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Wed Oct 22



Comet to Make Close Flyby of Red Planet in October 2014
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
New observations of comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) have allowed NASAs Near-Earth Object Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. to further refine the comets orbit. [...]




Wed Oct 22



NASA Survey Counts Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
Observations from NASAs Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have led to the best assessment yet of our solar systems population of potentially hazardous asteroids. [...]




Wed Oct 22



Dawn has Departed the Giant Asteroid Vesta
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
Mission controllers received confirmation today that NASAs Dawn spacecraft has escaped from the gentle gravitational grip of the giant asteroid Vesta. [...]




Wed Oct 22



Solar Eclipse
Stardate.org [SOLAR]
The afternoon sky will get a little darker than normal for most of the United States tomorrow. That’s because there’s a partial solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the new Moon passes directly between Earth and the Sun. Most months, the Moon skims just above or below the Sun as seen from Earth, so there’s no eclipse at all. This eclipse is only partial — the Moon will cover only a portion of the Sun’s disk. So the sky will resemble an early dusk, and the temperature may drop a little bi [...]




Tue Oct 21



Pandoras Cluster Space Wallpaper
Space [SPACE]
This space wallpaper of Abell 2744 is the first to come from Hubbles Frontier Fields observing programme. [...]




Tue Oct 21



Carnegie Mellon University wants to bring the moon closer with virtual reality
Engadget [MOON]
Googles Lunar Xprize is still up for grabs, and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University think they have a chance of bagging the $30 million prize which requires landing a robot on the Moon, move it 500 meters and send back video to Earth. The teams solution involves beaming video back from the moon via a telepresence robot. Instead of simply broadcasting footage of the moons surface, however, the scientists told the BBC they want to go a stage further and "bring the Moon back". H [...]




Tue Oct 21



Could ‘Heavy Metal’ Frost Lurk Beneath Venus’ Hothouse Clouds?
Universetoday [HEAVY]
Talk about using old data for a new purpose! Researchers re-examining information from the completed NASA Magellan mission found signs of what could be "heavy metal" frost on the hell-like surface. What the researchers saw in radio-wave reflectance is the highlands appear brighter, with dark spots in the tallest locations. What substance exactly is causing [...]




Tue Oct 21



Vesta Likely Cold and Dark Enough for Ice
jpl.nasa.gov [DARK]
Roughly half of the giant asteroid Vesta is expected to be so cold, with so little sunlight, that water ice could have survived there for billions of years. [...]




Tue Oct 21



Sleepy sun could make Mars trips deadly
Newscientist [MARS]
An unexpected lull in the suns activity will let more cosmic radiation into the solar system, endangering astronauts on long interplanetary missions [...]




Tue Oct 21



Big Black Holes Can Block New Stars
Spacefellowship.com [STARS]
Massive black holes spewing out radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed can block formation of new stars in aging galaxies, a study has found. The research provides crucial new evidence that it is these jets of “radio-frequency feedback” streaming from mature galaxies’ central black holes that prevent hot free gas from cooling and collapsing into baby stars. “When you look into the past history of the universe, you see these galaxies building stars,” said Tobias [...]

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