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Study details early impacts that shaped the Milky Way



Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Astronomers say they've found evidence of a series of early galactic collisions that shaped the Milky Way. The Milky Way doesn't exist in a cosmic vacuum. Throughout its history, its interacted with other galaxies. Researchers also believe the Milky Way has been shaped by early impacts. And now, scientists have observational evidence of those impacts. In analyzing the distribution of 3.6 million stars in the galaxy's stellar disk, researchers identified asymmetric ripples, evidence of th ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Gamma-ray Telescopes Reveal a High-energy Trap in Our Galaxy's Center
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
A combined analysis of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Wa ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Scientists reveal new connections between small particles and the vast universe
Hong Kong (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
Our observable universe is the largest object that physicists study: It spans a diameter of almost 100 billion light years. The density correlations in our universe, for example, correlations betwee ... more
EXO WORLDS
Ancient worm burrows offer insights into early 'ecosystem engineers'
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Newly discovered fossils have offered scientists fresh insights into the role worms played in transforming the seabed during the Cambrian Period. ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Quantum mechanical particles travel backwards, study confirms
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
A team of particle physicists and mathematicians have confirmed all quantum mechanical particles move backwards - in the opposite direction of the force acting upon them. The phenomenon is called "backflow." ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
NASA Neutron star mission begins science operations
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NASA's new Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) mission to study the densest observable objects in the universe has begun science operations. Launched June 3 on an 18-month baseline mi ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Scientists discovered one of the brightest galaxies known
La Laguna, Spain (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
According to Einstein's theory of General Relativity when a ray of light passes close to a very massive object, the gravity of the object attracts the photons and deviates them from their intial pat ... more
EXO WORLDS
A New Search for Extrasolar Planets from the Arecibo Observatory
Arecibo PR (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
The National Science Foundation's Arecibo Observatory and the Planetary Habitability Laboratory of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo joined the Red Dots project using the ESO's exoplanet-hunt ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Vast new super cluster of galaxies named Saraswati
Pune, India (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
A team of astronomers from the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), both in Pune, India, and members of two ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Shedding light on galaxies' rotation secrets
Trieste, Italy (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
The dichotomy concerns the so-called angular momentum (per unit mass), that in physics is a measure of size and rotation velocity. Spiral galaxies are found to be strongly rotating, with an angular ... more
EXO WORLDS
Molecular Outflow Launched Beyond Disk Around Young Star
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
For the first time, an international team of astronomers led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) has observed a molecular outflow being launched from beyond the disk surro ... more


Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot

MERCURY RISING
The BepiColombo spacecraft is ready to solve the many mysteries of Mercury
London, UK (The Conversation) Jul 13, 2017
The 1.65 billion euro BepiColombo spacecraft is now being unstacked for final tests after being displayed in its launch configuration to the world's press at the European Space Agency's Space Techno ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory sees sunspot turn toward Earth
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, a space probe dedicated to the study of the sun, has captured footage of a sunspot rotating towards Earth. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Gulf of Mexico tube worm is one of the longest-living animals in the world
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Scientists believe a rare tube worm species found in the Gulf of Mexico is the longest-living animal on Earth. According to their latest research, the species, Escarpia laminata, can live for more than 300 years. ... more
EXO WORLDS
More to Life Than the Habitable Zone
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Two separate teams of scientists have identified major challenges for the development of life in what has recently become one of the most famous exoplanet systems, TRAPPIST-1. The teams, both ... more



NASA's New Horizons Team Strikes Gold in Argentina
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
A primitive solar system object that's more than four billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) away passed in front of a distant star as seen from Earth. Just before midnight Eastern Time Sunday (12:50 a.m. local time July 17), several telescopes deployed by the New Horizons team in a remote part of Argentina were in precisely the right place at the right time to catch its fleeting shadow - an eve ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Juno spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
New Horizons Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis
Ancient worm burrows offer insights into early 'ecosystem engineers'
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Newly discovered fossils have offered scientists fresh insights into the role worms played in transforming the seabed during the Cambrian Period. Fossilized burrows recovered in China deliver a snapshot of a subtle seabed change with significant ecological ramifications. Prior to the Cambrian explosion, a period of accelerated speciation and biological diversity some 500 million ... more
Garching, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Molecular Outflow Launched Beyond Disk Around Young Star
Arecibo PR (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
A New Search for Extrasolar Planets from the Arecibo Observatory
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
More to Life Than the Habitable Zone
Sol 1756: Closing time
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 20, 2017
This week marked the last chance for us to reliably command Curiosity before she, and Mars, disappear behind the Sun for about three weeks. This made today's planning feel as if the Sun were setting on our normally active rover activities, akin to this Martian sunset image from 2015. MAHLI, APXS and ChemCam were already stored safely for the upcoming conjunction nap, leaving Mastcam and MA ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
How to rescue a Moonwalker in need
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
During a simulated space mission underwater last week, ESA tested an ingenious concept to bring astronauts safely back to base if they are incapacitated during lunar exploration. Four 'aquanauts', including ESA astronaut Pedro Duque and NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, took part in NASA's 22nd Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO-22) mission, spending 10 days in the Aquarius habitat ... more
Tokyo (Sputnik) Jun 29, 2017
Japanese Space Agency Proposes Plan to Send Astronauts to Moon
Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2017
Japan reveals plans to put a man on moon by 2030
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 16, 2017
Russian aerospace firm to cooperate with China on Lunar exploration missions
Gamma-ray Telescopes Reveal a High-energy Trap in Our Galaxy's Center
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
A combined analysis of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Way contains a "trap" that concentrates some of the highest-energy cosmic rays, among the fastest particles in the galaxy. "Our results suggest that most of the cosmic rays populating the innermos ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Study details early impacts that shaped the Milky Way
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NASA Neutron star mission begins science operations
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Gamma-ray telescopes locate high-energy trap in the middle of the Milky Way
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Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
New research suggests nickel is essential to the Earth's magnetic field. Earth's magnetic field is generated by what's called the "dynamo effect," a unique combination of a geophysical factors. Of these factors, the convection currents of Earth's conductive, molten core and Earth's constant rotation are the most important. Earth's core is made primarily of melted iron, but new re ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Great Plains to see more dust storms in second half of the 21st century
Wurzburg, Denmark (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Quantum mechanics inside Earth's core
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
SSL To Provide Next-Generation Imaging Satellite Constellation To Digitalglobe
Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteries
Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
The origin and nature of Mars is mysterious. It has geologically distinct hemispheres, with smooth lowlands in the north and cratered, high-elevation terrain in the south. The red planet also has two small oddly-shaped oblong moons and a composition that sets it apart from that of the Earth. New research by University of Colorado Boulder professor Stephen Mojzsis outlines a likely cause fo ... more
Tucson, AZ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Pitted Materials in Craters Could Indicate Buried Ice on Asteroids
Orlando FL (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Bizarro comet challenging researchers
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
NASA'S First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory sees sunspot turn toward Earth
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, a space probe dedicated to the study of the sun, has captured footage of a sunspot rotating towards Earth. Sunsports are patches on the surface of the sun that appear darker than their surroundings due to the loss of surface tension caused by magnetic flux, an intense concentration of complex magnetic fields. Sunspots are relatively common, but ... more
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Improved representation of solar variability in climate models
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Musical Sun Reduces Range of Magnetic Activity
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Scientists uncover origins of the Sun's swirling spicules
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
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Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Gamma-ray Telescopes Reveal a High-energy Trap in Our Galaxy's Center
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
A combined analysis of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Way contains a "trap" that concentrates some of the highest-energy cosmic rays, among the fastest particles in the galaxy. "Our results suggest that most of the cosmic rays populating the innermos ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Study details early impacts that shaped the Milky Way
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NASA Neutron star mission begins science operations
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Gamma-ray telescopes locate high-energy trap in the middle of the Milky Way
Father's presence encourages sibling bonding among baboons
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
New research suggests fathers play an important role in encouraging sibling bonding among young baboons. Until now, biologists assumed moms alone were responsible for socializing their offspring. Familial bonding is an important part of the maturation process for young baboons. Strong familial ties encourage the acquisition of important skills, including how to forage, avoid predators a ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 11, 2017
Towards a High-Resolution, Implantable Neural Interface
Jena, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
DNA of early Neanderthal gives timeline for new modern human-related dispersal from Africa
Laramie WY (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Researchers document early, permanent human settlement in Andes
In Gulf of Mexico, NASA Evaluates How Crew Will Exit Orion
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
When astronauts return to Earth from destinations beyond the moon in NASA's Orion spacecraft and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, they'll still need to safely get out of the spacecraft and back on dry land. Using the waters off the coast of Galveston, Texas, a NASA and Department of Defense team tested Orion exit procedures in a variety of scenarios July 10-14. During the crew egress testi ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NASA Awards Mission Systems Operations Contract
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2017
NASA Offers Space Station as Catalyst for Discovery in Washington
Paris (ESA) Jul 10, 2017
Counting calories in space
Microbe study highlights Greenland ice sheet toxicity
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
The Greenland ice sheet is often seen as a pristine environment, but new research has revealed that may not be the case. A Danish-led study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, examined how microbes from the ice sheet have the potential to resist and degrade globally-emitted contaminants such as mercury, lead, PAH and PCB. Dr Aviaja Hauptmann, from the University of Gr ... more
Paris (ESA) Jul 13, 2017
Sentinel satellite captures birth of behemoth iceberg
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Massive iceberg
Washington (AFP) July 11, 2017
US need for four polar icebreakers 'critical,' warns report
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Risky business for fish in oil-polluted reef waters
Sydney (AFP) July 19, 2017
Coral reef fish are more likely to engage in risky behaviour and be unable to identify predators if they swim in waters contaminated with petroleum-based oil, researchers said. Concentrations equivalent to only "a couple of drops in a swimming pool" could be enough to impair their judgement, scientists said in the study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. "The fi ... more
Tokyo (AFP) July 18, 2017
World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached
Jerusalem (AFP) July 13, 2017
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Paris (AFP) July 13, 2017
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First look at gravitational dance that drives stellar formation
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Swirling motions in clouds of cold, dense gas have given, for the first time, an active insight into how gravity creates the compact cores from which stars form in the interstellar medium. The results will be presented, Thursday 6 July, by Gwen Williams at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull. Williams, of Cardiff University, explains: "We've known for some time that du ... more
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Telescope for detecting optical signals from gravitational waves launched
Hannover, Germany (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
LISA Gravitational-Wave Observatory Selected as ESA L3 Mission
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jun 29, 2017
Hints of Extra Dimensions in Gravitational Waves


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