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Bonus Episode: Dust with Dr. Paul Sutter

Astronomy Cast - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 4:38pm

BICEP-2

Recorded during the Astrotour to Costa Rica, Fraser talks to Dr. Paul Matt Sutter about the nature of dust and BICEP 2’s claim of discovering primordial gravitational waves.

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Categories: Astronomy

NGC 3324 in Carina

APOD - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 12:00pm

NGC 3324 in Carina


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

A View Toward M101

APOD - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 12:00pm

Big, beautiful spiral galaxy M101 is one of the last


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

Perseverance Valley Panorama

APOD - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 12:00pm

Mars exploration rover


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

Highlights of the North Spring Sky

APOD - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 12:00pm

Highlights of the North Spring Sky


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

Touchdown on Asteroid Ryugu

APOD - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 12:00pm

Last month, humanity bounced a robot off an asteroid.


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

The Central Magnetic Field of the Cigar Galaxy

APOD - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 12:00pm

Are galaxies giant magnets?


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

M106: A Spiral Galaxy with a Strange Center

APOD - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 12:00pm

What's happening at the center of spiral galaxy M106?


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

Which Habitable Zones are the Best to Actually Search for Life?

Universe Today - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 10:12pm

A new study conducted by an international team of scientists examines what the term "habitable zone" means and how next-generation telescopes will test our assumptions.

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Categories: Astronomy

Moonrise Through Mauna Keas Shadow

APOD - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 8:00am

Moonrise Through Mauna Keas Shadow


Categories: Astronomy, NASA

Thousands of unknown underwater mountains found in Earth’s oceans

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 4:00am
Between 5 and 10 thousand underwater mountains have been discovered by measuring their gravitational effects on the sea
Categories: Astronomy

Thousands of unknown underwater mountains found in Earth’s oceans

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 4:00am
Between 5 and 10 thousand underwater mountains have been discovered by measuring their gravitational effects on the sea
Categories: Astronomy

SLS Rocket Promises To Do Better

Universe Today - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:57pm

The SLS rocket found its future launch manifest severely curtailed in a new budget request. This leaves the long overdue rocket with uncertain long term prospects.

The post SLS Rocket Promises To Do Better appeared first on Universe Today.

Categories: Astronomy

Progress for the Skylon. Europe agrees to continue working on the air-breathing SABRE engine

Universe Today - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 6:03pm

The ESA and Reaction Engines recently took another step towards the realization of the hypersonic SABRE engine.

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Categories: Astronomy

Do You See the “Cosmic Bat” in NGC 1788?

Universe Today - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 5:12pm

2,000 light years away, in the Orion constellation, lurks an eerie looking creature, made of glowing gas lit up by young stars: the Cosmic Bat. Its real name is NGC 1788. It’s a reflection nebula, meaning the light of nearby stars is strong enough to light it up, but not strong enough to ionize the …

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Categories: Astronomy

NASA Television to Air Three Upcoming Spacewalks, Preview Briefing

NASA - Breaking News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 5:06pm
Four astronauts are preparing for their first spacewalks outside the International Space Station, scheduled for March 22, March 29 and April 8.
Categories: NASA

This Star has been Kicked Out of the Milky Way. It Knows What It Did.

Universe Today - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 3:48pm

Every once in a while, the Milky Way ejects a star. The evicted star is typically ejected from the chaotic area at the center of the galaxy, where our Super Massive Black Hole (SMBH) lives. But at least one of them was ejected from the comparatively calm galactic disk, a discovery that has astronomers rethinking …

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Categories: Astronomy

NASA Invites Media to 17th SpaceX Cargo Launch to Space Station

NASA - Breaking News - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 12:52pm
Media accreditation now is open for the next SpaceX delivery of supplies, equipment and science investigations to the International Space Station.
Categories: NASA

The key to combating extremism is to address its social roots

New Scientist Space - Cosmology - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 12:46pm
Effective techniques for preventing extremism call for intervening early, making sure disenfranchised groups are included in society and disrupting stereotypes by making people work together. Deradicalisation programmes fail when they ignore this
Categories: Astronomy

The key to combating extremism is to address its social roots

New Scientist Space - Space Headlines - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 12:46pm
Effective techniques for preventing extremism call for intervening early, making sure disenfranchised groups are included in society and disrupting stereotypes by making people work together. Deradicalisation programmes fail when they ignore this
Categories: Astronomy