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Space News Archive - May 18, 2012

Hinode Will Capture Annular Solar Eclipse This Weekend

On May 20-21, 2012 an annular eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor along Earth's northern Hemisphere -- beginning in eastern Asia, crossing the North Pacific Ocean, and ending in the western United States.

Astrophysicists Use Three-Telescope Interferometry To Observe How Black Holes Are Fueled

By combining the light of three powerful infrared telescopes, an international research team has observed the active accretion phase of a supermassive black hole in the center of a galaxy tens of millions of light years away.

Baby Galaxies Grew Up Faster Than Previously Believed

Baby galaxies from the young Universe more than 12 billion years ago evolved faster than previously thought, shows new research from the Niels Bohr Institute.

SpaceX Launch Closing In, Pending Good Weather

In less than 24 hours, America will take a new leap into both the commercial industry and space as the SpaceX Dragon Capsule will launch towards the International Space Station.

NASA has selected the 2012 class of Space Technology Research Fellows.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will provide the commencement address to the 2012 graduating class of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md., on Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. EDT.

The study of the 'demon star,' Algol, made by a research group of the University of Helsinki, Finland, has received both scientific and public attention

Herschel Space Observatory Finds Galaxy-packed Supercluster

Researchers have discovered a dazzling display of billions of new stars in a galaxy-packed filament about 4,500 light years away in the Cygnus-X star-forming region of the Cygnus constellation.

More than 50 teams of undergraduate and graduate students from eight countries will come to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida May 21-26 to take part in the third annual Lunabotics Mining Competition.

NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck will join agency and Ohio officials to name nine small and medium-sized Ohio manufacturers that will receive NASA assistance to solve technical problems with new or existing products.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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