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Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will soon be visible to the naked eye

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April 14, 2024

A rare comet called C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will soon be visible to the naked eye

The comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), will make its first near-Earth trip since the Stone Age in late January and early February. It began its long journey in the far outer reaches of the Solar System, in the Oort Cloud, where it was last seen 50,000 years ago and was not seen again for millennia after it disappeared. It comes within 100 million miles (160 million kilometers) of the Sun when it approaches its closest approach to the Sun. The comet will make its closest approach to our planet when it passes us on February 2 at a distance of 26 million miles (42 million km).

Visible to Northern Hemisphere observers, Comet C/2022 E3 is best seen in the early morning a few hours before sunrise.

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Ingenuity Mars helicopter

Ingenuity helicopter resting on sand dune

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April 14, 2024

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover captured a photo of the Ingenuity helicopter resting on sand dune

In February 2021, the Ingenuity helicopter landed with NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover in Jezero Crater on Mars. This six-wheeled Mars rover is carrying out various research activities as well as collecting samples of Mars to be sent to Earth by 2033.

The Ingenuity helicopter associated with the rover will assist the Perseverance Mars rover in deeper studies by taking short flights under the power of the thin Martian atmosphere to select the best routes through Jezero’s rugged landscape and provide mapping and data.

Ingenuity made its 39th Mars flight on Wednesday, covering 459 feet (140 meters) of ground in nearly 79 seconds. According to the mission’s flight log, the helicopter has flown a total of 25,690 feet on Mars to date.

Ingenuity helicopter (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Geminids meteor shower

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April 14, 2024

Geminids meteor shower

The Geminids meteor shower is the best meteor shower to observe and will be active from 4 December to 17 December, producing up to 120 meteors per hour at its peak activity at around 02:00 a.m. (+05.30GMT) on 14 December 2022.

Geminids best displays might be seen on 14 December above your eastern horizon in the constellation of Gemini.

This celestial event is visible to the naked eye.

Orion Capsule

The Artemis 1 Orion capsule returns safely to Earth

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April 14, 2024

The Artemis 1 Orion capsule returns safely to Earth

After a successful 26-day NASA unmanned lunar mission, the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. In the future, this mission will be followed by a crewed lunar flyby by Artemis 2 mission and a crewed lunar landing by Artemis 3 mission.

Image credit: NASA/Artemis1
Image credit: NASA/Artemis1
Artemis I.

Artemis I Successfully Launched

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April 14, 2024

Artemis I Successfully Launched to the Moon

NASA successfully launched the lunar-orbiting mission rocket Artemis 1 to the Moon on November 16, 2022. Artemis I is an uncrewed mission flight currently underway. Its Orion spacecraft will re-enter the Earth orbit and will splash down in the Pacific Ocean after a 26- to 42-day research mission. This mission will be followed by a crewed lunar flyby by the Artemis 2 mission, and a crewed lunar landing by the Artemis 3 mission.

Through future Artemis missions, NASA will also land the first woman and non-white person on the moon. Artemis missions are also expected to be used to establish a permanent settlement on the Moon and send astronauts to Mars in the future.

Image credit: NASA/Artemis1
Image credit: NASA/Artemis1
Image credit: NASA/Artemis1
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Perseids meteor shower

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April 14, 2024

Perseids meteor shower

The Perseids meteor shower is the one of the best meteor showers to observe will be active from 17 July to 24 August, producing up to 100 meteors per hour at its peak activity at around 01:00 a.m. (+05.30GMT) on 13 August 2022.

Perseids best displays might be seen on 13 August above your north east horizon in the constellation of Perseus.

This celestial event is visible to the naked eye.