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November 19, 2014

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2:00 PM | Want to Go to Mars? A Cheaper Alternative Resides in Chile’s Atacama Desert
If you want to go to Mars but can’t quite afford the hundreds of billions of dollars for a ticket, there is another solution: consider instead a trip to the Atacama Desert in Chile
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2:00 PM | Want to Go to Mars? A Cheaper Alternative Resides in Chile’s Atacama Desert
If you want to go to Mars but can’t quite afford the hundreds of billions of dollars for a ticket, there is another solution: consider instead a trip to the Atacama Desert in Chile

November 18, 2014

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11:55 AM | bouncing on a comet.
humans landed a robot on a comet last week for the first time.  yeehaw! a collaboration of scientists and engineers from 20 countries made this happen through the european space agency.the rosetta spacecraft traveled through the solar system for 10 years, getting gravity assists from earth a few times and mars before reaching its destination: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.space craft selfie with its solar panel and comet 67Pthe philae lander drifitng away from rosetta on its way to comet […]

November 17, 2014

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9:57 PM | Art More Beautiful Than Fiction
"Poof!" goes a star, leaving its new dust to interact as it will.  Ever wonder what solar systems may look like before those clouds of dust coalesce to form the clumps we call planets? Sometimes those who know the science + data can visualize things in a special way. [Enter astronomers.] Here's NASA's new artistic visualization of the actual planetary system austerely named "HD 95086."Image Illustration Credit: Spitzer Space Telescope, JPL, NASASource page: NASA's APOD-----Share this […]
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9:28 PM | Wow! The Solar System Keeps Surprising Us
Comet 67: the Gift that Keeps on Giving Okay, I’ve just seen two “wow!!!” images today that I have to share with you.  The first is a sequence of images taken by the Rosetta mission’s OSIRIS imaging system that shows the Philae lander making its first “bounce” on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and then lifting […]
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9:18 PM | Messier Monday: An All-Season Cluster, M35 (Synopsis)
“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.” -Henri Matisse But the surrounding fog might not come from our minds nor from our world, but rather from the plane of the galaxy itself. Nevertheless, the brightest clusters — the ones placed serendipitously — are clearly visible (and…
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5:59 PM | Captured on Camera: Philae’s Big Bounce Off Comet Surface
Before coming to rest on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko last Wednesday, the Philae lander bounced twice. That much European Space Agency scientists knew fairly early on. But now, we can see it with our own eyes. The mosaic of images above, taken by a camera on the orbiting Rosetta spacecraft, shows the Philae lander drifting […]The post Captured on Camera: Philae’s Big Bounce Off Comet Surface appeared first on ImaGeo.
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3:24 PM | Eureka: Bridge to Dark Matter
The first time you hear about dark matter, it sounds kind of crazy– asserting that we’re surrounded by tons of invisible stuff is usually a good way to get locked up. But the process of its discovery is surprisingly ordinary: it’s just what you do when you play cards. Here’s the second green-screen video I’ve…
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12:00 PM | Leonid Meteor Shower: What to Expect
If bad weather or light pollution spoils your meteor display, you can also catch them online.

November 16, 2014

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11:33 PM | Does Our Galaxy’s Black Hole Produce Neutrinos? Three hours...
Does Our Galaxy’s Black Hole Produce Neutrinos? Three hours after the Chandra X-Ray Telescope detected one of the largest flares ever observed originating from the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antartica detected a high-energy neutrino. This could be a lead in the on-going investigation of where these charge-less ‘ghost-particles’ come from. By: Video From Space.

November 15, 2014

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5:42 PM | Magnetars! Explosions Occuring On Neutron Stars Due To Magnetic And Seismic Violence
Magnetars are neutron stars that have EXTREME magnetic activity, as well as intense seismic rippling.  These two attributes cause explosions on the surface of them, which is quite awe inspiring. Below is a new (late oct.) artist rendition of a magnetar, straight out of NASA's Goddard Studio.Image credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/S. Wiessinger - from "Fermi Finds Hints of Starquakes in Magnetar 'Storm'"-----Share this specific url. ShareSpread the Love ------
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2:10 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 14/11/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** The big […]
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2:10 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 14/11/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** The big […]

November 14, 2014

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11:30 PM | Look Into the Star-Spawning Eyes of a Disturbed Galaxy
The AzTEC-3 galaxy is 12.5 billion light-years away in the constellation Sextans, and it's not just huge and shockingly explosive — it's also a glimpse backward in time, to the early days of our universe. It was a tumultuous time when galaxy clusters were just beginning to form.Read more...
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9:55 PM | Why We Are Made of “Star Stuff” As Carl Sagan...
Why We Are Made of “Star Stuff” As Carl Sagan famously said, “We are made of star stuff.” Whoa. It’s a mind-boggling thought, but what exactly did he mean? Check out the video to find out. Nov. 9th is Sagan’s birthday. To celebrate, Reactions teamed up with the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) and best-selling author Sam Kean to explain the chemistry behind this iconic quote. Watch the video to find out how many of the elements that make up […]
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5:22 PM | Astronomers Spot Large Storms on Uranus
A team of astronomers using the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii has detected eight massive storms on the northern hemisphere of Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun. “The weather on Uranus is incredibly active,” said team leader Prof Imke de Pater of the University of California, Berkeley. “This type of activity would have [...]
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5:10 PM | Extreme Storms Erupt on Uranus, Baffling Astronomers
Uranus is finally having some summer storms, seven years after the planet reached its closest approach to the sun, leaving scientists wondering why the massive storms are so late.
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3:34 PM | Mission to discover hundreds of black holes could unlock secrets of the Universe
Researchers have made a breakthrough in helping scientists discover hundreds of black holes throughout the universe. When two detectors are switched on in the US next year, scientists hope to pick up the faint ripples of black hole collisions millions of years ago, known as gravitational waves. Black holes cannot be seen, but scientists hope … Continue reading →
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3:18 PM | “The Answer is Blowing in the Intergalactic Wind”
Astronomers have provided the first direct evidence that an intergalactic ‘wind’ is stripping galaxies of star-forming gas as they fall into clusters of galaxies. The observations help explain why galaxies found in clusters are known to have relatively little gas and less star formation when compared to non-cluster or ‘field’ galaxies. Astronomers have theorized that … Continue reading →
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3:13 PM | Shocking tale of solar system birth
Astrophysicists say that magnetic clues in a meteorite outline the earliest steps in the formation of the solar system and Earth-like planets. The results appear in a paper published Nov. 13 in the journal Science. The lead author is graduate student Roger Fu of MIT, working under Benjamin Weiss; Steve Desch of Arizona State University’s … Continue reading →
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3:05 PM | Birth of planets revealed in astonishing detail in ALMA’s ‘best image ever’
Astronomers have captured the best image ever of planet formation around an infant star as part of the testing and verification process for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array’s (ALMA) new high-resolution capabilities. This revolutionary new image reveals in astonishing detail the planet-forming disk surrounding HL Tau, a Sun-like star located approximately 450 light-years from Earth … Continue reading →

November 13, 2014

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8:51 PM | Now That Philae Has Landed, a Wealth of Data is Forthcoming
Yesterday morning, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft successfully launched the landing probe, Philae, to a landing on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a historic first.
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5:57 PM | Philae’s Landing: Two Relatively Small Bounces for a Spacecraft, One Giant Leap for Humankind
The first-ever soft landing by a spacecraft on a comet was even more dramatic than originally thought. As it turned out, the Philae lander bounced not once but twice before coming to rest on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko yesterday — on its side. You can see a part of one of the lander’s legs in front of a […]The post Philae’s Landing: Two Relatively Small Bounces for a Spacecraft, One Giant Leap for Humankind appeared first on ImaGeo.
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3:44 PM | No big deal, we just landed a robot on a comet
Yesterday, a robotic probe named Philae landed on the surface of a comet. That’s the first time humanity has ever attempted a comet landing, and for good reason it was an exciting occasion. Things didn’t quite go right: the probe bounced twice and seems to be resting on its side, though it is still in […]
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1:17 AM | Landing at the End of the Solar System (Synopsis)
“I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” -Henri Nouwen So, maybe you’ve been living under a rock, but whether you have or haven’t, the news is still amazing: we’ve just landed on our first not-a-rock in space,…
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12:19 AM | Hello, 67P/C-G!
Earlier today, the Rosetta lander Philae successfully docked with the comet it’s going to study, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko! By now, the lander …Continue reading →

November 12, 2014

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7:11 PM | Rosetta’s ‘Philae’ Makes Historic First Landing on a Comet
After more than a decade traveling through space, a robotic lander built by the European Space Agency has made the first-ever soft landing of a spacecraft on a comet. Mission controllers at ESA’s mission operations center in Darmstadt, Germany, received a signal confirming that the Philae lander had touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday, … Continue reading →
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5:30 PM | China Could Outspend U.S. On Science Funding By 2020
China is on track to overtake the United States on research & development spending by the end of the decade, according to a report issued yesterday by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.Read more...
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5:24 PM | Philae: "Hey Folks, I Got You a Comet"
At some point, I'll copy over some tweets and retweets from the past couple of hours, but for the time being, science people on Twitter are being like this. And I'm one of them. I'm not sure that anything else will be happening today. Thanks, ESA!
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4:45 PM | Philae Has Landed!
 “We are the first to (land on a comet) and that will remain forever!” Congratulations to ESA and its partners for successfully landing the Philae probe on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  It was an incredibly intricate and difficult task, but they pulled it off! As of 8:03 a.m. MST (16:03 UT) the lander had […]
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