Eye on the Sky: When Galaxies Collide

October 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Posted in Astronomy, Eye on the Sky, Regular Feature, Science News | 1 Comment

 “The Hubble Space Telescope shows a rare view of a pair of overlapping galaxies, called NGC 3314. The two galaxies look as if they are colliding, but they are actually separated by tens of millions of light-years, or about ten times the distance between our Milky Way and the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. The chance alignment of the two galaxies, as seen from Earth, gives a unique look at the silhouetted spiral arms in the closer face-on spiral, NGC 3314A.” ~ from the Nasa website.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and W. Keel (University of Alabama)

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Big Bang Science News

September 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Posted in Big Bang, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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A thousand year old religious icon, a Nazi SS expedition into Tibet, and a meteorite. Sounds like the latest installment in the Indiana Jones franchise, right? You aren’t far off. A small Buddhist statue, originally uncovered by a Nazi expedition to Tibet, has been analyzed by scientists and found to have been carved from a meteorite fragment.  From Red Orbit

Sounds like a Lucas fan’s dream story, right?  It’s true which makes it even more amazing.  Back in 1938, a Nazi led expedition discovered the statue and brought it back to Germany.  In 2007 it was finally available for study and that’s when scientist learned it was chiseled from a piece of the Chinga meteorite (it’s made of ataxite).  The Chinga meteorite crashed into parts of Mongolia and Siberia 15,000 years ago. Continue Reading Big Bang Science News…

Eye on the Sky: Supernova Shock Wave

September 25, 2012 at 10:34 am | Posted in Eye on the Sky, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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Using observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, researchers have obtained the first X-ray evidence of a supernova shock wave breaking through a cocoon of gas surrounding the star that exploded. This discovery may help astronomers understand why some supernovas are much more powerful than others.

On Nov. 3, 2010, a supernova was discovered in the galaxy UGC 5189A, located about 160 million light years away. Using data from the All Sky Automated Survey telescope in Hawaii taken earlier, astronomers determined this supernova exploded in early October 2010.

This composite image of UGC 5189A shows X-ray data from Chandra in purple and optical data from Hubble Space Telescope in red, green and blue. SN 2010jl is the very bright X-ray source near the top of the galaxy.

NASA Website

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Royal Military College of Canada/P.Chandra et al); Optical: NASA/STScI

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Big Bang Science

September 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Big Bang, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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Mayan Doomsday Update: You’re going to have to pay your taxes after all.  In the last known, still mostly unexplored Mayan megacity, researchers have discovered unique wall murals and a calendar that predicts the world not being destroyed, but instead continuing.

“In addition to a still vibrant scene of a king and his retinue, the walls are rife with calculations that helped ancient scribes track vast amounts of time. Contrary to the idea the Maya predicted the end of the world in 2012, the markings suggest dates thousands of years in the future.”

The image at the right is a wall mural of Mayan warriors.  It and it’s companion murals are unprecedented, having never been found anywhere else.

You can watch a video on this discovery on the National Geographic website. Continue Reading Big Bang Science…

Eye on the Sky: Italian Boot

September 18, 2012 at 10:59 am | Posted in Eye on the Sky, Science News | 1 Comment
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The International Space Station captured this night image of Europe on Aug. 18, 2012 while flying 240 miles above the Mediterranean Sea.

Image credit: NASA

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Big Bang Science News

September 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Big Bang, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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Today NASA honored Neil Armstrong at the National Cathedral, and the first man on the moon was remembered for his “Courage, Grace and Humility”.  Armstrong’s fellow Apollo 11 crewmates, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin attended, as well as the first American to orbit the earth, John Glenn.  Fellow Apollo program astronaut and the last man to walk on the moon, Gene Cernan, paid tribute to Neil Armstrong.  Cernan’s tribute included the following:

“He knew who he was and he understood the immensity of what he had done. Yet Neil was always willing to give of himself,” said Cernan, who told of trips that he, Armstrong and Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell made to visit troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Those young men and women, who had yet to be born when Neil walked on the moon, greeted him with enthusiasm,” said Cernan. “They asked him, ‘Why are you here?’ Neil’s honest and thoughtful reply was, ‘Because you are here’.”

For more coverage of the Memorial to Armstrong continue reading here on the NASA website.

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Eye on the Sky: 9-11-2001

September 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Eye on the Sky, Miscellaneous, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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Taken by Station Commander Frank Culbertson of Expedition 3, this photo (visible from space) shows the smoke rising from the twin towers of the World Trade Center on that morning in September.  Culbertson perhaps summed up America’s feelings in this statement:

“The world changed today. What I say or do is very minor compared to the significance of what happened to our country today when it was attacked.”

Image credit: NASA

(via NASA)

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Eye on the Sky: 30 Doradus Nebula

September 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Eye on the Sky, Miscellaneous, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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30 Doradus Nebula has been an active star-forming region for 25 million years.  Using data from Hubble astronomers first thought they were seeing one star cluster, but then realized they were actually viewing two merging clusters.  The Hubble observations were made with the Wide Field Camera 3.  The blue color is light from the hottest, most massive stars; the green from the glow of oxygen; and the red from fluorescing hydrogen.

Image credit: NASA, ESA, and E. Sabbi (ESA/STScI)

(via: NASA)

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Big Bang Science News

August 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Posted in Science News | Leave a comment
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Lucky us.  A couple of planetary scientists in St. Louis have proven, with computer simulations, that planets can actually be vaporized.  That gleeful noise you hear is Grand Moff Tarkin cackling.  Discovery News has the full story here.

When you’re the most populated country on this planet I’m not sure building the world’s largest battery is a wise use of space, but the Chinese have done just that.  It’s a 36-megawatt-hour monster and the Chinese didn’t end it with that.  It’s hooked into 140 megawatts of wind and solar power.  Still, I guess there’s one benefit of a battery this size; it’s going to be pretty hard to misplace it.  PopSci has a full report on the project. Continue Reading Big Bang Science News…

Big Bang: News in Science

August 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous, Regular Feature, Science News | Leave a comment
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Hubble spots an ancient galaxy that shouldn’t exist.  According to i09:

“It’s called a “grand-design” spiral galaxy, and unlike most galaxies of its kind, this one is old. Like, really, really old. According to a new study conducted by researchers using NASA’s Hubble Telescope, it dates back roughly 10.7-billion years — and that makes it the most ancient spiral galaxy we’ve ever discovered.”

Per i09, this galaxy is super weird, and you can read why right here.

NASA and Wired both tell us that the U.S. drought is so bad you can see it from space.  In fact it’s so bad that an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi river has been closed off and on since August 11.  Wired has the full story complete with NASA images that you can view here.

Ion crystal quantum computer may be on the horizon.  And it has the potential to beat the computational capacity of any machine by 10 to the 80th power.  That’s a heck of a computer.  In case you don’t have a grasp of the significance of this (or just don’t know what 10 to the 80th is), Huff Post Science is happy to explain it to you.

Finally, in the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction catgory, scientists have discovered a lost world under Antarctica, according to Gizmodo.

Entire colonies of unknown yeti crabs, anemones, predatory sea stars with seven arms and pale octopus were found, piling on top of the (hydrothermal) vents, creeping on top of each other, at nearly 7,874 feet (2,400 meters) under the surface of the Southern Ocean.

To find out how these creatures get their energy from the hydrothermal vents (very interesting), and exactly how hot these vents can get, you can read the entire article here.

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