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Saturday
Aug 23 2014
07:00 UTC

Stellar Snow Globe Mystery Solved With Hubble’s Help

Star clusters offer thrilling sights for stargazers.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Thursday
Aug 21 2014
20:10 UTC

OMG!!! Mars Will Be as Big as the Moon!!!! (NOT)

The Mars/Moon Hoax Rears its Ugly Head Well, the hysterical claims are starting up yet again. Yes, it's the annual Mars/Moon madness again. Only this time, the folks claiming that the Moon and Mars will be the SAME SIZE OMG!!! NEVER AGAIN IN THIS CENTURY!!!! are claiming that on August 27th, 2014, we'll be treated […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Wednesday
Aug 20 2014
18:29 UTC

How Watching 13 Billion Years Of Cosmic Growth Links To Storytelling

How do you show off 13 billion years of cosmic growth? One way that astronomers can figure that out is through visualizations — such as this one from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, called Illustris. Billed as the most detailed computer simulation ever of the universe (done on a fast supercomputer), you can slowly see […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Aug 20 2014
13:47 UTC

Remembering the World War I Eclipse

The paths of total solar eclipses care not for political borders or conflicts, often crossing over war-torn lands. Such was the case a century ago this week on August 21st, 1914 when a total solar eclipse crossed over Eastern Europe shortly after the outbreak of World War I.(...)Read the rest of Remembering the “World War […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Aug 20 2014
10:01 UTC

Stunning Snapshot Reveals Dazzling Star Factories

... pair of glowing star factories beckon stargazers.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Tuesday
Aug 19 2014
20:48 UTC

Australian Amateur Terry Lovejoy Discovers New Comet

It's confirmed!┬Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy┬just discovered his fifth comet, C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy). He found it┬August 17th using a Celestron C8 fitted with a CCD camera┬at his┬roll-off roof observatory in Brisbane, Australia.┬(...)Read the rest of Australian Amateur Terry Lovejoy Discovers New Comet (398 words) ┬ Bob King for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 18 2014
19:16 UTC

6 Sky Events This Week: Chance of Sky Lights and Shooting Stars

  Lunar and planetary spectacles fill the┬starry skies this week, alongside the┬chance of auroras and shooting stars. Perseids trickle. Late night on Monday, look for stragglers from the Perseids meteor shower. While it peaked a week ago, the shooting stars will continue to fly until August 24. According to the international observing reports, the Perseids…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Aug 18 2014
19:10 UTC

One That Fell to Earth: Researchers Reveal 2012 Novato Meteorite Took a Beating

What's the chance of that thump you just heard in your house was a meteorite hitting your roof? That was the case for one family in Novato, California during a fireball event that took place in the north bay area near San Francisco on October 17, 2012. Researchers have now released new results from analysis […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 18 2014
02:03 UTC

172 — Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith — The SKA

In today's episode, I speak to Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith from the CSIRO, about the Square Kilometre Array project. - What is the the Square Kilometre Array Project? - The results of the decision on where to host the project - What are the different parts of he SKA project - The Murchison Widefield Array Download […]

Posted by Brains Matter

Saturday
Aug 16 2014
16:56 UTC

Morning Conjunction: Venus and Jupiter, August 2014

On Monday morning, 18 August 2014, in the eastern sky before sunrise you'll see a very close conjunction of the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter. They've been shining brightly in the pre-dawn sky for a while now, but as they trace out their separate orbits around the Sun they appear to move relative to […]

Posted by Dark Sky Diary

Friday
Aug 15 2014
20:21 UTC

Help Kids Learn Astronomy

... spreads the news about astronomy throughout the world, and there's NO reason why kids in Tanzania shouldn't get […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Friday
Aug 15 2014
19:50 UTC

What Sparked Star Explosion 2014J? NASA Telescope Seeks Clues

... marks the spot: after probing the area where a star used to be, in X-rays, astronomers have been able to rule out one cause for the supernova explosion. Because the Chandra X-Ray Observatory did not detect anything unusual in X-rays, astronomers say this means that a white dwarf was not responsible for pulling off […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Aug 15 2014
15:04 UTC

Need A Summer Vacation? Pictures Allow You To Tour The Solar System For Free

Many of us in the northern hemisphere are on summer vacation right now, and others are dreaming of it. While taking off somewhere exotic requires time and money, looking at pictures around the solar system provides cheaper thrills — in stranger places! Several spacecraft roaming our planetary neighborhood regularly send back raw images of what […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Aug 15 2014
14:13 UTC

Parallel Universes and the Many-Worlds Theory

Are you unique? In your perception of the world, the answer is simple: you are different than every other person on this planet. But is our universe unique? The concept of multiple realities — or parallel universes — complicates this answer and challenges what we know about the world and ourselves. One model of potential […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Aug 15 2014
13:47 UTC

Funding Friday: How $1 Can Make A Difference For Tanzanian Astronomy

... campaign to increase astronomy education in the African country. There's a crowdfunding campaign on right now to build a Center for Science Education and […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Aug 14 2014
14:57 UTC

Diamond Pinpricks: Gorgeous Shot Of Star Group That Once Baffled Astronomers

Is this group of stars belonging to one generation, or more? That's one of the things that was puzzling astronomers for decades, particularly when they were trying to pin down the age of IC 4499 — the globular cluster you see in this new picture from the Hubble Space Telescope. (...)Read the rest of Diamond […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Aug 14 2014
02:26 UTC

James Webb Space Telescope's Pathfinder Mirror Backplane Arrives at NASA Goddard for Critical Assembly Testing

The central piece of the pathfinder backplane that will hold all the mirrors for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has arrived at the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland for critical assembly testing on vital parts of the mammoth telescope. The pathfinder backplane arrived at Goddard in July and has now been hoisted […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Aug 13 2014
19:46 UTC

Sailing Over Titan's Seas in Summer

Cassini Captures Cloud Movement Over Ligeia Mare If you've ever been aboard a sailing ship, you probably know the sensation of the craft cutting through the ocean, wind at your back and a breeze in your face. It's probably the same sensation you get when you go hang-gliding, or water (or snow) skiing. It turns […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Wednesday
Aug 13 2014
18:22 UTC

NASA'S NuSTAR Catches a Black Hole Bending Light, Space, and Time

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has captured a spectacular event: a supermassive black hole's gravity tugging on nearby X-ray light. In just a matter of days, the corona a cloud of particles traveling near the speed of light fell in toward the black hole. The observations are a powerful test of Einstein's […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Aug 13 2014
14:21 UTC

After the Peak: How Long Does a Meteor Shower Last?

... had a question on Twitter┬today asking whether it was worth while looking out for any Perseid meteors tonight after the shower peaked yesterday. (Here's┬my original post about the Perseids 2014 and why the Moon will interfere this year meaning┬fewer meteors will be visible). While individual meteors are short blink-and-you'll-miss-them events, meteor┬showers themselves last many […]

Posted by Dark Sky Diary

Wednesday
Aug 13 2014
13:30 UTC

A Spectacular Dawn Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter Set For August 18th

What are those two bright stars in the morning sky? About once a year we can be assured that we'll start fielding inquires to this effect, as the third and fourth brightest natural objects in the sky once again meet up. We're talking about a conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Venus. Venus has been […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Aug 12 2014
20:30 UTC

Can Radio Waves Lead to Exomoons?

... firmly believe that our next greatest discovery will be detecting an exomoon in orbit around a distant exoplanet. Although no one has been able to confirm an exomoon yet the hunt is on. Now, a research team thinks following a trail of radio wave emissions may lead astronomers to this groundbreaking discovery. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Aug 12 2014
13:00 UTC

How did Supermassive Black Holes Grow so Massive so Quickly?

Black holes one billion times the Sun's mass or more lie at the heart of many galaxies, driving their evolution. Although common today, evidence of supermassive black holes existing since the infancy of the Universe, one billion years or so after the Big Bang, has puzzled astronomers for years. How could these giants have grown […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 11 2014
20:02 UTC

Help a Universe Today Writer Share Stories About Our Search For Earth-like Planets

Since 1995, astronomers have detected thousands of worlds orbiting nearby stars, sparking a race to find the one that most resembles Earth. The discovery of habitable exoplanets and even extraterrestrial life is often referred to as the Holy Grail of science. So with the gold rush of exoplanet discoveries these days, it's pretty tempting in […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 11 2014
13:00 UTC

Watch This Weekend's Near-'Supermoon' Set From The Space Station

With the full Moon approaching just a little bit closer than Earth to usual, a cosmonaut on the International Space Station took a few moments of his time to capture a few shots of it setting behind the Earth. Oleg Artemyev was just a shade closer to that Moon than the rest of us, and […]

Posted by Universe Today

Sunday
Aug 10 2014
20:50 UTC

ISEE-3 Completes Lunar Flyby, Begins a Citizen Science Program

The journey began on August 12, 1978 from Cape Canaveral on a Delta II launch vehicle. Now after 36 years and 30 billions miles of travel around the Sun — as well as a crowd-funded reboot of the spacecraft and a foiled attempt to put it into Earth orbit — the ISEE-3 has completed a […]

Posted by Universe Today

Sunday
Aug 10 2014
16:05 UTC

Fear Not the Moon, Perseids Always a Great Show

Get ready for the darling of meteor showers this week the Perseids. Who can deny their appeal? Not only is the shower rich with fiery flashes of meteoric light, but the meteors come in August when the weather's couldn't be more ideal. Peak activity is expected┬Tuesday┬night,┬Aug. 12-13, when up to 100 meteors an hour […]

Posted by Universe Today

Sunday
Aug 10 2014
02:44 UTC

We're Getting Closer to Pluto!

Worlds in Motion The New Horizons mission to the outer solar system scored a big one this week with the release of a set of images that clearly ┬and I DO mean clearly ┬show Pluto with its largest companion Charon in motion. This is an amazing shot from a huge distance, and the fact that […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Friday
Aug 08 2014
22:15 UTC

Hypervelocity Neutron Stars Crashing Into White Dwarfs A Scenario for the Loneliest Supernovae?

It's hard to comprehend the vast emptiness of space. Especially when we detect odd signatures, such as luminous explosions that are neither as bright nor as long as traditional supernovae, originating in the unfathomable emptiness. But a team of astronomers is now beginning to understand these so-called calcium-rich transients, often referred to as the Universe's […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Aug 08 2014
14:45 UTC

Video: Watch The Moon Slowly Blot Out Saturn In Australia

Wow! Check out this video of the Moon passing in front of Saturn from a viewpoint in Brisbane, Australia. This type of phenomenon, called an occultation, happens when one celestial body passes in front of the other from an observer's standpoint. You can see some information about a June 10 occultation of Saturn, for example, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Aug 07 2014
14:44 UTC

Wow! Gas Bridge In The Milky Way Stretches 2.6 Million Light-Years Across

How the heck did all that gas get there? Researchers have discovered an astonishing amount of it bridging galaxies, stretching across a stream that is 2. 6 million light-years across. This is more than a million light-years longer than a similar stream that was previously found in the Virgo Cluster. “This was totally unexpected,” stated┬Rhys Taylor, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Aug 07 2014
14:27 UTC

Robot Spacecraft Swarm Among Group Tapped For More NASA Funding

How do crazy but neat ideas such as the Mars crane make it to space? It's through years, sometimes decades, of development to try to solve a problem in space exploration. NASA has an entire program devoted to far-out concepts that are at least a decade from making it into space, and has just selected […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Aug 06 2014
20:58 UTC

Hubble Archive Reveals Possible Culprit for Enigmatic Supernova

More than two decades of Hubble observations have produced more than 25 terabytes of data. Thanks to the wealth of information stored in the Hubble data archive, astronomers can easily revisit old images in an effort to better understand new discoveries. Now, astronomers have used the archive to find the progenitor of a mysterious type […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Aug 06 2014
13:50 UTC

Where Exactly Is Pluto? Pinpoint Precision Needed For New Horizons Mission

When you have a spacecraft that takes the better part of a decade to get to its destination, it's really, really important to make sure you have an accurate fix on where it's supposed to be. That's true of the Rosetta spacecraft (which reached its comet today) and also for New Horizons, which will make […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Aug 06 2014
12:52 UTC

Rosetta comet rendezvous is a triumph for the European Space Agency Stuart Clark

Rosetta has arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. One of the most audacious space missions in decades, it is designed to reveal clues to the origins of the solar system, our home planet and life itselfThis morning, a thruster burn brought Rosetta into orbit around its target comet, signalling the start of its main science phase. The spacecraft will now track comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for a year, following it through its closest approach to the sun to monitor how the extra heating aff

Posted by Across the universe

Tuesday
Aug 05 2014
23:17 UTC

Rosetta on Final Approach to Historic Comet Rendezvous — Watch Live Here

After a decade long chase of 6. 4 billion kilometers (4 Billion miles) through interplanetary space the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is now on final approach for its historic rendezvous with its target comet 67P scheduled for Wednesday morning, Aug. 6. some half a billion kilometers from the Sun. See online webcast below. Rosetta […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Aug 05 2014
16:30 UTC

Can A Planet-Like Object' Start Its Life Blazing As Hot As A Star?

Nature once again shows us how hard it is to fit astronomical objects into categories. An examination of a so-far unique brown dwarf — an object that is a little too small to start nuclear fusion and be a star — shows that it could have been as hot as a star in the ancient […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Aug 05 2014
15:56 UTC

This Robotic Laser System On A Telescope Is Looking At Alien Planets

There's a group of people probing exoplanets with a laser robot, and the results are showing a few surprises. Specifically, a survey of “hot Jupiters” — the huge gas giants in tight orbits around their parent stars — shows that they are more than three times likely to be found in double star systems than […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 04 2014
21:56 UTC

New Image Captures one of the Brightest Volcanoes Ever Seen in the Solar System

Jupiter's innermost moon, Io with over 400 active volcanoes, extensive lava flows and floodplains of liquid rock is by far the most geologically active body in the Solar System. But last August, Io truly came alive with volcanism. Three massive volcanic eruptions led astronomers to speculate that these presumed rare outbursts were much […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 04 2014
18:56 UTC

Get Set For Super (Duper?) Moon 2 of 3 For 2014

You could be forgiven for thinking this summer that the supermoon is now a monthly occurrence. But this coming weekend's Full Moon is indeed (we swear) the closest to Earth for 2014. What's going on here? Well, as we wrote one synodic month ago the time it takes for the Moon to return to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 04 2014
17:43 UTC

[Article 6853]Rosetta's Target Gets Clearer

Two Knobs joined by a Neck The day after tomorrow (August 6, 2014) the Rosetta spacecraft arrives at Comet┬67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and to celebrate, we've got another image to look at. This one was taken on the 3rd with the NAVCAM system, and it makes the comet look more intriguing than ever.┬ What intrigues ME most about […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Sunday
Aug 03 2014
17:03 UTC

Getting to Know Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

We're finally getting to know the icy nucleus behind comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. For all the wonder that comets evoke, we on Earth never see directly what whips up the coma and tail. Even┬professional telescopes can't burrow through the dust and vapor cloaking the nucleus to distinguish the clear outline of a comet's heart. The only way […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Aug 01 2014
21:55 UTC

Moon Invades Saturn This Weekend

The moon cozies up to Saturn on Sunday and Monday, even covering the ringed planet for some observers.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Friday
Aug 01 2014
19:08 UTC

Companion Planet Could Keep Alien Earths Warm In Old Age: Study

People are generally social creatures, and in the case of planets that generally is the case as well. Many of these alien worlds we have discovered are in groups of two or more around their parent star or stars. A new study, however, goes a step further and says that a companion planet could actually […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Aug 01 2014
00:14 UTC

Hubble Spots Farthest Lensing Galaxy Yet

Sometimes there's a chance alignment ┬faraway in the universe, where objects are separated by unimaginable distances measured in billions of light-years when a galaxy cluster in the foreground intersects light from an even more distant object. The conjunction plays visual tricks, where the galaxy cluster acts like a lens, appearing to magnify and bend […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 31 2014
21:18 UTC

Surprise! Classical Novae Produce Gamma Rays

In a classical nova, a white dwarf siphons material off a companion star, building up a layer on its surface until the temperature and pressure are so high (a process which can take tens of thousands of years) that its hydrogen begins to undergo nuclear fusion, triggering a runaway reaction that detonates the accumulated gas. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 31 2014
17:05 UTC

Numerous Jets Spied with New Sky Survey

Jets narrow beams of matter spat out at a high speed typically accompany the most enigmatic astronomical objects. We see them wherever gas accretes onto compact objects, such as newborn stars or black holes. But never before have astronomers detected so many at once. This remarkable discovery is expected to prompt significant changes […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 31 2014
16:50 UTC

[Article 6826]Rosetta's Sweaty Comet Gets Closer

Bi-lobed Comet Nucleus Tumbles Along in Its Orbit When the Rosetta mission planners selected┬Comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko (67P) as a rendezvous target, they probably didn't expect the tumbling, rubber ducky-shaped blob of ice and dust they're now seeing as the spacecraft gets closer to its August 6th arrival at the comet. The past few weeks have been […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Thursday
Jul 31 2014
12:33 UTC

Stargazing Timelapse Plus Apollo 14 Launch Soundtrack Is Pure Magic

It feels like a real stargazing session watching this video. You head out at dusk, waiting for the first few stars to emerge. Then there's a moment when — if you're in the right spot — whammo. The Milky Way pops out. The sky turns into a three-dimensional playground. Combine that feeling with the Apollo […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 30 2014
21:05 UTC

Early Tidal and Rotational Forces Helped Shape Moon

The shape of the moon deviates from a simple sphere in a way that scientists have struggled to explain. But new research shows that tidal forces during the moon's early history can explain most of its large-scale topography. As the moon cooled and solidified more than four billion years ago, the sculpting effects of tidal […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 30 2014
18:21 UTC

Mysterious Molecules in Space Named?

It's a well-kept secret that the vacuum of space is not technically speaking a vacuum. Strong winds generated from supernova explosions push material into the interstellar medium, tainting space with the heavier elements generated by nuclear fusion. These lonely molecules account for a significant amount of all the hydrogen, carbon, silicon, and other […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 30 2014
17:30 UTC

ALMA Observes Binary Star System with Wacky Disks

When it comes to exoplanets, we've discovered an array of extremes alien worlds that seem more like science fiction than reality. But there are few environments more extreme than a binary star system in which planet formation can occur. Powerful gravitational perturbations from the two stars can easily grind a planet to dust, let […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 29 2014
23:00 UTC

Milky Way Punier Than We Thought

The Milky Way looks less hefty, but just as beautiful as ever, this summer.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Tuesday
Jul 29 2014
17:51 UTC

GAIA is Go for Science After a few Minor Hiccups

In astronomy we throw around the term “light-year” seemingly as fast as light itself travels. And yet actually measuring this distance is incredibly tricky. A star's parallax its tiny apparent shift once a year caused by our moving viewpoint on Earth tells its distance more truly than any other method. Accurate parallaxes of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 29 2014
15:00 UTC

Astrophoto Heaven: Video Time-Lapse Shows Spectacular Sky Above Desert National Park

Channelling all U2 fans: this stunning timelapse above Joshua Tree National Park is a walking tourism brochure for astrophotographers. The pictures were taken in September and November 2012 (the latter during the Leonid meteor shower) and just put up on Vimeo a few days ago. Can you spot any famous astronomical objects? Read below to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 29 2014
13:30 UTC

X-ray Glow: Evidence of a Local Hot Bubble Carved by a Supernova

... spent this past weekend backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park, where although the snow-swept peaks and the dangerously close wildlife were staggering, the night sky stood in triumph. Without a fire, the stars, a few planets, and the surprisingly bright Milky Way provided the only light to guide our way. But the night sky […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 28 2014
22:34 UTC

Observing Alert — Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week

With the southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaking tomorrow morning, the summer meteor-watching season┬officially begins. While not a rich┬shower from mid-northern latitudes,┬pleasant weather and a chance to see the flaming remains of a comet seem motivation enough to go out for a look. With┬a rate┬10-15 per meteors an hour you're bound to catch a few.┬(...)Read […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 28 2014
22:28 UTC

101 Geysers Spotted Erupting From Saturn Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft team have numbered the plumes of Saturn's moon, Enceladus.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Jul 28 2014
20:42 UTC

The Little Rover that Could: Opportunity Reaches Odometer Milestone

NASA's Opportunity mars rover now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles of driving. Given that the rover has been roaming the Red Planet for over a decade, that's a travel speed of roughly 2. 5 miles per year, and it's one to be proud of. “Opportunity has driven farther than any other […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 28 2014
19:01 UTC

When Good Meteor Showers Go Bad: Prospects for the 2014 Perseids

It's that time of year again, when the most famous of all meteor showers puts on its best display. Why are the Perseids such an all round favorite of sky watchers?┬ Well, while it's true that other annual meteor showers such as the Quadrantids and Geminids can exceed the Perseids in maximum output, the Perseids┬do […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 28 2014
15:42 UTC

Annual Atlanta Star Party Coming Soon!

... speakers and help do astronomy research and education at the Annual Atlanta Star Party! What: Since 2009, this annual charity event celebrates science and space, and brings people together for a great cause. (...)Read the rest of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 28 2014
15:34 UTC

Carnival Of Space #364

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Joe Latrell at his┬Photos To Space blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #364 (...)Read the rest of Carnival Of Space #364 (89 words) ┬ susie for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Carnival of Space Feed enhanced by Better Feed […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 26 2014
21:08 UTC

Comet Jacques Makes a Questionable' Appearance

What an awesome photo! Italian amateur astronomer Rolando Ligustri nailed it earlier today using a remote telescope in New Mexico and wide-field 4-inch (106 mm) refractor. Currently the brightest comet in the sky at magnitude 6. 5, C/2014 E2 Jacques has been slowly climbing out of morning twilight into a darker sky over the last two […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 26 2014
17:03 UTC

James Webb Space Telescope's Giant Sunshield Test Unit Unfurled First Time

GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, MD – The huge Sunshield test unit for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been successfully unfurled for the first time in a key milestone ahead of the launch scheduled for October 2018. Engineers stacked and expanded the tennis-court sized Sunshield test unit last week inside the cleanroom at a […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 26 2014
16:31 UTC

NASA preps for Nail-biting Comet Flyby of Mars

As Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring inches closer to the Red Planet,┬NASA's taking steps to protect its fleet of orbiting Mars spacecraft. On October 19, the comet's icy nucleus will miss the planet by just┬82,000 miles (132,000 km). That's 17 times closer than the closest recorded Earth-approaching comet, Lexell's Comet in 1770.┬(...)Read the rest of […]

Posted by Universe Today

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