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Fri Oct 24



NASA Releases Radar Movie of Asteroid 2012 DA14
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
An initial sequence of radar images of asteroid 2012 DA14 was obtained on Feb. 15/16, 2013, by NASAs 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif. [...]




Fri Oct 24



NASA Instruments on Rosetta Start Comet Science
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
Three NASA science instruments aboard the European Space Agencys (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft are beginning observations and sending science data back to Earth. [...]




Thu Oct 23



UP Aerospace Rocket Flight Tests Four Technology Payloads
Spacefellowship.com [SPACE]
Four NASA sponsored experiments were provided nearly four minutes of microgravity flight and testing after UP Aerospaces SpaceLoft rocket SL-9 soared into suborbital space from Spaceport America outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico on Thursday. While flying on suborbital launch vehicles in zero gravity, experimental technologies are briefly exposed to the space environment where they are expected to operate. Both Game Changing and Flight Opportunities Programs are part of the agencys Spac [...]




Thu Oct 23



NASAs Dawn Fills out its Ceres Dance Card
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
Whats the schedule for Dawns visit to the largest object in the main asteroid belt? [...]




Thu Oct 23



Beautiful Images of the October 23, 2014 Partial Solar Eclipse
Universetoday [ECLIPSE]
"The Sun looks like it has a bite taken out of it!" said one enthusiastic viewer of the partial solar eclipse on October 23. Although I only had my paper plate pinhole projector that I shared with a crowd of folks (you can see an image of it near the bottom of the images here), [...]




Fri Oct 24



All the planets in the Solar System fit between the Earth and the Moon
Sploid.gizmodo.com [MOON]
I never thought of this, but you can fit all the planets in the Solar System back to back into the distance from the Earth to the Moon—about 238,900 miles (384,400 kilometers)—with room to spare: 4,990 miles (8,030 kilometers.) Seeing it visualized really give you a good idea of how much empty space is out there. [...]




Thu Oct 23



Lucky Star Escapes Black Hole With Minor Damage
Spacefellowship.com [BLACK]
Closest near-miss event to be spotted near the Milky Way. COLUMBUS, Ohio: Astronomers have gotten the closest look yet at what happens when a black hole takes a bite out of a star—and the star lives to tell the tale. We may think of black holes as swallowing entire stars—or any other object that wanders too close to their immense gravity. But sometimes, a star that is almost captured by a black hole escapes with only a portion of its mass torn off. Such was the case for a star some [...]




Fri Oct 24



What is Creating Gullies on Vesta?
jpl.nasa.gov [VESTA]
Something is forming intriguing gullies on the giant asteroid Vesta. Scientists with NASAs Dawn mission are trying to figure out what could be creating these features. [...]




Thu Oct 23



Unusual Distribution of Organics Found in Titan’s Atmosphere
Universetoday [TITAN]
A new mystery of Titan has been uncovered by astronomers using their latest asset in the high altitude desert of Chile. Using the now fully deployed Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile, astronomers moved from observing comets to Titan. A single 3 minute observation revealed organic molecules that are askew in the atmosphere [...]




Fri Oct 24



AR 2192: Giant on the Sun
Spacefellowship.com [SUN]
As you (safely!) watched the progress of yesterdays partial solar eclipse, you probably also spotted a giant sunspot group. Captured in this sharp telescopic image from October 22nd the complex AR 2192 is beautiful to see, a sprawling solar active region comparable in size to the diameter of Jupiter. Like other smaller sunspot groups, AR 2192 is now crossing the Earth-facing side of the Sun and appears dark in visible light because it is cooler than the surrounding surface. Still, the energ [...]

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