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NASA Solar System & Beyond

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  • NASA’s Fermi Traces Source of Cosmic Neutrino to Monster Black Hole
    12 July 2018, 4:01 pm
    For the first time ever, scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have found the source of a high-energy neutrino from outside our galaxy.

  • NASA Completes Webb Telescope Review, Commits to Launch in Early 2021
    27 June 2018, 6:30 pm
    The Independent Review Board (IRB) established by NASA to assess progress on its James Webb Space Telescope has unanimously recommended that development on the world’s premier science observatory should continue; NASA has established a new launch date for Webb of March 30, 2021.

  • Our Solar System’s First Known Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed Boost
    27 June 2018, 6:02 pm
    Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based observatories, an international team of scientists have confirmed ′Oumuamua (oh-MOO-ah-MOO-ah), the first known interstellar object to travel through our solar system, got an unexpected boost in speed and shift in trajectory as it passed through the inner solar system last year.

  • NASA Hosts Media Teleconference on Status of James Webb Space Telescope
    26 June 2018, 10:55 pm
    NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, June 27, to provide an update on the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope and the findings of an external independent review board.

  • NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars
    7 June 2018, 6:54 pm
    NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet.

  • NASA to Host Live Discussion on New Mars Science Results
    4 June 2018, 7:44 pm
    The media and public are invited to ask questions during a live discussion at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 7, on new science results from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover.

  • NASA Hosts Live Discussion about Europa Findings, Potential for Life
    11 May 2018, 4:38 pm
    NASA will host a Science Chat at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, May 14, to discuss the latest analysis of Jupiter’s moon Europa and its status as one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for life.

  • NASA, ULA Launch Mission to Study How Mars Was Made
    5 May 2018, 3:07 pm
    NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is on a 300-million-mile trip to Mars to study for the first time what lies deep beneath the surface of the Red Planet.

  • NASA Sets Sights on May 5 Launch of InSight Mars Mission
    27 April 2018, 11:11 pm
    NASA’s next mission to Mars, Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight), is scheduled to launch Saturday, May 5, on a first-ever mission to study the heart of Mars. Coverage of prelaunch and launch activities begins Thursday, May 3, on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

  • NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way to Orbit
    19 April 2018, 2:09 am
    NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

Astronomy News - ScienceDaily

    Source: Astronomy News - ScienceDaily

  • Finding a planet with a 10 year orbit in just a few months
    18 July 2018, 3:25 pm
    To discover the presence of a planet around stars, astronomers wait until it has completed three orbits. However, this effective technique has its drawbacks since it cannot confirm the presence of planets at relatively long periods. To overcome this obstacle, astronomers have developed a method that makes it possible to ensure the presence of a planet in a few months, even if it takes 10 years to circle its star.

  • Supersharp images from new VLT adaptive optics
    18 July 2018, 2:22 pm
    ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has achieved first light with a new adaptive optics mode called laser tomography -- and has captured remarkably sharp test images of the planet Neptune and other objects. The MUSE instrument working with the GALACSI adaptive optics module, can now use this new technique to correct for turbulence at different altitudes in the atmosphere. It is now possible to capture images from the ground at visible wavelengths that are sharper than those from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

  • A dozen new moons of Jupiter discovered, including one 'oddball'
    17 July 2018, 4:12 pm
    Twelve new moons orbiting Jupiter have been found -- 11 'normal' outer moons, and one that they're calling an 'oddball.' Astronomers first spotted the moons in the spring of 2017 while they were looking for very distant solar system objects as part of the hunt for a possible massive planet far beyond Pluto.

  • Astronomers find a famous exoplanet's doppelganger
    17 July 2018, 3:48 pm
    A new planet has been imaged, and it appears nearly identical to one of the best studied gas-giant planets. But this doppelganger differs in one very important way: Its origin. One object has long been known: the 13-Jupiter-mass planet beta Pictoris b, one of the first planets discovered by direct imaging, back in 2009. The new object, dubbed 2MASS 0249 c, has the same mass, brightness, and spectrum as beta Pictoris b.

  • Disruption tolerant networking to demonstrate Internet in space
    16 July 2018, 5:45 pm
    The interplanetary Internet may soon become a reality. NASA is about to demonstrate Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking, or DTN -- a technology that sends information through space and ground networks to its destination.

  • How might dark matter interact with ordinary matter?
    13 July 2018, 3:35 pm
    Scientists have imposed conditions on how dark matter may interact with ordinary matter. In the search for direct detection of dark matter, the experimental focus has been on WIMPs, or weakly interacting massive particles, the hypothetical particles thought to make up dark matter. But the research team invokes a different theory to challenge the WIMP paradigm: the self-interacting dark matter model, or SIDM.

  • VERITAS supplies critical piece to neutrino discovery puzzle
    12 July 2018, 5:45 pm
    The VERITAS array has confirmed the detection of gamma rays from the vicinity of a supermassive black hole. While these detections are relatively common for VERITAS, this black hole is potentially the first known astrophysical source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, a type of ghostly subatomic particle.

  • Breakthrough in the search for cosmic particle accelerators
    12 July 2018, 5:45 pm
    In a global observation campaign, scientist have for the first time located a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly elementary particles that travel billions of light years through the universe, flying unaffected through stars, planets and entire galaxies.

  • Hubble and Gaia team up to fuel cosmic conundrum
    12 July 2018, 5:44 pm
    Using the power and synergy of two space telescopes, astronomers have made the most precise measurement to date of the universe's expansion rate.

  • Could gravitational waves reveal how fast our universe is expanding?
    12 July 2018, 5:44 pm
    An new study finds black holes and neutron stars are key to measuring our expanding universe.

  • Centenary of cosmological constant lambda
    11 July 2018, 4:57 pm
    Physicists are now celebrating the 100th anniversary of the cosmological constant. On this occasion, two recent articles highlight its role in modern physics and cosmology. Before becoming widely accepted, the cosmological constant had to undergo many discussions about its necessity, its value and its physical essence. Today, there are still unresolved problems in understanding the deep physical nature of the phenomena associated with the cosmological constant.

  • Colorful celestial landscape
    11 July 2018, 3:31 pm
    New observations show the star cluster RCW 38 in all its glory. This image was taken during testing of the HAWK-I camera with the GRAAL adaptive optics system. It shows RCW 38 and its surrounding clouds of brightly glowing gas in exquisite detail, with dark tendrils of dust threading through the bright core of this young gathering of stars.

  • Rocky planet neighbor looks familiar, but is not Earth's twin
    10 July 2018, 6:28 pm
    Last autumn, the world was excited by the discovery of an exoplanet called Ross 128 b, which is just 11 light years away from Earth. New work has for the first time determined detailed chemical abundances of the planet's host star, Ross 128.

  • Plasma-spewing quasar shines light on universe's youth, early galaxy formation
    9 July 2018, 4:11 pm
    Astronomers found a quasar with the brightest radio emission ever observed in the early universe, due to it spewing out a jet of extremely fast-moving material. Scientists have revealed in unprecedented detail the jet shooting out of a quasar that formed within the universe's first billion years of existence.

  • The Gaia Sausage: The major collision that changed the Milky Way galaxy
    4 July 2018, 5:20 pm
    Astronomers have discovered an ancient and dramatic head-on collision between the Milky Way and a smaller object, dubbed the 'Sausage' galaxy. The cosmic crash was a defining event in the early history of the Milky Way and reshaped the structure of our galaxy, fashioning both its inner bulge and its outer halo, the astronomers report in a series of new papers.

Astronomy News - Astronomy.com

    Source: Astronomy News - Astronomy.com

  • Jupiter’s Got Twelve New Moons — One is a Bit of a Problem Child
    17 July 2018, 12:00 pm
    Jupiter’s family has really grown since Galileo first recorded its four largest moons in 1610. On Tuesday, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced the discovery of 10 new moons orbiting Jupiter. Along with two found through the same research project but announced in June 2017, this brings the roster of Jupiter’s known natural satellites to 79. One of these new moons turned out to be a bit of a rebel. Of the 12 latest moons to join Jupiter’s family, it’s a m

  • In a Rare Feat, Scientists Anticipate and Recover an Incoming Asteroid
    13 July 2018, 12:00 pm
    We have swarms of scientists searching the skies for space oddities, but it’s rare that they actually find one in the act of plunging to Earth. On June 23, a group of international geoscientists discovered a meteorite in Botswana that had been dwelling in space just weeks earlier. The fresh fragment broke off of asteroid 2018 LA as it plummeted to Earth on June 2, turning into a fiery meteor and exploding as it entered our atmosphere. Treasure Hunt The geoscientists spent five days combi

  • Rare "equal mass" binary asteroid discovered near Earth
    13 July 2018, 12:00 pm
    The exceptional duo is one of only four ever detected.

  • The sky this week for July 13 to 22
    13 July 2018, 12:00 pm
    A meteor shower, a passing comet, and a slew of planets all make appearances in the sky this week.

  • Cassini reveals the sounds of Saturn
    13 July 2018, 12:00 pm
    The ringed planet and its moon Enceladus have a lot to say to each other.

  • New data reveals details of Ross 128 b — the second closest temperate planet
    12 July 2018, 12:00 pm

    To shed light on its composition and structure, researchers dissect the chemical makeup of its host star.


  • Blazars explained
    12 July 2018, 12:00 pm
    What is it like to stare down the barrel of a black hole?

  • A cosmic particle spewed from a distant galaxy strikes Earth
    12 July 2018, 12:00 pm
    The rare detection of a high-energy neutrino hints at how these strange particles are created.

  • The fate of giant planets depends on where they grow up
    11 July 2018, 12:00 pm
    The more crowded and chaotic their initial environment, the more likely they are to move out.

  • Using Sunlight To Make Spaceship Fuel And Breathable Air
    10 July 2018, 12:00 pm
    Spaceflight is like backpacking. If you can’t restock supplies like food and water along the way, how far you can travel is limited by how much you can carry. And in space, you also have to worry about having enough fuel for your spacecraft and breathable air for your crew. That’s why some researchers are looking toward technology that they call artificial photosynthesis — a way of harnessing the sun’s light to generate fuel and breathable air for longer missions. This s

  • The Seven Best Travel Spots In Our Solar System – And How To Die There
    10 July 2018, 12:00 pm
    In the why-aren’t-you-watching-this television show The Expanse, humanity has spread out into the solar system. Mars and Earth stand as bitter rivals, with Ceres settlers somewhere in between. A few companies even have settlers in the outer regions of the solar system. You wouldn’t necessarily want to live in the world of The Expanse, as fantastic as it is. Yet the show still plays to the dreams of those of us who long to wander the final frontier. However, the reality of what await

  • Astronomers Discover the Brightest Early Galaxy Ever
    9 July 2018, 12:00 pm
    At 13 billion years old, the galaxy comes from a key cosmological era.

  • Making scents of outer space
    6 July 2018, 12:00 pm
    Nina Lanza expected Antarctica to be cold. After all, she and her seven fellow meteorite hunters weren’t allowed to board their transport in New Zealand until they’d proved they’d packed all the necessary gear. And she’d been warned about the endless daylight at their location smack dab in between McMurdo Station and the South Pole. But, as she says, “People try to tell you what it’s like, but it’s hard to describe because it’s so different from yo

  • The sky this week for July 6 to 15
    6 July 2018, 12:00 pm
    The Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower ramps up, Mars remains a stunning sight, and Pluto makes its best appearance of 2018, all in the sky this week.

  • Einstein Right Again: Even the Heaviest Objects Fall the Same Way
    5 July 2018, 12:00 pm
    Albert Einstein’s been having quite a few weeks! First his “imaginary elevator” thought experiment was confirmed with unprecedented precision, then his theory of relativity was shown to create gravitational lenses as expected even in other galaxies. And today, we learn that a central tenet of relativity still holds even at gravitational extremes. It’s no annus mirabilis, but it ain’t bad. Today’s news, which appears in the journal Nature, concerns the equival

NASA Image of the Day

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  • Orion Parachutes Chalk Up Another Test Success in Arizona
    18 July 2018, 4:22 pm
    The parachute system for Orion, America’s spacecraft that will carry humans to deep space, deployed as planned after being dropped from an altitude of 6.6 miles on July 12, at the U.S. Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.

  • Churning in the Chukchi Sea
    17 July 2018, 4:57 pm
    Regardless of the amount of winter ice cover, the waters off of the Alaskan coast usually come alive each spring with blooms of phytoplankton.

  • A Merger of Stars
    16 July 2018, 4:57 pm
    Launched 15 years ago, the Spitzer Space Telescope has made many discoveries, including this detection of the merger of two neutron stars.

  • Jamming with the 'Spiders' from Mars
    12 July 2018, 11:51 pm
    This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, acquired May 13, 2018 during winter at the South Pole of Mars, shows a carbon dioxide ice cap covering the region and as the sun returns in the spring, "spiders" begin to emerge from the landscape.

  • 'X'-ploring the Eagle Nebula and 'Pillars of Creation'
    12 July 2018, 6:28 pm
    The Eagle Nebula, also known as Messier 16, contains the young star cluster NGC 6611. It also the site of the spectacular star-forming region known as the Pillars of Creation, which is located in the southern portion of the Eagle Nebula.

  • The Heart of Madagascar
    11 July 2018, 10:24 pm
    As the International Space Station flew overhead, NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold captured this photograph of a changing landscape in the heart of Madagascar, observing drainage into the sea in the Betsiboka Estuary due to decimation of rainforests and coastal mangroves.

  • 2018 Class of NASA Flight Directors for the Mission Control Center
    10 July 2018, 11:02 pm
    NASA has selected six women and men to join the elite corps of flight directors who will lead mission control for a variety of new operations at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

  • A Closer View of the Moon
    9 July 2018, 4:39 pm
    Posted to Twitter by @Astro_Alex, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, this image shows our planet's Moon as seen from the International Space Station.

  • Ice Block Avalanche
    6 July 2018, 1:26 am
    One of the most actively changing areas on Mars are the steep edges of the North Polar layered deposits.

  • County Fire Lights Up the Night
    5 July 2018, 5:27 pm
    Light from the County Fire illuminated the night skies of Northern California when the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image overnight on July 1, 2018.

  • Burst of Celestial Fireworks
    3 July 2018, 4:51 pm
    Like a July 4 fireworks display, a young, glittering collection of stars resembles an aerial burst. The cluster is surrounded by clouds of interstellar gas and dust - the raw material for new star formation.

  • Seeing Jupiter
    2 July 2018, 4:41 pm
    Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill created this image of Jupiter using data from the Juno spacecraft's JunoCam imager.

  • SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Launches Dragon to the International Space Station
    29 June 2018, 10:30 pm
    At 5:42 a.m. EDT Friday, June 29, 2018, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft lifts off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Dragon is carrying more than 5,900 pounds of research, equipment, cargo and supplies that will support dozens of investigations aboard the International Space Station.

  • NASA's Unmanned Ikhana Flies in National Airspace Without Chase Plane
    28 June 2018, 7:37 pm
    NASA’s Ikhana aircraft, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, takes off on June 12, 2018, for the agency’s first large-scale, remotely-piloted aircraft flight in the national airspace without a safety chase aircraft.

  • Earth's Limb, Pacific Ocean and the Space Station's Kibo Laboratory
    27 June 2018, 9:11 pm
    The Earth's limb and the Pacific Ocean contrast segments of the International Space Station's Kibo laboratory module built by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in this June 23, 2018 image. At right is a portion of the Experiment Logistics Module, Pressurized Section (ELM-PS) which is the Kibo lab's storage facility.

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