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Astronomers Create Maps of Milky Way's Interstellar Material - Sci-News.com

Astronomers Create Maps of Milky Way's Interstellar Material - Sci-News.com | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it

Sci-News.com Astronomers Create Maps of Milky Way's Interstellar Material Sci-News.com In 1922, U.S. astronomer Mary Lea Heger discovered dark lines indicating 'missing' starlight, which must have been absorbed by a yet unknown source.


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Saturn's moon Rhea, Epimetheus transiting

Saturn's moon Rhea, Epimetheus transiting | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it
Saturn has a great many more moons than our planet – a whopping 62. A single moon, Titan, accounts for an overwhelming 96% of all the material orbit the planet, with a group of six other smaller moons dominating the rest. The other 55 small satellites whizzing around Saturn make up the ti…

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APOD: 2011 May 13 - A Beautiful Trifid

APOD: 2011 May 13 - A Beautiful Trifid | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it
A different astronomy and space science
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Hubble Witnesses Asteroid's Mysterious Disintegration

Hubble Witnesses Asteroid's Mysterious Disintegration | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recorded the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces. Fragile comets, comprised of ice and dust, have been seen falling apart as they approach the sun, but nothing like this has ever before been observed in the asteroid belt.


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Mars camera to get new views of Red Planet

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For the first time since the Viking Mars mission of the 1970s, which ended more than a generation ago, scientists will soon begin systematic observations of Mars from orbit at times of day around local sunrise and sunset. The instrument they will use is the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera, designed at Arizona State University.


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New Cosmic Distance Measurement Points the Way to Elusive Dark Energy

New Cosmic Distance Measurement Points the Way to Elusive Dark Energy | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it

Astronomers have measured a distance scale in the universe to unprecedented accuracy, opening the door to better tests of dark energy models than ever before.


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Russian scientists break ground in new asteriod discovery

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A new name has appeared in the registry of minor planets. Researchers at the Ussuriysky Astrophysics Observatory of the Far Eastern chapter of the Russian Academy of Scientists have discovered a new asteroid. The Russian scientists claim that they were lucky to have found such a discovery. The unique discovery was made possible thanks to the Hamilton system telescope, the most powerful in the Far East.


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Disk Detective: Find the Birthplace of Planets

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Scientists are combing our galaxy looking for stars that could be harbouring planet-forming disks. They need your help to explain this puzzling part of stellar evolution!


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Hubble Unveils a Deep Sea of Small and Faint Early Galaxies

Hubble Unveils a Deep Sea of Small and Faint Early Galaxies | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it

An image taken with the Hubble Space Telescope of Abell 1689, a massive cluster of galaxies whose gravitational pull is so strong that it bends light, acting like a lens. This “gravitational lens” magnifies galaxies behind the cluster, making them appear far brighter than they would if the foreground cluster of galaxies were not there.


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Researchers use Hubble Telescope to reveal cloudy weather on alien world

Researchers use Hubble Telescope to reveal cloudy weather on alien world | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it
Scientists have definitively characterized the atmosphere of a super-Earth class planet orbiting another star for the first time.

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UK’s $90 million Skylon to ‘transform how we access space’

UK’s $90 million Skylon to ‘transform how we access space’ | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it

Skylon, a revolutionary UK spacecraft which could take adventurers to Earth’s stratosphere in just 15 minutes or fly travelers to Australia in four hours, will get $90 million from the government. The challenge is to cut the cost of space travel. 

 


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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, July 18, 2013 11:14 PM

Nice project. Competition for Virgin Galactic? Or the future of air travel?

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Earth Life Likely Came from Mars, Study Suggests

Earth Life Likely Came from Mars, Study Suggests | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it
We may all be Martians. Evidence is building that Earth life originated on Mars and was brought to our planet aboard a meteorite, says biochemist Steven Benner of The Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology in Florida.

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, August 30, 2013 1:25 AM

Sounds counter-intuitive and I find it hard to believe. But then again it's just one theory among many.

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Voyager 1 captures the sounds of interstellar space

Voyager 1 captures the sounds of interstellar space | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it
Hear what deep space sounds like.

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Mercury's magnetic field tells scientists how its interior is different from Earth's

Mercury's magnetic field tells scientists how its interior is different from Earth's | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it
Earth and Mercury are both rocky planets with iron cores, but Mercury's interior differs from Earth's in a way that explains why the planet has such a bizarre magnetic field, UCLA planetary physicists and colleagues report.

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New data bolsters Higgs boson discovery

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The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) published research in Nature Physics this week that details evidence of the direct decay of the Higgs boson to fermions, among the particles anticipated by the Standard Model of physics.


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Very Distant Galaxy Cluster Confirmed

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The structures and star populations of massive galaxies appear to change as they age, but much about how these galaxies formed and evolved remains mysterious. Many of the oldest and most massive galaxies reside in clusters, enormous structures where numerous galaxies are found concentrated together.


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Hubble's Expanding Universe Red Shifts The Big Bang - YouTube

http://www.myspace.com/acorvettes Before 1919, most scientists held that the universe was only as large as the Milky Way and that it was a constant size. The...


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Calculated Risks: How Radiation Rules Mars Exploration

Calculated Risks: How Radiation Rules Mars Exploration | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it

Scientists have calculated the radiation risk of a trip to Mars. The finding use data provided by NASA's Curiosity rover, and highlight the risks that future human explorers might face.


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NASA and French Space Agency Sign Agreement for Mars Mission

NASA and French Space Agency Sign Agreement for Mars Mission | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the National Center of Space Studies of France (CNES), signed an implementing agreement Monday for cooperation on a future NASA Mars lander called the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) mission.


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NASA Mars project: radiation risk of highest concern

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Igor Mitrofanov of the Space Research Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences told the Voice of Russia that the largest risk comes from a "very big radiation doze which will be accumulated during this trip."


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WIRED Space Photo of the Day: Stellar Whirl

WIRED Space Photo of the Day: Stellar Whirl | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it
The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as M51 or NGC 5194, is one of the most spectacular examples of a spiral galaxy. With two spiral arms curling into one another in a billowing swirl, this galaxy hosts over a hundred billion ...

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Future NASA space probes could be robot super balls

Future NASA space probes could be robot super balls | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it

The Super Ball Bot could help overcome the most difficult and expensive part of sending a robotic mission to another planet: landing safely.


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Stem Cell Breakthrough in Mice Points Toward a Way to Repair Tissue in Humans

Stem Cell Breakthrough in Mice Points Toward a Way to Repair Tissue in Humans | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it
Some Spanish researchers were the first to turn mature cells into stem cells inside the body itself.

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Astronomers find blue planet outside solar system

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The astronomers said the planet's color was created by a hazy turbulent atmosphere of silicate particles that scatter blue light.


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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, July 18, 2013 11:19 PM

A great first made possible by Hubble Space Telescope. Now just because it's blue doesn't mean it's similar to earth: this is actually a giant gas planet closer to Jupiter.

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Alien life found living in Earth's atmosphere, claims scientist

Alien life found living in Earth's atmosphere, claims scientist | SpaceN'Science | Scoop.it
Aliens do exist and have been found living in the clouds above the Peak District, according to new claims by scientists.
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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, September 22, 2013 12:06 AM
"Our conclusion is that life is continually arriving to Earth from space" said the scientists who discovered these microcospic life forms by bringing them back to the ground from a scientific balloon. Comets - they say - are how they got here. While this is fascinating, the discovery has been met with skepticism by the scientific community. Eager to see what's coming next...UPDATE: so what's next is more and more skepticism by the scientific community: http://www.scoop.it/t/good-news-from-the-stars/p/4008117791/scientists-unconvinced-by-evidence-for-alien-life