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SPACE, Astronomy News, Jul 21, 2012

Oldest Spiral Galaxy
Oldest Spiral Galaxy: Star Cluster BX442, Spied By Hubble Telescope, Dates ...
Huffington Post
Astronomers have discovered the universe's most ancient spiral galaxy yet, a cosmic structure that dates back roughly 10.7 billion years, a new study reveals. The galactic find, discovered by researchers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, comes as ...
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News from NASA - A New Planet Smaller Than Earth.
Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)
Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is a planet two-thirds the size of Earth. The exoplanet candidate, called UCF-1.01, is located a mere 33 light-years away, making it possibly the nearest world to our solar ...
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Planet UCF 1.01 is introduced to the world of astronomy
Orlando Sentinel
University of Central Florida scientists have discovered a new planet outside our solar system that is the closest Earth-size planet ever discovered. And they have named it after UCF. Planet UCF 1.01, an “exoplanet” orbiting a red dwarf star called GJ 436, ...
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Ancient spiral galaxy bewilders astronomers
Christian Science Monitor
The galactic find, discovered by researchers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, comes as something of a surprise. Other galaxies from such early epochs are clumpy and irregular, not strikingly symmetrical like the newfound spiral, which broadly ...
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Christian Science Monitor
Go online to watch big asteroid zoom past our planet
msnbc.com
The space rock is listed as a "potentially hazardous asteroid" by the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Mass. Asteroid 2002 AM31 was discovered in 2002. It's being tracked by radar by astronomers at NASA's deep-space radio antenna in Goldstone, Calif., ...
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msnbc.com
Exoplanet smaller than Earth discovered
UPI.com
... astronomers said, and UCF-1.01 is the first ever identified with the Spitzer spacetelescope -- pointing to a possible role for the orbiting astronomy platform in helping discover potentially habitable, terrestrial-sized worlds -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ...
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UPI.com
NASA selects launch contractor for three missions
Phys.Org
NASA's Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center is responsible for launch vehicle program management of the SMAP, OCO-2 and JPSS-1 launch services. For more information ...horizon of the... More from Physics Forums - General Astronomy ...
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NASA selects launch contractor for Jason-3 mission
Phys.Org
(Phys.org) -- NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., to launch the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Jason-3 spacecraft in December 2014 aboard a Falcon 9 v1.0 rocket from Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is contributing three .... horizon (to a certain point, of course) in a massive black hole because "the horizon of the... More from Physics Forums - General Astronomy ...
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NASA selects space launch system advanced booster proposals
Phys.Org
"Integrated Booster Static Test," ATK Launch Systems Inc. "We are building a new national capability to carry astronauts and science experiments beyond Earth orbit to new destinations in space," said Todd May, SLS program manager at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. "Our industry partners have presented a variety of options .... to this question. However, I want to re-frame it to get information which may be more useful. So, here it goes......... ... More from Physics Forums - General Astronomy ...
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Cassini spots daytime lightning on Saturn
Astronomy Magazine
These false-color mosaics from NASA's Cassini spacecraft capture lightning striking within the huge storm that encircled Saturn's northern hemisphere for much of 2011. The larger mosaic on ...NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute. Saturn was playing ...
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NASA sees withering post-tropical storm Fabio moving toward coast
Phys.Org
Credit: Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen. Infrared satellite data from NASA's Aqua satellite showed a very small area of strong thunderstorms north of the center of what is now post-tropical storm Fabio as it moves toward the southern California coast. When NASA's ...
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NASA sees Tropical Storm Khanun weakening for South Korea landfall
Phys.Org
When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Khanun on July 18 at 0459 UTC (12:59 a.m. EDT) and infrared imagery from the AIRS instrument showed the strongest rainfall south of the center of circulation. Credit: Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen ...
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Spitzer space telescope finds possible exoplanet smaller than Earth
Examiner.com
The Kepler space telescope has already started finding its first exoplanets which are about the size of Earth or smaller, and the results seem to indicate that these smaller rocky worlds are much more numerous than larger gas giants like Jupiter or Saturn, an exciting trend. ... "I hope future observations will confirm these exciting results, which show Spitzer may be able to discover exoplanets as small as Mars," said Michael Werner, Spitzer project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
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Examiner.com
First spiral galaxy in early Universe stuns astronomers
Saudi Gazette
NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the nearby spiral galaxy M74 displays bright knots of glowing gas that light up the spiral arms, indicating a rich environment of star formation. — Courtesy photo. ASTRONOMERS have spotted the earliest known ...
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Saudi Gazette
NASA hypersonic inflatable tech test set for Virginia launch July 21
Phys.Org
(Phys.org) -- NASA Space Technology Program researchers will launch and deploy a large inflatable heat shield aboard a rocket travelling at hypersonic speeds this weekend during a technology demonstration test from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility on ...
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NASA Conducts Mission Simulations in Hawaii
Phys.Org
The In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) analog mission is a collaboration of NASA partners, primarily the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), with help from the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES). The ISRU analog mission will demonstrate techniques to prospect for lunar ice. The testing site near Hilo features lava-covered .... can live past the event horizon (to a certain point, of course) in a massive black hole because "the horizon of the... More from Physics Forums - General Astronomy ...
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The electric atmosphere: Plasma is next NASA science target
Phys.Org
"We discovered the radiation belts in observations from the very first spacecraft, Explorer 1, in 1958" says David Sibeck, a space scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and the mission scientist for RBSP. "Characterizing these belts filled with dangerous particles was a great success of the .... Jul 16, 2012 Hi, I'm more of a maths man but I'm quite keen on astronomy, although without any formal training. I hope I've put this question in the right place and isn't too dumb! :smile: What defines ...
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Car-sized rover nears daring landing on Mars
Astronomy Magazine
Curiosity-landing-site. The area where NASA's Curiosity rover will land on August 5 PDT (August 6 EDT) has a geological diversity that scientists are eager to investigate, as seen in this false-color map based on data from NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter.
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NASA watching Tropical Storm Fabio head to southern California
Phys.Org
NASA's Aqua satellite peered into Fabio's clouds to see what power lurks under them, and saw only a small area of heavy rainfall remaining and the cooler waters that Fabio is now moving through. WhenNASA's Aqua satellite passed .... Today, astronomers are releasing the highest-resolution images ever taken of the Sun's corona, or million-degree outer atmosphere, in an extreme-ultraviolet wavelength of light. The 16-megapixel images were ... Space & Earth / Space Exploration. created 18 hours ago | popularity ...
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The hot new neighbour: Astronomers find roasting 'Earth-like' world in galaxy ...
Daily Mail (blog)
Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have found a planet surprisingly similar to our Earth - in a galaxy near ours. The discovery has fascinated astronomersbecause most of the planets found outside our solar system have been 'super-earths' ...
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Daily Mail (blog)
NASA sees Sun send out mid-level solar flare
Phys.Org
For answers to these and other space weather questions, please visit the Spaceweather Frequently Asked Questions page at: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/spaceweather/index.html >. Provided by ... More from Physics Forums - General Astronomy ...
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NASA's TRMM satellite eyeing Tropical Storm Khanun's rainfall
Phys.Org
... Technology · Chemistry · Biology · Medicine & Health · Other Sciences · Earth Sciences ·Astronomy · Environment · Space Exploration ... Credit: Credit: SSAI/NASA, Hal Pierce. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) is keeping an eye on the ...
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NASA builds menu for planned Mars mission in 2030s
Phys.Org
NASA's Advanced Food Technology Project manager Michele Perchonok, right, and Lockeed Martin Sr. Research Scientist Maya Cooper, try a pizza recipe being tested in a kitchen at Johnson SpaceCenter Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Houston, Texas. NASA is currently planning a mission to Mars, which has .... (Phys.org) -- Astronomers have witnessed for the first time a spiral galaxy in the early universe, billions of years before many other spiral galaxies formed. In findings reported July 19 in the journal Nature, the as .
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NASA satellite sees western north Pacific Tropical Cyclone strengthening
Phys.Org
This time series of infrared imagery from the AIRS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite shows the progress of System 92W on July 18, 19 and 20. Purple areas indicate coldest cloud top temperatures, strongest storms and heaviest rainfall. Credit: Credit: NASA ...
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NASA's Aqua Satellite sees Khanun's remnants dissipating over China
Phys.Org
of the time series of infrared imagery from the AIRS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite showing the progress of Tropical Depression Khanun before, during and after landfall on July 18, 19 and 20. Purple areas indicate .... (Phys.org) -- New data suggest the confirmation of the exoplanet Gliese 581g and the best candidate so far of a potential habitable exoplanet. The nearby star Gliese 581 is well known for having four planets ... Space & Earth / Astronomy. created 15 hours ago | popularity 4.6 / 5 (16) | comments ...
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NASA completes another successful Orion parachute test
Phys.Org
Credit: NASA. (Phys.org) -- NASA completed another successful test Wednesday of the Orion crew vehicle's parachutes high above the Arizona desert in preparation for the spacecraft's orbital flight test in 2014. Orion will carry astronauts deeper into space than ever before, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and ensure a safe re-entry and landing. A C-17 plane dropped a test version of .... black hole because "the horizon of the... More from Physics Forums - General Astronomy ...
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Space Shuttle Enterprise set to open to public
Phys.Org
Today, following its April and June sojourns, the piece of NASA history is on the move no more. The Enterprise, a 150000-pound (68000-kilogram) mammoth of a flying machine, goes on public display Thursday at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's new ...
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Asteroid Flyby: Space Rock 2002 AM31, Size Of City Block, To Zip Past Earth ...
Huffington Post
Asteroid 2002 AM31 was discovered in 2002 and is already being tracked by radar by astronomersat NASA's deep-space radio antenna in Goldstone, Calif., and at the Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico for its weekend flyby. A July 12 look at the asteroid by ...
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The Yarkovsky effect: Pushing asteroids around with sunlight
EarthSky (blog)
Radar images of asteroid 1999 RQ 36. A series of images of asteroid 1999 RQ 36 obtained by bouncing radar off its surface from the Goldstone Radio Telescope. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech ... On May 19, 2012—at the Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors 2012 meeting in Japan—astronomer Steven Chesley presented the most accurate determination of the asteroid's orbit to date. The accuracy—akin to knowing the distance between New York ... A warmer surface radiates more heat into space. More heat means more ...
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Soyuz rocket launches on mission to space station
Phys.Org
NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko and Japan's Akihito Hoshide are set to travel two days before reaching their three colleagues already at the permanent spaceoutpost. Families and colleagues watched the launch from an observation platform in the Russian-leased cosmodrome in the dry southern .... that a person can live past the event horizon (to a certain point, of course) in a massive black hole because "the horizon of the... More from Physics Forums - General Astronomy ...
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UCF Discovers Exoplanet Neighbor
Space Daily
This transit technique, used by a number of telescopes, including NASA's Kepler space telescope, relies on these tiny, partial eclipses to find exoplanet candidates. Spitzer has performed ... CanAstronomers Detect Exoplanet Oceans Moffett Field CA (SPX) ...
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Astronomers discover the planet from hell
Skymania News
Astronomers using a NASA space telescope have discovered an alien planet smaller than Earth orbiting a star that is right on our cosmic doorstep. But the world, which is two-thirds the size of our own planet, is unlikely to be home to life – it is hotter than hell ...
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Exoplanet Neighbor is Smaller than Earth
Discovery News
The studies were conducted with NASA's Spitzer infrared space telescope, which recorded slight, regular dips in the amount of light coming from the star. This phenomenon could be due to a planet passing in front of its parent star, relative to the telescope's ...
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Finds Possible Exoplanet Smaller ...
By News Staff
Clarksville, TN Online: News, Opinion, Arts & Entertainment. ... Pasadena, CA – Astronomers usingNASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is a planet two-thirds the size of Earth. The exoplanet candidate, called ...
Clarksville, TN Online
NASA - Spitzer Finds Possible Exoplanet Smaller Than Earth
Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they ... almost nine years in space, Spitzer's observations continue to take us in new ...
www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/.../spitzer20120718.html
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NASA Television on YouTube: Next Expedition Crew on Deck on This Week @ NASA ... The rest of last week's space and astronomy news awaits over the jump.
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Titan's Seasons Do The Twist | David Reneke | Space and ...
Idiot's Guide to Astronomy ebook. Join my newsletter to stay up to date on all the latest space news.... This true color image captured by NASA'S Cassini spacecraft before a distant flyby of Saturn's moon Titan on June 27, 2012, shows a south ...
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NASA satellite sees strengthening in Tropical Cyclone Khanun ...
Posted in News - Astronomy News. (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Depression Khanun on July 15, ...
www.telescopesastronomy.com/.../nasa-satellite-sees-strengthe...
Daytime Lightning on Saturn Spotted | Anne's Astronomy News
All up-to-date news about Astronomy & Astrophysics. Home · Welcome · Photo ... Credit:NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute. “We didn't think we'd see ...
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NASA Pumps Up the Volume on Space Signals - Yahoo! News
News: NASA wants to boost the signal coming from stars, galaxies and black ... The U.S. spaceagency invented a new amplifier that can boost electrical ... help astronomers observe in a wide range of wavelengths, from radio waves to X rays.
news.yahoo.com/nasa-pumps-volume-space-signals-21084222...
Curiosity Nears Daring Landing on Mars | Anne's Astronomy News
NASA's most advanced planetary rover is on a precise course for an early August landing beside a ...All up-to-date news about Astronomy & Astrophysics ...
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Launching Soon – IRVE-3 | Tom's Astronomy Blog
Astronomy News, Notes and Observations. ... NASA Space Technology Program researchers will launch and deploy a large inflatable heat shield aboard a ...
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Magnetar Or Pulsar? A Rare Breed of Dead, Spinning Star Has ...
You are here: Astronomy News » Space Telescopes » Magnetar or Pulsar? a Rare ... The star ...
www.nightskyobserver.com/.../magnetar-or-pulsar-a-rare-bree...
Space News: Fifth moon discovered around Pluto: A team of ...
Space News: Fifth moon discovered around Pluto: A team of astronomers using NASA's HubbleSpace Telescope have d… http://t.co/s5QD7r3y ...
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Fifth Moon Discovered Orbiting Pluto
A team of astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered ... You are ...
www.nightskyobserver.com/.../fifth-moon-discovered-orbiting...
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