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February 11, 2013
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
A massive stellar burst, before the supernova
Berkeley CA (SPX) Feb 11, 2013
An automated supernova hunt is shedding new light on the death sequence of massive stars-specifically, the kind that self-destruct in Type IIn supernova explosions. Digging through the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) data archive housed at the Department of Energy's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), astronomers have found the first causal evidence that these massive stars shed huge amounts of material in a "penulti ... read more
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SPACE SCOPES

Hubble Catches a Side-on Spiral Streak
This thin, glittering streak of stars is the spiral galaxy ESO 121-6, which lies in the southern constellation of Pictor (The Painter's Easel). Viewed almost exactly side-on, the intricate str ... more
EXO WORLDS

Direct Infrared Image Of An Arm In Disk Demonstrates Transition To Planet Formation
An international team of astronomers led by Satoshi Mayama (Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan) and Ruobing Dong (Princeton University, U.S.A.) has made observations with the Subaru Tel ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Forecasting a supernova explosion
Type II supernovae are formed when massive stars collapse, initiating giant explosions. It is thought that stars emit a burst of mass as a precursor to the supernova explosion. If this process were ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

The wings of the Seagull Nebula
Running along the border between the constellations of Canis Major (The Great Dog) and Monoceros (The Unicorn) in the southern sky, the Seagull Nebula is a huge cloud mostly made of hydrogen gas. It ... more


EXO WORLDS

Earth-like planets are right next door
Using publicly available data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have found that six percent of red dwarf stars have habitable, ... more
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New NASA Mission To Help Us Better Estimate Asteroid Impact Hazard
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 th ... more
IRON AND ICE

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
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Russia to 'boost military presence' on disputed Kurils

Rouhani says Iran bears no hostility to the world

F-35 in first international flight

US to send 'non-lethal' military aid to Ukraine: Hagel

ISS to Beam Video via Laser Back to Earth

US settlement reached to sell Iran-owned skyscraper in New York

Iraq policeman dies shielding recruits, attacks kill 21

IRON AND ICE

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
EXO WORLDS

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
IRON AND ICE

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
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SOLAR SCIENCE

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
STELLAR CHEMISTRY

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
24/7 News Coverage
12 Nepalese guides killed in worst-ever Everest accident

Thousands evacuated near Peru volcano

Illegal logging widespread in Peru, says study

Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling

NASA Highlights Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission at Local Fair

S.Africa, Mozambique reach deal to fight rhino poaching

Sub dives deeper in hunt for missing MH370

TIME AND SPACE

Does probability come from quantum physics?
Ever since Austrian scientist Erwin Schrodinger put his unfortunate cat in a box, his fellow physicists have been using something called quantum theory to explain and understand the nature of waves ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE

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
EXO WORLDS

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
EXO WORLDS
The PI's Perspective: The Seven-Year Itch

New Horizons Gets a New Year's Workout

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EXO WORLDS
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


EXO WORLDS
Earth-like planets are right next door

Direct Infrared Image Of An Arm In Disk Demonstrates Transition To Planet Formation

Earth-like planets may be closer than thought: study


EXO WORLDS
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TECH SPACE

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
IRON AND ICE

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
TIME AND SPACE

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
EXO WORLDS

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
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Russia may lose energy game over Ukraine, U.S. says

Obama launches measures to support solar energy in US

Fracking study in Pennsylvania finds few water concerns

Deep sea rocks may be future source for rare earth metals

BOEM extends planning time for OCS renewables

N.D. governor questions coal pollution limits

Chinese dream trumps environment as cars sales boom

SATURN DAILY

Cassini Sees Titan Cooking up Smog

MERCURY RISING

BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter Proto-Flight Mechanical and Propulsion Bus undergoes bake-out

TECH SPACE

New classes of magnetoelectric materials promise advances in computing technology

TECH SPACE

Scientists team with business innovators to solve 'big data' bottleneck

STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Massive stellar winds are made of tiny pieces

SOLAR SCIENCE

Seeing the Aurora in a New Light

IRON AND ICE

Small Asteroid to Whiz Past Earth Safely

MOON DAILY

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IRON AND ICE

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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Where are all the dwarfs?

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

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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

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