Archive of 2014 February

28Feb2014

Speeding Star Shocks Interstellar Space

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have spotted a star ripping through space, generating a violent bow shock ahead of its relentless rampage through the interstellar medium. (more…)

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28Feb2014

Author Finds Plans For Worldwide UFO Hoax in April

  The author of a recent Haynes manual on UFOs has found plans for an elaborate worldwide UFO hoax for April on a remote controlled drone hobbyist forum. As if researching the phenomenan wasn 't tough enopugh. (more…)

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28Feb2014

Why Carl Sagan Is Truly Irreplaceable

  We live in Carl Sagan’s universe–awesomely vast, deeply humbling. It’s a universe that, as Sagan reminded us again and again, isn’t about us. We’re a granular element. (more…)

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28Feb2014

The Seven Strangest Objects Seen In Space

  SPACE is a big, weird place. Thanks to telescopes and explorations we’ve been given some head-scratching sightings. We look at some of the strangest. (more…)

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27Feb2014

Kepler Space Telescope Finds 715 New Worlds

  A statistical analysis of data collected by NASA's Kepler space telescope has confirmed the discovery of 715 newly-found planets orbiting 305 stars. That's an incredible tally! (more…)

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27Feb2014

Asteroid Explosion In Russia Opens Cosmic Secrets

You may remember the news just over a year ago, inhabitants of the Russian city of Chelyabinsk looked skywards, some frozen in fear that a nuclear war had begun. It was an amazing sight! (more…)

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27Feb2014

Ever Wondered…How Do Planets Form?

Can you explain the current understanding of how planets form? When gas collapses to form a star, a portion of the gas forms into a disc. As the disc cools, some of the iron, silicon, carbon, oxygen and water condenses to form grains. (more…)

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27Feb2014

Water Vapor Found In Atmosphere Of A Hot Jupiter

The planet, Tau Boötis b, is located about 51 light-years away and orbits the primary star of a binary system in the Boötes constellation. It interests astronomers for many reasons. (more…)

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26Feb2014

Hubble Space Telescope – How it works

  The Hubble Space Telescope  was carried into space in the year 1990 by a space shuttle mission. It is still operational in the low orbit of the earth and has been one of NASA‘s most successful missions. (more…)

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26Feb2014

So…What Is Lunar Ranging?

  Strange events have long been linked to nights of a full moon, though careful scrutiny dispels any association.The Moon has intrigued us for ages, and its also the bane of so much superstition. (more…)

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26Feb2014

The Most Massive Object In The Universe

The galaxy known prosaically as M87 doesn’t look like much. Unlike beautiful spiral galaxies (including the Milky Way), M87 appears as an orangish blob of stars through telescopes. (more…)

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25Feb2014

Meteor Seen Slamming Into Moon

  An automated telescope monitoring the moon has captured images of 400 kg rock slamming into the lunar surface, creating a bright flash of light, NASA scientists said on Friday. (more…)

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24Feb2014

Best Map Ever of the Universe

The Planck space mission has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents and origins. (more…)

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24Feb2014

Branson Says Space Flight Ready This Year

Sir Richard Branson has said the first Virgin Galactic flight into space will take place later this year. The launch date for the much-delayed project has been put back repeatedly from the original 2007 forecast. (more…)

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23Feb2014

Moon, Venus Closest Before Sunrise February 26

Attention all budding sky watchers, grab your telescopes. What you’re about to read might give you an uncontrollable urge to dash outside. The brightest planets in the solar system are on show. (more…)

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23Feb2014

Space History Photo: Dr. Robert Goddard

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, the Goddard Space Flight Centre was named in honor of Dr. Robert Goddard, a pioneer in rocket development.His legacy lives on today. (more…)

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