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Space News Archive - April 02, 2012

Astronomers Capture Images of Massive Solar Tornado

A NASA satellite has captured images of a solar tornado that is said to be five times as wide as Earth and one of the largest such structures ever discovered on our sun.

A Star Explodes, Turns Inside-Out

A new X-ray study of the remains of an exploded star indicates that the supernova that disrupted the massive star may have turned it inside out in the process.

Getting to Know the Goldilocks Planet

NASA's Kepler spacecraft is discovering a veritable avalanche of alien worlds. Recent finds include planets with double suns, massive "super-Earths" and "hot Jupiters," and a miniature solar system.

ASTRON And IBM Collaborate To Explore Origins Of The Universe

IBM announced that it has won a $42 million contract to work with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy to research a new line of super-fast computers that will be needed for the Square Kilometer Array to perform the most exhaustive search of the origins of the universe seen to date.

Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.