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Double eruption on Sun

On October 1st around 10:17 UT, widely-spaced sunspots 1302 and 1305 erupted in quick succession, revealing a long-distance entanglement which was not obvious before. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) recorded the movie of the double blast:Since it was

October 02, 2011

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New space launch system bringing human mission to an asteroid

With NASA’s announcement of its new, mammoth Space Launch System (SLS), preparations can begin in earnest for the first human mission to an asteroid. The SLS will take the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) on the first human forays into deep space, out of the

October 02, 2011

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Sundiving comet

A comet is diving into the sun today. Discovered on Sept. 29th by a group of four independent comet hunters (M. Kusiak, S. Liwo, B. Zhou and Z. Xu), the icy visitor from the outer solar system is evaporating furiously as it approaches the hot star. SOHO (the Solar and

October 01, 2011

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Solar wind blasts Mercury

At a NASA teleconference yesterday, researchers working with data from the Messenger spacecraft offered new evidence that gusts of solar wind are penetrating Mercury's magnetic field and eroding material off the planet's surface. The spacecraft has actually flown

September 30, 2011

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China blasts first Space Lab Tiangong 1 to orbit

China launched their first space station module into orbit today (Sept. 29), marking a major milestone in the rapidly expanding Chinese space program. The historic liftoff of the man rated Tiangong 1 (Heavenly Palace 1) space lab on a Long March 2F rocket took

September 30, 2011

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Aurora reverberations

A CME hit Earth's magnetic field on Sept. 26th, sparking one of the strongest magnetic storms in years. At the peak of the Kp=8 disturbance, auroras were sighted around both poles and more than half a dozen US states. Magnetic reverberations continued for more than 48

September 29, 2011

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NASA's press conference: MESSENGER reveals new details of planet Mercury

NASA will announce new findings about Mercury during a press conference on Thursday, Sept. 29th. Tune in at 2 pm EDT to find out what the MESSENGER spacecraft has been learning about the innermost planet.MESSENGER Spacecraft Reveals New Details of Mercury2 p.m. EDT,

September 29, 2011

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Minor geomagnetic storm in progress

A minor geomagnetic storm erupted earlier today, Sept. 28th, causing beautiful Wednesday-morning auroras in Canada and some northern-tier US states. These are, essentially, aftershocks of the severe storm on Sept. 26th. More reverberations are possible tonight.

September 28, 2011

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Orbital debris and satellite re-entry

Orbital debris is any man-made object in orbit about the Earth which no longer serves a useful purpose. Approximately 19,000 objects larger than 10 cm are known to exist. The estimated population of particles between 1 and 10 cm in diameter is approximately 500,000....

September 28, 2011

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Amazing timelapse video by Very Large Telescope

This timelapse video shows the sky spinning over the Very Large Telescope observatory in Chile, one of the finest observatories in one of the darkest sites on the planet. Set the resolution to 720p to see it properly unpixelated. At 1:10 into the video, you see...

September 27, 2011

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Severe geomagnetic storm subsiding

A severe geomagnetic storm (Kp=7 to 8) that began yesterday when a CME hit Earth's magnetic field is subsiding.At the peak of the disturbance, auroras were sighted around both poles and in more than six US states including Michigan, New York, South Dakota, Maine, Ma

September 27, 2011

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Real facts about comet Elenin statement by Leonid Elenin

SpaceObs, website run by Leonid Elenin, the most mysterious amateur astronomer that discovered Comet C/2010 X1 or Comet Elenin.Elenin was visible on STEREO A HI1 from September 6th to the 22nd where it then moves out of the field of view.  To see it you need to

September 27, 2011

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NASA to make announcement on Near-Earth Asteroids

 NASA says it will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. GMT) on Thursday to reveal near-Earth asteroid findings and implications for future research.The briefing will take place at NASA Headquarters in Washington.NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey

September 27, 2011

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Strong Geomagnetic Storm in Progress - strong compression of Earth's magnetosphere

A strong-to-severe geomagnetic storm is in progress following the impact of a coronal mass ejection (CME) at approximately 12:15 UT on Sept. 26th. The Goddard Space Weather Lab reports a "strong compression of Earth's magnetosphere. Simulations indicate that solar

September 26, 2011

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Strong solar activity causing severe geomagnetic storm

High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. A strong (Kp=7) geomagnetic storm is in progress. Earth's magnetic field has been strongly disturbed since approximately 1300 UT on Sept. 26th when a CME hit our planet. The impact strongly compressed the

September 26, 2011

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Final Update Overview: NASA's UARS Re-enters Earth's Atmosphere

NASA has released a new statement pinpointing the re-entry of the UARS satellite on Sept. 24th:"The Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has determined the satellite entered the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean at 14.1

September 26, 2011

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Strong solar activity from Sunspot 1302

A pair of closely-spaced CMEs propelled by explosions of sunspot AR1302 on Sept. 24th are heading not-quite directly toward Earth. A significant glancing blow to our planet's magnetic field is possible on Sept. 26th around 14:00 UT (+/- 7 hours). NOAA forecasters

September 26, 2011