Recent News from the Commercial Space Gateway

(Space Fellowship) Solar Flare from a Sharper Sun

Solar active region AR2192 was the largest recorded sunspot group of the last 24 years. Before rotating off the Earth-facing side of the Sun at the end of October, it produced a whopping six energetic X-class flares. Its most intense flare was captured on October 24 in this stunning view from the orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory. The scene is a color combination of images made at three different wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light; 193 angstroms shown in blue, 171 angstroms in white, [...]
  

(Space Fellowship) Soyuz Rolls Out to Pad as Station Crew Prepares to Double in Size

A trio of new Expedition 42 crew members is in its final preparations before Sunday’s launch and six-hour ride aboard a Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the International Space Station. The rocket with the Soyuz capsule rolled out to the launch pad Friday morning at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Aboard the station, Expedition 42 commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore worked on a plant growth experiment and continued calibration tests of the station’s new 3D printer. He also took some tim [...]
  

(Discovery News) DNews: Is Another Planet Lurking Beyond Neptune?

Our solar system has a handful of bodies exhibiting some strange, highly elliptical orbits. Are they being pulled by a massive planet WAY out there beyond Neptune? Amy Shira Teitel examines what might be causing these objects to behave so oddly.   

(Space Fellowship) Hubble Sees a Spiral in a Furnace

This Hubble image is a snapshot of NGC 986 — a barred spiral galaxy discovered in 1828 by James Dunlop. This close-up view of the galaxy was captured by Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2). NGC 986 is found in the constellation of Fornax (The Furnace), located in the southern sky. NGC 986 is a bright, 11th-magnitude galaxy sitting around 56 million light-years away, and its golden center and barred swirling arms are clearly visible in this image. Barred spiral galaxie [...]
  

(Discovery News) Asteroid Early-Warning Strategies Report Released

A United Nations team has been deliberating over the years regarding the gathering and analysis of near-Earth object (NEO) data.   

(Space Fellowship) M1: The Crab Nebula

The Crab Nebula is cataloged as M1, the first object on Charles Messier's famous 18th century list of things which are not comets. In fact, the Crab is now known to be a supernova remnant, debris from the death explosion of a massive star, witnessed by astronomers in the year 1054. This sharp, ground-based telescopic view uses narrowband data to track emission from ionized oxygen and hydrogen atoms (in blue and red) and explore the tangled filaments within the still expanding cloud. One of t [...]
  

(Space Fellowship) Soyuz Preps for Rollout as Station Crew Works Array of Science

A trio of new Expedition 42 crew members is in its final preparations before Sunday’s launch and six-hour ride aboard a Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft to the International Space Station. The rocket with the Soyuz capsule attached will roll out to the launch pad Friday morning at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Aboard the orbital laboratory, the current crew members, Commander Barry Wilmore and Flight Engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova, are working their scheduled task list of [...]
  

(ScienceDaily) How to estimate the magnetic field of an exoplanet

Scientists developed a new method which allows to estimate the magnetic field of a distant exoplanet, i.e., a planet, which is located outside the Solar system and orbits a different star. Moreover, they managed to estimate the value of the magnetic moment of the planet HD 209458b.   

(Discovery News) Mystery of Exoplanet's Magnetic Field Unlocked

A strange flow of charged hydrogen atoms around an exoplanet turns out to be stellar winds from its parent star.   

(ScienceDaily) It's filamentary: How galaxies evolve in the cosmic web

How do galaxies like our Milky Way form, and just how do they evolve? Are galaxies affected by their surrounding environment? Astronomers now propose some answers. The researchers highlight the role of the 'cosmic web' -- a large-scale web-like structure comprised of galaxies -- on the evolution of galaxies that took place in the distant universe, a few billion years after the Big Bang.   

(Space Fellowship) The riddle of the missing stars

Hubble observations cast further doubt on how globular clusters formed. Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling. New observations of globular clusters in a small galaxy show they are very similar to those found in the Milky Way, and so must have formed in a similar way. One of the leading theories on how these clusters form predicts that globular clusters should only be found nestled in among large quantit [...]
  

(ScienceDaily) Riddle of the missing stars: Hubble observations cast further doubt on how globular clusters formed

Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling. New observations of globular clusters in a small galaxy show they are very similar to those found in the Milky Way, and so must have formed in a similar way.   

(ScienceDaily) Unravelling the mystery of gamma-ray bursts with kilometer-scale microphones

A team of scientists hopes to trace the origins of gamma-ray bursts with the aid of giant space ‘microphones’. It's hoped the kilometer-scale microphones will detect gravitational waves created by black holes, and shed light on the origins of the Universe.   

(Discovery News) X-Rays: Next-Gen Way to Travel and Talk in Space?

NASA engineers think they have figured out a better way to both navigate and communicate far out in deep space.   

(euronews) New York: new technology

Out with the old... The payphone has been an intrinsic part of New York City's landscape for decades. But now these transparent cabins are due to…




  

(ScienceDaily) NASA's Swift mission probes an exotic object: 'Kicked' black hole or mega star?

Astronomers have discovered an unusual source of light in a galaxy some 90 million light-years away. The dwarf galaxy Markarian 177 (center) and its unusual source SDSS1133 (blue) lie 90 million light-years away. The galaxies are located in the bowl of the Big Dipper, a well-known star pattern in the constellation Ursa Major.   

(Space Fellowship) LDN 988: Dark Nebula in Cygnus

Obscuring the rich starfields of northern Cygnus, dark nebula LDN 988 lies near the center of this cosmic skyscape. Composed with telescope and camera, the scene is some 2 degrees across. That corresponds to 70 light-years at the estimated 2,000 light-year distance of LDN 988. Stars are forming within LDN 988, part of a larger complex of dusty molecular clouds along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy sometimes called the Northern Coalsack. In fact, nebulosities associated with young stars abo [...]
  

(Space Fellowship) Rosetta continues into its full science phase

With the Philae lander’s mission complete, Rosetta will now continue its own extraordinary exploration, orbiting Comet 67P/Churymov–Gerasimenko during the coming year as the enigmatic body arcs ever closer to our Sun. Last week, ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft delivered its Philae lander to the surface of the comet for a dramatic touchdown. Since then, Rosetta has performed a series of manoeuvres, using its thrusters to begin optimising its orbit around the comet for the 11 scientific i [...]
  

(Space Fellowship) Botany Studies and Russian Maintenance as Soyuz Launch Nears

Commander Barry Wilmore worked in the Japanese Kibo lab module on the Aniso Tubule botany experiment that studies how roots adapt to gravity. After lunch, Wilmore went back to more hardware replacement work on the Combustion Integrated Rack that he began Tuesday. At the end of the day he configured a maintenance work area for upcoming operations of another botany study, the Seedling Growth experiment. Flight Engineer Alexander Samokutyaev worked in the Russian segment venting gas from an air  [...]
  

(ScienceDaily) Rosetta continues into its full science phase

With the Philae lander's mission complete, Rosetta will now continue its own extraordinary exploration, orbiting Comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko during the coming year as the enigmatic body arcs ever closer to our Sun.   

(Space Fellowship) Supernova Shock Waves, Neutron Stars, and Lobsters

A supernova that signals the death of a massive star sends titanic shock waves rumbling through interstellar space. An ultra-dense neutron star is usually left behind, which is far from dead, as it spews out a blizzard of high-energy particles. Two new images from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory provide fascinating views – including an enigmatic lobster-like feature – of the complex aftermath of a supernova. When a massive star runs out of fuel, the central regions usually collapse to [...]
  

(Space Fellowship) A jettisoned black hole?

Astronomers have discovered an object in space that might be a black hole catapulted out of a galaxy. Or it might be a giant star that is exploding over an exceptionally long period of several decades. In any case, one thing is certain: this mysterious object is something quite unique, a source of fascination for physicists the world over because of its potential to provide experimental confirmation of the much-discussed gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein. In his general theory  [...]
  

(Discovery News) Is Russian Mystery Object a Space Weapon?

Some space analysts wonder if Object 2014-28E could be part of a Russian anti-satellite program.   

(ScienceDaily) A jettisoned black hole? Or a giant star exploding over several decades?

Astronomers have discovered an object in space that might be a black hole catapulted out of a galaxy. Or, according to an alternative interpretation, it might be a giant star that is exploding over an exceptionally long period of several decades. In any case, one thing is certain: This mysterious object is something quite unique, a source of fascination for physicists the world over because of its potential to provide experimental confirmation of the much-discussed gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein.   

(Discovery News) Comet Lander Sniffs Organic Molecules in Atmosphere

The Philae comet-lander has found traces of organic molecules on the surface of the comet 67P.   

(ScienceDaily) Spooky alignment of quasars across billions of light-years

New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe. A European research team has found that the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in a sample of quasars are parallel to each other over distances of billions of light-years. The team has also found that the rotation axes of these quasars tend to be aligned with the vast structures in the cosmic web in which they reside.   

(Space Fellowship) Spooky Alignment of Quasars Across Billions of Light-years

VLT reveals alignments between supermassive black hole axes and large-scale structure. New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe. A European research team has found that the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in a sample of quasars are parallel to each other over distances of billions of light-years. The team has also found that the rotation axes of these quasars ten [...]
  

(euronews) 'Back to the Future' hoverboard fantasy becomes reality

A technology company in California is turning fantasy into reality. ==Hendo Hover== has created a real life 'Back To The Future'-style ==hoverboard,…




  

(Discovery News) Study Shows Quasars' Black Holes Spinning in Sync

A survey of 93 quasars spread out over billions of light years shows the supermassive black holes in their cores are spinning in alignment, a hint that current models of the universe may be missing key data. Continue reading →   

(Space Fellowship) New Animation Follows Long, Strange Trip of Bennu – Target of NASA's Asteroid Sample Return Mission

Born from the rubble of a violent collision, hurled through space for millions of years and dismembered by the gravity of planets, asteroid Bennu had a tough life in a rough neighborhood: the early solar system. "Bennu's Journey," a new animation created at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, shows what's known and what remains mysterious about the life of Bennu and the origin of the solar system. "We are going to Bennu because we want to know what it has witnessed over [...]
  

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