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February 08, 2013
New NASA Mission To Help Us Better Estimate Asteroid Impact Hazard
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 08, 2013
Every year, sensors designed to detect nuclear explosions see harmless bursts in Earth's upper atmosphere from the breakup of an asteroid a few yards across. Tiny asteroids are much more numerous than big ones, so destructive hits to Earth are very rare. However, because of their potential for devastation, NASA's Near-Earth Object (NEO) observations program supports surveys which are undertaking sustained searches to find the largest objects and predict their impact threat to Earth. Accordin ... read more
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Near impact: asteroid to narrowly miss Earth
Hold on to your hats: an asteroid will zoom within spitting distance of Earth next week, in what NASA said Thursday is the closest flyby ever predicted for an object this large. ... more

A Possible Naked-eye Comet in March
Feb. 6, 2013: Far beyond the orbits of Neptune and Pluto, where the sun is a pinprick of light not much brighter than other stars, a vast swarm of icy bodies circles the solar system. Astronomers ca ... more

Kepler Data Suggest Earth-size Planets May Be Next Door
Using publicly available data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics estimate that six percent of red dwarf stars in the galaxy have Earth ... more
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NASA's Deep Impact Spacecraft Eyes Comet ISON
NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft has acquired its first images of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). The images were taken by the spacecraft's Medium-Resolution Imager over a 36-hour period on Jan. 17 and 18, 201 ... more


New "retention model" explains enigmatic ribbon at edge of solar system
Since its October 2008 launch, NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) has provided images of the invisible interactions between our home in the galaxy and interstellar space. Particles emanati ... more
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A spiral galaxy with a secret
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope - with a little help from an amateur astronomer - has produced one of the best views yet of nearby spiral galaxy Messier 106. Located a little over 20 million lig ... more

Enigmatic "Ribbon" Of Energy Discovered by NASA Satellite Explained
After three years of puzzling over a striking "ribbon" of energy and particles discovered by NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) at the edge of our solar system, scientists may be on the ve ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US warns of 'overwhelming' response if N.Korea uses nukes

China slams 'provocative' US sail-by in South China Sea

China, Philippines agree to dialogue over Sea disputes

Russia puzzled by talk of US troop rotation in Norway

Airbus DS contracts with Intelsat General for European Defence Communications

Philippines' Duterte says will not sever US ties

Iraq forces press Mosul assault, hunt Kirkuk attackers


Earth-like planets may be closer than thought: study
Scientists looking for habitable planets may not have to stray far from our galactic neighborhood, said a new study Wednesday, which calculated an Earth-size planet could be orbiting a red dwarf as near as 13 light years away. ... more

Largest prime number to date found
Thousands of volunteers, and their computers, have determined the largest prime number found to date - a 17 million digit number - a U.S. researcher says. ... more

Asteroid 2012 DA14 - Earth Flyby Reality Check
Small near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass very close to Earth on February 15, so close that it will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. NASA's Nea ... more
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Hubble Catches the Moment the Lights Went Out
The further away you look, the further back in time you see. Astronomers use this fact to study the evolution of the Universe by looking at nearby and more distant galaxies and comparing their featu ... more

Are Super-Earths Actually Mini-Neptunes?
In the last two decades astronomers have found hundreds of planets in orbit around other stars. One type of these so-called 'exoplanets' is the super-Earths that are thought to have a high proportio ... more
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Study finds earliest evidence in fossil record for right-handedness

Receding glaciers in Bolivia leave communities at risk

How snakes lost a blueprint for making limbs


Cassini Sees Titan Cooking up Smog
A paper published this week using data from NASA's Cassini mission describes in more detail than ever before how aerosols in the highest part of the atmosphere are kick-started at Saturn's moon Tita ... more

BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter Proto-Flight Mechanical and Propulsion Bus undergoes bake-out
The BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter Mechanical and Propulsion Bus Proto-Flight Model (the structure with integrated heat pipes and chemical propulsion subsystem) has been baked out in the Phen ... more

Massive stellar winds are made of tiny pieces
ESA's XMM-Newton space observatory has completed the most detailed study ever of the fierce wind from a giant star, showing for the first time that it is not a uniform breeze but is fragmented into ... more
The PI's Perspective: The Seven-Year Itch

New Horizons Gets a New Year's Workout

Halfway Between Uranus and Neptune, New Horizons Cruises On

Wood on the seafloor - an oasis for deep-sea life

Exploring the Seafloors of Earth and Europa in search of exo lifeforms

Synchrotron infrared unveils a mysterious microbial community

Earth-like planets may be closer than thought: study

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Seeing the Aurora in a New Light
On a cold February night in Poker Flat, Alaska, a team of scientists will wait patiently for the exotic red and green glow of an aurora to illuminate the sky. Instead of simply admiring the vi ... more

Small Asteroid to Whiz Past Earth Safely
The small near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass very close to Earth on February 15, so close that it will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. NASA's ... more

Building a lunar base with 3D printing
Setting up a lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster + Partners have joined with ESA to ... more

Dawn Look Backs
Its long and daring interplanetary journey continuing smoothly, Dawn is making good progress in gradually reshaping its orbit around the sun. Its uniquely efficient ion propulsion system is gently b ... more
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New perovskite solar cell design could outperform existing commercial technologies

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Where are all the dwarfs?


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International Team Observe 'Hungry Twin' Stars Gobbling Their First Meals


Researchers develop model for identifying habitable zones around star


Stars can be late parents


Prehistoric humans not wiped out by comet


Gas promises bumper black hole weigh-in


Herschel Finds Past-Prime Star May Be Making Planets


Mercury's crust likely made of magnesium-rich basalt


New method of measuring the mass of supermassive black holes

NASA's SDO Provides First Sightings of How a CME Forms

TW Hydrae: There's more to astronomers' favorite planetary nursery than previously thought

NASA's Cassini Watches Storm Choke on Its Own Tail

Cool, New Views of Andromeda Galaxy

Solar Variability and Terrestrial Climate

Superbubble DEM L50

Computer Models Explain How Galaxies Formed and Evolved

Record Setting Asteroid Flyby

NYU physicists shine a light on particle assembly

Sounding Rocket Mission Offers Roadmap To Future Solar Missions

Stanford Researchers Break Million-core Supercomputer Barrier

Celestial Sleuths Track Historic Meteor Procession To South Atlantic

Betelgeuse braces for a collision

Hubble Finds Appearances can be Deceptive

Wood on the seafloor - an oasis for deep-sea life

Dung beetles follow the Milky Way

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