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'Super-Earth' with life-supporting climate discovered. NASA'S Spitzer Sees Light Of Lonesome Stars. PASADENA, Calif. - A new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggests a cause for the mysterious glow of infrared light seen across the entire sky.

NASA'S Spitzer Sees Light Of Lonesome Stars

It comes from isolated stars beyond the edges of galaxies. These stars are thought to have once belonged to the galaxies before violent galaxy mergers stripped them away into the relatively empty space outside of their former homes. "The infrared background glow in our sky has been a huge mystery," said Asantha Cooray of the University of California at Irvine, lead author of the new research published in the journal Nature.

"We have new evidence this light is from the stars that linger between galaxies. NASA offers chance for Google-powered smartphones to be launched as spacecrafts. PhoneSat is designed to send cheapest and easiest-to-construct satellites into spaceSatellite could use phone's camera to take pictures of EarthNASA plans to publish blueprints to allow anyone to build their own satellite By Mark Prigg Published: 06:25 GMT, 29 August 2012 | Updated: 11:08 GMT, 29 August 2012.

NASA offers chance for Google-powered smartphones to be launched as spacecrafts

NASA: Mars Curiosity on track. By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY Updated 2012-08-17 5:35 PM NASA's newest Mars rover Curiosity looks ready to soon start investigations, engineers report.

NASA: Mars Curiosity on track

Self-portrait of the Curiosity rover on Mars. Sun is too round, say scientists - Science - News. In fact the Sun turns out to be one of the roundest objects ever measured.

Sun is too round, say scientists - Science - News

Scaled down to the size of a beach ball, the difference between the Sun's widest and narrowest diameters would be far less than the width of a human hair. Having no solid surface, the Sun's rotation should make it slightly flattened. But the new measurements show that the flattening is much smaller than expected. 10451_earth.jpg (2560×1600) Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 2. NASA's Mars Exploration Program (source images: NASA/JPL-Caltech) With its rover named Curiosity, Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet.

Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 2

Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet's "habitability. " Nasa's Curiosity Rover undergoes 'brain transplant' after taking stunning panorama pictures of the Red Planet. Engineers updating the Curiosity's software to allow it to drive on Mars President Obama calls the project team to congratulate themReveals blast marks on surface caused by Curiosity's landing rocketsRover has also sent back first high resolution panorama as scientists test its instruments By James Nye and Mark Prigg and Daily Mail Reporter Published: 20:09 GMT, 12 August 2012 | Updated: 01:26 GMT, 14 August 2012 After releasing exciting images of Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover is undergoing a crucial four day ‘brain transplant’.

Nasa's Curiosity Rover undergoes 'brain transplant' after taking stunning panorama pictures of the Red Planet

Engineers were today continuing to update the rover’s software which is currently in its flight stage to prepare it for its further missions on Mars, NASA said. Today Nasa released the first high resolution Panorama from the craft. Great Big Universe / Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror. How white holes (might) be created. ATV-3 Approaches the Station. When Runaway Planets Go 30 Million Miles Per Hour | Around The Mall. An artist's conception of a runaway hypervelocity planet.

When Runaway Planets Go 30 Million Miles Per Hour | Around The Mall

Image courtesy of David Aguilar, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics In 2005, Warren Brown of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory noticed something rather unusual in the sky: a star traveling out of the Milky Way galaxy at roughly 1.5 million miles per hour. NASA probe offers new view of Mercury: an alien world right in our back yard. Now, after poring over 100,000 images and reams of other Messenger data, space scientists have achieved consensus: Mercury is one weird world.

NASA probe offers new view of Mercury: an alien world right in our back yard

It is radically unlike the other rocky bodies of our solar system — Venus, Mars, Earth, the moon, and the moons of other planets. Its core is too big; its surface too scrunched. New breed of steamy alien planet found - Technology & science - Space - Space.com. Cosmologists Try to Explain a Universe Springing From Nothing. Why Does Our Universe Have Three Dimensions? | Digg Mynews. Space porn News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - io9. WeAreStarStuff51's Channel. Upload Subscription preferences Loading...

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Dark energy: the universe is destined to become a very cold and lonely place. The 6 Most Mind-Blowing Things Ever Discovered in Space. It's actually really easy to think of space as boring.

The 6 Most Mind-Blowing Things Ever Discovered in Space

The planets in our own solar system all seem to be empty rocks or balls of gas, and you find a whole lot of nothing before you get to the next star. Meanwhile, Hollywood's most creative minds can't get past populating the place with planets that look a whole lot like Earth (and specifically, parts of California) featuring monsters, rapey aliens or Muppets. But real space is far, far stranger. Announces Results of Epic Space-Time Experiment. NASA Announces Results of Epic Space-Time Experiment May 4, 2011: Einstein was right again. There is a space-time vortex around Earth, and its shape precisely matches the predictions of Einstein's theory of gravity.

Researchers confirmed these points at a press conference today at NASA headquarters where they announced the long-awaited results of Gravity Probe B (GP-B). "The space-time around Earth appears to be distorted just as general relativity predicts," says Stanford University physicist Francis Everitt, principal investigator of the Gravity Probe B mission.

The 2011 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition winners. Amateur astronomer Damian Peach has become the first British entrant to win the title of Astronomy Photographer of the Year, beating hundreds of photographers from around the globe in the 2011 competition. As well as securing the £1,500 top prize, his image takes pride of place in the exhibition of winning photographs opening at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on 9 September 2011. Competition for the 2011 prize was fierce with more pictures received than ever before; over 700 entries from all around the world. For more information see www.nmm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/astronomy-photographer-of-the-year/ Eso1133c - The star cluster NGC 2100 in context. Electric ice a shock to the solar system « Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff) Former Sun-like Star Is Now a Diamond Planet | 80beats. SolarBeat. The Oscar Wilde Collection.

Graphene in space could hold clues to development of life on Earth. An artist's concept of graphene, buckyballs and C70 superimposed on an image of the Helix planetary nebula (Image: IAC/NASA/NOAO/ESA/STScI/NRAO) Human beings may have only discovered how to create the one-atom-thick sheets of carbon atoms known as graphene in 2004 but it appears the universe could have been churning out the stuff since much earlier than that. While not conclusive proof its existence in space, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has identified the signature of graphene in two small galaxies outside our own. If confirmed, it would be the first-ever cosmic detection of the material and could hold clues to how carbon-based life forms such as ourselves developed. The infrared-sensing Spitzer telescope identified signs of graphene in planetary nebulae - the material shed by dying stars - within the Magellanic Clouds galaxies that orbit our Milky Way galaxy.

The Carl Sagan Portal. Home. Hubble's greatest hits: Hubble space telescope images. The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in April 1990. After the problems with its main mirror were fixed, it started sending beautifully detailed images of space back to earth. Here are some of the best Staring across interstellar space, the Cat's Eye Nebula lies three thousand light-years from Earth. One of the most famous planetary nebulae, NGC 6543 is over half a light-year across and represents a final, brief yet glorious phase in the life of a sun-like star.

Planets. Double eclipse: Moment Moon AND International Space Station cross face of Sun. Interactive 3D model of Solar System Planets and Night Sky. 8 Wonders of the Solar System, Made Interactive. Most Amazing Time Lapse Video of Milky Way Ever Made. Seriously. | ShutterSalt. Celestia: Home. Existence: Why is the universe just right for us? - space - 29 July 2011.