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01/27/2015 09:57 PM
Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch and Booster Recovery Featured in Cool New SpaceX Animation
SpaceX released a cool new animation today, Jan. 27, showing an updated look at their Falcon Heavy rocket and plans for booster recovery. See below. (...)Read the rest of Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch and Booster Recovery Featured in Cool New SpaceX Animation (665 words) © Ken Kremer for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | 4 […]

01/27/2015 06:38 PM
NASA and NOAA Satellites Image Crippling Blizzard of 2015 Pounding New England
NEW JERSEY – Record breaking snow from the ‘Blizzard of 2015’ hit vast regions of the US Northeast today, Jan. 27, 2015, stretching from Long Island to New England. NASA and NOAA Earth orbiting satellites are keeping track of the storm affecting millions of residents. (...)Read the rest of NASA and NOAA Satellites Image Crippling […]

01/27/2015 12:47 PM
Dawn Captures Best Images Ever of “Hipster Planet” Ceres
This is the second animation from Dawn this year showing Ceres rotating, and at 43 pixels across the images are officially the best ever obtained! NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is now on final approach to the 950 km (590 mile) dwarf planet Ceres, the largest world in the main asteroid belt and the biggest object in the inner Solar System that […]

01/27/2015 10:06 AM
Luna vs. the Hyades! The 1st of 13 Occultations of Aldebaran Set For January 29th
The cosmos is continually in motion. Be it atoms, stars or snowflakes from the latest nor’easter pounding the New England seaboard, anything worth studying involves movement. And as skies and snowbound roads clear, this Wednesday and Thursday evening will give us a reason to brave the January cold, as the waxing gibbous Moon pierces the […]

01/27/2015 07:10 AM
Oldest Planetary System Discovered, Improving the Chances for Intelligent Life Everywhere
Using data from the Kepler space telescope, an international group of astronomers has discovered the oldest known planetary system in the galaxy – an 11 billion-year-old system of five rocky planets that are all smaller than Earth. The team says this discovery suggests that Earth-size planets have formed throughout most of the Universe’s 13.8-billion-year history, […]

01/26/2015 09:50 PM
Are Asteroids the Future of Planetary Science?
I don’t think I ever learned one of those little rhymes – My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas – to memorize the order of the planets, but if I had, it would’ve painted for me a minimalist picture of the solar system. (Side question: what is my Very Educated Mother serving now […]

01/26/2015 05:41 PM
“Super Saturn” Has an Enormous Ring System and Maybe Even Exomoons
Astronomers watching the repeated and drawn-out dimming of a relatively nearby Sun-like star have interpreted their observations to indicate an eclipse by a gigantic exoplanet’s complex ring system, similar to Saturn’s except much, much bigger. What’s more, apparent gaps and varying densities of the rings imply the presence of at least one large exomoon, and perhaps even more in the […]

01/26/2015 04:33 PM
News Flash: Asteroid Flying Past Earth Today Has Mini-Moon!
Wonderful news! Asteroid 2004 BL86, which passed closest to Earth today at a distance of 750,000 miles (1.2 million km), has a companion moon. Scientists working with NASA’s 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, have released the first radar images of the asteroid which show the tiny object in orbit about the […]

01/26/2015 12:50 PM
Astronomy Cast Ep. 365: Gaia
The European Gaia spacecraft launched about a year ago with the ambitious goal of mapping one billion years in the Milky Way. That’s 1% of all the stars in our entire galaxy, which it will monitor about 70 times over its 5-year mission. If all goes well, we’ll learn an enormous amount about the structure, […]

01/26/2015 12:06 PM
Carnival Of Space #390
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Joe Latrell at his Photos To Space blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #390 (...)Read the rest of Carnival Of Space #390 (89 words) © susie for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Carnival of Space Feed enhanced by Better Feed […]


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