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Monster Waves on the Sun are Real

10 years ago from Science @ NASA

Data from NASA's STEREO spacecraft have confirmed the stunning reality of monster waves on the sun known as "solar tsunamis."

Cassini captures ghostly dance of Saturn's northern lights

10 years ago from Science Daily

In the first video showing the auroras above the northern latitudes of Saturn, Cassini has spotted the tallest known "northern lights" in the solar system, flickering in shape and brightness...

Gullies and Flow Features on Crater Wall

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- This image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a sample of the variety and complexity of processes that may...

Is the 'Giant Impact' hypothesis in reality the 'Origin of the Moon' ?

10 years ago from Science Blog

The mystery of origin of the Moon has bothered the astronomers for hundreds of years. Big hopes were set on the landing of humans on the Moon. All Apollo missions...

ESA supports the European launch of Oceans

10 years ago from European Space Agency

Oceans cover nearly three-quarters of Earth's surface, yet they remain the least explored territories of our planet. Oceans, a new film produced by filmmaker Jacques Perrin, captures the mysterious and...

Cosmic 'dig' reveals vestiges of the Milky Way's building blocks

10 years ago from

'The history of the Milky Way is encoded in its oldest fragments, globular clusters and other systems of stars that have witnessed the entire evolution of our galaxy,' says Francesco...

Feature: What lifted the universe’s veil of darkness?

10 years ago from Science Alert

About a billion years after the universe formed, a veil of hydrogen gas tore apart and let the light in. Now scientists want to know why.

Milky Way Grew by Swallowing Other Galaxies

10 years ago from Science NOW

Findings contradict previous assumptions about galaxy formation [Read more]

Doorstep Astronomy: The 9-Day-Old Moon

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The waxing gibbous moon reveals huge plains, dramatic mountain chains and highlands, and a variety of craters.

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Blue "Crab," Sun Tsunami, More

10 years ago from National Geographic

Dive into the heart of the Crab Nebula, see what's left of a "cannibal" galaxy's prey, ride a 62,000-mile-high wave on the sun, and more in the week's best space...

NASA Aircraft Flies Calif. Wildfire Post-Burn Mission

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- NASA's remotely piloted Predator B aircraft, named Ikhana, recently conducted post-burn assessments of two Southern California wildfire sites, the Piute Fire in Kern County and the Station Fire...

NASA's Aqua satellite sees Nida explode into a category 5 Super typhoon

10 years ago from Physorg

Typhoon Nida is in a favorable environment that has enabled it to intensify faster and stronger than previously forecast, and has now exploded into a Super typhoon. NASA's Aqua satellite...

Powerful Laser Simulates Stellar Jet

10 years ago from

A multi-trillion-watt laser has simulated how a stellar jet from a young star collides with interstellar gas.

NASA Scientists Say Martian Meteorite May Have Brought Life to Earth

10 years ago from PopSci

New analytical data supposedly backs the case for Martian life having once existed Martians may have already landed on Earth, at least in ancient microbial form. The same NASA team that discovered the...

Astronomers invent 'galaxy game'

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Astronomers have devised a web-based game that could help work out the basis of galactic collisions.

First view of Earth as Rosetta approaches home

10 years ago from European Space Agency

This spectacular image of our home planet was captured by the OSIRIS instrument on ESA's Rosetta comet chaser earlier today as the spacecraft approached Earth for the third and final...

Mars Reconnaissance Orbite Team Plans Uplink of Protective Files

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- The team operating NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter plans to uplink protective files to the spacecraft next week as one step toward resuming the orbiter's research and relay activities.

Aktive Giant HD 12545 (XX Triangulum)

10 years ago from Science Blog

Stars are sometimes also very asymmetrical inside; Pictures of the star HD 12545; (XX Triangulum) made by K. G. Strassmeier (University of Vienna) show the same phenomenon which we observe...

U.S. losing its lead in space, experts warn Congress

10 years ago from Physorg

America's once clear dominance in space is eroding as other nations, including China, Iran and North Korea, step up their activities, a panel of experts told the House subcommittee on...

Five Tips For Particle Physics Ph. D. Wannabes - Part II

10 years ago from

This is the second part of a two-part collection of tips for particle physics graduate students. The first part is here.Three: be a fool today if you want to be...

Infrared Image of Circumstellar Disk Illuminates Massive Star Formation Process

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A team of astronomers from Ibaraki University, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Kanagawa University, University of Tokyo, Academica Sinica, and National Astronomical Observatory of Japan have used the Subaru...

NASA Assessing New Roles for Ailing QuikScat Satellite

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- NASA mission managers are assessing options for future operations of the venerable QuikScat satellite following the age-related failure of a mechanism that spins the scatterometer antenna. This spinning...

Numerous "Tramp" Stars Adrift in Intergalactic Space Could Await Discovery

10 years ago from Scientific American

Take a look up in the night sky. Whether on a mountaintop, largely unfazed by light pollution, or wedged in the heart of a muddied-sky metropolis, thank your lucky stars...

GPS bolsters view that big Cascadia quakes could hit inland

10 years ago from

Satellite tracking hones picture of fault dynamics

Ep. 3: Giants in the Depths - The Biggest Black Holes

10 years ago from Live Science

Super-powerful galactic overlords rearrange the contours of space itself in their local neighborhoods. Their blast-waves heat up - and hollow out - hundreds of thousands of light years of interstellar...

Ep. 2: How Black Holes Got Supermassive

10 years ago from Live Science

Which came first: Galaxies? Or the big black holes at their centers? Evidence from the Hubble Space Telescope's Deep Field images is persuasive.

NASA to telecast ISS crew's Soyuz landing

10 years ago from UPI

HOUSTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- NASA says it will televise the events surrounding the landing of three International Space Station crew members who will return to Earth next month.

NASA honors astronaut Fred Haise Jr.

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- NASA says it will honor astronaut Fred Haise Jr. by presenting him with the space agency's Ambassador of Exploration Award.