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Black hole glimpsed playing cosmic billiards - BBC News. Astronomers have witnessed two big blobs of plasma, shot into space by a black hole, cannoning into each other in a dramatic cosmic billiard-shot.

Black hole glimpsed playing cosmic billiards - BBC News

The supermassive black hole sits at the heart of the sixth brightest galaxy in our sky, blasting out a jet of plasma at 98% of the speed of light. A fast-moving knot within that jet bore down on another, in a dazzling impact. It was captured in a series of images snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope, spanning 20 years. The discovery is reported in the journal Nature. 6-billion-year-old quasar spinning nearly as fast as physically possible. Supermassive black holes are powerful engines, pumping matter and energy into their environments.

6-billion-year-old quasar spinning nearly as fast as physically possible

Despite their size and influence, they are also relatively small, making detailed observations a major challenge. For that reason, most of the data we have on them involves tracking the matter swirling around the black hole rather than the properties of the black hole itself. Astronomers have now used gravitational magnification to measure the rotation rate of a supermassive black hole in a very distant galaxy.

From four separate images of the same black hole, R.C. Reis, M.T. Moons of Jupiter. A montage of Jupiter and its four largest moons (distance and sizes not to scale) Eight of Jupiter's moons are regular satellites, with prograde and nearly circular orbits that are not greatly inclined with respect to Jupiter's equatorial plane.

Moons of Jupiter

The Galilean satellites are ellipsoidal in shape, due to having planetary mass, and so would be considered dwarf planets if they were in direct orbit about the Sun. The other four regular satellites are much smaller and closer to Jupiter; these serve as sources of the dust that makes up Jupiter's rings.The remainder of Jupiter's moons are irregular satellites, whose prograde and retrograde orbits are much farther from Jupiter and have high inclinations and eccentricities. These moons were probably captured by Jupiter from solar orbits. There are 16 recently discovered irregular satellites that have not yet been named. Characteristics[edit] Astrophotography. Space Shuttle. Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and space shuttle mockup to become centerpiece of new exhibit at Space Center Houston visitor center near NASA's Johnson Space Center.

Space Shuttle

Still in its protective shrink wrap, space shuttle Atlantis has been raised and tilted into display position at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Atlantis starred in a daylong parade and celebration as the shuttle was moved into an exhibit hall at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The storied spacecraft's pair of 60-foot-long doors were closed Sept. 20 during preps for permanent display. NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft pilots will carry Endeavour to its new home in Los Angeles.

Moon Base Possible through Lava Tubes. Scientists and theorists had come up with many ideas to open up a functional base on the moon but the issue of radiation outweighs the possibilities.

Moon Base Possible through Lava Tubes

Scientists have recently discovered lava tubes where a base could be safely constructed. In volcanic tubes are now considered to be safe and ideal sites for settling in. Open Space Agency. Why are there dozens of dead animals floating in space? On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man in history to step on the surface of the moon.

Why are there dozens of dead animals floating in space?

Millions of people tuned in to a broadcast of the event, and after Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. joined Armstrong, the two spent about two and a half hours gathering lunar rocks to bring back for analysis. The success was a triumph, not just for the United States, but for mankind, the imagination and the possibilities of exploration. What many people don't know, however, are the special sacrifices that had to be made in order to get astronauts up into space at all. The major unsung heroes of space exploration, it turns out, are animals. Mars One. The Space Race. By the mid-1950s, the U.S.

The Space Race

Kepler Orrery Animation. Lunar Missions Ltd - Lunar Mission One. Whether you are looking to be kept regularly updated on the progress of Lunar Mission One, or whether you want to influence the future of Lunar Mission One, the Lunar Missions Club is your key to being part of this historic mission.

Lunar Missions Ltd - Lunar Mission One

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Astrobiology Magazine Exploring the Solar System and beyond. Helioseismology. Solar System Visualization Project. Solar System Visualization(SSV) ProjectScience Collaboration Testbed (SCT) Task Significant and Additional Content: Mars Science Update - Mars: An Active Planet Today?

Solar System Visualization Project

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