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2014-03-06 12:21:05

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recorded the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Fragile comets, comprised of ice and dust, have been seen falling apart as they near the sun, but nothing like this has ever before been observed in the asteroid belt. "This is a rock, and seeing it fall apart before our eyes is pretty amazing," said...

2014-03-05 16:20:29

AUSTIN, Texas, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is partnering with NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) to bring the James Webb Space Telescope back to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Gaming Expo at the Palmer Events Center March 7-9, 2014. Free to the public, the Webb Telescope exhibit will demonstrate the sheer size of the observatory that will be 100 times more powerful than Hubble. Visitors can talk with scientists and...

supernova SN 2014J
2014-02-27 04:07:54

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has used its dust-piercing infrared vision to help in analyzing a recently-discovered supernova in galaxy M82. It joined with several other instruments to create a detailed portrait of the stellar explosion, officials from the US space agency announced on Wednesday. The new supernova, SN 2014J, is the closest of its kind to be observed in the past few decades and has launched a global observing...

Exoplanet Hunter Selected By European Space Agency
2014-02-20 04:31:01

[ Watch the Video: The Newest Exoplanet Hunter - PLATO ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the hottest topics in 21st century science is the exploration of planets around stars other than our own Sun. These planets are known as extrasolar planets, or "exoplanets." One of the key goals of such research is to discover and learn about the properties of Earth-like worlds in the Sun's neighborhood. The European Space Agency (ESA) is preparing a new space mission,...

NASA Satellite Discovers Cloudy Conditions Around Black Holes
2014-02-19 13:27:43

[ Watch the Video: The Cloudy Cores of Active Galaxies ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of astronomers used NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite data and found huge clouds of gas orbiting supermassive black holes. Scientists collected 16 years of data from RXTE, a decommissioned low-earth orbit satellite that was equipped with instruments that measured variations in X-ray sources. This treasure trove of data revealed a dozen...

Frontier Fields Project Locates One Of The Most Distant Galaxies Ever
2014-02-08 08:28:08

[ Watch the Video: Abell2744 Y1 Is The Most Distant Galaxy Discovered ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online By analyzing data collected by the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, an international team of astronomers have discovered what could be one of the most distant galaxies ever discovered, existing at a time when the universe was no more than approximately 650 million years old. The galaxy, which is known as Abell2744 Y1, is roughly 30 times smaller than...

ESA's Gaia Mission Is Beginning To See Things More Clearly
2014-02-06 13:37:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) billion-star surveyor mission is slowly beginning to see more clearly. ESA’s Gaia launched on December 19, 2013, and since then it has been preparing for its mission to gather loads of data on stars that surround us. Gaia took a test image of a dense cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud as part of a “fine tuning” test to get the spacecraft into focus. The new image is allowing ESA...

2014-02-05 12:21:09

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanguard Space Technologies (Vanguard) has been awarded two contracts to provide hardware for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. The contracts, awarded by Northrop Grumman Corporation to Vanguard, are for fabrication of composite components of the Unitized Pallet Structure (UPS). The components will be manufactured at Vanguard's San Diego facility using advanced graphite fiber reinforced materials yielding lightweight, stiff and stable parts. Delivery...

2014-02-03 16:20:32

LOGAN, Utah, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory announced today that it has delivered the final series of 35 thermal link and composite support structure assemblies to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for integration onto the James Webb Space Telescope. The SDL-built thermal links will help conduct heat away from the Webb Telescope's infrared instruments. "Delivery of the Webb Telescope heat straps represents a significant...

2014-02-03 12:21:33

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- An infrared camera designed with University of Arizona and Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] know-how, which will form the heart of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), has joined three other instruments at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to be mounted in the nascent telescope structure. The Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) will function as the central imaging component of JWST, which will replace the Hubble Space Telescope toward...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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