- 5 Mar 2014
Whoa! Milky Way, Auroras & Thunderstorms Stun In New Time...
Randy Halverson (dakotalapse.com) captured the footage from April-Nov 2013 in South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. 2 Canon 5D Mark III and 1 Canon 6D cameras were used to create this ...
Discovery News - Sp...
Dinky Space Rock to Buzz Earth in Not-So-Scary Flyby
It happens 20 times a year, but the mere mention of an asteroid flying past Earth is enough to whip the tabloid press into a frenzy. Continue reading →
Even tinier asteroid 2014 EC flies just 48,000 miles from...
Don’t forget to look both ways. You can hardly cross the street but another asteroid comes flying by. Last night astronomers discovered a new object named 2014 EC. This one’s ...
SDO is GO
Stationkeeping Maneuver Today
Today at 2035 UTC (5:35 pm ET) SDO will execute a stationkeeping maneuver. For about 45 minutes from 2015 to 2100 UTC SDO data will be unavailable.
Where Is NASA in the U.S./Russia Spat?
Why Ukraine crisis won't affect Russia, U.S. space collaboration, CNN "We do not expect the current Russia-Ukraine situation to have any impact on our civil space cooperation with Russia, including ...
Daily cosmobite: Kimclijsters approaches
Space rock or asteroid 11947 Kimclijsters circles the Sun between the paths of Mars and Jupiter. Named after Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters, sometimes known as “Aussie Kim”, the asteroid ...
100-Foot Space Rock Flies Between Moon and Earth | Video
Asteroid 2014 DX110 was captured by Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project (virtualtelescope.eu). Its closest approach is ~217,000 miles away from Earth on March 5th, 2014. (looped)
Introducing "Cosmic Origins," our awesome digital product...
Here at Astronomy, we’ve been hard at work putting together the first ever digital astronomy experience that shows you how our universe and all the objects it contains form and ...
Gravity's Oscar-winning Visual Effects Mastermind Talks a...
Tim Webber won the Oscar this week for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for his work on Gravity -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Distant Quasar RX J1131
Multiple images of a distant quasar are visible in this combined view from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. The Chandra data were used to directly measure ...
Two Asteroids to Pass Closer Than Moon
As happens about 20 times a year with current detection capabilities, a known asteroid will safely pass Earth Wednesday closer than the distance from Earth to the moon. This asteroid, ...
Chandra and XMM-Newton Provide Direct Measurement of Dist...
Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's (ESA's) XMM-Newton to show a supermassive black hole six billion light years from Earth is spinning extremely rapidly. ...
Proposed NASA Budget Praised, Criticized
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation and the Space Foundation have both offered support for President Barack Obama’s proposed $17.46 billion fiscal year 2015 budget for NASA. Meanwhile, the Congressman who represents ...
Supermassive Black Hole’s Dizzying Spin Is Half The Speed...
The spin rate of a supermassive black hole has been measured for the first time, and wow, is it fast. X-ray observations of RX J1131-1231 (RX J1131 for short) show ...
Giant Black Hole Spins At Half Light Speed
The half-the-speed-of-light spin of a giant black hole suggests it grew by digesting another black hole in a galaxy merger. Clara Moskowitz reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Mars Atmosphere Today Could Explain Planet’s Past Tragedy...
NASA's Mars MAVEN mission (arriving 21 September 2014) will detect and measure how the solar wind interacts with the Red Planet’s atmosphere, giving clues to where its water went and ...
Discovery News - Sp...
Distant Black Hole Spins at Half the Speed of Light
Back when the universe was half its present age, supermassive black holes were feeding from a steady and plentiful diet of neighboring galaxies, the first measurement of a distant supermassive ...
Black hole on fast spin cycle
BLACK HOLE: A supermassive black hole halfway across the universe has been discovered spinning at almost half the speed of light, according to astronomers.
Tom's Astronomy Blo...
A Weirdo Comet – C/2014 C3
NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) now has a comet discovery. Officially named “C/2014 C3 (NEOWISE)”, the first comet discovery of the renewed mission came on Feb. 14 ...
Wiklevoss Twins Sign Up for SpaceShipTwo Flight
Remember those twin brothers from “The Social Network” who accused Mark Zuckerberg of ripping off their idea for Facebook and cutting them out of billions in profits? And then hilariously ...
The Planetary Socie...
NASA Wants to Explore Europa On the Cheap
NASA announced today that their Europa mission concept studies will be for a sub-$1 billion spacecraft, a level never before imagined for a mission to this watery moon.
NASA's Landsat 8 Images the Capital of Poland
The majority of buildings and infrastructure in the capital of Poland were obliterated by World War II. But the spirit of Warsaw survived, and from the wreckage the people rebuilt ...
The Playfulness Of Invention
The gift of believing in imagination, enjoying it as if it's real, usually falls away in adulthood. But keeping the door open between the imagined and real worlds can show ...
Daylight Saving Time: A Spring Forward or a Step Back?
The time to change clocks is once again nigh. We’ll put our unabashed bias as a lover of the night sky right up front: we loathe Daylight Saving Time. And ...
AAS Public Policy B...
The Top Lines for Astronomical Sciences in the FY 2015 Pr...
On Tuesday, 4 March 2014, the Obama Administration rolled out the top-line information on the President's Budget Request for FY 2015, the fiscal year beginning 1 October 2014. Details below ...
Cosmic Black Widow | Space Wallpaper
Spinning 390 times a second, the "black widow" pulsar PSR J1311−3430 periodically swings its radio (green) and gamma-ray (magenta) beams past Earth in this amazing space wallpaper.
What's Up? The Spac...
Metro Bus SIzed Asteroid to Flyby at 38,500 Miles - Aster...
Hey Space Placers!Asteroids are getting more headlines today - 3-5-14 - as 2014 DX110 (don't you love these designations???!!!!!) will pass about 217,000 miles from Earth at about 4:06 p.m. ...
Sky and Telescope
Uranus and Neptune in 2014
Science World Repor...
NASA Seeks $15 Million for Mission to Jupiter's Icy Moon ...
As reported yesterday, the White House released NASA’s 2015 base budget proposal. It contained $17.5 billion in needed funds to cover various aspects of the space program, including a $15 ...
Oldest Bit of Crust Firms Up Idea of a Cool Early Earth
With the help of a tiny fragment of zircon extracted from a remote rock outcrop in Australia, the picture of how our planet became habitable to life about 4.4 billion ...
IceCube Neutrino Ob...
The end of the 10th IceCube polar season
First Light for MUSE
Source: ESO-eso1407 MUSE views the strange galaxy NGC 4650A. Image credits: ESO/MUSE consortium/R. Bacon/L. Calçada. A new innovative instrument called MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) has been successfully installed on ...
Chandra X-ray Obser...
Chandra & XMM-Newton Provide Direct Measurement of Distan...
Multiple images of a distant quasar are visible in this combined view from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. The Chandra data, along with data from ESA's ...
Discovery News - Sp...
Lightning, Stars, and Aurorae Shine in Epic Time-Lapse
When the sun sets, the show begins: night after night of incredible weather, shimmering aurorae, and stunning starry vistas over the rugged and rural landscapes of South Dakota, Utah, and ...
Not Even Wrong
Various and Sundry
It seems to be too early for April Fool’s day, and yet the arXiv has Dark Matter as a Trigger for Periodic Comet Impacts by Lisa Randall and Matt Reece, ...
Is Our Universe a Hologram?
We take for granted that we exist as 3D beings in a 3D universe, but physicists suggest that our world is just the projection of a reality written in 2D. ...
Senate Appropriations Hearing on National Security Space ...
GAO: National Defense: Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Competitive Procurement "If DOD requires all offers to contain both fixed-price and cost-reimbursement features for launch services and capability, respectively, similar ...
Astronaut Bill Pogue, Dead At 84, Took Part In Longest Ma...
As the International Space Station prepares to host its first one-year visit next year, it’s worth remembering that NASA didn’t just decide to send one of its astronauts into space ...
ESA Summer Workshop for Teachers 2014
Source: ESA This year ESA is once again organising a summer workshop for secondary school teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related subjects. The workshop will be held ...
NASA flying telescope grounded by White House budget requ...
NASA flying telescope grounded by White House budget request for FY2015: “Just 11 days after the world’s largest airborne observatory reached full operations, US President Barack Obama has proposed grounding ...
“Tiny” Asteroid to Give Us a Close Shave Today
At about 21:00 UTC (4:00 p.m. Eastern time) today, the 25-30 meter-wide asteroid 2014 DX110 will pass just 350,000 km from the Earth—closer than the Moon! We’re in no danger ...
The Daily Galaxy
Searching for Oxygen Molecules on Alien Planets --Astrono...
A team of astronomers have realized that oxygen dimer molecules are often more detectable in an alien planet atmosphere than other markers of oxygen. That’s important from a biological standpoint. ...
100-Foot Asteroid Buzzing Earth Today, Is Closer Than the...
A newfound asteroid will buzz close by Earth today (March 4), flying safely between our planet and the orbit of the moon, and you can follow the space rock encounter ...
Amazing new Hubble Space Telescope image shows galaxy a s...
Amazing new Hubble Space Telescope image shows galaxy a spiral galaxy being shredded right before our eyes. The image shows ESO 137-001, in the southern constellation of Triangulum Australe, framed ...
New Technique to Date Ancient Zircons
New light has been shed on our understanding of Earth’s early crust thanks to a new study in Nature Geoscience by NAI-funded researchers at the University of Wisconsin. During the ...
Coalition for Space...
CSExtra – Top Space News for Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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Ann Druyan preserves the legacy of Sagan’s “Cosmos” with ...
How often are you so moved by your job that you actually shed tears? On “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” this was ...The post Ann Druyan preserves the legacy of Sagan’s ...
The Daily Galaxy
Image of the Day: Hubble Finds Life is Too Fast, Too Furi...
The spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 looks like a dandelion caught in a breeze in this new Hubble Space Telescope image. The galaxy is zooming toward the upper right of this ...
SOFIA Snapshots: Jupiter And Starbirth Among Achievements...
Just weeks after becoming fully operational, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is facing storage in 2015. The airborne observatory costs NASA about $85 million annually, making it one ...
NASA: Earth Observa...
Dust Storm over the Mediterranean Sea
A dust storm over the eastern Mediterranean grounded planes and triggered air quality warnings in Israel.