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New Images Of Comet ISON
2013-11-27 15:08:31

[ Watch the Video: SOHO Sees Comet ISON Appear ] NASA As Comet ISON heads toward its closest approach to the sun — known as perihelion — on Nov. 28, 2013, scientists have been watching through many observatories to see if the comet has already broken up under the intense heat and gravitational forces of the sun. The comet is too far away to discern how many pieces it is in, so instead researchers carefully measure how bright it is, which can be used to infer its current state....

Sunny Outlook For NASA Kepler's Second Light
2013-11-26 12:09:10

NASA You may have thought that NASA's Kepler spacecraft was finished. Well, think again. A repurposed Kepler Space telescope may soon start searching the sky again. A new mission concept, dubbed K2, would continue Kepler's search for other worlds, and introduce new opportunities to observe star clusters, young and old stars, active galaxies and supernovae. In May, the Kepler spacecraft lost the second of four gyroscope-like reaction wheels, which are used to precisely point the...

NASA's Solar Observing Fleet Will Be Watching Comet ISON's Journey Around The Sun
2013-11-23 08:07:02

NASA It began in the Oort cloud, almost a light year away. It has traveled for over a million years. It has almost reached the star that has pulled it steadily forward for so long. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2013, Comet ISON will finally sling shot around the sun. Here its inward journey through the solar system will end -- either because it will break up due to intense heat and gravity of the sun, or because, still intact, it speeds back away, never to return. Catalogued as C/2012...

2013-11-21 16:20:41

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On April 27, a blast of light from a dying star in a distant galaxy became the focus of astronomers around the world. The explosion, known as a gamma-ray burst and designated GRB 130427A, tops the charts as one of the brightest ever seen. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) A trio of NASA satellites, working in concert with ground-based robotic telescopes, captured never-before-seen details that challenge...

2013-11-19 12:21:15

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a news teleconference at 2 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 21, to announce new findings about a record-setting gamma-ray burst observed in unprecedented detail by the agency's Fermi, Swift and NuSTAR high-energy satellites and by telescopes on the ground. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The journal Science has embargoed the findings until the time of the news conference. Gamma-ray bursts are the most...

WISE Catalog And Atlas Just Got Wiser
2013-11-16 04:55:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new and improved atlas and catalog, brimming with data on three-quarters of a billion objects detected during two full scans of the sky, were released by NASA on Friday from their Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. In 2010, WISE scanned the entire sky in infrared light, snapping a dozen pictures of every star and galaxy. The spacecraft ran out of the coolant needed to chill some of its heat-seeking detectors in...

Lightning Study To Be The Subject Of NASA Firefly Mission
2013-11-16 04:39:20

[ Watch the Video: Firefly Mission to Study Lightning ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA is preparing to launch an inexpensive, football-sized probe to study lightning, including its effects on the atmosphere and the possible link between the phenomenon and powerful energy bursts known as terrestrial gamma ray flashes (TGFs), the US space agency announced on Friday. The probe has been dubbed Firefly, and it is currently scheduled for a launch later...

2013-11-12 23:30:17

Egon Jaeggin of Numerical Precision, Inc., recently took his grand kids to see the movie ‘Gravity.’ He quietly cheered during the first ten minutes as Dr. Ryan Stone — played by actress Sandra Bullock — uses a facsimile of a pistol-grip cordless drill which his firm built for NASA in 2009. Wheeling, IL (PRWEB) November 12, 2013 Mr. Egon Jaeggin of Numerical Precision, Inc., recently took his wife and grand kids to see the movie ‘Gravity.’ He quietly cheered during the first...

Six-Tailed Asteroid Caught By NASA's Hubble Space Telescope
2013-11-07 15:50:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using the NASA Hubble Space Telescope have witnessed an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust. NASA said the asteroid, designated P/2013 P5, resembles a rotating lawn sprinkler with the dust radiating from it like water being whipped around a yard. P/2013 P5, located in our Solar System’s asteroid belt, is puzzling astronomers with its unusual appearance. "We were literally dumbfounded when we saw it," said lead...

2013-11-07 12:21:59

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers viewing our solar system's asteroid belt with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have seen for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like spokes on a wheel. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Unlike all other known asteroids, which appear simply as tiny points of light, this asteroid, designated P/2013 P5, resembles a rotating lawn sprinkler. Astronomers are...