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(Discovery News) Red, White & Blue: Stars Cluster in Festive Portrait

A new cosmic portrait taken at an observatory in Chile reveals a cluster of blue and white stars.

(Space Fellowship) Aurora Australis

Not fireworks, these intense shimmering lights still danced across Earth's night skies late last month, seen here above the planet's geographic south pole. The stunning auroral displays were triggered as a coronal mass ejection blasted from the Sun days earlier impacted the magnetosphere, beginning a widespread geomagnetic storm. The six fisheye panels were recorded with digital camera and battery in a heated box to guard against -90 degree F ambient temperatures of the long winter night. Ar [...]

(Space Fellowship) Astronomers Predict Fireworks from Rare Stellar Encounter in 2018

Astronomers are gearing up for high-energy fireworks coming in early 2018, when a stellar remnant the size of a city meets one of the brightest stars in our galaxy. The cosmic light show will occur when a pulsar discovered by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope swings by its companion star. Scientists plan a global campaign to watch the event from radio wavelengths to the highest-energy gamma rays detectable. The pulsar, known as J2032+4127 (J2032 for short), is the crushed core of a massi [...]

(ScienceDaily) Radar guards against space debris

Space debris poses a growing threat to satellites and other spacecraft, which could be damaged in the event of a collision. A new German space surveillance system, schedudled to go into operation in 2018, will help to prevent such incidents.

(ScienceDaily) Getting rid of bad vibrations: Fine-tuning new space launch system

Researchers are determining if a key rocket component can withstand the rigors of the next generation of space flight. The parts in question — bellows expansion joints — serve several functions in rocket propulsion system.

(Space Fellowship) Progress Reaches Orbit for Two Day trip to Station

Carrying more than 6,100 pounds of food, fuel, and supplies for the International Space Station crew, the unpiloted ISS Progress 60 cargo craft launched at 12:55 a.m. EDT (10:55 p.m. local time in Baikonur) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. At the time of launch, the International Space Station was flying about 249 miles over northwestern Sudan, near the border with Egypt and Libya. Less than 10 minutes after launch, the resupply ship reached preliminary orbit and deployed its [...]

(Space Fellowship) Venus and Jupiter are Far

On June 30 Venus and Jupiter were actually far apart, but both appeared close in western skies at dusk. Near the culmination of this year's gorgeous conjunction, the two bright evening planets are captured in the same telescopic field of view in this sharp digital stack of images taken after sunset from Poznań in west-central Poland. In fact, banded gas giant Jupiter was about 910 million kilometers from Poland. That's over 11 times farther than crescent Venus, only 78 million kil [...]

(Discovery News) Event Horizon Telescope Will Probe Spacetime's Mysteries

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has added more observatories to its global network of radio telescopes and the first image of our galaxy's black hole could be less than a year away.

(ScienceDaily) 'Map Of Life' predicts ET. (So where is he?)

The author of a new study of evolutionary convergence argues that the development of life on Earth is predictable, meaning that similar organisms should therefore have appeared on other, Earth-like planets by now. So why do we appear to be all alone in the universe?

(ScienceDaily) Astronomers predict fireworks from rare stellar encounter in 2018

Astronomers are gearing up for high-energy fireworks coming in early 2018, when a stellar remnant the size of a city meets one of the brightest stars in our galaxy.