Archive of 2016 June

30Jun2016

Hubble Captures Amazing Auroras In Jupiter’s Atmosphere

Astronomers are using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study auroras -- stunning light shows in a planet’s atmosphere -- on the poles of the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter. (more…)

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30Jun2016

Cloud Computing Sets Sights On The Stars For Increased Security

It’s a good thing “the cloud” is already an understood concept because “the void” doesn’t sound like a good place to leave anything, let alone your sensitive data.  Megan Ray Nichols  explains why: (more…)

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30Jun2016

Why Has The Sun Gone Blank?

YOU may not have noticed but our sun has gone as blank as a cue ball. As in, it’s lost its spots. According to scientists, this unsettling phenomenon is a sign we are heading for a mini ice age. (more…)

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29Jun2016

Green Flash On The Red Planet

Occasionally, when the sun sets behind the waves of the ocean, observers witness an emerald pulse of light just above the vanishing solar disk. Once thought to be a fable, the "green flash" is now known to be real. (more…)

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29Jun2016

The Best Binoculars for Astronomy In Australia and NZ

Many people ask me about binoculars for astronomy. There are so many choices, its confusing to the beginner. I have never seen a better choice than this company Procular with the ultimate night vision binoculars for the astronomy enthusiast. (more…)

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28Jun2016

Astronomers Probe Below Jupiter’s Cloud Tops

Astronomers have managed to peer deep into the atmosphere of Jupiter using a radio telescope on Earth. The Very Large Array traced the presence of ammonia in the gas giant to study the circulation systems below the visible cloud tops. (more…)

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28Jun2016

NASA May Use Rover To Image Potential Mars Water Sites

Ever since it was announced there may be liquid water on Mars, NASA have wondered how best to further investigate these long, seasonally changing dark streaks, hoping to find evidence of life, past or present, on the Red Planet. (more…)

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27Jun2016

What Happened To Space City?

Space City USA is the biggest thing that never happened in Huntsville. For a brief, shining moment in the early 1960s, Huntsville was going to have an amusement park that rivaled Disney World. Actually, it would rival Disneyland, because Disney World was still basically swampland. Space City would have a skyway ride, a glass-bottom boat, a lunar restaurant shaped like a giant mushroom, a jet car ride, a flying saucer, futuristic "time machines," a simulated colony on the moon and even a miniature volcano. Guests would enter through a "time machine" into various themed areas, like the Lost World with dinosaur models, a simulated moon colony, a "Land of Oz" and an Old

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27Jun2016

NASA Searches for It’s Lost Loot

West Virginia lost one, until it turned up one June day on a bookshelf in the basement of a retired dentist. New York has one in a vault at a museum in Albany, but another one given to the state for safekeeping was not kept very safe, because it appears to be missing, though the attorney general’s office has started looking into the case. A long-lost one in Colorado resurfaced at the home of a former governor, and another one in Arkansas was found among former President Bill Clinton’s memorabilia. Somebody swiped one from a museum in the island country of Malta, and somebody else who got his hands on one in Honduras tried to sell it in Miami to an undercover fede

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26Jun2016

Building The Case To Terraform Mars

Whether it’s extreme climate change, an impending asteroid impact, scientific curiosity or even space tourism, there are compelling reasons to think about calling Mars our second home. (more…)

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26Jun2016

New Hubble Photo Shows Brilliant Star Cluster In Nearby Galaxy

The Hubble Space Telescope stared deeply into a small galaxy not far from the Milky Way and saw something beautiful. A new photo taken by the long-lived telescope shows a brilliant cluster of stars. (more…)

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26Jun2016

The Universe is Crowded With Black Holes, Astronomers Predict

A new study published in Nature presents one of the most complete models of matter in the universe and predicts hundreds of massive black hole mergers each year observable with the second generation of gravitational wave detectors. (more…)

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26Jun2016

Hubble Spots New Long-Lived Storm Raging On Neptune

Neptune has a new freckle. On 16 May, images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope confirmed that there is a dark vortex in Neptune’s atmosphere – the first such spot seen in the 21st century. (more…)

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26Jun2016

Rare Newborn Planet Is Youngest Ever Detected

 A distant, Neptune-size planet 500 light-years from Earth appears to be the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever found crossing its star, raising questions about how it formed so close, so quickly. (more…)

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26Jun2016

Mysterious Object Just Dented One of Saturn’s Rings

Astronomers have spotted a strange ding in one of Saturn’s rings using NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Saturn is also known as the 'Jewel of the Solar System' with a multitude of colours, its rings look like a painting where nature is the painter. (more…)

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26Jun2016

Jeff Bezos Ready To Beat Branson In Billionaire Space Race

Space tourism was supposed to arrive years ago, but its chief apostle is yet to deliver and suddenly faces a formidable challenger. Look out, Richard Branson. Here comes Jeff Bezos rocketing into your space. (more…)

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