Archive of 2015 July

13Jul2015

First ‘Sharp’ Pluto Images Reveal Amazing Detail

IT’S our first — and last — glimpse of Pluto’s “dark side”. So what are those mysterious black blotches? These and many more questions are about to be answered this week as history unfolds. (more…)

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09Jul2015

Breakthrough Find – Gems on Mars

For the first time, researchers have discovered direct physical evidence of opals on Mars, a breakthrough that could help learn more about the red planet’s past and whether it once held life. (more…)

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08Jul2015

The Best Supernova Candidate Yet Found

Using the robotic Liverpool Telescope, an international team of scientists has found what looks like the best pre-explosion candidate yet for a ‘Type Ia’ supernova, an extremely violent event. (more…)

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08Jul2015

Five Hidden Supermassive Black Holes Discovered by NASA

A team of international scientists spotted five supermassive black holes that have been hiding behind a cloud of dust and gas. The discovery proves we need to know more about black holes. (more…)

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06Jul2015

The Best Astronomy Show OFF Earth

You’re invited to the best astronomy show in the world. The good news is its entirely free! You can bring the entire family and leave when you want to. Fingers crossed the sky remains clear. (more…)

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06Jul2015

WA Radio Telescope Hears Ancient Signal

A ground-breaking radio telescope project in remote WA has captured a signal emitted before the solar system was born. Remember, every time we look at the stars we're looking back in time. (more…)

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06Jul2015

Crash Course Astronomy: Meteors!

   Phil Plaitt writes: I’ve written about meteors before but if you’re looking for a generic meteor shower viewing guide, I’ve written them for several showers. (more…)

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06Jul2015

Finding A Mars Landing Spot

NASA has already begun trying to figure out where its first Mars astronauts should touch down, about two decades before the pioneers are scheduled to launch toward the Red Planet.   (more…)

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05Jul2015

Universe May Be Less Crowded than We Think

There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the universe then might be expected, according to a new study led by Michigan State University. Hubble once more proves its worth! (more…)

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05Jul2015

Presenting Pluto – The Red Dwarf Planet

What colour is Pluto? The answer, revealed in the first maps from New Horizons, turns out to be shades of reddish brown. Although this is reminiscent of Mars, the cause is almost certainly very different. (more…)

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03Jul2015

Update – NASA Loses Contact With Pluto Spacecraft

Ten days before NASA ’s New Horizons spacecraft was due to make its closest approach to Pluto, the space agency reports that a hiccup has occurred in a scary scenario playing out onboard. (more…)

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03Jul2015

Four Mysterious Spots Detected On Pluto

A row of four mysterious dark spots have been discovered on the frozen surface of the distant world of Pluto by the NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. The excitement is starting to build. (more…)

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03Jul2015

SKA Update – Australasian Science Magazinee

Hey, want to keep up with all that's happening in science in Australasia? Check out our current issue, its on an SKA theme guest edited by Willem van Straten of Swinburne Uni’s Centre for Astrophysics. (more…)

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03Jul2015

Hey, Wanna Go To Mars? Try This!

  MarsPolar, a newly created international venture has started raising funds for their bold project to establish a permanent human colony on Mars. We'll get there one way or the other! (more…)

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02Jul2015

Virgin Galactic Pilot Recalls Colleague’s Crash

For the first time, one of the pilots involved in Virgin Galactic's spaceship crash has spoken to the media. Dave Mackay, the company's chief pilot, spoke to the BBC about last October. (more…)

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02Jul2015

International Women’s Air And Space Museum Is A Treasure

In Cleveland, most visitors make a beeline for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. But those in search of a truly far out experience need only walk a short distance from the Rock Hall to Burke Lakefront Airport. (more…)

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