
On a night this past summer, soon after sunset, a number of people gathered at a little-league field, not far from my home, eagerly awaiting nightfall and the appearance of the stars. We had also gathered there because there wasn’t much in the way of light pollution and we were afford…

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NASA telescope uncovers definitive evidence of water on the moon – CNET

A telescope in the back of a 747 finally puts to rest a longstanding question about lunar water.

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Eleven years ago, a trio of spacecraft changed our view of the moon forever. Data collected by the robotic travelers indicated Earth’s only natural satellite wasn’t a dry, dusty desert as we’d long believed. The spacecraft picked up the telltale chemical signature of water. Our moon wasn’t soaking — but it was damp.
Scientists couldn’t pull apart the chemical signature to definitively say how much was “molecular” water, the stuff we know as H2O, and how much was hydroxyl, a molecule that’s one…

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The astronaut Kate Rubins cast her ballot from space, joining 59 million early voters. – The New York Times

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In New York, where early voting began on Saturday, tens of thousands of voters waited hours to cast ballots, with lines stretched for blocks outside polling sites. Similar scenes have been reported in other states.
With Election Day still eight days away, more than 60 million Americans have already voted, surpassing 2016s early turnout record.
Astronauts have been voting from space since 1997, when Texas legislators set up a technical procedure that enabled them to cast ballots. Many astronauts…

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About 3% of Starlink satellites have failed so far – Phys.org

SpaceX has drawn plenty of praise and criticism with the creation of Starlink, a constellation that will one day provide broadband internet access to the entire…

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SpaceX has drawn plenty of praise and criticism with the creation of Starlink, a constellation that will one day provide broadband internet access to the entire world. To date, the company has launched over 800 satellites and (as of this summer) is producing them at a rate of about 120 a month. There are even plans to have a constellation of 42,000 satellites in orbit before the decade is out.
However, there have been some problems along the way, as well. Aside from the usual concerns about light…

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