Tag Archives: NASA

Determining an Exoplanet

Check out this recent report from NASA on an exoplanet named Fomalhaut b, which orbits a 200-million-year-old star [10+08] called Fomalhaut, every 872 years [10+02]: “A second look at data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is reanimating the claim that the nearby star Fomalhaut hosts a massive exoplanet. The study suggests that the planet, named [...]

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Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars

On August 5, 2012, the Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet in what The New York Times calls “a flawless, triumphant technological tour de force.” It took the rover over eight months to make the 352-million-mile trip (10+08). In a recent video, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) details the final minutes of the rover’s [...]

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Messier 9

“The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced the most detailed image so far of Messier 9, a globular star cluster located close to the center of the galaxy. This ball of stars is too faint to see with the naked eye, yet Hubble can see over 250,000 [10+05] individual stars shining in it. Messier 9, [...]

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Planets Beyond Our Solar System

Scientists have made an important discovery in their search for life outside of our solar system.  NASA announced yesterday that its Kepler mission discovered two planets, roughly the size of Earth, called Kepler-20e  and Kepler-20f. “They are the smallest exoplanets ever confirmed around a star like our sun.”  Part of a five-planet system called Kepler-20, [...]

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Asteroid Flyby

The largest asteroid since 1976 zipped past earth last Tuesday.  NASA says a similar occurrence won’t happen again until 2028. A recent article in The New York Times notes that the asteroid, known as 2005 YU55, headed towards us at 29,000 mph (10+04) and came within 202,000 miles of earth (10+05), which is “…just inside [...]

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(NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day -) 1 (Supernova)

From NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day “Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.” October 9, 2011 Nobels for a Strange Universe Image Credit: High-Z Supernova Search Team, HST, NASA Explanation: “Thirteen years ago results were first presented indicating [...]

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(September) 23 (, 2011)

Photo from IB Times A U.S. satellite which had been focused on the ozone layer will be crashing back to earth around September 23, 2011. From IB Times – New York…  “As the huge satellite breaks into 26 pieces, most of UARS (Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite) will burn up after re-entering the atmosphere, leaving around [...]

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31 (million miles from Earth)

What does Earth look like from 31 million miles away (or 50,000 kilometers or 50,000,000 meters or 5 x 10+7 away like in Powers of Ten)? Below is part of  Astronomy Picture of the Day on 9/3/2008 (with the bonus of seeing the moon orbiting Earth)!! 2008 September 3 “On July 4th, 2005, the Deep [...]

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(Saturn’s) 33 (moons)

Up until about 5 or 10 years ago, it looked like Saturn had about 30 or so moons – see Space Today’s  Exploring Saturn from 2005. When the Cassini spacecraft which had been launched in 1997 began sending data back, all kinds of new discoveries were made including more moons.  Today over 62 moons have [...]

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NASA Reveals Cosmic Exclamation Point

NASA recently released an image of two galaxies colliding together in the formation of an enormous exclamation point. NASA explained that, “VV 340, also known as Arp 302, provides a textbook example of colliding galaxies seen in the early stages of their interaction. The edge-on galaxy near the top of the image is VV 340 [...]

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