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Astronomers discover amazing new galactic trend!

October 19, 2012 | By | Reply More
Astronomers discover amazing new galactic trend!

A study of hundreds of galaxies observed by the Keck telescopes in Hawaii and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has revealed an unexpected pattern of change that extends back 8 billion years, or more than half the age of the universe. “Astronomers thought disk galaxies in the nearby universe had settled into their present form by […]

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The planets of Alpha Centauri!

October 17, 2012 | By | Reply More
The planets of Alpha Centauri!

John Grunsfeld at NASA had this to say to SFcrowsnest about the discovery of an exo-planet around Alpha Centauri, our nearest solar system. We congratulate the European Southern Observatory team for making this exciting new exoplanet discovery. For astronomers, the search for exoplanets helps us understand our place in the universe and determine whether Earth […]

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X-ray nova!

October 6, 2012 | By | Reply More
X-ray nova!

NASA’s Swift satellite recently detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from a source toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The outburst, produced by a rare X-ray nova, announced the presence of a previously unknown stellar-mass black hole. “Bright X-ray novae are so rare that they’re essentially once-a-mission events and this is the […]

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The universe… big and getting bigger!

October 3, 2012 | By | Reply More
The universe… big and getting bigger!

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have announced the most precise measurement yet of the Hubble constant, or the rate at which our universe is stretching apart. The Hubble constant is named after the astronomer Edwin P. Hubble, who astonished the world in the 1920s by confirming our universe has been expanding since it exploded […]

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The ancient streams of Mars.

September 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
The ancient streams of Mars.

NASA’s Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving. There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence – images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels – is the first of its kind. Scientists are studying the […]

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Our Galaxy? It’s a gas!

September 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Our Galaxy? It’s a gas!

Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to find evidence our Milky Way Galaxy is embedded in an enormous halo of hot gas that extends for hundreds of thousands of light years. The estimated mass of the halo is comparable to the mass of all the stars in the galaxy. If the size and mass […]

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First worlds discovered around Sun-like stars in a cluster.

September 14, 2012 | By | Reply More
First worlds discovered around Sun-like stars in a cluster.

NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars. The findings offer the best evidence yet planets can sprout up in dense stellar environments. Although the newfound planets are not habitable, their skies would be starrier than what we see from Earth. The starry-skied planets are […]

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Curiosity mission as Spielberg would have done it.

September 14, 2012 | By | Reply More
Curiosity mission as Spielberg would have done it.

We’ve all seen the recent footage of the landing on Mars from NASA. It was great, if a little low-res. Enter film maker Bard Canning who has taken the footage, cleaned it up, and made an amazing HD movie of how the landing would have looked if we had sent Spielberg to the Red Planet […]

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Failure is not an option. Or was it?

August 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Failure is not an option. Or was it?

This makes for poignant reading after Neil Armstrong recently passed away from heart failure. It’s the U.S. President’s planned speech in the event the first manned landing on the moon went tit’s up and the astronauts died on the lunar surface (or in space on the way there). The last days of Camelot, it brings […]

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Off we go, then.

August 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Off we go, then.

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has set off from its landing vicinity on a trek to a science destination about a quarter-mile (400 meters) away, where it may begin using its drill. The rover drove eastward about 52 feet (16 meters) on Tuesday, its 22nd Martian day after landing. This third drive was longer than Curiosity’s […]

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