Space Photos of the Week: A Cosmic Light Show Rings in 2019

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On December 24, 1968, the Apollo 8 crew flew around the moon, and astronaut William Anders captured this famous photo of Earth. They called it Earthrise. The photo has been credited with sparking the environmental movement, and of course it is a good reminder that while it might be fun to imagine other planets far out into the cosmos, we already have a home to take care of’this small blue and white marble.

Talk about the ‘star’ of the show, this photo shows a colorful rippling nebula of gas and dust around the very bright star, RS Puppis. The Hubble Space Telescope captured this photo in December’and indeed it looks like a holiday wreath spangled with with sparkling lights. RS Puppis is 15,000 times more luminous than our own sun, which is one reason why the gas and dust around the star are so photogenic.

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Preview of the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards

News 12’s Elisa DiStefano gives a preview of the films and shows nominated for a Golden Globe this year.

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Film fans lined up to see movies made around the world and on Long Island at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

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At the Hampton Classic, News 12’s Elisa Distefano speaks with celebrity chef Bobby Flay, actress Brooke Shields and Real Housewife of New York Ramona Singer.

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Artwork by Steve Cohen, Billy Joel’s longtime lighting designer, is on display in the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton’through Sept. 10.

Watch New Horizons probe ring in the New Year with record

LAUREL, Md.’ The sleeping bags are rolled out and the videos are cued up for a New Year’s celebration of cosmic proportions here at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, but the star of the show is still a mystery.

That’ll change once NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flies past an icy object more than 4 billion miles from Earth, known as 2014 MU69 or Ultima Thule. The piano-sized probe is due to make its closest approach at 12:33 a.m. ET on New Year’s Day (9:33 p.m. PT Monday), nearly 13 years after New Horizons’ launch and three and a half years after it flew past Pluto.

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NASA releases up-close images of distant Ultima Thule object

At left is a composite of two images taken by New Horizons’ high-resolution Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager. Preliminary measurements of this Kuiper Belt object suggest it is about 20 miles long by 10 miles wide. An artist’s impression at right illustrates a possible appearance of Ultima Thule, based on the actual image at left. The direction of Ultima’s spin axis is indicated by the arrows.

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The most distant object ever explored by spacecraft is a reddish, snowman-shape rock 4 billion miles from Earth.

The object, nicknamed Ultima Thule, was photographed by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft during a late-night rendezvous on the first day of 2019. It is the first inhabitant of the Kuiper belt ‘ the ring of rocky relics that surrounds the outer solar system ‘ that scientists have seen up close.

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