Archive of 2014 February

23Feb2014

‘Superhabitable’ World Could Be Next Door

The search for extraterrestrial life extends far beyond Earth's solar system, looking for planets or moons outside the "stellar habitable zone" that may have environments even more favorable to supporting life than here on Earth. (more…)

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23Feb2014

Bristol Spaceplanes Aim to Make Space Tourism a Reality

A tiny company based in South Gloucestershire has ambitions which reach all the way to the stars. Bristol Spaceplanes, which was set up by veteran aviation engineer David Ashford, wants to make space tourism affordable. (more…)

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22Feb2014

A History of Curious Artifacts Sent Into Space

  Since the dawn of the Space Age in 1957, thousands of artifacts and memorabilia have been flown into space. Some have been hoisted on brief suborbital flights, while others have been flung out of the solar system, never to return. (more…)

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22Feb2014

Measuring The Universe Through Doppler Lensing

There are so many galaxies in the universe that if you point a telescope in any direction you are bound to see some. Just look at the image (above) of the sky as provided by the Hubble telescope. (more…)

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22Feb2014

How to Photograph The Night Sky

Surprisingly good quality, wide-angle photographs of the night sky can be made by almost anyone using readily available single lens reflex 35 mm traditional film or digital cameras.This is known as Astrophotography. (more…)

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21Feb2014

Monster Sunspot Turns Toward Earth

A few days ago, a sunspot appeared over the western edge of the Sun. Dark and foreboding, like a malevolent eye, Active Region 1944 (or just AR1944) is huge, actually a cluster of more than 60 individual sunspots. (more…)

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21Feb2014

Take a Moon Walk Tonight

  The Moon is one celestial object that never fails to impress when seen in a telescope. It’s our nearest neighbour in space — big, bright, beautifully bleak, and just a quarter million miles away. Pretty close huh? (more…)

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21Feb2014

Did People Confuse ‘Astronomy’ With ‘Astrology’ In NSF Study?

  NeoAcademic, Richard Landers, a psychology professor, criticizes the recent  National Science Foundation/ General Social Survey. That study that found large numbers of Americans believing that astrology is at least “sort of scientific.” (more…)

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21Feb2014

Man Claims City Constructed On 400c Surface Of Mercury

  FIRST it was a face on Mars. Then it was Nazis on the moon. Now is it little green men on Mercury? One UFO expert is convinced NASA photos show a city on the red-hot planet’s surface. (more…)

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20Feb2014

Lost Satellite Could Trigger Deadly ‘Gravity’ Style Debris

  The film ‘Gravity’ could happen in real life as a drifting satellite that the European Space Agency lost contact with could break up and spark a deadly debris field, it has been claimed. (more…)

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19Feb2014

Claims Tunguska Meteorite Came From Mars

In 1908 a blazing white line cut across the sky before exploding a few miles above the ground with a force one thousand times stronger than the nuclear blast that leveled Hiroshima, Japan. (more…)

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19Feb2014

Can You Answer These Basic Science Questions?

  The results of the most recent National Science Foundation survey, conducted in 2012 with more than 2,200 adults, have just been released. Unfortunately, Americans don't seem to know their science very well. (more…)

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19Feb2014

How To See A Galaxy In Your Toilet Bowl

Have you ever watched a little kid playing in a sink full of water? It could be the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink or even the tub — it's all the same to kids. The faucet goes on. The faucet goes off. (more…)

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17Feb2014

Russian Satellite Real Danger Of Hitting Earth

  SPACE experts have warned a Russian satellite is due to come crashing back down to Earth. But where will its parts fall? Its not the first time we've had worrying alerts like this and it probably won't be the last. (more…)

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14Feb2014

Hazardous Asteroid Zips By Earth February 17

On February 17th a near-Earth asteroid (NEA), 2000 EM26, with an estimated diameter of three football fields (270 meters) and traveling at approximately 27,000 mph (12.37 km/s), came racing by Earth on its close approach. (more…)

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14Feb2014

China’s Jade Rabbit Comes Back From Dead

Reports of Jade Rabbit's demise may have been premature. China's first lunar rover had stopped functioning, state media reported Wednesday, but signs are emerging that Yutu, as it is known in Mandarin, may be up and running again. (more…)

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