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  • Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data show

    12/09/2016 2:46:14 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 9, 2016 | Christopher Ingraham
    Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday. That marks an increase of nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. Deaths involving powerful synthetic opiates, like fentanyl, rose by nearly 75 percent from 2014 to 2015.
  • Trump adds six more to NASA transition team

    12/09/2016 2:04:55 PM PST · by kingu · 31 replies
    Space News ^ | 12/9/2016 | Brian Berger
    The transition team for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump added six more people to the NASA landing team Friday, including senior Dynetics executive Steve Cook and former astronaut Sandy Magnus. [...] Other members: Greg Autry of the University of Southern California Jack Burns of the University of Colorado Rodney Liesveld, a former senior policy adviser at NASA Jeff Waksman, a former research fellow at the U.S. House of Representatives The NASA landing team is lead by Chris Shank, who worked for House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) until last week.
  • End of the Dark Age: Trump to restart space exploration rather than fund climate hoax

    12/06/2016 1:46:02 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 35 replies
    The Geller Report ^ | Monday, December 5, 2016 | Pamela Geller
    What wonderful news -- investing in actual science and divesting from leftwing lunacy. Some of man's greatest achievements and scientific discoveries came from space exploration. Obama changed NASA's mission from space exploration to Muslim outreach. NASA's Administrator explained that Obama had asked him to "find ways to reach out to dominantly Muslim countries." (More here: Obama 's stone age) TRUMP TO SEND MEN BACK TO THE MOON AND 'EXPLORE ENTIRE SOLAR SYSTEM' RATHER THAN FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE The president elect could put men on the moon once again – and use money from the climate change budget to do it...
  • Plans to restore NASA mission control room remain in limbo

    12/04/2016 11:21:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 4, 2016 1:03 PM EST
    Plans to restore the NASA mission control room that served as the nerve center when man first reached the moon have been discussed for more than 20 years, but its restoration and preservation remain in limbo. Officials at Johnson Space Center in Houston say the restoration of Mission Operation Control Room 2 is a priority, but note that NASA has other priorities too. …
  • NASA Drops Global Warming BOMBSHELL, Liberals In Panic Mode As Scam Exposed

    11/30/2016 6:28:18 PM PST · by Cheerio · 69 replies
    Conservative Daily Pose ^ | Nov 29, 2016 | Damon Morgan
    The debate on Man-made Climate Change, aka Anthropogenic Global Warming, has been raging for a couple decades now. The establishment media has told us repeatedly in recent years that there is consensus among 97% of climate scientists that global warming is real, and that it is caused by human activity. For many people, this appeal to authority has been convincing, and they lash out at any opposition calling them ‘climate-deniers’ or worse. Recent data has emerged that casts major doubt on the general consensus. So how could 97% of the world’s climate experts get something like this wrong? Most people...
  • 'Artificial gravity' device could be key to astronaut health on Mars mission

    11/26/2016 8:21:49 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Hannah Devlin
    In the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick’s spacecraft spins through the solar system like a giant, futuristic ferris wheel. The rotating craft has a suitably epic quality and, through the centripetal force, conveniently explains why there appears to be gravity inside the spaceship. In real life future astronauts may have to settle for a slightly less cinematic form of artificial gravity, however. Space scientists working on the problem have developed a large vacuum cleaner-like device that seals around the astronaut’s waist, creating the impression of weight on the lower body through a powerful suction force. Alan Hargens, an...
  • Astronauts of the Future Will Feast on Calorific Bars

    11/25/2016 4:36:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    nbc ^ | Alyssa Newcomb
    Astronauts will be traveling inside NASA's Orion spacecraft. Since they won't be able to receive additional cargo deliveries or dispose of trash, they'll have to take only what they can carry. That means a calorie-laden breakfast bar may be the perfect choice for saving room. "When you have 700 to 900 calories of something, it's going to have some mass regardless of what shape it's in, so we've taken a look at how to get some mass savings by reducing how we're packaging and stowing what the crew would eat for breakfast for early Orion flights with crew," Jessica Vos,...
  • Cronyism in Space?

    11/24/2016 8:14:53 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/24/16 | Megan Barth
    Make no mistake and don’t be fooled by her rhetoric, Garver is a committed liberal who will bring NASA towards cronyism and liberal policies. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” was the phrase that defined a historic event—a global, scientific breakthrough which defined American ingenuity and exceptionalism. A generation of innovators, explorers, and scientists were inspired by this new world which had opened because of the ingenuity and talent responsible for completing NASA’s core mission: deep space exploration, aeronautics and science. However, deep space exploration of this new world has not been fully funded by the...
  • Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’

    11/23/2016 9:06:27 PM PST · by Innovative · 303 replies
    The UK Guardian via MSN ^ | Nov. 23, 2016 | Oliver Milman, The UK Guardian
    Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said. Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century. Related: 2016 locked into being hottest year on record, Nasa says This would mean the elimination of Nasa’s world-renowned research into temperature, ice, clouds and other climate...
  • Trump at NASA: Hasta la Vista Climate Fraud and Muslim Outreach…

    11/23/2016 7:07:00 AM PST · by rktman · 30 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/23/2016 | James Delingpole
    NASA’s top climate scientist Gavin Schmidt has warned President-Elect Donald Trump that the planet just won’t stand for having a fully-fledged climate denier in the White House. Good luck with that one, Gavin. Or “Toast” as we’ll shortly be calling you… Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), told the Independent: “The point is simple: the climate is changing and you can try to deny it, you can appoint people who don’t care about it into positions of power, but regardless nature has the last vote on this.” Unfortunately, Schmidt doesn’t feel so strongly on the issue...
  • Trump 'will use NASA climate change cash to fund Moon missions' as part of his bid to...

    11/21/2016 12:06:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/21/16 | Tom Leonard
    Trump 'will use Nasa climate change cash to fund Moon missions' as part of his bid to 'Make America Great Again' Donald Trump may use climate change research cash to blast astronauts back to the Moon as part of his mission to ‘Make America Great Again’. Members of the US space community believe Mr Trump’s presidential victory could lead to the resurrection of space agency Nasa’s lunar programme, which has not put a man on the Moon since 1972. The huge cost of lunar missions has been the main reason for their demise, blocked either by presidents or Congress. However,...
  • Astronaut Peggy Whitson...reaches International Space Station, to celebrate 57th birthday

    11/21/2016 10:11:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    hngn.com ^ | 11/21/2016
    Whitson will be celebrating her 57th birthday aboard the ISS in February 2017. On completion of her 179-day stint aboard the ISS, she will rewrite several space record books. She is already the oldest woman to orbit the earth. She will hold the record as the woman with the most time in space. She will also become the American astronaut with the most time in space, 556 days, beating the existing record, 534 days, of astronaut Jeff Williams. Among the other crew members, the 45-year-old Novitskiy is on his second flight into space, having already spent 144 days on an...
  • Trump to ‘Free NASA’ and Set Sights on Further Space Exploration

    11/14/2016 5:10:01 PM PST · by GilGil · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/14/2016 | Charlie Nash
    Despite criticism from the media about his stance on space policy, President-elect Trump is set to focus NASA mainly on space exploration following his inauguration in January, revealing his interest to “free NASA” from logistics so that they can focus on “space exploration” in a speech last month. “Over the last 8 years, the Obama-Clinton administration has undermined our space program tremendously. That will change,” proclaimed Trump. “So many good things come out of it, including great jobs. That will change very quickly under a Trump administration and it’ll change before it’s too late.”
  • Leaked NASA paper shows the 'impossible' EM Drive really does work (Is fuel-less propulsion real?)

    11/07/2016 1:06:47 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 52 replies
    Science alert ^ | 11/7/16 | Fiona MacDonald
    The results of NASA's tests on the 'impossible' EM Drive have been leaked, and they reveal that the controversial propulsion system really does work, and is capable of generating impressive thrust in a vacuum, even after error measurements have been accounted for. The EM Drive has made headlines over the past year, because it offers the incredible possibility of a fuel-free propulsion system that could potentially get us to Mars in just 70 days. But there's one major problem: according to the current laws of physics, it shouldn't work. The issue is the fact that the EM Drive defies Newton's...
  • NASA: Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds

    11/03/2016 6:44:11 PM PDT · by grundle · 49 replies
    NASA ^ | April 26, 2016
    http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate3004.htmlNASA: Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds April 26, 2016 From a quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25. An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led the effort, which involved using satellite data from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instruments to help determine the leaf area index, or...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - M45: The Pleiades Star Cluster

    10/19/2016 6:13:53 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 15 replies
    NASA ^ | 10/19/2016 | (see image credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 October 19 M45: The Pleiades Star Cluster Image Credit & Copyright: Hermann von Eiff Explanation: Have you ever seen the Pleiades star cluster? Even if you have, you probably have never seen it as dusty as this. Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the bright stars of the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars even from the heart of a light-polluted city. With a...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - The Antlia Cluster of Galaxies

    10/18/2016 4:55:17 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 13 replies
    NASA ^ | 10/18/2016 | (see image credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 October 18 The Antlia Cluster of Galaxies Image Credit & Copyright: Rolf Olsen Explanation: Galaxies dot the sky in this impressively wide and deep image of the Antlia Cluster. The third closest cluster of galaxies to Earth after Virgo and Fornax, the Antlia cluster is known for its compactness and its high fraction of elliptical galaxies over (spirals. Antlia, cataloged as Abell S0636, spans about 2 million...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Herschel's Orion

    10/17/2016 4:33:43 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 2 replies
    NASA ^ | 10/14/2016 | (see image credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 October 14 Herschel's Orion Image Credit & Copyright: ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE Explanation: This dramatic image peers within M42, the Orion Nebula, the closest large star-forming region. Using data at infrared wavelengths from the Herschel Space Observatory, the false-color composite explores the natal cosmic cloud a mere 1,500 light-years distant. Cold, dense filaments of dust that would otherwise be dark at visible wavelengths are shown in reddish hues. Light-years long,...
  • Antares rocket raised on launch pad for station supply run (launch TODAY @ 2:12pm PDT/5:12pm EDT)

    10/16/2016 8:33:07 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 16 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 14OCT2016 | Stephen Clark
    Engineers erected a commercial Antares rocket vertical on its launch pad on Virginia’s Eastern Shore Friday, positioning the 13-story booster for liftoff Sunday night with more than 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments for the International Space Station. With a Cygnus supply ship enclosed in its nose cone, the rocket rolled out of its Horizontal Integration Facility on a self-propelled transporter starting around 5:12 p.m. EDT (2112 GMT) Thursday for the mile-long journey to launch pad 0A on Wallops Island, Virginia. Orbital ATK’s ground team secured the rocket after reaching the seaside launch pad at dusk, then hoisted the booster...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Galaxies from the Altiplano

    10/13/2016 10:19:54 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | 10/13/2016 | (see image credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 October 13 Galaxies from the Altiplano Image Credit & Copyright: Stéphane Guisard (Los Cielos de America, TWAN) Explanation: The central bulge of our Milky Way Galaxy rises over the northern Chilean Atacama altiplano in this postcard from planet Earth. At an altitude of 4500 meters, the strange beauty of the desolate landscape could almost belong to another world though. Brownish red and yellow tinted sulfuric patches lie...
  • YOU ARE NOT EXEMPT[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/12/2016 11:26:46 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    You are not exempt my children from the harvest just because your priorities collide with My kingdom Rules and regulations(that is The Harvest first) for it is all about Salvation of the lost now for my time has come and soon I shall be with you for a sweeping up of all My sheep. So for those too busy as Martha and have not chosen the best as Mary, Truly your reward shall be diminished from those that have forsaken all to tend my sheep in the pasture of light I have supplied(that is My spirit upon the earth) for...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - The Cygnus Wall of Star Formation

    10/12/2016 5:03:18 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | 10/12/2016 | (see image credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 October 11 The Cygnus Wall of Star Formation Image Credit & Copyright: Sara Wager Explanation: Sometimes, stars form in walls -- bright walls of interstellar gas. In this vivid skyscape, stars are forming in the W-shaped ridge of emission known as the Cygnus Wall. Part of a larger emission nebula with a distinctive outline popularly called The North America Nebula, the cosmic ridge spans about 20 light-years....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Trifid, Lagoon, and Mars

    10/06/2016 10:50:11 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | 10/06/2016 | (see imafe credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 October 6 Trifid, Lagoon, and Mars Image Credit & Copyright: Mohammad Nouroozi Explanation: Bright nebulae and star clusters along this 5 degree wide field of view are popular stops on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius and the crowded starfields of the central Milky Way. Cataloged by 18th century French astronomer Charles Messier, M20, the colorful Trifid Nebula, and M8, the expansive Lagoon Nebula, are at upper...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - A Crumbling Layered Butte on Mars

    10/05/2016 6:02:30 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 29 replies
    NASA ^ | 10/02/2016 | (see image credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 October 5 A Crumbling Layered Butte on Mars Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS; Compilation & Processing : Kenneth Kremer, Marco Di Lorenzo Explanation: What is this unusual mound on Mars? NASA's Curiosity rover rolling across Mars has come across a group of these mounds that NASA has labelled Murray Buttes. Pictured is a recently assembled mosaic image of one of the last of the buttes passed by...
  • Iran's space agency 'interested' in cooperating with NASA

    10/04/2016 7:40:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2016 2:26 PM EDT | Nasser Karimi
    The head of Iran’s space agency said Tuesday his country is interested in cooperating with NASA. Speaking to reporters at the start of World Space Week, Mohsen Bahrami said that “many in the world look at NASA’s programs. We are interested in having cooperation, naturally. When you are in orbit, there is no country and race.” It was the first time Iran had expressed such interest since signing last summer’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers. Bahrami said, however, that cooperation will only be possible with the agreement of leaders of both countries. He emphasized that Iran has a peaceful...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Nest of the Eagle Nebula

    10/04/2016 5:08:33 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | 10/04/2016 | (see image credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 October 4 Nest of the Eagle Nebula Image Credit & Copyright: Chris Hendren Explanation: What surrounds the famous Eagle Nebula? The inside of the Eagle Nebula contains eggs -- evaporating gaseous globules -- that typically reside in tremendous pillars of gas and dust and where stars form. This image, though, dramatically captures the area surrounding the Eagle Nebula, showing not only the entire Eagle shape, but also...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Explore Rosetta's Comet

    10/03/2016 7:02:31 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | 10/03/2016 | (see image credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 October 3 Explore Rosetta's Comet Image Credit: Science Office, ESA Explanation: What would it be like to fly around a comet nucleus? To find out, just wait for your WebGL-compatible browser to load a detailed digital model of Comet 67P and then -- go exploring! With a standard mouse, the left button allows you to rotate the comet, the right button allows you to move the comet...
  • Out with a bang: Rosetta crashes into comet

    10/02/2016 1:22:49 PM PDT · by ETL · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 30, 2016 | Rob Verger
    After a journey of billions of miles and a historic cosmic rendezvous, the Rosetta spacecraft met its end after a “controlled impact” with the comet it had been studying. The European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed a loss of signal from the probe on Friday at 1:19 pm, Central European Summer Time. The maneuver to slowly crash the craft was deliberate— a way to study the comet up close at the tail end of the mission. “Thanks to a huge international, decades-long endeavour, we have achieved our mission to take a world-class science laboratory to a comet to study its evolution...
  • Regardless of the 13th Zodiac Sign Controversy, NASA Says Astrology Fake

    10/02/2016 7:57:11 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 73 replies
    natureworldnews.com ^ | September 29, 2016 | Monica Antonio
    "NASA caused quite a stir when news of the space agency changing the 12 zodiac signs, adding a 13th sign called Ophiuchus, surfaced online. However, NASA has denied such claims and said that with or without the change in zodiac signs, astrology is still fake. The ruckus was caused when Cosmopolitan posted an article, saying that NASA has decided to change the astrological signs for the first time in 2,000 years. The article says that the change was caused by the stars and Earth's axis being different today than it was in the past."
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Lynds Dark Nebula 1251

    09/30/2016 10:50:30 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/30/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 30 Lynds Dark Nebula 1251 Image Credit & Copyright: Lynn Hilborn Explanation: Stars are forming in Lynds Dark Nebula (LDN) 1251. About 1,000 light-years away, the dusty molecular cloud is part of a complex of dark nebulae mapped toward the Cepheus flare region, drifting above the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. Across the spectrum, astronomical explorations of the obscuring interstellar clouds reveal energetic shocks and...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope

    09/29/2016 5:41:29 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 25 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/29/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 29 Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope Image Credit & Copyright: Jeff Dai (TWAN) Explanation: The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is nestled within a natural basin in China's remote and mountainous southwestern Guizhou province. Nicknamed Tianyan, or the Eye of Heaven, the new radio telescope is seen in this photograph taken near the start of its testing phase of operations on September 25. Designed with...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - NGC 3576: The Statue of Liberty Nebula

    09/28/2016 5:23:50 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 14 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/28/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 28 NGC 3576: The Statue of Liberty Nebula Image Credit & Copyright: S. Mazlin, J. Harvey, R. Gilbert, & D. Verschatse (SSRO/PROMPT/UNC) Explanation: What's happening in the Statue of Liberty nebula? Bright stars and interesting molecules are forming and being liberated. The complex nebula resides in the star forming region called RCW 57. This image showcases dense knots of dark interstellar dust, bright stars that have...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Jupiter's Europa from Spacecraft Galileo

    09/27/2016 4:33:30 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/27/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 27 Jupiter's Europa from Spacecraft Galileo Image Credit: Galileo Project, JPL, NASA Explanation: What mysteries might be solved by peering into this crystal ball? In this case, the ball is actually a moon of Jupiter, the crystals are ice, and the moon is not only dirty but cracked beyond repair. Nevertheless, speculation is rampant that oceans exist under Europa's fractured ice-plains that could support life. This...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Gaia: Here Comes the Sun

    09/26/2016 6:07:15 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/26/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 26 See FULL Youtube Video HereGaia: Here Comes the Sun Image Credit: Galaxy Illustration: Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org), Star Data: Gaia Mission, ESA, Antoni Sagristà Sellés (U. Heidelberg) et al. Explanation: What would it look like to return home from outside our galaxy? Although designed to answer greater questions, recent data from ESA's robotic Gaia mission is helping to provide a uniquely modern perspective on humanity's place...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Saturn from Above

    09/26/2016 5:35:21 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 15 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/25/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 25 Saturn from Above Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Space Science Institute Explanation: This image of Saturn could not have been taken from Earth. No Earth based picture could possibly view the night side of Saturn and the corresponding shadow cast across Saturn's rings. Since Earth is much closer to the Sun than Saturn, only the day side of the ringed planet is visible from the Earth....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Heart and Soul and Double Cluster

    09/26/2016 5:30:51 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 1 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/24/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 24 Heart and Soul and Double Cluster Image Credit & Copyright: Adrien Klamerius Explanation: This rich starfield spans almost 10 degrees across the sky toward the northern constellations Cassiopeia and Perseus. On the left, heart-shaped cosmic cloud IC 1805 and IC 1848 are popularly known as the Heart and Soul nebulae. Easy to spot on the right are star clusters NGC 869 and NGC 884 also...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Harvest Moon Eclipse

    09/23/2016 4:59:50 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 12 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/23/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 22 Harvest Moon Eclipse Image Credit & Copyright: Miguel Claro (TWAN, Dark Sky Alqueva) Explanation: A Harvest Moon rises over Sesimbra Castle south of Lisbon in this impressive series of telephoto exposures. Captured at its full phase, the golden Moon was also gliding through the Earth's more diffuse outer shadow during September's penumbral lunar eclipse. The eclipse shading is subtle compared to a total lunar eclipse....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Sunset at Edmontonhenge

    09/22/2016 4:36:26 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/22/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 22 Sunset at Edmontonhenge Image Credit & Copyright: Luca Vanzella Explanation: On September 18, the setting Sun illuminated both sides of the steep brick and steel canyon otherwise known as Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, planet Earth. The Stonehenge-like alignment is captured from the middle of the road in this daring snapshot. In Edmonton streets are laid out on a grid almost oriented along...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Zooming in on Star Cluster Terzan 5

    09/21/2016 5:13:42 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/21/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 21 Video HereZooming in on Star Cluster Terzan 5 Image Credit: Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org), DSS, Hubble, NASA, ESA, ESO; Music: Johan B. Monell Explanation: Globular clusters once ruled the Milky Way. Back in the old days, back when our Galaxy first formed, perhaps thousands of globular clusters roamed our Galaxy. Today, there are less than 200 left. Over the eons, many globular clusters were destroyed by...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - The Helix Nebula in Infrared

    09/20/2016 4:13:33 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/20/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 20 The Helix Nebula in Infrared Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Spitzer Space Telescope; Processing: Judy Schmidt Explanation: What makes this cosmic eye look so red? Dust. The featured image from the robotic Spitzer Space Telescope shows infrared light from the well-studied Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) a mere 700 light-years away in the constellation of the Water Carrier Aquarius. The two light-year diameter shroud of dust and...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - 50,000 Kilometers over the Sun

    09/19/2016 5:06:00 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 26 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/19/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 19 50,000 Kilometers over the Sun Image Credit & Copyright: Pete Lawrence Explanation: What's happening at the edge of the Sun? Although it may look like a monster is rampaging, what is pictured is actually only a monster prominence -- a sheath of thin gas held above the surface by the Sun's magnetic field. The solar event was captured just this past weekend with a small...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - M33: Triangulum Galaxy

    09/19/2016 5:01:59 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 2 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/17/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 17 M33: Triangulum Galaxy Image Credit & Copyright: Giovanni Benintende Explanation: The small, northern constellation Triangulum harbors this magnificent face-on spiral galaxy, M33. Its popular names include the Pinwheel Galaxy or just the Triangulum Galaxy. M33 is over 50,000 light-years in diameter, third largest in the Local Group of galaxies after the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), and our own Milky Way. About 3 million light-years from the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -

    09/16/2016 9:50:47 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/16/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 16 Full Moon over Brno Image Credit & Copyright: Petr Horálek Explanation: After sunset this gorgeous full moon rose over Brno city in the Czech Republic on July 20, 2016. The panoramic image was made during a celebration of the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. A series of exposures captures the yellow hued lunar disk against the fading colors of twilight, with the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Retrograde Mars and Saturn

    09/15/2016 4:42:54 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/15/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 15 Retrograde Mars and Saturn Image Credit & Copyright: Tunç Tezel (TWAN) Explanation: Wandering Mars and Saturn have spent much of this year remarkably close in planet Earth's night sky. In a sequence of exposures spanning mid-December 2015 through the beginning of this week, this composited skyview follows their time together, including both near opposition, just north of bright star Antares near the Milky Way's central...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - The North and South Jupiter

    09/14/2016 4:25:55 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 30 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/14/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 14 The North and South Jupiter Image Credit: NASA, JPL, Juno Mission Explanation: A wide, looping orbit brought Juno close to Jupiter on August 27. As the spacecraft swung around the giant planet's poles JunoCam acquired these premier direct polar views, a change from the usual nearly equatorial perspective of outbound spacecraft and the telescopes of planet Earth. The sunlit side of Jupiter's north polar region...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - NGC 1672: Barred Spiral Galaxy from Hubble

    09/13/2016 7:42:34 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/13/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 13 NGC 1672: Barred Spiral Galaxy from Hubble Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA; Processing & Copyright: Steve Cooper Explanation: Many spiral galaxies have bars across their centers. Even our own Milky Way Galaxy is thought to have a modest central bar. Prominently barred spiral galaxy NGC 1672, featured here, was captured in spectacular detail in an image taken by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Philae Lander Found on Comet 67P

    09/12/2016 5:59:07 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/12/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 12 Philae Lander Found on Comet 67P Image Credit & Copyright: ESA, Rosetta, MPS, OSIRIS; UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA/Navcam Explanation: A little spacecraft that was presumed lost has now been found. In 2014, the Philae lander slowly descended from its parent Rosette spacecraft to the nucleus of Comet C67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. At the surface, after a harpoon malfunction, the lander bounced softly twice and eventually sent back images from an...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - All the Water on Planet Earth

    09/12/2016 5:54:40 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 31 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/11/2016 | (see phot credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 11 All the Water on Planet Earth Illustration Credit & Copyright: Jack Cook, Adam Nieman, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Howard Perlman, USGS Explanation: How much of planet Earth is made of water? Very little, actually. Although oceans of water cover about 70 percent of Earth's surface, these oceans are shallow compared to the Earth's radius. The featured illustration shows what would happen if all of the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - The Wide and Deep Lagoon

    09/12/2016 5:50:48 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 2 replies
    NASA ^ | 09/09/2016 | (see photo credits)
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2016 September 9 The Wide and Deep Lagoon Image Credit & Copyright: Michael Miller, Jimmy Walker Explanation: Ridges of glowing interstellar gas and dark dust clouds inhabit the turbulent, cosmic depths of the Lagoon Nebula. Also known as M8, the bright star forming region is about 5,000 light-years distant. But it still makes for a popular stop on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius, toward the center of...
  • NASA asteroid probe may find clues to origins of life on Earth (Bennu, time capsule of our origins)

    09/08/2016 11:57:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo News ^ | 9/8/16 | Irene Klotz
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A U.S. space probe was cleared for launch on Thursday to collect and return samples from an asteroid in hopes of learning more about the origins of life on Earth and perhaps elsewhere in the solar system, NASA said on Tuesday. A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket was scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to dispatch the robot explorer Osiris-Rex on a seven-year mission. United Launch Alliance is a partnership of Lockheed-Martin and Boeing. Osiris-Rex is headed to a 1,640-foot (500-meter) wide asteroid named Bennu, which circles the...