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12/01/2015 07:59 AM
Spinning Worlds: Orrery of Kepler’s Exoplanets, Part IV
The past few years, Daniel Fabrycky from the Kepler spacecraft science team has put together some terrific orrery-type visualization of all the multiple-planet systems discovered by the Kepler spacecraft. An orrery, as you probably know, is a a mechanical model of a solar system, and the metal or plastic ones available these days usually show […]

11/30/2015 08:14 PM
Enceladus, the Jet-Powered Water World
I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing pictures of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, with those captivating water jets and plumes at its South Pole. And this new images from the Cassini mission is just stunning – and intriguing. Carolyn Porco, the Cassini imaging team lead described the image on Twitter: “Be moved by crescent Enceladus […]

11/30/2015 01:42 PM
Orion Gets Beefed Up, Silver-Metallic Thermal Protection Coating for Next Flight on EM-1
In the wake of NASA’s supremely successful inaugural test flight of the Orion deep space capsule on the EFT-1 mission in Dec. 2014, NASA is beefing up the critical thermal protection system (TPS) that will protect astronauts from the searing heats experienced during reentry as the human rated vehicle plunges through the Earth’s atmosphere after […]

11/30/2015 12:52 PM
Astronomy Cast Ep. 395: The Standard Model – Baryons and Beyond
In the last few episodes, we’ve been talking about the standard model of physics, explaining what everything is made up of. But the reality is that we probably don’t know a fraction of how everything is put together. This week we’re going to talk about baryons, the particles made up of quarks. The most famous […]

11/27/2015 01:06 PM
Earth May Be “Hairy” with Dark Matter
I’m losing mine, but the Solar System may be way hairier than we ever thought, with thick crops of filamentary dark matter streaming through Earth’s core and back out again even as you read this. (...)Read the rest of Earth May Be “Hairy” with Dark Matter (823 words) © Bob King for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | […]

11/25/2015 09:49 PM
First Mirror Installed on NASA’s Webb Telescope, Final Assembly Phase Starts
After years of construction, the first of 18 primary flight mirrors has been installed onto NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, signifying the start of the final assembly phase for the mammoth observatory that will eventually become the most powerful telescope ever sent to space. […]

11/25/2015 04:55 PM
Pre-Order “Treasures of the Universe” Astrophotography Book Through Kickstarter
We’ve featured the photography of André van der Hoeven here many times, and all of his photos are wonderful. Well, now you can get them all in one big book, titled Treasures of the Universe. This 150+ page book contains photos of most of the major objects in the Solar System as well as deep […]

11/25/2015 08:25 AM
Spotting Asterix: France Marks 50 Years of Space Exploration
Author’s note: In the wake of the November 13th terrorist attacks, the French Space Agency CNES canceled the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the launch of Asterix. This post commemorates the launch of France’s first satellite 50 years ago this week, and pays a small tribute to the noblest of human endeavors, namely the […]

11/25/2015 08:03 AM
They’re Back! Win a Copy of the 2016 Year in Space Wall Calendar
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: when the new Year In Space Wall Calendars become available! These wonderful calendars are back for 2016: they are big and are the perfect gift for all the space enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list. This gigantic wall calendar is full of amazing color images, daily space […]

11/25/2015 08:00 AM
Do Comets Explain Mystery Star’s Bizarre Behavior?
The story of KIC 8462852 appears far from over. You’ll recall NASA’s Kepler mission had monitored the star for four years, observing two unusual incidents, in 2011 and 2013, when its light dimmed in dramatic, never-before-seen ways. Models to explain its erratic behavior were so lacking that some considered the possibility that alien megastructures built to capture […]

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