Archive of 2012 June

30Jun2012

Humans Sending Reply To Possible Alien Message

We're sending a reply to a possible ET message If you have anything to say to aliens, now is the time, but its not sure whether it will reach them or not. The Wow! signal, a mysterious radio transmission detected in 1977is in the news again. (more…)

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30Jun2012

Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies Formed From Mergers?

Ultraluminous infrared galaxies may have an interesting home. Three decades ago the Infrared Astronomical Satellite’s (IRAS) all-sky survey captured a new breed - the Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxy - or ULIRG. (more…)

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30Jun2012

Meteorite Crashes Into London Cab

Londoners See A Cab 'Hit' By A Meteorite. Londoners awoke this morning to news of a meteorite which struck a taxi in the heart of the city’s busy shopping district Covent Garden. Witnesses were left stunned by what they saw. (more…)

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30Jun2012

The Fate Of Our Moon

The Fate Of The Moon. The clockwork motion of our solar system enables a certain degree of predictability - eclipses and comets are classic examples of this.  One of the lesser known predictions is the fate of our Moon. (more…)

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30Jun2012

Voyager-1 Becoming Our Interstellar Emissary

Voyager 1 - The Little Spacecraft That Could.  The spacecraft that launched on a tour of the solar on Sept. 5, 1977,Voyager 1, is getting ready to enter interplanetary space. In effect this is our first attempt to reach out to ET. (more…)

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30Jun2012

The Science Behind Saturday’s Leap Second

 What's Behind The Science Of Saturday's Leap Second? This Saturday, June 30, expect a lengthier day, as an extra leap second will be added to Earthlings' clocks. What's behind this leap second? Who's playing with our clocks? (more…)

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29Jun2012

Titan’s Underground Ocean

  Saturn's powerful gravity stretches and deforms Titan as the moon moves around the gas giant planet. If Titan were composed entirely of stiff rock, the gravitational attraction of Saturn should cause bulges, or  "tides," only1 metre in height. (more…)

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29Jun2012

Stellar Flare Blasts Exoplanet

"The multiwavelength coverage by Hubble and Swift has given us an unprecedented view of the interaction between a flare on an active star and the atmosphere of a giant planet," said Alain Lecavelier des Etangs c/0 Paris Institute of Astrophysics. (more…)

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28Jun2012

Lice In Space

 Beware The Forum Quorum Now, I wouldn’t normally run a story berating any astronomical organization in this country, but I’m going to make an exception here. Simply because of the unfairness. (more…)

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28Jun2012

NASA App Puts Space Station At Your Fingertips

Ever wonder what the crew on board the International Space Station is doing right now? Or what is the temperature of each of the orbiting outpost's modules? Or how much power is being generated at this very instant? (more…)

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28Jun2012

Allende Meteorite Yields New Mineral – Panguite

Everything was quiet in the Mexican state of Chihuahua on the night of February 8, 1969. And then... it happened. A huge meteorite, the size of a car, ripped through the atmosphere in a blaze of glory and shattered itself over the terrain. (more…)

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27Jun2012

‘Echoes’ of the Big Bang Misinterpreted?

Seeing is believing, except when you don't believe it. That's according to veteran radio astronomer Gerrit Verschuur, Univ. of Memphis, who has an outrageously unorthodox theory if true, would turn modern cosmology upside down. (more…)

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27Jun2012

‘Gas Stations’ in Space

A company based in the northwestern United States called Planetary Resources says it plans to mine near-Earth asteroids for raw materials, ranging from water to precious metals. What was once the stuff of Sci-Fi is now reality. (more…)

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26Jun2012

The Day We Almost Lost Atlantis

The exhaustive attention NASA now devotes to making sure shuttle heat shields are damage-free and safe for re-entry is a direct result of the 2003 Columbia disaster.It almost stopped dead the entire shuttle program...it was that close! (more…)

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26Jun2012

Gamma Rays Sparkle In Web Of First Stars

When it comes to observing our early Universe, astronomers assumed we were simply in the dark. We're talking about a time when the Cosmos was nothing more than a vast cloud of hydrogen gas and long before any "lights" had turned on. (more…)

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24Jun2012

Mars Rover Team Aims For Prime Landing Site

NASA has narrowed the target for its most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, which will land on the Red Planet in August. The car-sized rover will arrive closer to its ultimate destination for science operations.   (more…)

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