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An artist's illustration of how a black hole can devour a bypassing star. (NASA, ESA, Leah Hustak (STScI)) | SkyNews
Black hole shreds wayward star

The gorging was spotted on March 1, 2022, in a galaxy 300 million light years away.

Comet E3 ZTF Close to Zeta Aurigae the evening of February 6. (Chris Vaughan) | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: January 30-February 6

The long-period comet designated C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is predicted to become bright enough to be seen by Northern Hemisphere skywatchers on February 1.

(NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona) | SkyNews
Canada prepares for asteroid sample return

Bits of asteroid Bennu will parachute back to Earth from space later this year, on Sept. 24, 2023.

The image captures the long ion tail of Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF in the night sky as it flies past the Coronae Borealis constellation. The data was acquired remotely via Telescope Live at the IC Astronomy Observatory site in Spain. (Soumyadeep Mukherjee). | SkyNews
‘Stone Age’ comet begins closest approach to Earth

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)’s trajectory shows that it last flew by Earth roughly 50,000 years ago.

A picture of Québec, Canada, which was taken by David Saint-Jacques during his space mission.(Canadian Space Agency/NASA) | SkyNews
Canada to promote commercial space launch industry

The federal government plans to develop a new regulatory framework for this emerging sector.

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Milky Way survey reveals billions of celestial objects

It is the largest such catalog ever produced from a single camera, “in terms of the number of objects observed,” according to researcher Andrew Saydjari.

First quarter Moon on January 28, 2023, at 15:19 GMT. (Chris Vaughan) | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: January 23-29

The Moon takes centre stage this week — joining the Venus-Saturn conjunction, passing Neptune and Vesta, sharing a view with Jupiter and Juno, and shining close to Uranus.

Earth-size planet TOI 700 e, with Earth-size sibling TOI 700 d in the distance. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Robert Hurt) | SkyNews
Earth-size exoplanet confirmed in star’s habitable zone

TOI 700 e is nearly as big as Earth, likely rocky, and has a 28-day orbit around an M dwarf star located 100 light-years away in the constellation Dorado.

(Gabriel Perez Diaz/Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias) | SkyNews
Exoplanet slowly heading towards fiery demise

The planet’s doom is found in the same tidal forces responsible for the daily rise and fall of Earth’s oceans.

Jupiter on September 12, 2020 (NASA/Damian Peach, Amateur Astronomer) | SkyNews
Strange periods found in 40-year study of Jupiter

The study found that Jupiter’s temperatures rise and fall following definite periods that are outside the planet’s normal seasonal cycle.

New Moon on January 21, 2023, at 20:53 GMT. (Christ Vaughan and Starry Night Education) | SkyNews
This Week’s Sky: January 16-22

Every week, SkyNews publishes a list of key events in the Canadian sky in This Week’s Sky.

Exoplanets are a rapidly expanding frontier of space research. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) | SkyNews
Awards set up Canadian space research for coming years

McGill University and the Université de Montréal, both based in Québec, are among the beneficiaries of recent space grants — including in exoplanets.

Magnetar 4U 0142+61. (NASA) | SkyNews
Neutron star has solid crust, powerful magnetic fields

Astronomers used IXPE to study the magnetar 4U 0142+61, which is 13,000 light years from Earth and located in the Cassiopeia constellation.

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