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Hubble Watches and Records Rare Asteroid Disintegration

Posted March 7th, 2014 at 7:29 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured some amazing and breathtaking images since it began scanning the cosmos in 1990.  But, from late last year into early this year, the space telescope was able to capture and record something that, until now, had never been seen before; the breakup of an asteroid located in the asteroid […]

NASA, ESA Ramp Up Planet-hunting Missions

Posted February 28th, 2014 at 8:33 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler mission stirred up excitement this week when mission officials announced they’d hit the proverbial jackpot – discovering and confirming a record 715 new planets orbiting 305 stars. Nearly 95 percent of these newly found planets are smaller than Neptune, but four are about 2.5 times bigger than Earth and are located within […]

Evidence of Water Vapor Found on Dwarf Planet Ceres

Posted January 24th, 2014 at 8:28 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists have found signs of water vapor on the dwarf planet known as Ceres. “This is the first time water vapor has been unequivocally detected on Ceres or any other object in the asteroid belt and provides proof that Ceres has an icy surface and an atmosphere,” said Michael Küppers of the European Space Agency. […]

Milky Way Might Have Formed From Inside-Out

Posted January 21st, 2014 at 9:28 pm (UTC+0)
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The Milky Way Galaxy may have formed from the inside-out, according to data from the Gaia-ESO Survey. Using data gathered by the ESO’s 8-meter Very Large Telescope (VLT), located in Chile’s Atacama desert, astronomers were able to make their findings by tracking and studying the amounts of elements, such as magnesium, within the chemical composition of stars […]

Sleeping Comet Chaser to Get Wake-Up Call

Posted January 17th, 2014 at 8:26 pm (UTC+0)
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The European Space Agency’s comet chasing Rosetta spacecraft is about to wake up from a 31-month nap, which was induced to conserve power after the vehicle ventured too far from the sun. While ESA officials are confident Rosetta will respond when they try to rouse it this Monday, Jan. 20, they also realize anything could […]

2014’s 1st Asteroid May Have Hit Earth

Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 7:42 pm (UTC+0)
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As Americans were ringing in 2014 early Wednesday morning, scientists caught sight of what appeared to be a very small asteroid – between 2 and 3 meters in size – on a potential impact trajectory with Earth. The observation was made at the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona. The space rock, designated 2014 AA, […]

Data Shows Universe Could Collapse Any Minute

Posted December 16th, 2013 at 7:08 pm (UTC+0)
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Our universe is at even greater risk of collapse than has been previously thought, according physicists in Denmark. Not only are the scientists predicting the end of the world… but the end of the universe! The prediction that the universe will collapse and compress into a small hard ball isn’t something new. Physicists have been […]

Curiosity Determines Age of Martian Rocks

Posted December 13th, 2013 at 7:33 pm (UTC+0)
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The Curiosity Rover has accomplished yet another first as it continues its amazing journey across the Martian landscape. Scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have been able to successfully determine the age of a Martian rock. But what makes this finding special is that, for the first time, scientists have been able to […]

Fresh Water Once Flowed in Ancient Mars Lake

Posted December 9th, 2013 at 9:09 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory – Curiosity Rover – was sent to Mars some 16 months ago with a major objective of finding evidence of a past environment that would be well suited to supporting microbial life. Today, a team of mission researchers, writing in a series of papers published in the journal Science, said that […]

New-found Planet Defies Scientific Theory

Posted December 6th, 2013 at 8:14 pm (UTC+0)
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A newly-discovered  planet outside of our solar system has scientists rethinking how planets form. The international research team said the new exoplanet, with the registration number HD 106906b,  is not only huge, weighing 11 times Jupiter’s mass, but also orbits its sun from a distance of 650 au’s – astronomical units or 97,238,615,955 km.  In […]

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