Archive of 2014 August

31Aug2014

Robot Army of ‘Swarmies’ Could Explore Other Planets

They may look like remote-controlled toy trucks, but  a new troupe of NASA robots could one day race across distant planets as a sort of space exploration vanguard. Hmm, I think i saw these once in a 50's sci-fi comic. (more…)

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31Aug2014

Water Clouds Detected Just 7 Light-Years from Earth

Astronomers have found signs of water ice clouds on an object just 7.3 light-years from Earth—less than twice the distance of Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to the sun. Now that's close! (more…)

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31Aug2014

Claims – Copernicus And Four Centuries Of Science Is Wrong

A new documentary called The Principle, which is due to be launched on 10th October, is set to take on more than four centuries of established belief in the Copernican Principle. Such is the way of science. (more…)

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31Aug2014

Dangerous Sunspot Aligning With Earth

NASA is warning a new sunspot spewing powerful X-class flares is beginning to rotate to a position directly in line with Earth. A direct hit on Earth from an X-class flare could cause major disruptions. (more…)

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31Aug2014

Cosmic Fingerprints – Spectroscopy

 Last Friday was the anniversary of one of the most important discoveries in the history of astronomy, which took place 150 years ago. It's opened up the Universe of stars  in a way never before though possible. (more…)

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30Aug2014

Our Understanding Of How Planets Formed

Have you ever wondered how planets are formed? For hundreds of years astronomers have imagined how it could have formed and formed theories around these ideas as more and more evidence came into the picture. (more…)

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30Aug2014

Radio Telescopes Settle Controversy Over Distance to Pleiades

Astronomers have used a worldwide network of radio telescopes to resolve a controversy over the distance to a famous star cluster -- challenging scientists' basic understanding of how stars form and evolve. (more…)

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29Aug2014

NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets. (more…)

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28Aug2014

Toothpaste Fluorine Formed In Stars

The fluorine that is found in products such as toothpaste was likely formed billions of years ago in now dead stars of the same type as our sun. This has been shown by astronomers at Lund University in Sweden. (more…)

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28Aug2014

Are Intelligent Civilizations Doomed?

This is a follow on theory from the famous Fermi Paradox. If space is huge, not aircraft carrier huge, and there are billions upon billions of stars, AND there seem to be lots of habitable planets around those stars. (more…)

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28Aug2014

Beam Your Message to Mars

The people over at Uwingu have a really cool new fund-raiser effort going called “Beam Me to Mars”. Its a unique project and one that will tantalize and excite the imagination of any avid Red Planet enthusiast. (more…)

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26Aug2014

Rich NZ Space Tourists Ready For Blast Off

 Nine wealthy Kiwis are ready for blast off after completing space training ahead of the world's first commercial space flights.Itr's no longer a flight of fancy - space tourism is set to take off any time now! (more…)

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26Aug2014

Mercury And Mars – An Insight

MARS is, and will remain, the focal point of NASA’s manned space program. The budget realities of our time, and the times to come, will keep other manned projects on the back burner.Here's an interesting story: (more…)

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26Aug2014

Astronomy’s Recipe For Making Gold

The announcement was short. It lasted only a fraction of second — a blink of an eye. But a spacecraft in Earth’s orbit, keeping an eye on such events, captured it on June 3 last year. (more…)

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25Aug2014

Mars Will Not Kill You This August!

A recent  reader's letter started like this: " Hi Dave,  Is this information about Mars being as big as the full moon genuine? if so it will be amazing." Oh give me a break!!! Every year this rumour returns. (more…)

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25Aug2014

Fatwa Forbids Muslims From ‘Suicidal’ Mars Missons

Practicing Muslims interested in the idea of taking a one-way trip to Mars sometime in the future could suddenly be out of luck. Its going to be a popular place to go in the future. (more…)

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