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2 Small Asteroids Zoom Between Earth and Moon's Orbit

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The two asteroids, 2011 SM173 and 2011 SE58, are both too small to pose a threat to Earth.

Astronomers reveal supernova factory

7 years ago from Science Daily

A team of astronomers has detected seven previously unknown supernovae in a galaxy 250 million light years away. Never before have so many supernovae been discovered at the same time...

Stardust discovered in far-off planetary systems

7 years ago from Physorg

Searching for extra-solar planets -- which are planets outside of our solar system -- is very popular these days. About 700 planets are known at the moment, a number that...

Image of dying 'hypergiant' star captured

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MUNICH, Germany, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- European astronomers have released a new image of a hypergiant star, a monster star with a diameter a thousand times bigger than the...

Giant star expels multiple dust shells

7 years ago from Physorg

An international team led by Leen Decin, a K.U. Leuven (Belgium) astronomer, has discovered a series of dust shells in the vicinity of CW Leonis, a dying giant star. The...

New Forecast: Sun's 'Superstorms' Could Doom Satellites

7 years ago from Live Science

Strong geomagnetic storms sparked by the sun may damage to satellites closer to Earth than previously thought.

How common are terrestrial, habitable planets around sun-like stars?

7 years ago from Physorg

Once again news from the Kepler mission is making the rounds, this time with a research paper outlining a theory that Earth-like planets may be more common around class F,...

Ron Garan Returns to Earth - Interview

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After 5 month aboard the International Space Station, the NASA astronaut returned to Earth aboard a Soyuz TMA-21 on September 16.'s Clara Moskowitz caches up with him in this...

Secrets of Venus' atmosphere revealed

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Weather on Venus with 800-degree temperatures and sulfuric acid clouds is often described as unchanging and boring, but U.S. astronomers say that's not so.

EU said to need better energy planning

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LUND, Sweden, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Better planning on the use of biomass for alternative energy is needed if the European Union is to meet future energy targets, a...

System looks for 'pop-up' thunderstorms

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Weather forecasting software used to plan U.S. airline flights each day has been linked together for use in a system to predict thunderstorms,...

White House honors Utah university chemist

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Peter J. Stang of the University of Utah has won a National Medal of Science, the highest U.S. honor for a scientist or engineer,...

Aircraft compete for $1.65 million prize

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SANTA ROSA, Calif., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Five teams from across the United States that built alternative-powered aircraft are competing for a $1.65 million prize in California, NASA says.

Solar storm delivers "glancing blow" to Earth

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A solar storm born of a monster sunspot delivered a "glancing blow" to Earth, with little impact on electrical systems, U.S. space weather experts said on Tuesday.

UARS fell far from major landmass

Nasa now says its six-tonne UARS satellite re-entered Earth's atmosphere far from any major landmass, north-east of the Vanuatu archipelago.

Flocking robots take to the sky (w/ video)

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- The next time you look up in the sky and think you are seeing a flock of geese flying south for the winter, take a closer look. If...

Japanese Spy Satellite in Orbit After Successful Launch

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Japan launched a spy satellite on Friday, September 23, 2011, to track North Korean missile development.

The Accelerating Universe and Dark Energy Might Be Illusions

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A new cosmology theory suggests that the expansion of the universe may not be accelerating after all. Instead, it may be decelerating, and our false impression may result from a...

Google to finance home solar systems

7 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Google says it will invest $75 million to help 3,000 homeowners install solar panels on their roofs.

NRL launches TacSat-4 to augment communications needs

7 years ago from Physorg

The Navy's Tactical Satellite-IV (TacSat-4) successfully launched Sept. 27 aboard an Orbital Sciences Minotaur-IV+ launch vehicle from Alaska Aerospace Corporation's (AAC) Kodiak Launch Complex, Kodiak Island, Alaska.

News in Brief: Atom & Cosmos

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Alien extreme weather, nature vs. nurture in stars and more in this week’s news

A magnified supernova

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Supernovae are among astronomers most important tools for exploring the history of the universe. Their frequency allows us to examine how active star formation was, how heavy elements have developed,...

New Photos Show Blazingly Bright Uranus & Neptune in Infrared

7 years ago from Live Science

The photos show the ice giants blazing red-orange in infrared light.

AGNs as a new standard candle?

7 years ago from Physorg

Nope. A standard candle isn’t the same red, green, blue, yellow and omni-present pink wax sticks that decorate your every day birthday cake. Until now a standard candle meant a...

European experts follow satellite reentry

7 years ago from Science Daily

The European Space Agency closely monitored the Sept. 24, 2011 reentry of the UARS observation satellite. The Agency’s Space Debris Office worked with NASA and international partners in a coordinated...

Astronomers discover new way to measure Universe

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- Astronomers at Copenhagen's Niels Bohr Institute have found a new way to measure distances. This may not sound like much, but working out how far away something is,...

New hypothesis on crater debris

7 years ago from Physorg

A team of researchers partnered with the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) has developed a new hypothesis for the origin of crater ejecta—debris that is launched out of a crater...

Small Fixes: A Household Shower From Hardware-Store Staples

7 years ago from NY Times Science

A cheap, simple shower fashioned from a pesticide sprayer and a lawn sprinkler can bring comfort and eliminate germs in households where showers have been unaffordable luxuries.