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Satellite catches Texas tornado storms in 3-D

6 years ago from MSNBC: Science

A satellite that can measure thunderclouds and rain in three dimensions spied a lot of action over northeastern Texas during the period of violent storms that produced 14 confirmed tornadoes...

Venus found to have aurora type magnetotails

6 years ago from Physorg

( -- Researchers studying the planet Venus have found that despite a lack of a magnetic field, the planet has magnetotails, which on Earth are part of the process known...

Young Asteroids Got Smacked Around Just As Earth Did

6 years ago from Live Science

These elements were deposited to asteroids in the inner solar system from impacts early in the solar system's history.

IMAX Space Cameras Donated to Smithsonian

6 years ago from

The two IMAX space cameras flew on NASA shuttle missions to film scenes for six movies.

Life may 'hide' beneath Jupiter moon crust

6 years ago from UPI

PASADENA, Calif., April 4 (UPI) -- Extraterrestrial life in the solar system may be hiding beneath the icy crust of Jupiter's moon Europa, safe from blasts of radiation, U.S....

New app brings users alien planets

6 years ago from UPI

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 4 (UPI) -- A new app for iPhones and iPads allows users to interactively view information on thousands of alien planets discovered in a cosmic...

NASA's Flying Telescope Captures the Death Sighs of a Sun

6 years ago from PopSci

Dying Star NASA's SOFIA telescope and the FORCAST instrument captured this color-composite image of the planetary nebula Minkowski 2-9 (M2-9), showing a dying sun-like star. NASA/DLR NASA's plane-with-a-hole-in-it has been busy making infrared astronomy...

Big Astronomy Demands Prompt Growth for European Observatory

6 years ago from Live Science

The new facilities will be environmentally friendly and will make use of natural light.

SpaceTweetup with André Kuipers: ask @Astro_Andre

6 years ago from European Space Agency

Are you following @Astro_Andre’s Twitter updates and images from space? If you could speak to him live on the International Space Station, what would you most like to ask? Now’s...

Cosmic 'leaf blower' robs galaxy of star-making fuel

6 years ago from Science Daily

Supernova explosions and the jets of a monstrous black hole are scattering a galaxy's star-making gas like a cosmic leaf blower, a new study finds. The findings, which relied on...

Space savings for station science samples

6 years ago from Physorg

Efficiency is the name of the game when talking about packing things into small spaces. Anyone who has ever tried to compress an overstuffed suitcase knows that one of the...

Handover of Japan-built radar to NASA

6 years ago from Physorg

On March 30, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) officially handed off a new satellite instrument to NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR)...

A glow in the Martian night throws light on atmospheric circulation

6 years ago from Physorg

( -- A faint, infrared glow above the winter poles of Mars is giving new insights into seasonal changes in the planet's atmospheric circulation. The tell-tale night emission was first...

Jim Al-Khalili: 'The days of naive scientists are long gone' – video

6 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Interviewed at the Guardian's Open Weekend, theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili discusses the vital importance of scientific researchAlex ReesDavid ShariatmadariRichard Sprenger

Golfers can improve their putt with a different look: Visualize a great big hole

6 years ago from Science Daily

Golfers looking to improve their putting may find an advantage in visualizing the hole as bigger, according to a new study.

Discovery of an 'alien earth' imminent?

6 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- The first planet that can be considered a true "alien Earth" will probably be discovered in the next two years, a NASA scientist says.

Einstein 'blunder' proving correct

6 years ago from UPI

BALTIMORE, April 3 (UPI) -- New observations support a theory of Albert Einstein's about the expansion of the universe he once considered his "biggest blunder," U.S. astronomers say.

James Cameron's 'Titanic' Correction May Impress Astronomers

6 years ago from

The director addressed criticism from Neil deGrasse Tyson about an incorrect star field in the film.

New Video Shows Rare Snow Leopards in Kashmir

6 years ago from Live Science

Video stitched together from hundreds of camera trap images.

VIDEO: March: A month of weather records

The UK has seen some exceptional weather through March 2012. There was less rain, more sunshine and hotter temperatures.

Global observatory sees first light

6 years ago from News @ Nature

Global observatory sees first lightNature News , 03042012 doi: 10.1038/nature.2012.10384Eric HandExpanding network of telescopes will give a seamless view of the changing sky.

Busy first days for ATV Edoardo Amaldi

6 years ago from European Space Agency

Just two days after a flawless docking with the ISS on 29 March, ESA's third ATV has conducted its first 'test' reboost, proving that it is fully integrated with the...

Skywatcher Photo Catches Cosmic 'Tadpoles' in Celestial Pond

6 years ago from

Located roughly 12,000 light-years away, the tadpoles are around 10 light-years long.

On the Trails of Stars

6 years ago from

Star trails are created as the Earth rotates on its axis, with the center being close to either Polaris, the north star, or the Southern Cross.

'Breathtaking' Mummy Coffin Covers Seized in Israel

6 years ago from Live Science

The smuggled antiquities reveal a vast black market.

Rare earth metals: Another challenge for the green economy?

6 years ago from Physorg

If you follow the clean energy dialogue, then you may have encountered discussions about the role of rare earth metals at some point in the last year or two. If...

Ice sculptures fill the deepest parts of Mars

6 years ago from Physorg

One of the “weirdest and least understood” areas of Mars, the enormous Hellas Impact Basin contains strange flowing landforms that bespeak of some specialized and large-scale geologic process having taken...

Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array: Famous radio telescope officially gets new name

6 years ago from Physorg

Astronomers and officials from around the globe gathered on the high desert of New Mexico Saturday to officially bestow a new name on the world's most famous radio telescope and...