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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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Mission to Mercury scheduled for 2014 (video)

Mission to Mercury scheduled for 2014 (video) | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Scientists hope to answer many question about Mercury, such as is its core liquid or solid? They also want to know the origin of the many long marks across its surface, and whether there could be water and ice at the poles of this intensely hot planet.
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Love in Space: NASA Spacecraft Prepares for Valentine's Day Comet Rendezvous

Love in Space: NASA Spacecraft Prepares for Valentine's Day Comet Rendezvous | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft is nearing a celestial date with comet Tempel 1 at approximately 8:37 p.m. PST (11:37 p.m. EST), on Feb. 14. The mission will allow scientists for the first time to look for changes on a comet's surface that occurred following an orbit around the sun.
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Watch the sun through the SDO (Solar Dynamic Observatory)

Watch the sun through the SDO (Solar Dynamic Observatory) | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Flash animation lets you watch the sun under different conditions (wavelengths?) and zoom in, zoom out. Pretty cool!

SDO is designed to help us understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously.
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NASA's Kepler mission discovers its first rocky planet

NASA's Kepler mission discovers its first rocky planet | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Get ready, we are moving!

In fact not yet... as this exoplanet orbits it's sun in less than a day and is way too close to be habitable.

But still. There are more and more discoveries : our next home will ve discovered soon!
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Have scientists discovered proof our universe wasn't the first?

Have scientists discovered proof our universe wasn't the first? | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Recent analysis of cosmic microwave background radiation could lead to the conclusion that observed microwave rings are echoes of a "cyclic universe".

These deductions have been met with some doubt within the astrophysics community, and three papers have already been written to rebut their claims. Until more is learned, it will have to remain a theory—but it's an awesome one.
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The Total Lunar Eclipse As Seen By Twitter Users [PHOTOS]

The Total Lunar Eclipse As Seen By Twitter Users [PHOTOS] | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Several TwitPic users took advantage of the three-and-a-half-hour show, snapping pics and uploading them to the microblogging site.
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The Best NASA Photographs of 2010

The Best NASA Photographs of 2010 | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Beautiful...

(via The New Yorker)
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Joel Jacquard's comment, December 18, 2010 3:48 AM
I don't know, why not !
Joel Jacquard's comment, December 18, 2010 5:08 AM
Maybe Master Yoda who took the pictures! May the force be with you ! :-)
Guillaume Decugis's comment, December 18, 2010 6:06 AM
;-)
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Zarmina's World : our next home ?

Zarmina's World : our next home ? | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
A mere 20 light-years away in the constellation Libra, red dwarf star Gliese 581 has received much scrutiny by astronomers in recent years.

Earthbound telescopes had detected the signatures of multiple planets orbiting the cool sun, two at least close to the system's habitable zone -- the region where an Earth-like planet can have liquid water on its surface. Now a team headed by Steven Vogt (UCO Lick), and Paul Butler (DTM Carnagie Inst.) has announced the detection of another planet, this one squarely in the system's habitable zone. Based on 11 years of data, their work offers a very compelling case for the first potentially habitable planet found around a very nearby star. Shown in this artist's illustration of the inner part of the exoplanetary system, the planet is designated Gliese 581g, but Vogt's more personal name is Zarmina's World, after his wife. The best fit to the data indicates the planet has a circular 37 day orbit, an orbital radius of only 0.15 AU, and a mass 3.1 times the Earth's. Modeling includes estimates of a planet radius of 1.5, and gravity at the planet's surface of 1.1 to 1.7 in Earth units.

Finding a habitable planet so close by suggests there are many others in our Milky Way galaxy.
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The Probability of Finding Aliens Is Now Three Times Higher

The Probability of Finding Aliens Is Now Three Times Higher | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
The total number of stars in the Universe "is likely three times bigger than realized." Yale University astronomer Pieter van Dokkum says there are "possibly trillions of Earths orbiting these stars," dramatically increasing the possibility of finding alien civilizations.
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First time direct evidence of an oxygen atmosphere at a world other than Earth

First time direct evidence of an oxygen atmosphere at a world other than Earth | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
"Rhea's oxygen appears to come from water ice on Rhea's surface when Saturn's magnetic field rotates over the moon and showers it with energetic particles trapped in the magnetic field," said Coates from UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory
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The music of gravitational waves

The music of gravitational waves | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
A team of scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has brought the world one step closer to 'hearing' gravitational waves -- ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein in the early 20th century.
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Pluto still may be the biggest dwarf planet | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

Pluto still may be the biggest dwarf planet | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Astronomy | Mike Brown is an astronomer, and in my opinion is mainly responsible for kick-starting the demotion of Pluto as a planet -- he and his team found Eris, an objec (Pluto still may be the biggest dwarf planet | Bad Astronomy http://goo.gl/fb/xwjIa)
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Ten things you don’t know about the Earth | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

Ten things you don’t know about the Earth | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Did you know Mt Everest wasn't the biggest mountain on earth or that the Earth had other natural satellites than the Moon ?
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No Direct Link Between Black Holes & Dark Matter

No Direct Link Between Black Holes & Dark Matter | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Massive black holes have been found at the centers of almost all galaxies, where the largest galaxies -- who are also the ones embedded in the largest halos of dark matter -- harbor the most massive black holes. This led to the speculation that there is a direct link between dark matter and black holes, i.e., that exotic physics controls the growth of a black hole. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Extraterrestrial Physics, the University Observatory Munich, and the University of Texas in Austin have now conducted an extensive study of galaxies to prove that black hole mass is not directly related to the mass of the dark matter halo but rather seems to be determined by the formation of the galaxy bulge.
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The Prospects for Lunar Mining

The Prospects for Lunar Mining | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
With the discovery of vast amounts of water on the Moon, some frozen in the shadows of craters at the Lunar poles and some chemically bonded with the regolith, interest in lunar mining has arisen among commercial space entrepreneurs.
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Inclined Orbits Prevail in Exoplanetary Systems

Inclined Orbits Prevail in Exoplanetary Systems | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
A research team led by astronomers from the University of Tokyo and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) has discovered that inclined orbits may be typical rather than rare for exoplanetary systems.

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Sun, Moon and ISS all aligned in this INSANELY awesome solar eclipse picture

Sun, Moon and ISS all aligned in this INSANELY awesome solar eclipse picture | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
The silhouette of the Moon taking a dark bite out of the Sun is obvious enough, as are some interesting sunspots on the Sun’s face… but wait a sec… that one spot isn’t a spot at all, it’s the International Space Station! This was a double eclipse!
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Marc Rougier's comment, January 10, 2011 8:20 AM
It IS insane!

Great pic, thanks Guillaume :)
Guillaume Decugis's comment, January 10, 2011 9:14 AM
Thanks Avrel: he made the suggestion! Don't hesitate to suggest: this topic is very open and I love receiving suggestions ;-)
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The Star of Bethlehem: Was it Jupiter?

The Star of Bethlehem: Was it Jupiter? | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
In the year 2 B.C., the strange motion of Jupiter past the bright star of Regulus and eventual conjunction with Venus may have inspired the "Three Wise Men"
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Total Lunar Eclipse Monday Night

Total Lunar Eclipse Monday Night | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
For a few hours on the night of Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, theattention of tens of millions of people will be drawn skyward, where themottled, coppery globe of our moon -will hang completely immersed f in thelong, tapering cone of shadow cast out into space by our Earth. If the weatheris clear, favorably placed skywatchers will have a view of one of nature's mostbeautiful spectacles: a total eclipse of the moon.
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Huge Solar Filament Erupts

Huge Solar Filament Erupts | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Watch an unusually long filament explode out from the Sun.

The filament had been seen hovering over the Sun's surface for over a week before it erupted earlier this month.

The image sequence was taken by the Earth-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in a color of ultraviolet light specifically emitted by helium. The explosion created Coronal Mass Ejections which dispersed high energy plasma into the Solar System. This plasma cloud, though, missed the Earth and so did not cause auroras. The above eruption and an unusually expansive eruption that occurred in August are showing how widely separated areas of the Sun can sometimes act in unison. Explosions like this will likely become more common over the next few years as our Sun moves toward Solar Maximum activity.
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What the NASA buzz is all about: not aliens but a bacteria discovered on earth that uses arsenic in DNA instead of phosphorous.

What the NASA buzz is all about: not aliens but a bacteria discovered on earth that uses arsenic in DNA instead of phosphorous. | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Still a long way to find ET but well done marketing guys at NASA...NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth.


Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in California have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism substitutes arsenic for phosphorus in its cell components.
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The Urban Times » Planet Earth 2.0: The Search For Our New Home?

The Urban Times » Planet Earth 2.0: The Search For Our New Home? | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
Habitable Exoplanet in our Lifetime? Long has the idea of a habitable extrasolar planet played on the minds of astrologists and involved scientists and,
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Biggest galaxies formed when universe was young

Biggest galaxies formed when universe was young | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away
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Joel Jacquard's comment, November 29, 2010 7:52 AM
Salut Guillaume,

Je ne savais pas que nous avions cet intérêt partagé pour l'asronomie. Bon article en effet.
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Galaxy Zoo lets amateurs do astronomy from the comfort of their own living rooms.

Galaxy Zoo lets amateurs do astronomy from the comfort of their own living rooms. | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
In an age of compulsory PhDs, expensively equipped laboratories and a collaborative approach to research, astronomy is one of the few sciences still amenable to the interested amateur.
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BBC News - Earth's pull 'shaped Moon's surface'

BBC News - Earth's pull 'shaped Moon's surface' | Good news from the Stars | Scoop.it
The Earth may have played a major role in shaping the lunar landscape, according to a new study. (The dark side of the Moon was molded by the Earth’s gravity. http://bbc.in/bTe8Mv #science #astronomy)
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