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Five Year Anniversary Of Stereo Imaging For NASA's TWINS
2013-06-23 04:12:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online This month marks the fifth anniversary of NASA’s Two Wide-angle Imaging Neutral-atom Spectrometers (TWINS) missions, which are stereoscopically imaging the mysterious and dynamic region surrounding Earth known as the magnetosphere, the US space agency announced on Saturday. The TWINS A & B probes were launched on June 15, 2008, and according to NASA, since that time they have been orbiting in widely separated planes so that...

NuSTAR Observatory Busy High Energy Events
2013-06-18 11:08:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA´s NuSTAR orbiting observatory is designed to investigate high-energy events throughout the universe, and the cosmos has been keeping it busy in recent months, producing one event after another. In early April, the galaxy Markarian 421 produced a high-energy event that increased its brightness by more than 50 times its usual level. Markarian 421 is known as a blazer, a unique class of galaxies with supermassive "feeding" black...

Herschel Space Observatory Goes Dark
2013-06-18 04:23:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Monday, June 17, that the Herschel Space Telescope had been shut down, marking the end of operations for the hugely successful space observatory. BBC News reports Herschel was the most powerful observatory of its kind ever put in space. In four years of operation, Herschel used its 3.5m mirror and three state-of-the-art instruments to gather pictures and other data at far-infrared...

New Planet Hunting Technique
2013-06-10 12:43:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sponsored by the International Astronomical Union (AIU), a team of astronomers is working on a technique capable of detecting faint dust clouds around other stars where Earth-like planets could be hiding. This new technology could dramatically improve the odds of discovering planets with conditions suitable for life. "Current technology allows us to detect only the brightest clouds, those that are a few thousand times brighter than the...

Pinwheeling Through The Sky
2013-06-10 09:49:48

ESA The face-on Pinwheel spiral galaxy is seen at ultraviolet wavelengths in this image taken by ESA´s XMM-Newton space telescope. Also known as M101, the galaxy lies 21 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. It measures 170 000 light-years across — nearly twice the diameter of our own Milky Way Galaxy — and contains at least a trillion stars. About a billion of these stars could be similar to our own Sun. More often seen in visible light, here the...

Black Holes Abundant Early Universe
2013-06-06 14:16:28

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As telescopes peer into the distant background of the Universe they are, in effect, looking back in time. The light emitted from these objects has been traveling across the Universe for perhaps billions of years. So by analyzing the background light of the sky researchers can get a picture of the composition of the Universe early in its evolution. New data from NASA´s Chandra X-ray Observatory and NASA´s...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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