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US Air Force launches next secret mission of X-37B

US Air Force launches next secret mission of X-37B

Yesterday marks the 4th launch of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV. An Atlas V rocket developed by Lockheed Martin carried the craft into orbit at 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT) from Florida's...

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VIDEO Building a supermassive black hole

This month at the Science Club Nashville, we were privy to Dr. Jillian Bellovary, a Bridge Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University's Physics & Astronomy Department. She started us off nicely with an easy-to-grasp introduction into black holes, then segued into the meat of her presentation: using cosmological simulations to study how galaxies and supermassive black holes form over cosmic time.

Advanced Ligos hunt for gravitational waves could

If the Advanced Ligo is able to pick up these waves, it will revolutionize the way we are able to see the universe.

Janus The loneliest moon in the solar system

A moon that shares its orbit with another moon seems like an unlikely candidate to be considered the “loneliest moon in the solar system,” but such is the case with Janus, scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California explained on Monday.

Researchers find new impossible type of galaxy

An international team of researchers working at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have reportedly discovered a new type of galaxy which theoretically should not be able to exist: one that is nearly as wide as the Milky Way but contains just one percent as many stars.

Whats up with the balancing rocks on this comet

These rocks belong in a circus act. But how did they get there? Hint: aliens.

redOrbit exclusive How religions view aliens

If ET suddenly came to Earth and began eating up all of our Reese's Pieces, how would we respond?

Why do galaxies die

We can see dead galaxies all over the universe-- but what causes them to die?

New technique could help find life on Mars

The efforts of NASA and the European Space Agency have brought us tantalizingly close to concrete evidence of life on Mars, even discovering evidence that the planet was once covered with water, but the “aha!” moment where we find biological life is yet to come.

How close are we to finding aliens

Some people think aliens are a conspiracy theory or an impossibility, but statistically it's possible that extra-terrestrial life forms (ETs) could exist in our galactic neighborhood.

What does it take to be an astronaut

Hint: it's not easy being an astronaut.

Venus-exploring inflatable aircraft may soon be developed

Engineers at Northrop Grumman have been exploring the possibility of creating an inflatable aircraft that could travel to Venus for more than two years, and now it appears the company could soon begin work on an actual prototype of the vehicle.

Why astronauts are super hot experiment

What happens to the body temperature of an astronaut when he or she is in space? An experiment designed to track temperature was designed, and it is already being used here on Earth to help other professions.

Corkscrew planets spiral between two stars

Astronomers discovered that in very rare cases, an exoplanet can spiral around the axis connecting its two stars.

What would warp speed actually look like

Sorry Star Wars fans: It probably wouldn't look like this.

Will a killer asteroid really skim by Earth today

According to some articles circulating the internet, a "monster" asteroid will "skim" by Earth tomorrow, and we all may die. We talk to Vanderbilt astronomer David Weintraub, who clarifies what's really going to happen.

Family portrait captured of Pluto and moons

For the first time ever, Pluto and its moons were captured in a photo together using NASA's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager. What a tender family reunion.

LightSail spacecraft set for first test flight

It's time to go space sailin'! The LightSail is on schedule for its first test flight later this month.

Rare image of super-Jupiter captured

This super-Jupiter is the closest exoplanet for which an image and a spectrum have been obtained, and it's a good picture of what Jupiter could have looked like back in the good old days.

Galileo spacecraft captures image of chaos terrain on Europa

A newly-released image of Europa captured by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft shows a portion of the Jovian moon’s crust known as Conamara Chaos that is marked by long grooves etched into its shattered chunks of ice and which criss-cross along the surface.

Ceres bright spots Most likely suns reflection offsomething

This morning, NASA released an animated image of the dwarf planet taken by the Dawn spacecraft on May 3 and 4, giving us an even closer and more defined look at the mysterious bright spots--and even a few more hints as to what causes them.


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Word of the Day
guggle
  • To make a sound as of liquid being poured from a small-necked container
  • To make a gurgling sound; gurgle.
  • To gargle, as the throat.
The word 'guggle' is most likely onomatopoetic in origin.
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