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wise brown dwarf
2014-04-25 12:21:48

NASA NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known -- a dim, star-like body that, surprisingly, is as frosty as Earth's North Pole. Images from the space telescopes also pinpointed the object's distance to 7.2 light-years away, earning it the title for fourth closest system to our sun. The closest system, a trio of stars, is Alpha Centauri, at about 4 light-years away. "It's very...

NASA Satellite Data Show Drought May Take Toll On Congo Rainforest
2014-04-24 03:15:45

[ Watch The Video: Drought Effects On Congo Rainforest Cover Shown By NASA Satellites ] NASA A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade. The study, led by Liming Zhou of University at Albany, State University of New York, shows between 2000 and 2012 the decline affected an increasing amount of forest area and intensified. The...

crab nebula
2014-04-24 04:00:41

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two instruments that played critical roles in discoveries made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope now are on display in an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. "Repairing Hubble" recognizes the 24th anniversary of Hubble's launch into space aboard space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. The exhibit features Hubble's Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR) instrument and the Wide...

2014-04-17 16:21:08

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO While planets...

2014-04-14 16:21:17

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet's known moons. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Images taken with Cassini's narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn's A ring -- the outermost of the planet's large, bright rings. One...

2014-04-07 16:20:13

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media are invited to attend NASA's third annual International Space Apps Challenge. The main event will be held April 12-13 in New York. The two-day "codeathon" also will be locally hosted at almost 100 locations spanning six continents. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The International Space Apps Challenge will bring tech-savvy citizens, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, and students together to help...

2014-04-04 16:20:23

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media accreditation now is open for U.S. and international news media interested in covering the launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California -- the second of NASA's five Earth science missions to launch in 2014. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO OCO-2 is scheduled to launch at 2:56 a.m. PDT July 1 from Space Launch Complex 2 on a United Launch Alliance Delta...

2014-04-03 16:20:29

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will be flying a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space this June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Media are invited to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on Wednesday, April 9, for a brief mission overview and visit to the clean room where this near-space...

2014-04-03 16:20:19

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial microbes. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Researchers theorized the presence of an interior reservoir of water in 2005 when Cassini discovered water vapor and ice spewing from...

3-D Look At Los Angeles Area Quake Provided By NASA Model
2014-04-01 08:00:46

Alan Buis, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory On March 28, residents of Greater Los Angeles experienced the largest earthquake to strike the region since 2008. The magnitude 5.1 quake was centered near La Habra in northwestern Orange County about 21 miles (33 kilometers) east-southeast of Los Angeles, and was widely felt throughout Southern California. There have been hundreds of aftershocks, including one of magnitude 4.1. Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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