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Hubble Observes Rare Blue Stars in Andromeda’s Core

January 11, 2012

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Hubble Observes Rare Blue Stars in Andromeda's Core

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope made a rare discovery when looking deep into the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. Spotted was a population of rare blue stars in a much broader area than ever seen before. Astronomers used Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 to find roughly 8,000 of these blue stars within 2,600 light-years of the core. Blue […]

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Largest Galaxy Cluster in Distant Universe Found by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory

January 10, 2012

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El Gordo Galaxy Cluster

The largest galaxy cluster in the distant universe has been found and nicknamed “El Gordo,” which is much easier to say than the official name of ACT-CL J0102-4915. This massive galaxy cluster was discovered with help from the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect, and is located over seven billion light years from Earth. An exceptional galaxy cluster, the […]

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Milky Way Galaxy Mosaic of Images from WISE

January 10, 2012

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Milky Way galaxy Mosaic of Images from WISE

NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has mapped the entire sky twice with infrared light giving us a large mosaic image that showcases a vast section of our Milky Way galaxy. Astronomers can study the WISE image to see several star-forming clouds and evidence for triggered star formation. PASADENA, Calif. — A new, large mosaic […]

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New Herschel Space Observatory Image Shows Magellanic Cloud Galaxy

January 10, 2012

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New Herschel Space Observatory Image Shows Magellanic Cloud Galaxy

A European Space Agency-led mission in combination with the Herschel Space Observatory and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope reveal new images of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. The images show the dust of the two biggest nearby satellite galaxies with noticeably significant fields of star formation evident. PASADENA, Calif. – The cold dust that builds […]

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NASA’s Toxic Test Chamber Allows Hellish Venus-Like Conditions on Earth

January 10, 2012

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In an effort to learn how their technology will react to the hellish surface conditions on Venus, NASA engineers will put together a 12-ton toxic oven in Cleveland at the NASA Glenn Research Center. It will be operational in May 2012, and scorch anything that is put in it at 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, as well […]

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NASA’s Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) Makes Final Observation

January 9, 2012

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NASA's Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) Makes Final Observation

NASA’s RXTE has made many important scientific observations over its 16 year history and on January 4th, 2012 it sent its last observation to the ground and was decommissioned on January 5th. Astronomers will hold a special session commemorating the accomplishments of the RXTE at the 219th meeting of the AAS and a press conference […]

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The Puzzle of an Eternally-Existing, Self-Reproducing, and Inflationary Universe

January 9, 2012

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Timeline-inflationary-universe

There are quite a few challenges for cosmologists trying to discover evidence of what it was like early in the life of our universe, but while the inflationary universe scenario was an almost universally accepted model, there are still problems, especially for observational astrophysicists who don’t see any evidence of a flat universe, as inflation […]

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Orion Mockup Takes Final Splash Test

January 8, 2012

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Orion Mockup Takes Final Splash Test

As testing continues on the next deep space exploration vehicle, Orion received its final drop test in what was a series of worst case landing scenarios into NASA Langley Research Center’s Hydro Impact Basin. After six months of testing, an 18,000 pound (8,165 kg) Orion mockup took its final splash into NASA Langley Research Center’s […]

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Our Universe Collided with Another Billions of Years Ago, Stephen Hawking States

January 8, 2012

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Universe Collide

While it’s a well-known fact that there’s an upcoming Andromeda-Milky Way collision in 3 to 5 billion years, Stephen Hawking has stated that we should look to a collision between universes in the distant past of our own universe for explanations of why physical constants seem so fine-tuned to the values required for life to […]

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NASA Plans Trajectory Maneuver for Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft

January 8, 2012

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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft

On Jan. 11, 2012, NASA is planning to conduct the biggest trajectory maneuver for the Science Laboratory Spacecraft on its mission to Mars. By precisely firing the spacecraft’s 8 thrusters in a carefully designed sequence that lasts for almost 3 hours, it will more accurately aim for its target, the Gale Crater on Mars. An […]

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GRAIL Probes Now Orbiting The Moon

January 2, 2012

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GRAIL Probes Now Orbiting The Moon

Two new satellites are now in orbit around the moon and they could give us some valuable info about whether our moon merged with another many moons ago. The GRAIL probes (short for Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) launched together in September and entered orbit on December 31st and January 1st. The probes are orbiting […]

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Comet Lovejoy Streaks Past Desert Telescope

December 29, 2011

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Comet Lovejoy Streaks Past Desert Telescope

On December 22, Guillaume Blanchard of the European Southern Observatory captured one amazing image that features two impressive objects together: comet Lovejoy and ESO’s Telescope, located in the Atacama Desert in Chile. It’s an amazing once in a lifetime image. The comet was discovered on November 27 by astronomer Terry Lovejoy. Due to the fact […]

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SOFIA Looking Deep Into the Orion Nebula

December 27, 2011

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SOFIA Looking Deep Into The Orion Nebula

It’s amazing to think that a NASA telescope mounted in a specially modified Boeing 747SP jet can look into the heart of a nebula where stars are being born, but that is the age we live in. Called SOFIA, NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, took two photos of a star-forming region of the Orion […]

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NASA Probe Takes Close-Up Photos of Giant Vesta Asteroid

December 22, 2011

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NASA Probe Takes Close-Up Photos of Giant Vesta Asteroid

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has taken its first close-up images of the asteroid Vesta, revealing tons of new detail. Vesta is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The spacecraft took the opportunity to observe new details about the controversial object that may or may not have been a planet, had it developed differently. […]

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Russia’s Mars Probe will Come Down in January

December 19, 2011

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Russia's Mars Probe Will Come Down In January

After losing contact back in November, the Russian Space Agency admits failure. The Russian Phobos-Ground spacecraft, which was to be headed for a moon of Mars and is now stuck in Earth’s orbit, will come crashing down next month. The toxic fuel and radioactive material on board is cause for concern, but according to the […]

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Comet Survives after Close Brush With the Sun

December 18, 2011

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Comet Survives After Close Brush With The Sun

Comet Lovejoy, discovered a few weeks ago, was supposed to melt as it came so close to the sun that the temperatures would hit several million degrees. Now we have word that the comet has miraculously survived its close fly-by. Astronomers watching live with NASA telescopes were surprised to see Lovejoy come out on the […]

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Nasa’s Voyager 1 In ‘Cosmic Purgatory’

December 8, 2011

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Nasa's Voyager 1 In 'Cosmic Purgatory'

After over three decades in space, Voyager 1 is about to leave the Solar System and head into the uncharted territory of the Milky Way. The craft is traveling at just under 11 miles per second and is almost 11 billion miles away from the sun. It will be the very first man-made object to […]

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Hubble Reaches New Milestone: 10,000th Scientific Paper Published

December 8, 2011

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Hubble Reaches New Milestone 10,000th Scientific Paper Published

As if we needed any reminders, it just illustrates how Hubble has been one of the most successful scientific endeavors ever undertaken by humans. We must continue to take care of it. The telescope has been serviced five times by astronauts since its start and it has proven itself well worth the upkeep. Throughout its […]

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