To kick off the new year, we list the top five astronomy events of 2023 that feature a pair of major meteor showers and a "Ring of Fire" eclipse.
- Popular Mechanics
Scientists built a working tractor beam—the first example of one that pulls objects visible to the naked eye. That's a huge deal.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifted its heaviest payload yet to low Earth orbit when it launched 56 Starlink satellites on Thursday morning (Jan. 26).
SpaceX destacked its Starship Mars rocket on Wednesday (Jan. 25) to continue gearing up for the giant vehicle's first-ever orbital test flight.
- Miami Herald
Archaeologists also discovered tools buried in the cave.
The mummy was found inside a sarcophagus that has remained unopened for 4,300 years.
- Live Science
Just as you can only buy shoes in multiples of half a size, so energy only comes in multiples of the same "quanta" — hence the name quantum physics. The quanta here is the Planck constant, named after Max Planck, the godfather of quantum physics. This so-called wave-particle duality is a cornerstone of quantum physics.
The weather station on NASA's Perseverance rover has chronicled the meteorology above Jezero Crater.
- Florida Today
Here are five things you should know about Comet ZTF before it passes by Earth next week.
China's Yutu 2 rover is still operating after four years on the moon and has returned new images from the lunar far side.
- Live Science
For the first time in 100 years, a full "Book of the Dead" papyrus has been uncovered at Saqqara.
- CBS News
Anne d'Alegre's teeth "shows that she went through a lot of stress," the researcher said, adding she hopes that the research "goes a little way towards rehabilitating her."
NASA released images of the Boeing Starliner crew capsule resembling R2-D2 while being mated to a new service module ahead of a crewed flight test to the International Space Station.
- Fox Weather
SpaceX is inching closer to sending its massive Starship into space for the first time.
A 2011 law called the Wolf Amendment effectively bans the U.S. from working with China in space. But as the two countries move closer to the moon, some in the space community ask: Has this law helped or hurt NASA?
- NBC News
Tornado outbreaks in Texas and Louisiana add to changes that experts have been observing in recent years — namely, that where and when tornadoes occur has begun to shift.
- The Weather Network
NASA says this is one of the closest flybys of a near-Earth asteroid they've ever recorded.
- Business Insider
A volcano or mudslide likely caused the rock formation. It's the latest in a string of amusing images spotted by NASA spacecraft on Mars.
- Motley Fool
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Maritime archaeologists have discovered the true identity of a hulk in Hooe Lake, Plymouth.
On Wednesday (Jan. 25) the moon will meet up with Jupiter in the night sky as the two bodies share the same right ascension and make a close approach to each other.