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Wild Ducks Take Flight In Open Cluster

Wild Ducks Take Flight In Open Cluster

The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken this beautiful image, dappled with blue stars, of one of the most star-rich open clusters...

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Cassini Watches Mysterious Feature Evolve In Titan Sea

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is monitoring the evolution of a mysterious feature in a large hydrocarbon sea on Saturn's moon Titan. The feature covers an area of about 100 square miles (260 square kilometers) in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest seas on Titan.

Nitrogen Fingerprint In Biomolecules Could Be From The Early

Chemical fingerprints of the element nitrogen vary by extremes in materials from the molecules of life to the solar wind to interstellar dust. Ideas for how this great variety came about have included alien molecules shuttled in by icy comets from beyond our solar system and complex chemical scenarios.

NASAs Releases Images Of A Mid-Level Solar Flare

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 10:58 p.m. EDT on Sept. 27, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event.

Sierra Nevada Challenges NASA Decision On Crew Transport

Sierra Nevada Corp has filed a formal protest over NASA’s decision to grant a total of $6.8 billion in contracts to Boeing and SpaceX for the construction of next-generation vehicles to transport American astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

NASAs Cold Atom Laboratory Creates Atomic Dance

The goal of NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) is to study ultra-cold quantum gases in a facility instrument developed for use on the International Space Station.

GOCE Reveals Gravity Dip From Ice Loss

Although not designed to map changes in Earth’s gravity over time, ESA’s extraordinary satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature.

Indias Space Program Faces Challenges Even After Mangalyaan

When the Mars Orbiter Mission Mangalyaan (MOM) successfully entered orbit around the Red Planet, it was a defining moment for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) – but as media reports published late last week revealed, it also shed light on some of the challenges facing the country’s fledgling space program.

Interstellar Molecules Are Branching Out

Scientists have for the first time detected a carbon-bearing molecule with a "branched" structure in interstellar space.

Rosetta To Deploy Lander On November 12

On November 12, 2014, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission will be deploying its lander, Philae, to the surface of Comet 67P—also known as Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

NASA Rover Drill Pulls First Taste From Mars Mountain

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first taste of the layered mountain whose scientific allure drew the mission to choose this part of Mars as a landing site.

A Galaxy Of Deception

Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known as UGC 5340, was thought to offer an exception.

New Study Concludes That A Significant Amount Of Earths

The water found on planet Earth predates the formation of the sun – a discovery that could have implications in the ongoing search for life on other planets, according to research appearing in Friday’s the journal Science.

Four Separate Fireball Events Reported Tuesday Throughout

Approximately 150 people throughout the eastern half of the US reported witnessing four large fireballs traveling throughout the skies during a 24-hour period on Tuesday, various media outlets are reporting.

With Arrival Of New Expedition 41 Crew Members Five

NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova joined their Expedition 41 crewmates when the hatches between the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft and the International Space Station officially opened at 1:06 a.m. EDT.

How NASA Watches Coronal Mass Ejections

Those who study Earth's weather have a luxury of data points to study. Compared to this, the study of space weather – including CMEs – is a much younger science, with far fewer observatories available.

International Space Station - A Giant Among Earth Satellites

The International Space Station has been called a stepping stone to other worlds. NASA hasn't forgotten, however, that the behemoth space station is also on the doorstep of Earth.

Revisiting The Pluto Debate Should It Be Considered A Planet

Pluto may no longer be a planet in the eyes of the International Astronomical Union, but as a recent debate hosted by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics revealed, not everyone agrees with the official assessment that led to its 2006 demotion.

New Study Looks Into Hubble Telescope Gender Bias

Out of every four proposals submitted to gain observation time on the Hubble Space Telescope, three are denied. You might think that these denials are based strictly on the merits of the study being proposed and the current viewing patterns of the telescope, but you would be wrong.

Most Stars Are Born In Clusters But Some Eventually Leave

New modeling studies from Carnegie’s Alan Boss demonstrate that most of the stars we see were formed when unstable clusters of newly formed protostars broke up.

Theoretical Physicist And His Team Take A Peek At Solar

Strong solar flares can bring down communications and power grids on Earth. By demonstrating how these gigantic eruptions are caused, ETH physicists are laying the foundations for future predictions.


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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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