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To boldly go where only Astrophysicians have gone before. What I find interesting (and can roughly understand) in Astronomy & Space exploration these days.
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NASA confirms first Earth candidate in habitable zone

NASA confirms first Earth candidate in habitable zone | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

According to this article by The Register, NASA’s Kepler mission "has spotted the first possibility" for an habitable exoplanet. But I'm a bit confused as this is also what was reported back a few months ago here.

 

The good news is that the search for our new home seems to be making progress. 


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NASA launches super-size Mars rover

NASA launches super-size Mars rover | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
The rover will take more than 8 months to reach the red planet.

It's bigger and heavier than its predecessors and should cover much ground around the Gale crater, a site rich in minerals.

It will also use a jet pack landing system and not the airbag mechanism used before.

Next step: man mission?
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Plan to establish first lunar base and gas stations in space

Plan to establish first lunar base and gas stations in space | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Imagine if every time you went for on a trip, you had to carry all the fuel required to get you to your destination and back - even if that trip was to a place far, far away, like say Mars.

Project would only be the cost of a North Sea Oil complex: $15B. And would be ready by 2020. Realistic? Optimistic?
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Jealousy a Problem During 'Mars Mission'

Jealousy a Problem During 'Mars Mission' | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

"During the 520-day fake mission to the Red Planet, nerves were sometimes frayed."


But, in spite of that finding, the mission - which attempted at replicating the conditions of a real Mars mission by confining a team of 6 would-be astronauts in a replica spaceship - was otherwise a success.


Jealousy was triggered by uneven work distribution or unbalanced reception of messages from loved ones.


Good enough to try it for real in a few years?

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First Simulation Of The Supernova That Fathered Our Solar System

First Simulation Of The Supernova That Fathered Our Solar System | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

Interesting read on how our solar system was born. Among the different hypothesis, a simulation seems to favor the one of a supernova.

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Ron Garan's Google+ photos of Earth - from Space

Ron Garan's Google+ photos of Earth - from Space | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

As I discovered through Google+ thanks to David D. Stanton, Ron Garan is an astronaut who started using Google+ while he was living in space on the ISS.


He took pretty amazing pictures of earth that are on his profile.


I encourage you to click through and discover them: I love this social media + space combo.

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Does Our Universe Continually Cycles through a Series of 'Aeons'" ?

Does Our Universe Continually Cycles through a Series of 'Aeons'" ? | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

"The circular patterns within the cosmic microwave background suggest that space and time did not come into being at the Big Bang but that our universe in fact continually cycles through a series of of "aeons," according to University of Oxford theoretical physicist Roger Penrose."


Interesting theory: this would mean the Big Bang would keep repeating itself overtime.

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Help! My stars are leaking!

Help! My stars are leaking! | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Interesting study on how clusters of stars eject some of them and what's behind this.
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Double-sun "Star Wars" planet discovered

Double-sun "Star Wars" planet discovered | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
In scientific discovery ripped from science fiction, astronomers find a planet that orbits two suns...
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Meteorites Pummeled Earth, Delivering Gold

Meteorites Pummeled Earth, Delivering Gold | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
A slew of meteorites pelted Earth some 3.9 billion years ago -- delivering that gold you may be wearing on your finger.


Golden stars ?

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A Plan To Drag An Asteroid Into Orbit Around Earth... What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

A Plan To Drag An Asteroid Into Orbit Around Earth... What Could Possibly Go Wrong? | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

Chinese scientists have discovered a near Earth asteroid that, with a slight push, could enter Earth orbit...



The idea is to mine it for cheap. But hmmm... sounds crazy science to me.


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Pilot to fly tourists into space

Pilot to fly tourists into space | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

A Wiltshire man is set to become the first pilot to fly tourists into space, with commercial space flights predicted to start within two years.


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Is There A Habitable Planet Circling HD 85512?

Is There A Habitable Planet Circling HD 85512? | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
We find that HD 85512 b could be potentially habitable if the planet exhibits more than 50% cloud coverage. HD 85512 b is, with Gl 581 d, the best candidate for exploring habitability to date, a planet on the edge of habitability.
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Study Shows Students Who Major In Astronomy Have Zero Unemployment

Study Shows Students Who Major In Astronomy Have Zero Unemployment | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
If you have a college age student with an undeclared major, you may want to steer them into astronomy.

Apparently the combination of skills links Mathis and computer science and science you need to major is a winner.
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Neutrinos still faster than light in second test

Neutrinos still faster than light in second test | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
"Finding that contradicts Einstein's theory of special relativity is repeated with fine-tuned procedures and equipment."

But the search for errors is not over yet...

When I heard of the results on the first experiment, I didn't even publish them, thinking it was a joke or an error. Exciting to see how this will be explained in the next few years.
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Brian Greene: The universe on a string

Just heard Brian Greene this afternoon on NPR: fascinating speaker. Very clear.


Made me want to look further and I discovered this great TED talk he gave explaining how string theory works and could be the unifying theory Einstein was looking for. In very clear terms.


Fascinating.

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Was a Giant Planet Ejected From the Solar System? (Discovery News)

Was a Giant Planet Ejected From the Solar System? (Discovery News) | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
The "fifth planet" is a hypothesized giant world that was flung out of our solar system 4 billion years ago.

 

Some recent simulations on how the Solar System was formed have indeed shown highly unlikely results when assuming 4 giant planets only (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune). But a much better outcome with a 5th planet.

 

Now, where is it? Somewhere wandering in the dark cold space within the Galaxy...


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Astronomers discover new way to measure Universe

Astronomers discover new way to measure Universe | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers at Copenhagen's Niels Bohr Institute have found a new way to measure distances.


The solution is - in brief and as far as I understood - to use quasars and correlate their brightness with their distance.


Could it mean we understand better exactly how far some remote galaxies are? And how fast the Universe expands?

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NASA PlanetQuest Historic Timeline

NASA PlanetQuest Historic Timeline | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

How long have we been looking for other planets? Other forms of life?

 

Great recap by NASA. Easy to understand. 


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How Virgin Galactic Plans to Open Space Travel to the Masses

How Virgin Galactic Plans to Open Space Travel to the Masses | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
While the original price point of VirginGalactic won't be cheap, it's interesting to see the ambition of the company above and beyond early adopters. They're not shooting for just a small club of millionaires. That's hundreds or thousands of people the eventually want to experience space travel on a regular basis.

Interesting recap from Ben Parr
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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

This is a series of fantastic astonomy pictures that were "submitted to the latest Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition."



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'Invisible' world discovered !

'Invisible' world discovered ! | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Usually, running five minutes late is a bad thing since you might lose your dinner reservation or miss out on tickets to the latest show.


But when a planet alternately runs late and early in its orbit, it might be just that another world is nearby.


Kepler 19b, meet Kepler 19c.

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Will "Intelligence" Prove to Be Common in the Universe?

Will "Intelligence" Prove to Be Common in the Universe? | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it

Fascinating article on what other intelligence forms might be like. Looking at it from a physicist or a biologist point of view is not the same. And looking at "Planet of the Apes" as a proxy might be... well... surprising!

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Mars Rover’s Discovery Excites NASA Scientists

Mars Rover’s Discovery Excites NASA Scientists | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
"The first rock a NASA rover looked at when it arrived at a crater on Mars was unlike any looked at on the planet before, scientists said."

But the other news is how long this rover has last: landed in 2004, it was designed to last much much less than the 7 years it has survived.

Well done Wall-E !!!! ;-)
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