Category Archives: Space

First Planet of the Sun-like Star with possibility of Liquid Water

NASA’s Kepler Mission Confirms Its First Planet in Habitable Zone of Sun-like Star. NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet in the “habitable zone,” the region where liquid water could exist on a planet’s surface. Kepler also has discovered … Continue reading

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Space Adventures to resume space tourism in 2013

In March 2010, due to an increase in the International Space Station (ISS) crew size, Russia announced a halt its space tourism service which put seven customers into space between 2001 and 2009 for a multi-million dollar fee. Now Space … Continue reading

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Earth Sciences: Antarctic Ozone Hole 2010

The yearly depletion of stratospheric ozone over Antarctica – more commonly referred to as the “ozone hole” – started in early August 2010 and is now expanding toward its annual maximum. The hole in the ozone layer typically reaches its … Continue reading

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NASA Begun Development Mission To Visit Sun Closer Then Before

WASHINGTON — NASA has begun development of a mission to visit and study the sun closer than ever before. The unprecedented project, named Solar Probe Plus, is slated to launch no later than 2018. The small car-sized spacecraft will plunge … Continue reading

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New images reveal moon isn’t as ‘full’ as it used to be – and could still be shrinking

The moon is shrinking according to a team analyzing new images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The images reveal previously unknown cliffs, called lobate scarbs. These are thrust faults that occur primarily in the lunar highlands that indicate the … Continue reading

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A Galactic Spectacle

A beautiful new image of two colliding galaxies has been released by NASA’s Great Observatories. The Antennae galaxies, located about 62 million light years from Earth, are shown in this composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), the Hubble … Continue reading

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Understanding the Sun and its interactions with Earth and the solar system

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Super-Hot Planet with Unique Comet-Like Tail

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed the existence of a baked object that could be called a “cometary planet.” The gas giant planet, named HD 209458b, is orbiting so close to its star that its heated atmosphere is … Continue reading

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Jumbo Jellyfish or A Massive Star?

Some might see a blood-red jellyfish in a forest of seaweed, while others might see a big, red eye or a pair of lips. In fact, the red-colored object in this new infrared image from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer … Continue reading

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NASA’s New Eye on the Sun Delivers Stunning First Images

NASA’s recently launched Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is returning early images that confirm an unprecedented new capability for scientists to better understand our sun’s dynamic processes. These solar activities affect everything on Earth. Some of the images from the … Continue reading

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Winds of Change: How Black Holes May Shape Galaxies

New observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory provide evidence for powerful winds blowing away from the vicinity of a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy. This discovery indicates that “average” supermassive black holes may play an important role in … Continue reading

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Image Of The Day: Smallest Kuiper Belt Object

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the smallest object ever seen in visible light in the Kuiper Belt, a vast ring of icy debris that is encircling the outer rim of the solar system just beyond Neptune. Source

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Northern Lights collide in an explosion of brilliance – we just haven’t noticed it before

A network of cameras deployed around the Arctic to understand the trigger mechanism for the magnetospheric substorms responsible for the beautiful light display called the aurora borealis – also known as the Northern Lights – has discovered that sometimes the … Continue reading

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Hubble sees further than ever before

NASA’s recently upgraded Hubble Space Telescope has made the deepest near-infrared image of the universe ever taken. Taken using a newly installed camera, the image shows deep space objects such as galaxies that formed only 600 million years after the … Continue reading

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Methane levels may point to life on Mars

New research has strengthened the possibility that biological life may exist beneath the surface of Mars. Scientists from Imperial College London have shown that the level of methane on the Red Planet can’t be explained by meteorites in the atmosphere. … Continue reading

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California regulators green light space-based solar

Earlier this year we reported that California’s biggest power utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), was seeking to buy power generated by space-based solar panels pending regulatory approval from its home state of California. Now, true to the State’s … Continue reading

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Space: Mystery of the Solar Tsunami—Solved

Sometimes you really can believe your eyes. That’s what NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) is telling researchers about a controversial phenomenon on the sun known as the “solar tsunami.” Years ago, when solar physicists first witnessed a towering wave … Continue reading

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