Mysterious Objects at the Edge of the Electromagnetic Spectrum - NASA Science - Iceweasel Mysterious Objects at the Edge of the Electromagnetic Spectrum March 16, 2012: The human eye is crucial to astronomy. Without the ability to see, the luminous universe of stars, planets and galaxies would be closed to us, unknown forever.
Kepler Discovers Earth-size Exoplanets Dec 20, 2011: NASA's Kepler mission has discovered the first Earth-size planets orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system. The planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, are too close to their star to be in the so-called habitable zone where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface, but they are the smallest exoplanets ever confirmed around a star like our sun. The discovery marks the next important milestone in the ultimate search for planets like Earth. Kepler Discovers Earth-size Exoplanets - NASA Science - Iceweasel
600 Mysteries in the Night Sky - NASA Science - Iceweasel 600 Mysteries in the Night Sky Oct 18, 2011: NASA's Fermi team recently released the second catalog of gamma-ray sources detected by their satellite's Large Area Telescope (LAT). Of the 1873 sources found, nearly 600 are complete mysteries. No one knows what they are. "Fermi sees gamma rays coming from directions in the sky where there are no obvious objects likely to produce gamma rays," says David Thompson, Fermi Deputy Project Scientist from Goddard Space Flight Center.
s Spitzer Detects Comet Storm in Nearby Solar System - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Iceweasel This artist's conception illustrates a storm of comets around a star near our own, called Eta Corvi. Evidence for this barrage comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, whose infrared detectors picked up indications that one or more comets was recently torn to shreds after colliding with a rocky body. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Full image and caption October 19, 2011 PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected signs of icy bodies raining down in an alien solar system.
This image combines data from four different space telescopes to create a multi-wavelength view of all that remains of the oldest documented example of a supernova, called RCW 86. › Full image and caption October 24, 2011 PASADENA, Calif. -- A mystery that began nearly 2,000 years ago, when Chinese astronomers witnessed what would turn out to be an exploding star in the sky, has been solved. Telescopes Help Solve Ancient Supernova Mystery - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Iceweasel
Herschel Finds Oceans of Water in Disk of Nearby Star - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Iceweasel
Airborne Radar Set to Image Hawaiian Volcano - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Iceweasel
Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer - Iceweasel
Telescope Ferrets Out Planet-Hunting Targets - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Iceweasel This artist's concept illustrates a young, red dwarf star surrounded by three planets. Such stars are dimmer and smaller than yellow stars like our sun, which makes them ideal targets for astronomers wishing to take images of planets outside our solar system, called exoplanets. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech› Full image and caption April 07, 2011 Astronomers have come up with a new way of identifying close, faint stars with NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer satellite. The technique should help in the hunt for planets that lie beyond our solar system, because nearby, hard-to-see stars could very well be home to the easiest-to-see alien planets.
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. "This is an epic result," adds Clifford Will of Washington University in St.
Free-Floating Planets May be More Common Than Stars - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Iceweasel This artist's conception illustrates a Jupiter-like planet alone in the dark of space, floating freely without a parent star. Astronomers recently uncovered evidence for 10 such lone worlds, thought to have been "booted," or ejected, from developing solar systems. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech › Full image and caption | › See animation May 18, 2011 PASADENA, Calif. -- Astronomers, including a NASA-funded team member, have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light of a star. The team believes these lone worlds were probably ejected from developing planetary systems.
Near Earth Objects
Spitzer Sees Crystal 'Rain' in Outer Clouds of Infant Star - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Iceweasel
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