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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft (NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Southwest Research Institute/Dan Durda) | SkyNews
New Horizons begins another Kuiper Belt mission

This new phase is called the second Kuiper Extended Mission, or KEM2.

Credit: (ICON/BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group) | SkyNews
ICON gets US$57M for lunar surface construction system

The contract will support ICON’s development of its Olympus construction system.

Saturn’s moon Titan, captured by the JWST’s NIRCam instrument Nov. 4, 2022. (NASA, ESA, CSA, A. Pagan (STScI). Science: Webb Titan GTO Team) | SkyNews
Clouds found over Saturn’s most mysterious moon

The clouds were first seen on November 4, and astronomers at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii did follow-up observations on November 6.

Credit: (ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech) | SkyNews
NASA offers insights into baby stars’ feeding frenzy

Their outbursts are compared to burps, as the young stars feast on the material found in the surrounding clouds.

Two of the farthest galaxies seen to-date. | SkyNews
Astronomers discover two very old galaxies

These early galaxies are smaller than our own, and may have started forming roughly 100 million years after the big bang.

Mercury, December 2022. | SkyNews
Planets at a Glance: December 2022

As the temperature drops and winter approaches, take advantage of any clear skies this month to view the planets — with a hot chocolate nearby!

Mars at opposition on December 8, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. EST. | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: December 5-11

The full Oak Moon occults Mars during the second week of December, while Algol’s visual brightness dims and re-brightens.

Gordon Osinski, acting director for the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration at Western University. | SkyNews
WesternU’s Gordon Osinski to lead first Moon mission

A $43 million Canadian-built lunar rover will lift off for the Moon’s South Pole in 2026.

Illustration of exoplanet WASP-39 b and its star (NASA) | SkyNews
JWST explores atmosphere of ‘hot Saturn’ exoplanet

WASP-39 b has sulfur dioxide; sodium, potassium, water vapour, and carbon monoxide were also detected in the atmosphere.

Mars closest to Earth on December 1, 2022 at 1 a.m. | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: November 28-December 4

Don’t miss out on all the action this week, particularly when it comes to our Moon and a select few planets!

Illustration of MAVEN spacecraft in orbit of Mars. (NASA) | SkyNews
MAVEN eyes two types of aurorae above Mars

NASA’s MAVEN observed two different types of ultraviolet aurorae simultaneously.

A view of the CHIME telescope array at night. | SkyNews
Canadian CHIME telescope earns team major award

The Brockhouse Canada Prize is one of the top science honours in the country.

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