Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to probe a galactic supercluster known as Abell 2744 have found forensic evidence of galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart approximately 6 billion years ago. The Universe is an infinite sea of galaxies. When they group together in giant clusters, some of them can be ripped apart by the [...] —> Read More Here
Virgin Galactic has reported that their SpaceShipTwo has “experienced an in-flight anomaly” during a rocket powered test flight over the Mojave Desert, Calif. Friday morning. Continue reading → —> Read More Here
Thales Alenia Space, hoping to expand its share of the growing global market among developing nations for high-resolution Earth observation satellites, has agreed to invest 8 million euros in a new observation satellite production facility.
The Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo tourism craft suffers an “in-flight anomaly”, the company says, during a test flight in California. —> Read More Here
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane suffered an in-flight anomaly during its first rocket-powered test flight in nearly nine months on Oct. 31, destroying the vehicle and injuring at least one pilot.
Our fieldwork season in Antarctica is complete! All told, it has been a very successful trip despite less-than-favorable weather. In fact, it has truly been a weather-challenged season that has required patience and “binge working” when the weather allowed. For example, for my last sampling effort, when the weather finally cleared after five stormy days, Alasdair Turner (a full time McMurdo field mountaineer and professional photographer) and I jumped into a helicopter at about 10:00 p.m. and flew to Cape Crozier to sample until about 3:00 a.m.
When that was done, I went to bed for a couple of hours, got up at 6:00 a.m., ate a quick breakfast and then went back out sampling on snowmobiles to Hut Point Peninsula with McMurdo field coordinator Carrie Schaffner.* We rode around until we saw the next storm rolling in at around noon and headed back to McMurdo Station (approximately one hour away on snow mobiles).
To put a scientific spin on the weather this year, I had a conversation with Art Cayette, who is in charge of government oversight for meteorology in Antarctica. Art’s take on this year’s weather —> Read More Here
Goldstone delay-Doppler images of 2014 SC324 obtained on October 25. The images span about 45 minutes and show its rapid rotation. The asteroid has an irregular and elongated shape. Credit: NASA/JPL
Looks like we dodged a bullet. A bullet-shaped asteroid that is. The 70-meter Goldstone radar dish, part of NASA’s Deep Space Network, grabbed a collage of photos of Earth-approaching asteroid 2014 SC324 during its close flyby last Friday October 24. These are the first-ever photos of the space rock which was discovered September 30 this year by the Mt. Lemmon Survey. The level of detail is amazing considering that the object is only about 197 feet (60-meters) across. (…)
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Study finds people pour more drink into skinny glasses when they focus on how much empty space is left —> Read More Here
The study was carried out in Wytham Woods, Oxfordshire. Nearly 1,500 bats were fitted with aluminium arm bands. A group of the roosting bats is pictured. —> Read More Here
The world in MICRO vision: Amazing photos reveal the wonders of minuscule animals, plants and even the circuitry in a DVD reader
Winners of Nikon’s annual Small World competition have been announced. First place went to programmer Rogelio Moreno from Panama for capturing the open mouth of a rotifer (shown). —> Read More Here