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08/29/2014 09:00 PM
Heat Protecting Back Shell Tiles Installed on NASA’s Orion EFT-1 Spacecraft Set for Dec. 2014 Launch
Fabrication of the pathfinding version of NASA’s Orion crew capsule slated for its inaugural unmanned test flight in December is entering its final stages at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) launch site in Florida. Engineers and technicians have completed the installation of Orion’s back shell panels which will protect the spacecraft and future astronauts from […]

08/29/2014 10:15 AM
Radio Telescopes Resolve Pleiades Distance Debate
Fall will soon be at our doorstep. But before the leaves change colors and the smell of pumpkin fills our coffee shops, the Pleiades star cluster will mark the new season with its earlier presence in the night sky. The delicate grouping of blue stars has been a prominent sight since antiquity. But in recent […]

08/29/2014 06:49 AM
Enjoy This Eye-Meltingly Awesome Photo of Our Sun
Here’s yet another glorious photo of our home star, captured and processed by New York artist and photographer Alan Friedman on August 24, 2014. Alan took the photo using his 90mm hydrogen-alpha telescope – aka “Little Big Man” –  from his backyard in Buffalo, inverted the resulting image and colorized it to create the beautiful image […]

08/28/2014 06:11 PM
US Heavy Lift Mars Rocket Passes Key Review and NASA Sets 2018 Maiden Launch Date
After a thorough review of cost and engineering issues, NASA managers formally approved the development of the agency’s mammoth heavy lift rocket – the Space Launch System or SLS – which will be the world’s most powerful rocket ever built and is intended to take astronauts farther beyond Earth into deep space than ever before […]

08/28/2014 02:36 PM
Observing Neptune: A Guide to the 2014 Opposition Season
Never seen Neptune? Now is a good time to try, as the outermost ice giant world reaches opposition this weekend at 14:00 Universal Time (UT) or 10:00 AM EDT on Friday, August 29th. This means that the distant world lies “opposite” to the Sun as seen from our Earthly perspective and rises to the east […]

08/28/2014 09:00 AM
Astronomers Spot Pebble-Size Dust Grains in the Orion Nebula
Stars and planets form out of vast clouds of dust and gas. Small pockets in these clouds collapse under the pull of gravity. But as the pocket shrinks, it spins rapidly, with the outer region flattening into a disk. Eventually the central pocket collapses enough that its high temperature and density allows it to ignite […]

08/28/2014 07:00 AM
First Glimpse of a Young Galactic Core Forming in the Early Universe
Astronomers have spotted, for the first time, a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars in the early universe. The finding sheds light on how elliptical galaxies, the large, gas-poor gatherings of older stars, may have first formed in the early universe. It’s a question that has eluded astronomers for […]

08/28/2014 06:00 AM
What Lit up the Universe? Astronomers May be on the Brink of an Answer
Most scientists can see, hear, smell, touch or even taste their research. But astronomers can only study light — photons traveling billions of light-years across the cosmos before getting scooped up by an array of radio dishes or a single parabolic mirror orbiting the Earth. Luckily the universe is overflowing with photons across a spectrum […]

08/27/2014 08:10 AM
Fingerprint From a First-Generation Star?
The young universe was composed of a pristine mix of hydrogen, helium, and a tiny trace of lithium. But after hundreds of millions of years, it began to cool and giant clouds of the primordial elements collapsed to form the first stars. The first “Population III” stars were extremely massive and bright, synthesizing the first […]

08/27/2014 08:00 AM
A Cosmic Collision: Our Best View Yet of Two Distant Galaxies Merging
An international team of astronomers has obtained the best view yet of two galaxies colliding when the universe was only half its current age. (...)Read the rest of A Cosmic Collision: Our Best View Yet of Two Distant Galaxies Merging (526 words) © Shannon Hall for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | […]

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