Archive of 2011 December

10Dec2011

Could Solar Storms ‘Sandblast’ the Moon?

Could Solar Storms ‘Sandblast’ the Moon? According to a new set of NASA computer simulations, solar storms and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) can erode the lunar surface. Researchers speculate that not only can th

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10Dec2011

Asteroid Is Really A Planet!

Asteroid Is Really A Planet! NASA's Dawn spacecraft spent the last four years voyaging to asteroid Vesta – and may have found a planet. Vesta was discovered over two hundred years ago but, until Dawn, has been seen

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10Dec2011

Space Tourism Soon Could Be Reality

Virgin Galactic is hopeful it will have a successful test launch of its space vehicle next year. After that, says the company’s CEO, it will be offering flights as soon as it gets clearance. The problem with writing a

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10Dec2011

Voyager Off To Interstellar Space

Voyager 1 Heads For Interstellar Space.   Voyager 1 has entered uncharted territory on the border of our solar system and the remainder of the Milky Way. Scientists at the US space agency said the craft had gone into a

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08Dec2011

Did a Gigantic “Lost” Moon Create Saturn’s Rings?

Did a Gigantic "Lost" Moon Create Saturn's Rings? Image credit: The artist's rendering at top of page shows the biggest ring around Saturn, spotted by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The inset shows an enl

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08Dec2011

First Planet in Habitable Zone of Sun-like Star

First Planet in Habitable Zone Of Sun-Like Star The NASA Kepler Mission is designed to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way Galaxy to discover Earth-size planets in or near the "habitable zone," the reg

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08Dec2011

Two Black Holes Equal To 10 Billions Suns

Two Black Holes Equal To 10 Billions Suns A team of astronomers including Karl Gebhardt and graduate student Jeremy Murphy of The University of Texas at Austin have discovered the most massive black holes to date - two monsters

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08Dec2011

Most Powerful Explosions Ever Seen

Most Powerful Explosions Ever Seen Gamma Ray Bursts are the brightest things to happen to the Universe since its beginning -- extraordinarily intense electromagnetic events releasing more energy per second than the sun does in

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08Dec2011

2012 Doomsday A Fallacy

2012 Mayan Doomsday A Fallacy.   Sensible people have been repeating the same message over and over again: The Mayans never predicted doomsday in 2012. One more time: The Mayans never, EVER predicted doomsday in 20121 Sadl

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08Dec2011

Rumours Erupt Over Higgs Boson Discovery

 Rumours Erupt Over Higgs Boson Discovery    This could be the announcement we've all been waiting for. As soon as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) revved up its supercooled electromagnets in 2008 -- which prom

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08Dec2011

Will Worms In Space Lead To Life On Mars?

Will Worms In Space Lead To Life On Mars? A space flight by millions of microscopic worms could help us overcome the numerous threats posed to human health by space travel. The Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) have also give

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08Dec2011

Space Travel Is Still Really Difficult

 Space Travel Is Still Really Difficult. As the troubles of a stranded Russian Mars probe show, humanity has not exactly mastered spaceflight despite more than 50 years of practice. Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft got

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08Dec2011

Alien Planets Could Be Made of Diamonds

Alien Planets Could Be Made of Diamonds A planet made of diamonds may sound lovely, but you wouldn’t want to live there. A new study suggests that some stars in the Milky Way could harbor “carbon super-Earths”

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08Dec2011

Magnetic Pole Reversal – It Happens

Magnetic Pole Reversal Happens All The Geologic Time Schematic illustration of Earth's magnetic field. Credit/Copyright: Peter Reid.   Scientists understand that Earth's magnetic field has flipped its polarit

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03Dec2011

Video – Unusual Things Being Seen

Video of Alleged Unusual Structures on Moon Submitted. This was submitted to me by a newsletter reader, Stan, who was asking about the validity of such claims.he writes: "Hi Dave, I'm not sure of the story as to wh

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03Dec2011

Astronomers Catch Star’s Final Moments

Astronomers Catch Star's Final Moments. Astronomers believe they may have made a breakthrough in spotting the signs that a star is about to die after scanning 25 galaxies.Scientists have been cataloguing star systems for t

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