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Have venusian volcanoes been caught in the act? - Astronomy Magazine

Have venusian volcanoes been caught in the act? - Astronomy Magazine | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about the long studied volcanoes on Venus. The Venus Express was sent out by the European Space Station 6 years ago and have shown large changes in the sulfur dioxide content of the planet’s atmosphere, and one intriguing possible explanation is volcanic eruptions. Almost all of the sulfur dioxide here on Earth is created by volcanic activity, and most of the sulfur dioxide on Venus is hidden below the planet’s dense upper cloud deck because the gas is readily destroyed by sunlight. That means any sulfur dioxide detected in Venus’ upper atmosphere above the cloud deck must have been recently supplied from below. Venus's atmosphere whips all the gas around so it is hard to pinpoint one area of atmosphere to study and no one can really know the origin of the gas, so it is all still being studied.

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Westley Wallace's curator insight, March 27, 2013 9:05 AM

After reading this, Venus sounds like the most uncooperative and unable to be studied planet in the entire galaxy. It also seems to have the coolest stuff going on, so what gives, Venus? :(

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Plan your wish! Shooting stars on Dec 12, 13 - Daily News & Analysis

Plan your wish! Shooting stars on Dec 12, 13 - Daily News & Analysis | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Another article about the upcoming meteor shower. It goes more in depth into location. A member of the Kutch Astronomers' Club says that “The meteor shower will be seen across the world and in India, between 1 am and 3 am. More than a 100 meteors or shooting stars will be seen in the sky during peak hours. For the rest of the night, the number of meteors may be lesser. It will look like a fireball in the sky.” This is very cool to know and now everyone who reads this will know when to go out and make their wishes.  

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Westley Wallace's curator insight, March 27, 2013 8:51 AM

I'm gonna wish for world peace and equality. And then someone is gonna wish one of the meteors hits me. Oh no.

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NASA Footage: Undeniable Proof of UFO Crafts

NASA Footage: Undeniable Proof of UFO Crafts | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

An interesting article about the proof NASA supposedly has regarding UFOs. The article goes on to say that NASA has images of a lot of UFOs and they have just been hiding their secret UFO missions. There is also a video in the article that has the most damning evidence for UFOs (according to this article). NASA’s official stance on the incident is that these objects are merely dust floating around in space, but this article thinks they are lying.

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NASA twin spacecraft create most accurate gravity map of moon

NASA twin spacecraft create most accurate gravity map of moon | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about how two NASA probes orbiting the moon have created the most accurate view of the moon for us. It is allowing scientists to learn about the moon's internal structure and composition in unprecedented detail. It is a gravity field map that shows a lot of things we have never been able to see before. It is all part of the "gravity science" being conducted by these probes, so there is more to come.

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Researchers Have Found the Universe's Very First Stars

Researchers Have Found the Universe's Very First Stars | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about how astronomers have found the universe's very first stars. It is accepted that, just minutes after the Big Bang, protons and neutrons collided into each other in the nuclear fusion reactions that produced hydrogen and helium. Then the universe cooled down and hydrogen was left to form a lot of the universe. Researchers have found stars with no heavy elements, indicating the stars were formed at the beginning of our universe.

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Observations identify rare new kind of galaxy - Astronomy Magazine

Observations identify rare new kind of galaxy - Astronomy Magazine | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about a newly found type of galaxy. They glow in intense light emitted from the surroundings of monster black holes that are now switching off. They are called green bean galaxies and the whole galaxy glows, not just the center of the galaxy. Astronomers in Hawaii found these galaxies and a lot more tests are going to come from this discovery.

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"Alien Solar Systems May Prove to be More ... - The Daily Galaxy

"Alien Solar Systems May Prove to be More ... - The Daily Galaxy | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about a a new study that found that any planets orbiting some stars may very well be hotter and more dynamic than Earth because the interiors of the planets in these systems are likely warmer than Earth by up to 25 percent, which would make them more geologically active and more likely to retain enough liquid water to support life. It was a study done by Ohio State people though, so we cannot trust this information AT ALL.

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NASA Voyager 1 encounters new region in deep space

NASA Voyager 1 encounters new region in deep space | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about how NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space. They call the new region a magnetic highway for charged particles because our sun's magnetic field lines are connected with the interstellar magnetic field lines. This allows lower energy particles to zoom out and allows higher-energy particles from outside to stream in. The craft launched in 2004 and has been observing different atmospheres/environments.

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Huge telescope to warn of solar storms - UPI.com

Huge telescope to warn of solar storms - UPI.com | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about how the new Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope will give the world a  improved view of the sun and provide early warning of explosive solar storms that can damage to communication satellites, electric power grids and GPS navigation systems. It is a low frequency telescope will do very well at detecting solar flares.

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One year after launch, Curiosity rover busy on Mars

One year after launch, Curiosity rover busy on Mars | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Another article updated the Curiosity rover that has been on mars for over a year now. Curiosity has returned more than 23,000 raw images, driven 1,696 feet and begun helping researchers better understand Mar's environmental history. Researchers are still currently using Curiosity to assess whether the study area in Gale Crater (where it landed) ever has offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.

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Spacecraft Capture Solar Eclipse’s Earthly Effect

Spacecraft Capture Solar Eclipse’s Earthly Effect | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

A lot of cool images in this article. It is about how a Japanese meteorology satellite captured the moving shadow from the total solar  eclipse this past week. As mentioned in one of my previous scoops, the eclipse started just after dawn in Australia and cast a 95 mile shadow in Australia’s Northern Territory, crossed the northeast tip of the country and moved out across the South Pacific.

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Hunting for High Life: What Lives in Earth’s Stratosphere?

Hunting for High Life: What Lives in Earth’s Stratosphere? | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

This article poses a very interesting question, what lives in Earth's stratosphere? It is so high above us and has never really been studied for life. Biologist David Smith of the University of Washington wants to look for life there and he and his team have found “microbes from every major domain” traveling within upper-atmospheric winds.

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Kepler completes prime mission, begins extended mission - Astronomy Magazine

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Article about NASA hitting a milestone in the search for planets like Earth. What occured was the successful completion of Kepler's first 3.5-year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mission that could last as long as four years. They have used Kepler data to identify more than 2,300 planet candidates and confirm more than 100 planets.

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Astronomers Discover Youngest Solar System Yet | Astronomy | Sci ...

Astronomers Discover Youngest Solar System Yet | Astronomy | Sci ... | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about how Astronomers have just found the youngest solar system yet known. It resides in a stellar nursery called Taurus Cloud and is about 450 light-years from Earth. It is about 300,000 years old, compared to the 4.6-billion-year age of the Sun. The young star currently has about one-fifth the mass of the Sun, but will likely pull in material from its surroundings to eventually match the Sun’s mass. The group has received approval to improve their understanding of L1527 IRS by making high-precision observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) in northern Chile, so studies continue.

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"Rocky Earth-like Planets May be Common in ... - The Daily Galaxy

"Rocky Earth-like Planets May be Common in ... - The Daily Galaxy | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about rocky earth-like planets. Rocky planets are thought to form through the random collision and sticking together of  microscopic particles in the disc of material around a star. Astronomers in Chile have for the found that the outer region of a dusty disc encircling a brown dwarf also contains millimeter-sized solid grains. The surprising finding challenges theories of how rocky, Earth-scale planets form, and suggests that rocky planets may be even more common in the Universe than expected. There is also a video explaining the phenomena of how rocky planets form.

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NASA: Friday's fireball was a 'probable' meteorite

NASA: Friday's fireball was a 'probable' meteorite | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about a "fireball" that people in Texas saw. Turns out it was just a meteor. It was seen early in the morning and people had no idea what it was and freaked out. There is a video in the article as well that shows the fireball. They are looking for any impact the meteor may have made but NASA also says these events are not uncommon and are nothing to worry about.

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Galaxy Crash is a Cosmic Bullseye - Space.com

Galaxy Crash is a Cosmic Bullseye - Space.com | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about the rare collison seen when a galaxy hits the center of another galaxy. The rare collision restructured the bigger galaxy, NGC 922, giving it the unusual, lopsided ring of hot pink clouds seen in images from the Hubble Space Telescope released today that are seen in this article. The precision that these galaxies alined up is extremely rare and we have never seen this happen before. Space is so large that it is pretty crazy to think about a galaxy hitting righ tin the center of another!

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Ten tips for watching the Geminid meteor shower - EarthSky (blog)

Ten tips for watching the Geminid meteor shower - EarthSky (blog) | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about the upcoming Geminid meteor shower. It is going to peak on the nights of December 13th and 14th. The greatest visibility is an hour or two after midnight, when the meteor shower radiant point looms highest in the sky. The new moon is also December 13th this year which guarantees dark nights for the meteor shower. So on these nights, especially the 13th, go out and enjoy the shower from a place that has very little light pollution, and try to stay warm (depending on what part of the globe you are in).

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Extraterrestrial aliens tell astronomers: QUIT looking for us ...

Extraterrestrial aliens tell astronomers: QUIT looking for us ... | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

As a break from the word-intensive, educational articles, here is one about how we have made contact with extraterrestrials already. The article states that the Voyager missions orignally sent out in the 1970's had gold plated things with earthly greetings on them, and now we have got messages back. Turns out the message is "stop". Apparently the alens don't like us at all and will not respond to anything else we send. Seems about right...

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New NASA Mars rover to launch in 2020

New NASA Mars rover to launch in 2020 | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about a new planned Nasa rover that will study Mars as well. The plan to design and build a new Mars robotic science rover with a launch in 2020 comes only months after the agency announced InSight, which will launch in 2016, bringing a total of seven NASA missions operating or being planned to study Mars. The article also goes on to state that the plan is to have humans on Mars by 2030. I don't see that happening at all, but we can dream. The rover will be "more scientific" than Curiosity, but they do not really mention how.

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Curiosity rover finds organic compounds, but are they from Mars?

Curiosity rover finds organic compounds, but are they from Mars? | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Another article about the rover Curiosity. This article focuses on the newest findings from the rover. It has found carbon containing chemicals. This is the first time they have found carbon on Mars, but the concern is that it may have been brought there by the rover itself. They need to study it all further to come up with a definitive answer.

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Scientists discover water ice on Mercury: Ice and organic material may have been carried to the planet by passing comets

Scientists discover water ice on Mercury: Ice and organic material may have been carried to the planet by passing comets | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about how researchers have just found water ice on Mercury, the planet closest to our sun. The possibility that water ice might exist on Mercury is not new. In the 1990s, radar observations showed bright regions near Mercury's poles that scientists believed could be signs of either water ice or a rough planetary surface. However, the evidence was inconclusive for either scenario until now. The way it was found out was a NASA probe came back with reflectance measurements that matched up well with previously mapped radar-bright regions in Mercury's high northern latitudes. Two craters in particular were bright, indicating the presence of reflective ice.

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Astronomers Find Missing Link in Evolution of Hypergiants - Sci-News.com

Astronomers Find Missing Link in Evolution of Hypergiants - Sci-News.com | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

Article about hypergiants. They are the most luminous stars known in the Universe and are very rare objects, with only 12 of them being known in our Milky Way Galaxy. European astronomers have now reported results of a thirty-year study of a hypergiant star that passed through an evolutionary stage known as the Yellow Evolutionary Void, which is an unstable stage that can profoundly alter the evolution of a star. This was the missing link with these stars that we had never known about before because we have not had many at all to study.

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Space Dive: Red Bull Stratos Documentary

Space Dive: Red Bull Stratos Documentary | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

I got stuck on this site. A lot of good stuff on here. This is the new documentary telling the whole story of Felix Baumgartner's jump from the stratosphere. I haven't been able to watch it all yet (it's an hour and a half long), but based on the subject matter I know it will be extremely fun to watch.

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Can Humans Live on Mars ?

Can Humans Live on Mars ? | Astronomy and the craziness of this universe | Scoop.it

A robot is taking the first ever radiation measurements from the surface of another planet in order to determine if future human explorers can live on Mars. It is tasked with assessing whether Mars and Gale Crater ever offered a habitable environment for microbial life forms. Tests show that radiation is not as high as someone would originally think.

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