Archive of 2015 February

28Feb2015

His Love Of ‘Star Trek’ And Space Influences Investments

In the past decade, a new crop of wealthy investors have aimed their sights skyward, with visions of sending tourists into space on privately built spaceships and mining asteroids for rare metals. (more…)

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28Feb2015

The Closest Exoplanet Ever Detected

A little exoplanet living in a neighbouring star system has caused a very big stir among scientists. It may be too hot for life to survive on its surface, but the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting Alpha Centauri B is interesting. (more…)

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28Feb2015

Babies On Mars? Not So Fast

Parenting is tough enough here on Earth. Imagine being the parent of a toddler confined to a modular Martian habitat on the dusty plains of Tharsis. You are many millions of kilometres away and absolutely isolated and alone. (more…)

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28Feb2015

Leonard Nimoy Leaves Legacy Beyond Science-Fiction

Leonard Nimoy didn't just leave a lasting impression on the science-fiction world, he also left his mark on science itself. He influenced careers and almost highhandedly sanitized the 'alien' character in sci-fi drama. (more…)

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28Feb2015

Puzzling Bright Spots on Dwarf Planet Ceres

Cruising through the asteroid belt, NASA Dawn spacecraft is approaching dwarf planet Ceres, and some puzzling features are coming into focus. We may finally be able to answer some very perplexing asteroid questions. (more…)

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27Feb2015

Astronomer Hints The Simpsons Could Be Set In Australia

If you thought you had this world all figured out, get ready for it to be turned upside down- One nit-picky astronomer claims Springfield isn’t in the United States at all. The Bad Astronomy blogger, Phil Plait,has news for us. (more…)

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27Feb2015

How to See Quasars With Backyard Telescopes

“How far can you see with that thing?” It’s a common question overhead at many public star parties in reference to telescopes. In the coming weeks the Moon will pass Full and moves out of the evening sky. (more…)

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27Feb2015

US Needs a Mars Colony, Buzz Aldrin Tells Senators

The United States must do more than just plant a flag on Mars if it wants to continue as a leader in the field of space exploration, Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin told senators this week. (more…)

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26Feb2015

A Monster Black Hole Discovered At Cosmic Dawn

A black hole is a large amount of matter packed into a small area, creating a strong gravitational field that allows nothing, not even light, to escape. Astronomers describe quasars as the most luminous beacons in the sky. (more…)

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26Feb2015

Russia Plans to Create Its Own Orbital Station Around 2024

Russia will continue using the International Space Station (ISS) until around 2024 and is planning to build its own orbital outpost using the existing ISS modules, Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Tuesday. (more…)

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22Feb2015

Why Does Space Stink?

When astronauts return from space walks and remove their helmets, they are welcomed back with a very  peculiar smell. (more…)

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22Feb2015

Indian Scriptures Mention Gravity 1500 Years Before Isaac Newton

One of the country's leading scientists and former ISRO chairman, G Madhavan Nair, has just propounded the theory that some shlokas in the Vedas mention the presence of water on the moon. That alone is strange! (more…)

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22Feb2015

5 Amazing Facts Everyone Should Know About Our Sun

We hear a lot about other gorgeous planets like Saturn or Jupiter and we appreciate the Sun but never hear too much about it. What is the Sun exactly? The Sun is a beautiful ball of hydrogen and helium gas that burns. (more…)

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22Feb2015

How Far Into Space Do Our TV Signals Go?

In the movie Contact, astronomers receive a radio signal from the star Vega. Buried within the signal is a broadcast of Hitler’s speech for the opening of the 1936 Olympic games. Imaginative and thought provoking. (more…)

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21Feb2015

Hundreds Of UFO Enthusiasts Gather In Arizona

Have you ever wondered if it was possible that there could be beings out there from another planet that have visited us? It’s not as crazy as you might think. At the 24th Annual UFO Congress were some true believers. (more…)

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21Feb2015

World View One Step Closer To Manned Near-Space Voyages

World View, the commercial balloon spaceflight company, is one step closer to launching manned voyages after successfully flying the first parafoil from the edge of space at a record-breaking height of 102,200 feet. (more…)

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