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March 28, 2017
SOLAR SCIENCE
Sunrise 2: A Second Look At The Sun



Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
During its two flights in 2009 and 2013, the balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise experienced a unique view of our Sun: from a height of more than 35 kilometers and equipped with the largest solar telescope that had ever left Earth, Sunrise was able to resolve structures with a size of 50 kilometers in the Sun's ultraviolet (UV) light. The journal Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series now devotes a total of 13 articles to the results of the second flight of Sunrise. These are complemented by ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Andromeda Galaxy's Bright X-ray Mystery Solved by NuSTAR
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 28, 2017
The Milky Way's closest neighbor [of comparable size], [the] Andromeda [galaxy], features a dominant source of high-energy X-ray emission, but its identity was mysterious until now. As reported in a ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
New portal to unveil the dark sector of the universe
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
Once upon a time, the Universe was just a hot soup of particles. In those days, together with visible particles, other particles to us hidden or dark might have formed. Billions of years later ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Astronomers find unexpected, dust-obscured star formation in distant galaxy
Amherst MA (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
Pushing the limits of the largest single-aperture millimeter telescope in the world, and coupling it with gravitational lensing, University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomer Alexandra Pope and col ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
GUSTO Explorer Will Study Churning Chaos in Milky Way
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
NASA has selected a science mission that will measure emissions from the interstellar medium, which is the cosmic material found between stars. This data will help scientists determine the life cycl ... more
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TIME AND SPACE
Gravitational wave kicks monster black hole out of galactic core
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
Astronomers have uncovered a supermassive black hole that has been propelled out of the center of a distant galaxy by what could be the awesome power of gravitational waves. Though there have been s ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Milky Way-like galaxies in early universe embedded in 'super halos'
Charlottesville VA (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
By harnessing the extreme sensitivity of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have directly observed a pair of Milky Way-like galaxies seen when the universe was only ... more
EXO WORLDS
Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf
London, UK (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
An international team of astronomers has identified a record breaking brown dwarf (a star too small for nuclear fusion) with the 'purest' composition and the highest mass yet known. The object, know ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Astronomers Observe Early Stages of Milky Way-like Galaxies
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
For decades, astronomers have found distant galaxies by detecting the characteristic way their gas absorbs light from a bright quasar in the background. But efforts to observe the light emitted by t ... more
SATURN DAILY
Titan is covered by electrically charged sand grains, experiments suggest
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
New research suggests the sand grains on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, behave similar to the packing peanuts used in shipping boxes. ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Large-scale planetary waves found on the sun
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research have discovered Rossby waves on the sun. The large-scale planetary waves were first discovered on Earth. ... more


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OUTER PLANETS
Juno Spacecraft Set for Fifth Jupiter Flyby
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 27, 2017
NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its fifth flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Monday, March 27, at 1:52 a.m. PDT (4:52 a.m. EDT, 8:52 UTC). At the time of closest approach (called p ... more
TECH SPACE
Invention May Give Spacecraft Improved Damage Report
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
There are few ways for astronauts to know exactly when the outside of their spacecraft has been damaged, but that may change in the future with an invention that acts like a sensory skin to pick up ... more
IRON AND ICE
OSIRIS-REx asteroid search tests instruments, science team
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
During an almost two-week search, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission team activated the spacecraft's MapCam imager and scanned part of the surrounding space for elusive Earth-Trojan asteroids - objects that ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
UV background could provide clues to missing galaxies
Durham UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Astronomers have developed a way to detect the ultraviolet (UV) background of the universe, which could help explain why there are so few small galaxies in the cosmos. UV radiation is invisible but ... more

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ANU leads public search for Planet X
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
The Australian National University (ANU) is launching a search for a new major planet within our solar system, inviting anyone around the world with access to the Internet to help make the historic discovery. Anyone who helps find the so-called Planet X will work with ANU astronomers to validate the discovery through the International Astronomical Union. ANU astrophysicist Dr. Brad T ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 27, 2017
Juno Spacecraft Set for Fifth Jupiter Flyby
Baltimore MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status
Paris (ESA) Mar 17, 2017
ESA's Jupiter mission moves off the drawing board
First Light for Breakthrough Listen at Parkes Telescope
New York NY (SPX) Nov 09, 2016
Breakthrough Listen, the 10-year, $100-million astronomical search for intelligent life beyond Earth launched in 2015 by Internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking, has announced its first observations using the Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. Parkes joins the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia, USA, and the Automated Planet Finder (APF) at Lick Ob ... more
Parkes, Australia (SPX) Nov 09, 2016
Search for ET underway with Parkes Radio Telescope
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 28, 2016
Breakthrough Listen to Search for Intelligent Life Around Tabby's Star
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
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Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf
London, UK (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
An international team of astronomers has identified a record breaking brown dwarf (a star too small for nuclear fusion) with the 'purest' composition and the highest mass yet known. The object, known as SDSS J0104+1535, is a member of the so-called halo - the outermost reaches - of our Galaxy, made up of the most ancient stars. The scientists report the discovery in Monthly Notices of the Royal ... more
London, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbors from birthing planets
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Fossil or inorganic structure? Scientists dig into early life forms
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
Breaks observed in Curiosity rover wheel treads
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
A routine check of the aluminum wheels on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has found two small breaks on the rover's left middle wheel-the latest sign of wear and tear as the rover continues its journey, now approaching the 10-mile (16 kilometer) mark. The mission's first and second breaks in raised treads, called grousers, appeared in a March 19 image check of the wheels, documenting that these brea ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 27, 2017
Mars dust storm west of Opportunity starting to abate
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
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Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
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Surviving the long dark night of the Moon
Paris (ESA) Mar 27, 2017
Designers of future Moon missions and bases have to contend with a chilling challenge: how might their creations endure the fortnight-long lunar night? ESA has arrived at a low-cost way of surviving. During prolonged night, when the surface is lit only by blue Earthlight, temperatures dip below -170+ C. Some locations at higher latitudes have shorter nights, though others have much longer ... more
Bengaluru, India (IANS) Mar 17, 2017
Team Indus To Send Seven Experiments To The Moon Including Three From India
Tempe AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Sun Devils working for a chance to induce photosynthesis on our lunar neighbor
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
NASA finds missing LRO, Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiters
Tracing Aromatic Molecules in the Early Universe
Riverside CA (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A UC Riverside-led team of astronomers have taken us a step closer to better understand the formation and destruction mechanisms of dust molecules in the distant universe. A molecule found in car engine exhaust fumes that is thought to have contributed to the origin of life on Earth has made astronomers heavily underestimate the amount of stars that were forming in the early Universe, a Universi ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
With astronomy rewind, citizen scientists will bring zombie astrophotos back to life
Amherst MA (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
Astronomers find unexpected, dust-obscured star formation in distant galaxy
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
New portal to unveil the dark sector of the universe
China to launch new weather satellite in second half of 2017
Beijing (XNA) Mar 27, 2017
China will launch a new meteorological satellite in the second half of this year, which will be capable of detecting auroras, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) announced Thursday. The satellite, the country's fourth Fengyun-III meteorological satellite, is expected to improve weather disaster forecasting ability as well as environmental monitoring. Compare ... more
Paris (AFP) March 27, 2017
Climate-addled jet streams boost drought, flood: study
Leicester, UK (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
Scientists respond to criticisms of a new geological epoch
Paris (ESA) Mar 23, 2017
Unravelling Earth's magnetic field
OSIRIS-REx asteroid search tests instruments, science team
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
During an almost two-week search, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission team activated the spacecraft's MapCam imager and scanned part of the surrounding space for elusive Earth-Trojan asteroids - objects that scientists believe may exist in one of the stable regions that co-orbits the sun with Earth. Although no Earth-Trojans were discovered, the spacecraft's camera operated flawlessly and demonstrated tha ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
Ice in Ceres' shadowed craters linked to tilt history
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 23, 2017
The many faces of Rosetta's comet 67P
Paris (ESA) Mar 22, 2017
Collapsing cliff reveals comet's interior
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Large-scale planetary waves found on the sun
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research have discovered Rossby waves on the sun. The large-scale planetary waves were first discovered on Earth. On Earth, Rossby waves are correlated with local weather events. On the sun, scientists suggest the waves could influence solar activity and related phenomena, like sunspots and solar flares. "The discovery of magnetiz ... more
Gottingen, Germany (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
Sunrise 2: A Second Look At The Sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
NASA's SDO sees a stretch of spotless Sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
NASA Satellites Ready When Stars and Planets Align
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China Seeks Space Rockets Launched from Airplanes
Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
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Tracing Aromatic Molecules in the Early Universe
Riverside CA (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A UC Riverside-led team of astronomers have taken us a step closer to better understand the formation and destruction mechanisms of dust molecules in the distant universe. A molecule found in car engine exhaust fumes that is thought to have contributed to the origin of life on Earth has made astronomers heavily underestimate the amount of stars that were forming in the early Universe, a Universi ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
With astronomy rewind, citizen scientists will bring zombie astrophotos back to life
Amherst MA (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
Astronomers find unexpected, dust-obscured star formation in distant galaxy
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Mar 28, 2017
New portal to unveil the dark sector of the universe
Bigger brains help primates cope with conflict
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
New research suggests bigger brains help primates in larger social groups manage their aggression and cope with conflict. Scientists have previously pointed to increasing competition for resource and life among growing social groups as reasons for differing brain sizes among different primates. New research suggests conflict resolution plays a role, too. Researchers at the Univer ... more
Austin TX (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Human skull evolved along with two-legged walking, study confirms
University Park PA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Nose form was shaped by climate
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
Human skull and bipedalism evolved side-by-side
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NASA's hybrid computer enables Raven's autonomous rendezvous capability
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A hybrid computing system developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is the enabling technology behind an ambitious experiment testing a relative navigation and autonomous docking capability known as Raven. Developed by the Satellite Servicing Projects Division, or SSPD, the carry-on luggage-sized module was launched February 19 aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraf ... more
Miami (AFP) March 24, 2017
Spacewalking French, US astronauts begin upgrade to orbiting lab
Miami (AFP) March 24, 2017
Spacewalking French, US astronauts to upgrade orbiting lab
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
PSI toolbox for research and exploration project funded for $5.5 million
Photographer captures world's glacier melt over decade
Chicago (AFP) March 25, 2017
For the last decade, American photographer James Balog has been on a mission to document climate change through his camera lens. His effort has taken him to the farthest reaches of the world, from Antarctica to the northern ends of Greenland, where he has captured the movements and melts of immense glaciers. The results of his work were on display at Chicago's Museum of Science and Indus ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Researchers ponder conundrum of disappearing Arctic caribou
Paris (ESA) Mar 27, 2017
CryoSat reveals Antarctica in 3D
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Sea ice extent sinks to record lows at both poles
The foundation of aquatic life can rapidly adapt to global warming
Exeter, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Important microscopic creatures which produce half of the oxygen in the atmosphere can rapidly adapt to global warming, new research suggests. Phytoplankton, which also act as an essential food supply for fish, can increase the rate at which they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen while in warmer water temperatures, a long-running experiment shows. Monitoring of one species, a green ... more
Brussels (AFP) March 26, 2017
Brexit plunges EU fishing into troubled waters
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) March 23, 2017
In war-scarred Gaza, water pollution behind health woes
United Nations, United States March 22, 2017
One in four children will live with water shortages by 2040: UNICEF
Cells adapt ultra-rapidly to zero gravity
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Mammalian cells are optimally adapted to gravity. But what happens in the microgravity environment of space if the earth's pull disappears? Previously, many experiments exhibited cell changes - after hours or even days in zero gravity. Astronauts, however, returned to Earth without any severe health problems after long missions in space, which begs the question as to how capable cells are of ada ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining distant sources
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Increasing the sensitivity of next-generation gravitational wave detectors


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