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NASA's Parker Solar Probe is about to lift off

1 week ago from Physorg

At 3:33 a.m. EDT on Aug. 11, while most of the U.S. is asleep, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will be abuzz with excitement. At that moment, NASA's Parker...

Pairs of small colliding galaxies may seed future stars

1 week ago from Physorg

A pair of dwarf galaxies closely circling the Milky Way, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, were in the throes of merging into one when they fell into our galaxy....

Time saving tooling rods used on NASA's Webb Telescope sunshield

1 week ago from Physorg

Folding and refolding bed sheets to ensure they are squared can take a lot of time. It's the same with unfurling and folding up NASA's massive James Webb Space Telescope...

Astrophysicists discover that ultrahot planets have starlike atmospheres

1 week ago from Physorg

Recent observations by NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes of ultrahot Jupiter-like planets have perplexed theorists. The spectra of these planets have suggested they have exotic—and improbable—compositions.

Ultrahot planets have starlike atmospheres

1 week ago from Science Daily

An unusual kind of star-planet hybrid atmosphere is emerging from studies of ultrahot planets orbiting close to other stars.

Pairs of small colliding galaxies may seed future stars

1 week ago from Science Daily

In a new study, astronomers show how gas expelled in the merger of two small galaxies can linger across vast distances for billions of years, where it may eventually feed...

Penalty kick research hits the spot

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

New research from the University of Portsmouth could help footballers improve the accuracy of their penalty kicks.

Watch: Witness films large dust devil in California

1 week ago from UPI

A traveler on a California road captured video of a huge dust devil carrying a column of dirt through the air.

NASA's solar probe cleared for launch on mission to "touch the sun"

1 week ago from CBSNews - Science

The solar probe is "the coolest hottest mission under the sun," one scientist says

'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 1 Blu-Ray Trailer, Bonus Features Revealed

1 week ago from Space.com

CBS has released details about the forthcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Season 1 of "Star Trek: Discovery," including a trailer and information about the extra features.

Spinning heat shield for future spacecraft

1 week ago from Science Daily

A newly developed prototype flexible heat shield for spacecraft could reduce the cost of space travel and even aid future space missions to Mars.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is About to Lift Off

1 week ago from Science @ NASA

Portal origin URL: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is About to Lift OffPortal origin nid: 430137Published: Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 13:00Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: Stay tuned — Parker is about...

Water Is Destroyed, Then Reborn in Ultrahot Jupiters

Ultrahot Jupiters are planets with scorching daysides, where water molecules are ripped apart, only to re-form on the planets' nightsides, according to a new study.

US to Launch Space Force Military Branch in 2020, VP Mike Pence Says

1 week ago from Space.com

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday (Aug. 9) unveiled a detailed plan for the military Space Force proposed by President Donald Trump. If Congress agrees to establish it, the Space...

'Poltergeist' coming to Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights

1 week ago from UPI

Classic horror film "Poltergeist" will be reimagined as a haunted house at Universal Studios' annual Halloween Horror Nights event.

Orioles visit Rays in rubber match

1 week ago from UPI

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Baltimore Orioles went into Wednesday night's game tied for the worst record in baseball, then committed five errors for the first time since 1999 and still...

Raptors' Kawhi Leonard says 'thank you' to Spurs in first statement since trade

1 week ago from UPI

Former San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard released his first statement since being traded to the Toronto Raptors, thanking his former franchise.

Red Sox star Mookie Betts is going to be a first-time father

1 week ago from UPI

Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts and his girlfriend, Brianna Hammonds, are expecting a baby.

Report: North Korea preparing military parade

1 week ago from UPI

North Korea is getting a head start on preparations for a major anniversary in September, according to a South Korean press report.

A cautionary tail

1 week ago from European Space Agency

Operations image of the week: comet Swift–Tuttle leaves in its wake a trail of cometary debris — the cause of the annual Perseids meteor showers and a reminder of Earth's...

Finding the happy medium of black holes

1 week ago from Physorg

This image shows data from a massive observing campaign that includes NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. These Chandra data have provided strong evidence for the existence of so-called intermediate-mass black holes...

Study helps solve mystery under Jupiter's coloured bands

1 week ago from Physorg

Scientists from Australia and the United States have helped to solve the mystery underlying Jupiter's coloured bands in a new study on the interaction between atmospheres and magnetic fields.

Satellite measurements of the Earth's magnetosphere promise better space weather forecasts

1 week ago from Science Daily

A Japan-based research team led by Kanazawa University equipped the Arase satellite with sensors to study the convoluted interactions between high-energy particles in the inner magnetosphere and the Earth's electric...

Magnetic Fields Can Quash Zonal Jets Deep in Gas Giants

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

Magnetic fields around a planet or a star can overpower the zonal jets that affect atmospheric circulation. New research by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist and a collaborator...

Impact of a stellar intruder on our solar system

1 week ago from Physorg

The solar system was formed from a protoplanetary disk consisting of gas and dust. Since the cumulative mass of all objects beyond Neptune is much smaller than expected and the...

UAH/MSFC/SAO partnership creates instrument to fly in sun's corona on probe

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

The UAH, MSFC and SAO have created and tested the only instrument that will sample the solar wind while exposed directly to it aboard NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP)

This Meteor 'Exploded' Over Greenland, But Nobody Saw It. Here's Why It Matters.

1 week ago from Space.com

A fireball that streaked across the sky above the Thule Air Base in Greenland on July 25 was notable for not only the 2.1 kilotons of energy it released but...

Look: Glen Powell confirms 'Top Gun: Maverick' casting in photo next to jet

1 week ago from UPI

Glen Powell confirmed he joined the cast of "Top Gun: Maverick" by sharing an Instagram photo of himself next to a fighter jet.