Archive of 2016 February

13Feb2016

Gravity Wave Discovery – What’s It Mean?

When scientists with the LIGO experiment announced on Thursday that they had finally detected gravitational waves directly, it confirmed Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. (more…)

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13Feb2016

Here’s The First To Spot Those Gravitational Waves

The honour fell to a soft-spoken postdoc who plays classical piano and has published two fantasy novels. Sometimes unassuming people can be in the right job at the right time. (more…)

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12Feb2016

Historical Find – Gravitational Waves Detected For First Time!

This is a great moment! For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. (more…)

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12Feb2016

Hundreds of Galaxies Found Hiding Behind Our Milky Way

Hundreds of galaxies have been playing a cosmic game of hide and seek, and astronomers just tagged them "it". Scientists used radio telescopes to peer through the dense plane of the Milky Way. (more…)

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11Feb2016

What Is A Light Year?

A light-year is how astronomers measure distance in space. It’s defined by how far a beam of light travels in one year – a distance of six trillion miles. (more…)

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11Feb2016

This Week’s Night Sky – Meteor Shower and Dancing Worlds

Southern Sprinkle. The annual Alpha Centaurids meteor shower is expected to peak for two days beginning Monday, February 8. Its a family affair so don't miss it. (more…)

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10Feb2016

Mars – One Australian Hopeful Enters Mars HAB

Australian ‘Mars One’ candidate Josh Richards has entered a solitary, purpose-built ‘HAB’ at Sydney’s Circular Quay.Is he for real? Does he really want to go and live on Mars? Yep! (more…)

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10Feb2016

Astrology And Human Behaviour

Astrology as an art form dates back to pre Greek civilization from wherever it spread throughout the world. Although not a science, it seeks to apply the study of stars and planets and their orbits and the influence they’ve on human behaviour. (more…)

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09Feb2016

Meteorite Strike In India Kills One And Injures Three

A meteorite crashed into an engineering college in Vellore district, India on Saturday, causing an explosion that killed one man and injured three others, the Tamil Nadu government said on Sunday. (more…)

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09Feb2016

NASA Bans The Word ‘Jesus’

The name of Jesus is not welcome in the Johnson Space Center newsletter, according to a complaint filed on behalf of a group of Christians who work for NASA. (more…)

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09Feb2016

The Only Man Buried On the Moon

He was a legend and he played a key role in training the Apollo astronauts to explore the Moon in a scientific manner. Sadly, his greatest dream to walk on the Moon eluded him. (more…)

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06Feb2016

Nasa Loses Moonrocks

Astronauts may have had the `right stuff' to go to the moon, but when it comes to keeping track of what they brought back, NASA seems to have misplaced some of that stuff. In a report issued by the agency's Inspector General on Thursday, NASA concedes that more than 500 pieces of moon rocks, meteorites, comet chunks and other space material were stolen or have been missing since 1970. That includes 218 moon samples that were stolen and later returned and about two dozen moon rocks and chunks of lunar soil that were reported lost last year. NASA, which has loaned more than 26,000 samples, needs to keep better track of what's sent to researchers and museums, the report said. The lack of sufficient controls "increases the risk that these unique resources may be lost," the report concluded. After last year's case of a missing moon sample loaned to a Delaware astronomical observatory – which the astronomers there claimed they returned to NASA – the agency's inspector general decided to audit about one quarter of the thousands of samples of moon rocks, lunar dust, meteorites, and other space material that the agency loaned. Of those cases, 19 percent of the researchers either couldn't account for the samples or they had material that NASA records indicated had been destroyed or loaned to someone else. That included 22 meteorites and 2 comet samples from a daring mission that grabbed comet chunks. In two cases, one researcher still had nine lunar samples he borrowed 35 years ago and another had 10 chunks of meteorites he kept for 14 years. Neither had ever worked on them. Another researcher had 36 moon samples and kept them for 16 years after he had finished his research. The audit also unearthed records that listed hundreds of samples that no longer existed. Moonrocks Taken To The Grave

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06Feb2016

Fly High and Live Longer

Einstein was right… higher you live, faster you age! Crazy as it may sound, it is true and backed up with some solid evidence. It's not the fountain of youth though, but close to it. (more…)

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06Feb2016

Apollo 14 Astronaut Moon Walker Dies

Edgar Mitchell, one of just 12 human beings who walked on the moon, has died, according to his ex-wife, Anita Mitchell. Mitchell was 85.His claims of NASA coverups are legendary. (more…)

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06Feb2016

A Galaxy Hit-and-Run

A few hundred million years ago, a small galaxy had a fender-bender with the Milky Way. Even as it fled the crime scene, it sent ripples coursing through the Milky Way’s disc. (more…)

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06Feb2016

Giant Cloud On A Collision Course With Our Milky Way

The Milky Way has a rendezvous coming of massive proportions!  There is currently a huge cloud of gas on a collision course with our galaxy — luckily it won’t happen for another 30 million years. (more…)

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