Archive of 2012

19Dec2012

Have A Very Hubble Holiday!

Have A Very Hubble Holiday! It's the time of year for decorating your home and your heart. What could be more special to any astronomer than a Hubble Holiday? The super telescope has a surprise in store.This year the profession

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19Dec2012

GRAIL Impact Site To Be Named “Sally Ride”

GRAIL Impact Site To Be Named "Sally Ride" In a very fitting gesture of honor, NASA has named a new site on the Moon "Sally Ride". It isn't an ancient crater, though, it's the impact site made by the twin agency spacecraft, GRAIL. (more…)

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18Dec2012

Brian May Should Replace Patrick Moore on Sky At Night

 Brian May Should Replace Sir Patrick Moore on Sky At Night Queen guitarist Brian May should replace Sir Patrick Moore on BBC1’s Sky At Night, leading astronomy professors have claimed. He certainly would have been Sir Patrick's choice. (more…)

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15Dec2012

Mayan Calendar Doomsday Myth Explained

Mayan Calendar Doomsday Myth Explained The Mayan calendar moves in cycles with the last cycle ending in December 2012. This is often interpreted as "the world will end on 21 December 2012, at 11:11 UTC". (more…)

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15Dec2012

2012 Killer Solar Flares Impossible

2012 Killer Solar Flares a Physical Impossibility  NASA is trying to make sure that no one is taking the 2012 doomsday nonsense seriously, and just put out this video today to allay fear s and set the record straight. (more…)

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15Dec2012

Hubble Sees Further Back In Time Than Ever Before

 Hubble Telescope Sees Further Back In Time Than Ever Before Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope to survey the Ultra Deep Field have discovered a previously unseen number of galaxies from the dawn of the universe. (more…)

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15Dec2012

Patrick Moore’s Home To Be Turned Into Astronomy Centre

 Patrick Moore's Home To Be Turned Into Astronomy Centre Plans are  to honour Sir Patrick Moore's dying wish by turning his home in Sussex into an astronomy centre in tribute to a man who gave so much to astronomy. (more…)

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14Dec2012

Living In Space – Early Concepts

Living In Space- Early Concepts Amazing artwork from the 1970s shows scientists' vision of creating settlements in space. They got most of it right, but funding for the massive endeavor remains a large hurdle. (more…)

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14Dec2012

How Neil Armstrong Saved the Dyna-Soar

How Neil Armstrong Saved the Dyna-Soar When the US Air Force unveiled a mockup of the very futuristic Dyna-Soar glider to the press on September 19, 1962, Neil Armstrong wasn’t one of the seven pilots sitting on stage. (more…)

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13Dec2012

50th Anniversary Of Venus Fly-By

50th Anniversary Of Venus Fly-By Friday, December 14, 1962. America is recovering from the Cuban Missile Crisis, which riveted the world's attention only a few weeks before.It's a tense time but changes are afoot. (more…)

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13Dec2012

Australia’s Best Meteorite Craters

Australia's Best Meteorite Craters Australia is an ancient land. Some of the rocks in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, for instance, are 3.5 billion years old,making them probably the oldest rocks found on Earth. (more…)

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13Dec2012

A Shedding Light On How Wide Binary Stars Form

A Shedding Light On How Wide Binary Stars Form  Thanks to computer simulations, researchers from NASA's Astrobiology Institute in Hawaii have finally been able to shed some light on how wide binary star systems might form. (more…)

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12Dec2012

Will The Planets Align on December 21, 2012?

Will The Planets Align on December 21, 2012? The diagram above shows the positions of all the solar system planets (and the dwarf planet Pluto) at the instant of the December 2012 solstice (2012 December 21 at 11:12 UTC). (more…)

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12Dec2012

X-Rays Could Signal Impending Supernovae

X-Rays Could Show Signs Of Impending Supernovae. At the University of Leicester, astronomers have recently discovered  X-ray detectors located in space may be able to sense new supernovae events at their beginning phases. (more…)

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12Dec2012

NASA’s Secret Space Plane Back in Orbit

NASA's Secret Space Plane Back in Orbit  The Air Force's mini-Space Shuttle ,the X-37B, spent over a year traveling around our planet in Jun 2012.That's a long time.  What was it doing? We don't know—it's a secret. (more…)

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11Dec2012

Funding A Stellar Noah’s Ark

Funding A Stellar Noah's Ark Given the "big bang" of exoplanet discoveries over the past decade, there's a reasonable chance a habitable planet will be found orbiting the nearest star, the Alpha Centauri system. (more…)

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