Archive of 2013 February

28Feb2013

Mini-Mercury -Tiniest Exoplanet Discovered

 Mini-Mercury -Tiniest Exoplanet Discovered Astronomers have discovered the smallest planet beyond the solar system: a mini-Mercury that is hellishly hot, probably rocky, no probable life and lacking atmosphere and water. (more…)

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28Feb2013

Russians Believe Meteor Strike Was UFO or God’s Message

Russians Believe Meteor Strike Was UFO or God's Message.  A recent newspaper poll found that nearly half of its readers believe that the meteor strike in Russia could be anything from a divine message to UFOs to a US weapons test. (more…)

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27Feb2013

Why Astronomers Don’t Report UFOs

Why Astronomers Don't Report UFOs. "I have, from time to time, made a point that astronomers rarely if ever report UFOs." So says Phil Plaitt.  American astronomer, skeptic, writer and popular science blogger. (more…)

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27Feb2013

Following The Asteroid Trail

 Following The Asteroid Trail  Nope. No asteroids making a close shave on Earth here. What's new in the space rock department is that ten asteroids to date have been found that display a comet-like trail. (more…)

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27Feb2013

Is a Comet on a Collision Course with Mars?

Is a Comet on a Collision Course with Mars? There is an outside chance that a newly discovered comet might be on a collision course with Mars. Astronomers are still determining the trajectory of the comet , no collision fears exist. (more…)

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27Feb2013

In Space No One Can Hear You Scream Right?

In Space No One Can Hear You Scream Right?  In space, no one can hear you scream. Or can they? That's exactly what England's University of Surrey’s Space Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) hope to test. (more…)

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26Feb2013

Welcome To The Solar System ‘Vulcan’ and ‘Cerberus’

 Welcome To The Solar System 'Vulcan' and 'Cerberus.' The votes are in, and it looks like 'Vulcan' could be the new name for one of Pluto's smallest moons. After weeks of online ballot casting by people around the world the decision is in. (more…)

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26Feb2013

2013 The Best Ever ‘Year Of The Comet’

 Three Reasons Why 2013 Could Be The Best Comet Year Ever. 2013 could turn out to be a comet bonanza. No fewer than three of these long-tailed beauties are expected to brighten to naked eye visibility. Get ready for a great sky show. (more…)

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26Feb2013

Mars The Grey Planet – Mercury In Colour

Now It's Mars The Grey Planet. NASA's Curiosity rover has scooped up a sample from the interior of a Mars rock and found the powdery soil just beneath the planet's rust-colored exterior is actually a light grey color. (more…)

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24Feb2013

The Forgotten Woman Astronomer

The Beatrice Hill Tinsely Story. Beatrice Hill Tinsley's experiences in the late 60s and early 70s are a prime example of the problems that some women faced at research institutions. These were different times. (more…)

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23Feb2013

Have We Found The ‘Fifth’ Force Of Nature?

Have We Found The 'Fifth' Force Of Nature? A fifth elementary force of nature named hypercharge, may oppose the force of gravity. It's phenomenon that fascinate modern physicists and lopens up a Pandora's box for science. (more…)

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23Feb2013

Spray-Painting Asteroids Could Protect Earth From Disaster

 Spray-Painting Asteroids Plan Could Protect Earth.  The dramatic space rock events recently highlighted the need in many people's minds for a viable asteroid-deflection strategy, and one scientist thinks he has a good candidate — paint. (more…)

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23Feb2013

Happy Birthday Copernicus! Father Of Modern Astronomy

Happy Birthday Copernicus! Remembering Astronomy’s Legend. During this week 540 years ago, the revolutionary mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Toruń, Poland. Many consider him the true father of astronomy. (more…)

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23Feb2013

Higgs Boson To Determine Universe’s Fate

Higgs Boson To Determine Universe’s Fate. Since the eventful Big Bang that created everything we know almost 14 billion years ago, the universe and everything in it has been expanding ever since and will continue to expand. (more…)

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22Feb2013

Kepler Discovers a System of Tiny Planets

 Kepler Discovers a System of Tiny Planets. NASA's Kepler mission scientists have discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun. Its an unusual find for sure. (more…)

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22Feb2013

Mars Rover Dishes Up First Rock Powder Bite

Mars Rover Dishes Up First Rock Powder Bite That big sigh of relief coming from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California on Wednesday was from scientists and engineers working with the Mars rover Curiosity. (more…)

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