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  • Final images from Rosetta spacecraft before crash landing on comet

    Final images from Rosetta spacecraft before crash landing on comet

    The Rosetta spacecraft ended its historic mission on Friday, crashing on the surface of the dusty, icy comet it has spent 12 years chasing in a hunt that has provided insight into the early days of the solar system and captured the public’s imagination. The spacecraft has stalked comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko across more than 6 billion km of space, collecting a treasure trove of information on comets that will keep scientists busy for the next decade. Enjoy and share…….

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  • Hubble Directly Images Possible Plumes on Europa

    Hubble Directly Images Possible Plumes on Europa

    NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope took direct ultraviolet images of the icy moon Europa transiting across the disk of Jupiter. Out of ten observations, Hubble saw what may be water vapor plumes on three of the images. This adds another piece of supporting evidence to the existence of water vapor plumes on Europa – Hubble also detected spectroscopic signatures of water vapor in 2012. The existence of water vapor plumes could provide a future Europa flyby mission the opportunity to study […]

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  • Hubble Suggests Water Plumes Over Europa

    Hubble Suggests Water Plumes Over Europa

    Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes. The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa’s ocean without having to drill through miles of ice. “Europa’s ocean is considered to be one of the most promising places that could potentially harbor life […]

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  • Hubble Telescope’s Deepest Look Into The Universe Yet

    Hubble Telescope’s Deepest Look Into The Universe Yet

    Hubble Space Telescope astronomers have assembled a new and improved portrait of it’s deepest ever view of the Universe. This new “eXtreme Deep Field” (XDF) was assembled by combining ten years worth of Hubble Space Telescope observations -taken of a patch of sky within the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The entire XDF view is only a small fraction of the angular diameter of the full moon. Enjoy and share………

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  • Is there Life on Europa?

    Is there Life on Europa?

    The US group sent out a cryptic message, stating that there is “surprising activity” on Europa – the most well known of Jupiter’s 67 moons. NASA has been analyzing data from its Hubble Space Telescope which is currently prowling the universe. The space experts said in a statement announcing the event,“Astronomers will present results from a unique Europa observing campaign that resulted in surprising evidence of activity that may be related to the presence of a subsurface ocean on Europa.” […]

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  • Massive Cloud on Collision Course with the Milky Way

    Massive Cloud on Collision Course with the Milky Way

    30 million years from now, a massive cloud of gas will collide with the Milky Way. Astronomers are studying the incoming cloud and learning more about its origin. In 1963, an astronomy student named Gail Smith working at an observatory in the Netherlands discovered something odd—a massive cloud of gas orbiting the Milky Way galaxy. Smith’s cloud contained enough gas to make 2 million stars the size of our sun, and it was moving through space at 700,000 mph. For […]

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  • NASA Spacecraft Fly in Record-setting Formation

    NASA Spacecraft Fly in Record-setting Formation

    Four NASA spacecraft have performed a thrilling maneuver to understand the physics of explosive reconnection in Earth’s magnetosphere. Enjoy and share………..

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  • Quantum Entanglement and the Great Bohr-Einstein Debate

    Quantum Entanglement and the Great Bohr-Einstein Debate

    Albert Einstein strongly disagreed with Niels Bohr when it came to Bohr’s interpretation of quantum mechanics. Quantum entanglement settled the argument once and for all. Einstein argued that elementary particles maintained their intrinsic values whether they were being observed or not. Bohr believed that in observing such particles we collapsed a wave function of probabilities. He asserted that it is only when these wave functions collapse that one of many probabilities is chosen and the particles take on distinct values. […]

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  • SDO Watches Magnetic Arches Tower Over Sun’s Surface

    SDO Watches Magnetic Arches Tower Over Sun’s Surface

    Massive arches of solar material brighten and stream over an active region on the sun’s surface in this animation of imagery captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, on Sept. 29, 2016. Active regions are areas of particularly strong and complex magnetic fields. Charged solar particles travel along and illuminate the magnetic field lines above this region. The Earth is inset in the video for scale. SDO captured this video in a type of light that is invisible to […]

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  • Sounding Rocket Solves One Cosmic Mystery, Reveals Another

    Sounding Rocket Solves One Cosmic Mystery, Reveals Another

    In the last century, humans realized that space is filled with types of light we can’t see – from infrared signals released by hot stars and galaxies, to the cosmic microwave background that comes from every corner of the universe. Some of this invisible light that fills space takes the form of X-rays, the source of which has been hotly contended over the past few decades. It wasn’t until the flight of the DXL sounding rocket, short for Diffuse X-ray […]

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