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December 20, 2014

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5:49 PM | Present Life On Mars Not Ruled Out – Curiosity Rover The...
Present Life On Mars Not Ruled Out – Curiosity Rover The discovery of methane by NASA Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite (SAM) confirms that all the “basic ingredients for life were there, including complex organic compounds” according to Mars Science Laboratory scientist Danny Glavin. Full Story: http://goo.gl/4lviYz By: Video From Space.
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3:16 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 19/12/2014
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”. **** Feather, fur […]
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10:59 AM | Origin of long-standing space mystery revealed: Origin of the ‘theta aurora’
Scientists have solved a long-standing space mystery — the origin of the ‘theta aurora’. Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the Sun’s effect on Earth. They are seen as colorful displays in the night sky, known as the Northern or Southern Lights. They are caused by the solar wind, a stream of plasma — … Continue reading →
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10:33 AM | ‘Perfect storm’ quenching star formation around a supermassive black hole
Astronomers have discovered that modest black holes can shut down star formation by producing turbulence. High-energy jets powered by supermassive black holes can blast away a galaxy’s star-forming fuel, resulting in so-called “red and dead” galaxies: those brimming with ancient red stars yet containing little or no hydrogen gas to create new ones. Now astronomers … Continue reading →
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10:29 AM | First detection of organic matter on Mars
Scientists have made the first definitive detection of organic molecules at Mars. The surface of Mars is currently inhospitable to life as we know it, but there is evidence that the Red Planet once had a climate that could have supported life billions of years ago. The surface of Mars is currently inhospitable to life … Continue reading →

December 19, 2014

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10:43 PM | Why Is Venus So Horrible? Venus really sucks. It’s as hot...
Why Is Venus So Horrible? Venus really sucks. It’s as hot as an oven with a dense, poisonous atmosphere. But how did it get that way? By: Fraser Cain. Support: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday
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7:10 PM | The Flame Nebula Smolders in New Space Telescope Photo
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which views the cosmos in infrared light, has taken a fresh look at the beautiful Flame Nebula, revealing some fascinating features that would otherwise remain invisible.
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1:25 PM | HIP 116454b: Astronomers Find Super-Earth Orbiting Orange Dwarf
An international team of astronomers using NASA’s Kepler space telescope has discovered a new exoplanet, named HIP 116454b. HIP 116454b is located in the constellation Pisces, approximately 180 light-years from Earth. It is a super-Earth exoplanet, with a diameter of 32,000 km – two and a half times the size of our planet – and [...]
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12:00 PM | K2...
The artistic concept shows NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2. Using publicly available data, astronomers have confirmed K2's first exoplanet discovery proving Kepler can still find planets.Image Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission -- K2. The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to […]
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12:22 AM | Pioneer 10 Meets Jupiter - It Happened in Space №24 In December...
Pioneer 10 Meets Jupiter - It Happened in Space №24 In December 1973 Pioneer 10, NASA’s first spacecraft to the outer planets and first to achieve escape velocity from the solar system, reached Jupiter. The probe took the first close-ups of the gas giant and its red spot, as well its moons Callisto, Ganymede and Europa. The craft was last heard from in 2003. By: Scientific American Space Lab.

December 18, 2014

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9:26 PM | Throwback Thursday: Top 6 facts about the solstice (Synopsis)
“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus This Sunday marks the Winter Solstice: the darkest, longest evening of the year for all the Earth’s northern hemisphere denizens. Sure, you probably know all about Earth’s axial tilt and how the southern hemisphere experiences the summer…
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9:09 PM | ‘Perfect Storm’ Prevents Star Formation in Lenticular Galaxy NGC 1266
By observing the dust and gas at the center of NGC 1266, a team of astronomers led by Dr Katherine Alatalo of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena has detected a ‘perfect storm’ of turbulence that is squelching star formation in a region that would otherwise be an ideal star factory. High-energy jets powered [...]
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9:06 PM | Young, Hot Blue Stars Dazzle Especially Open Cluster New...
Young, Hot Blue Stars Dazzle Especially Open Cluster New imagery captured by the La Silla Observatory MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope of of star cluster Messier 47, shows a star cluster where only ~50 stars can be seen in an area 12 light-year across area. Full Story: http://goo.gl/nwVYs6 By: Video From Space.
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7:11 PM | Where DID Earth’s Water Come From?
The Answer May Involve Several Sources In my last posting, I talked about the news that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko carries water that is isotopically different from Earth water, and the implication that this has for cometary water delivery to early Earth’s oceans. In other words, based on the Rosetta mission’s study of that comet, it’s not […]
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5:23 PM | NASA’s Kepler back in the planet-hunting game
Its test run had enough data to locate a new exoplanet.
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5:04 PM | Kepler spacecraft proves it can still find planets
To paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of the Kepler spacecraft’s death was greatly exaggerated. Despite a malfunction that ended its primary mission in May 2013, […] The post Kepler spacecraft proves it can still find planets appeared first on Smithsonian Science.

December 17, 2014

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7:51 PM | Astronomers Capture New Image of Open Star Cluster Messier 47
Astronomers using the Wide Field Imager camera on the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory have snapped a spectacular new image of a Messier object known as M47, or Messier 47. Messier 47, also known as NGC 2422, is an open star cluster located in the constellation Puppis, about 1,600 light-years away. It [...]
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7:30 PM | The case of the disappearing-reappearing Martian methane
Methane on Mars is a huge deal, so much so that every announcement finding evidence for it in probe or telescope data gets a big media hoopla. That’s because methane is a common byproduct of life as we know it, though some non-biological processes make it too. (We’re pretty certain, for example, that the methane […]
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11:57 AM | Auld Lang Syne: May We Look Back at our Present Endeavors in Space with Pride
When the first humans venture beyond the Solar System, our present-day experiences with the Voyager and Pioneer craft will be remembered as watershed moments. Our space craft presently experience a space environment that would harm human tissue and would dampen the spirits of the hardiest souls. The specific case is how Coronal Mass Ejections of […]
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11:18 AM | Mercury Experiences Seasonal Meteor Showers, Say NASA Scientists
Mercury – the smallest planet in our Solar System – appears to get hit by recurring meteor showers, possibly associated with Comet 2P/Encke. First discovered by French astronomer Pierre Méchain in 1786 and named after Johannes Encke who calculated its orbit in 1821, 2P/Encke is a periodic comet that completes an orbit of the Sun [...]
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4:37 AM | You Could Name a Crater on the Planet Mercury
The team of scientists and educators behind the Messenger spacecraft orbiting the planet Mercury is giving the public the chance to nominate artists, writers, or composers whose names deserve to be on one of five craters on the hot little planet closest to the Sun. There have been a number of publicity campaigns recently that deal with naming things, but this one is the real thing. By international agreement, the naming of worlds and features in space is done by a special committee of […]
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1:00 AM | Top 10 Hubble Hotshots of 2014: Photos
Every year, the Hubble Space Telescope seems to revolutionize our understanding of our vast and beautiful universe. 2014 was no different.

December 16, 2014

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8:25 PM | The Most Amazing Science Images Of 2014
How better to kick off io9's Year In Review than with fifty of our favorite photos and videos from 2014?Read more...
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3:00 PM | Silicon Valley Goes to Space
In this video story, learn how commercial space ventures are taking off, from mining the moon to space tourism.
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12:00 PM | Dark Matter Signal...
This ellipse shows a region of sky where a galaxy made of dark matter is thought to exist.Astronomers may finally have detected a signal of dark matter, the mysterious and elusive stuff thought to make up most of the material universe.While poring over data collected by the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton spacecraft, a team of researchers spotted an odd spike in X-ray emissions coming from two different celestial objects — the Andromeda galaxy and the Perseus galaxy cluster.The signal […]
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1:11 AM | On Mars, What Was A Lake Is Now A Mountain Data from...
On Mars, What Was A Lake Is Now A Mountain Data from NASA’s Curiosity rover indicates that lake bottom sediment formed the lower layer­s of Mount Sharp over approximately million yea­rs. By: Video From Space.

December 15, 2014

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6:31 PM | New Japanese ALMA Video Is Breathtaking
Topically transcending cultures, the reasons the new Japanese ALMA video below might not get be as widely shared in America would be insignificant reasons.ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is one of my favorite projects in astronomy, yielding some of the most freaking ridiculously beautiful data humans have yet to discover and render.  The most well known ALMA related image is probably this one, the Antennae Galaxies composite of ALMA and Hubble […]
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5:44 PM | Ep. 359: Modern Women: Margaret Geller
Margaret Geller is best known for her work on the large scale structure of the Universe, helping us understand the large clusters, super clusters and cosmic filaments that matter clumps into. Ep. 359: Modern Women: Margaret Geller Jump to Shownotes Jump to Transcript Show Notes Sponsors: 8th Light and Swinburne Astronomy Online Astronomy Cast on […]
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5:17 PM | Shot of science |3| Giant stars, Darwin awards, Birds, Human/Mice brains
Two giant stars are in the process of forming one supermassive star About 13,000 light years from where you are currently sitting, you can find the Giraffe constellation. For years, one of the brightest objects there was believed to be a single star but just last week, a team from Spain discovered that this bright […] The post Shot of science |3| Giant stars, Darwin awards, Birds, Human/Mice brains appeared first on HeadStuff.
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5:04 PM | Swarms of Pluto-size objects kick up dust around adolescent star
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) may have detected the dusty hallmarks of an entire family of Pluto-size objects swarming around an adolescent […] The post Swarms of Pluto-size objects kick up dust around adolescent star appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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