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NASA Finds Signals of Water on Hazy Exoplanets.
NASA scientists found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five
distant planets orbiting three different stars. All five planets appear to be
hazy. This illustration shows a star's light illuminating the atmosphere of a
Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA Commercial Crew Program
NASA astronaut, the Earth and the International Space Station...an Artist's
Astronomers Discover Tilted Solar System
Using data from NASA's Kepler Spacecraft, astronomers discovered a planetary
system featuring multiple planets orbiting at a severe tilt to their host star,
Kepler-56, a red giant star. By analyzing the fluctuations in brightness at
different points on the surface of Kepler-56 astronomers discovered that the
star's rotation axis is tilted by about 45 degrees to our line of sight.
Kepler-56 is more than 4 times the radius of our sun and is about 3000 light
years from Earth. It was announced in October 2013.
Astronomers Image Lowest-mass Exoplanet Around a
An international team of astronomers using infrared data from the Subaru
Telescope in Hawaii has imaged GJ 504b, the lowest-mass planet ever detected
(2013) around a star like the sun. The planet is several times the mass of
Jupiter and similar in size. The star is called GJ 504 and is located 57
light-years from Earth.
Astronomers Discover Massive Star Factory.
This artist's impression shows the "starburst" galaxy HFLS3. The galaxy
appears as little more than a faint, red smudge in images from the Herschel
space observatory. But appearances can be deceiving for it is making stars more
than 2,000 times faster than our own Milky Way galaxy, one of the highest
star-formation rates ever seen in any galaxy.
Astronomers, including Matt Bradford, Jamie Bock, Darren Dowell, Hien Nguyen and
Jonas Zmuidzinas of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California have
discovered a dust-filled, massive galaxy churning out stars when the cosmos was
a mere 880 million years old. This is the earliest starburst galaxy ever
Mars Pathfinder Launch!
Time Lapse Photograph of Launch Sequence
Mars Pathfinder was launched on 4 December, 1996 at 1:58:07 am EST on a Delta II
rocket from Kennedy Space Center.
White Dwarf Crossing Red Star.
This artist's concept depicts a dense, dead star called a white dwarf
crossing in front of a small red star. The white dwarf's gravity is so great it
bends and magnifies light from the red star.
NASA's Kepler space telescope observed this effect in a double-star system
called KOI-256 by monitoring changes in the red star's brightness. The red dwarf
star is cooler and redder than our yellow sun.
Alien Planetary Surface.
NASA's Fermi Proves Supernova Remnants Produce Cosmic
A new study (Feb 2013) using observations from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space
Telescope reveals the first clear cut evidence that the expanding debris of
exploded stars produces some of the fastest-moving matter in the universe.
This above multiwavelength composite image shows the supernova remnant IC 443,
also known as the Jellyfish Nebula. Supernova remnant IC 443 is located 5,000
light-years away toward the constellation Gemini and is thought to be about
10,000 years old.
Lasers in Space.
This artist's concept shows the proposed LISA mission, which would consist of
three distinct spacecraft, each connected by laser beams. It would be the first
space-based mission to attempt the detection of gravitational waves -- ripples
in space-time that are emitted by exotic objects such as black holes.
Andromeda Spiral Galaxy.
Andromeda is the Milky Way galaxy's nearest large neighbour. It is located
approx. 2.5 million light years away and holds up to an estimated trillion
stars. Our Milky Way is thought to contain about 200 billion to 400 billion
Largest known structure ever detected in the Universe.
ULAS J1120+0641 is a very distant quasar. It is powered by a black hole with
a mass two billion times that of the Sun. The quasar is the most distant yet
found and is seen as it was just 770 million years after the Big Bang. The
quasar is by far the brightest object yet discovered in the early Universe.
Beautiful Solar Eclipse.
Occultation of the Sun by the Moon is called a Solar Eclipse.
NASA Tests Saturn V F-1 Gas Generator Hot-Fire on Jan.
Saturn V F-1 gas generator completed a 20-second hot-fire test on 10
January 2013. Engineers are completing tests at Test Stand 116 located in the
East Test Area at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabma. The
aim is to gather performance data from the refurbished gas generator and to
demonstrate new test stand capabilities for conducting future tests with liquid
oxygen and rocket grade kerosene fuel, known as Rocket Propellant 1.
Interstellar Bussard Ramjet Engine...an Artist Concept
Bussard ramjet is a theoretical method of spacecraft propulsion
proposed in 1960 by the physicist Robert W. Bussard
The concept uses interstellar hydrogen scooped up from its environment as the
spacecraft passes by. The hydrogen then ionized and then collected by an
electromagnetic field. An onboard laser is used to heat the plasma and the laser
or electron beam is used to trigger fusion pulses thereby creating propulsion.
Floating Ice on Titan Moon Lakes.
An artist's impression of what hydrocarbon ice forming on a liquid hydrocarbon
sea of Saturn's moon Titan might look like.
Do you think any exotic form of life lives in the lakes?
Planetary Birth: New Info on Planet-Forming Gas
gas and cosmic dust around the young star HD 142527.
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
(ALMA) telescope have seen vast streams of gas flowing across the gap in the
disc. These are the first direct observations of these streams, which are
expected to be created by giant planets guzzling gas as they grow, and which are
a key stage in the birth of giant planets. HD 142527 is located 450 Light Years
Flock of Stars
Hubble Supernova Bubble Resembles Holiday Ornament.
A Sphere of Gas Floats in Space.
The bubble (or pristine shell) is the result of gas that is being shocked by the
expanding blast wave from a supernova. Called SNR 0509-67.5 (or SNR 0509 for
short), the bubble is the visible remnant of a powerful stellar explosion in the
Large Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy about 160,000 light years from Earth.
Ripples in the shell's surface may be caused by either subtle variations in the
density of the ambient interstellar gas or possibly driven from the interior by
pieces of the ejecta. The bubble-shaped shroud of gas is 23 light years across
and is expanding at more than 5,000 kilometers per second 11 million miles per
Space Star Makes Waves.
Shot Away from its Companion, Star Makes Waves.
Like a ship plowing through still waters, the giant star Zeta Ophiuchi is
speeding through space, making waves in the dust ahead. NASA's Spitzer Space
Telescope captured a dramatic, infrared portrait of these glowing waves. Also
known as a bow shock.
In the above photo infrared light that we can't see with our eyes has been
assigned visible colors. Zeta Ophiuchi appears as the bright blue star at
center. Zeta Ophiuchi is 20 times more massive and 80,000 times brighter
than our Sun.
Disappearing Space Dust
A dusty planet-forming disk, similar to the one that vanished around the star
called TYC 8241 2652....an artist's concept.
Imagine if the rings of Saturn suddenly disappeared. Astronomers have witnessed
the equivalent around a young sun-like star called TYC 8241 2652. Enormous
amounts of dust known to circle the star are unexpectedly nowhere to be found.
The first strong indication of the disk's disappearance came from images taken
in January 2010 by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). An
infrared image obtained at the Gemini telescope in Chile on 1 May, 2012
confirmed that the dust has now been gone for two-and-a-half years.
Astronomers Discover Most Massive Star.
Astronomers using infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii have
discovered a 'super-Jupiter' around the bright star Kappa Andromedae, which now
holds the record for the most massive star known to host a directly imaged
planet or lightweight brown dwarf companion (19 November 2012).
Designated Kappa Andromedae b (Kappa And b, for short), the new object has a
mass about 12.8 times greater than Planet Jupiter's.
MESMERIZING PHOTO: Quadrantids over Qumis.
The Quadrantid Meteor Shower is an annual event for planet Earth's northern
hemisphere skygazers. It usually peaks briefly in the cold, early morning hours
of January 4.
Beautiful Planetary Nebula....IC 5148.
IC 5148 is a
beautiful planetary nebula located some 3000 light years away in
the constellation of Grus (The Crane). The nebula has a diameter
of a couple of light years and it is still growing at over 50 kms
per second, one of the fastest expanding planetary nebulae
Galaxy with a Molecular Outflow....An artistís impression.
Herschel has discovered that such
outflows can travel at 1000 km/s, which could deplete the galaxy
of the gas needed for further star formation within one million to
100 million years. Image Credit: ESA/AOES Medialab.
Blue Worm Hole
Giant Star Eta Carinae May Explode Any Day.
Eta Carinae is likely to explode in a supernova in the relatively near
future, but no one knows when - it may be next year, it may be one million years
Eta Carinae is a stellar system in the constellation Carina. It is
about 7,500 light-years from Earth.
Spectacular Solar Flare
NASA'S Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this eruption from the sun on 30
March 30, 2012.
Birth of an Earth-Like Planet
HD 113766 is a binary-star. Earth-like planet is forming around one of the
stars. Located approx. 424 light-years away from Earth.
Banana Space Shuttle
Our Solar System
Solar System: the Sun, Inner Planets, Asteroid Belt, a Comet and Outer Planets.
Hubble: The Mirror on the Universe
by Robin Kerrod
Dramatic images never before published in a single volume. The
book covers the observable universe.