Archive of 2012 May

29May2012

Nasa’s Spitzer Sees the Light of Alien ‘Super Earth’

 NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a "super-Earth" beyond our solar system for the first time. While the planet is not habitable, the detection is a historic step toward the search for life on other planets. (more…)

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29May2012

Gamma Ray Beams From Milky Way Core!

When we think about our galaxy, we think of it as a pretty quiet place. Stars forming here and there, perhaps a planetary system and a nova or two. We know there's a black hole located in the centre - but it doesn't do much. Or does it? (more…)

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29May2012

It’s Only Natural… Shaping Star Formation

Ever wondered what caused some stars to be born giants, while others aren't so grand? According to a team of astronomers in Germany, and a new computer simulation program, a star's formation depends on its spawning grounds. (more…)

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29May2012

Photograph the Transit of Venus

  Venus last transited the Sun on June 8, 2004, and S&T contributing photographer Babak Tafreshi captured the event from southern Iran, near the tomb of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian Empire. Babak Tafreshi (more…)

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29May2012

Your Aussie Guide To The Transit of Venus

Before you rush outside, brush up on when to see it, what to see, and how to see it safely. You can use specially manufactured solar viewing glasses to view the transit but do not use glasses that are scratched or damaged. (more…)

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29May2012

Transit Sightings – Is History Wrong?

A Brief History of the Transit of Venus There have been 53 transits of Venus across the Sun between 2000 B.C and 2004 A.D. History says that Jeremiah Horrocks was the first human to ever witness a transit by Venus in 1639, (more…)

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28May2012

Alien Hunter Retires

For decades, Jill Tarter's cosmic crusade roused scientists and science-fiction fans alike to ponder distant planets and the ultimate question: Are we alone in the universe? Among the inspired was author Carl Sagan, who immortalized her in the book-turned-movie "Contact," in which Jodie Foster portrayed a character loosely based on her. But after 35 years as director of the Mountain View-based Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute -- during which she helped develop the most advanced techniques and telescopes to search for outer-worldly beings -- Tarter is stepping down to search for very worldly means. Tarter will work to get grants and donations to keep her quest alive. "I may not detect a signal in my career, but what I can do is e

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28May2012

LISA Rides Gravitational Waves

Surf's Up!  eLISA Still Riding The Gravitational Waves. Although ESA decided to choose JUICE for Europe's next large space science mission, the international Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) team is still hanging tough. (more…)

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27May2012

NASA ‘s Guidelines For Preserving Historic Lunar Sites

On May 24, 2012, NASA and the X Prize Foundation of  California officially recognized the Google Lunar X Prize for a very important reason... the preservation of the precious, historic lunar sites. (more…)

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25May2012

Is Another ‘Planet X Lurking Beyond Pluto?

  Before the doomsayers hijacked "Planet X" and used it as a phantom (a.k.a. "Nibiru") to scare people into believing the 2012 doomsday hype. The hunt for Planet X was an exciting quest to find a hypothetical world outside the solar system. (more…)

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25May2012

Ashes To Ashes… Dust To Dust…

A newly found planet's disintegration may explain its strange stellar signature. Orbiting its hot-orange parent star every fifteen hours, a newly found planet 1,500 light years away  appears to be turning to dust from the incredible heat. (more…)

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24May2012

Harvested Antimatter Might Fuel Starships

  Over the coming decades there will be increasing discussion about sending robotic interstellar probes to nearby stars. The discovery and cataloging of inhabited planets within just a few light-years of Earth will provide the motivation. (more…)

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24May2012

Space Taxis To Mars in 15 Years

Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies launched a test run to the International Space Station early Tuesday, but visiting the orbital outpost is just the beginning of the company's grand plan to give humanity a toehold on Mars. (more…)

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24May2012

European Probe Seeks Life On Jupiter’s Moons

The European Space Agency (ESA) is planning to launch a space mission in 2022 to explore Jupiter's moons. The mission, Jupiter Icy moons Explorer (JUICE), will reach Jupiter in 2030 and spend three years studying its moons. (more…)

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23May2012

Why Are Astronauts Weightless in Space?

Why Are Astronauts Weightless in Space?  Most of our regular readers understand why astronauts and objects appear to float around on the International Space Station. (more…)

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23May2012

Mars Meteorites May Host Organic Compounds

Seeking life's framework - molecules containing hydrogen and carbon - has been the goal of just about every Mars mission from Viking to now. No other rocks have undergone the scrutiny Mars rocks have looking for and at 'bio-markers.' (more…)

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