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Space News Archive - January 12, 2012

Image 1 - Microlensing Survey Finds A Multitude Of Planets

An international team, including three astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO), has used the technique of gravitational microlensing to measure how common planets are in the Milky Way.

The American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has honored Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate with the Von Karman Lectureship in Astronautics.

Newly Found Ring System Similar To Saturn

A team of astrophysicists from the University of Rochester and Europe has discovered a ring system in the constellation Centaurus that invites comparisons to Saturn.

Image 1 - Kepler Finds Three Smallest Exoplanets

A team of astronomers led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has discovered the three smallest confirmed planets ever detected outside our solar system.

Galactic Brightness Helps Build Precision Model Of The Universe

Berkeley Lab scientists and their Sloan Digital Sky Survey colleagues use galactic brightness to build a precision model of the cosmos.

Image 1 - Kepler Finds Two More Two-Sun Planets

Astronomers announced the findings of two new circumbinary planets, or worlds that orbit two different stars, during the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Austin, Texas on Wednesday.

Rare Ultra-Blue Stars Among Hubble Andromeda Finds

Images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed both a cluster of rare ultra-blue stars and a "double nucleus" of old, reddish stars orbiting a 100-million-solar-mass black hole at the nearby Andromeda spiral galaxy.

Astronomers Solve 40-year Mystery Of Nearby Supernova

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has helped astronomers solve a 40-year mystery over what type of star, or so-called progenitor, caused a supernova in a nearby galaxy.

Mars Science Lab Completes Biggest Maneuver To Date

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft successfully refined its flight path on Wednesday with the biggest maneuver planned for the mission's journey between Earth and Mars.

What Color Is The Milky Way?

Astronomers from University of Pittsburgh seeking to find the true color of our very own Milky Way have revealed that it is so white that it would resemble a fresh blanket of snow to the naked eye.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'