astronomy

NASA discovers new radiation belt around Earth

NASA discovers new radiation belt around Earth

NASA has discovered that there was a 3rd radiation belt hanging around Earth. The discovery was made by two Van Allen space probes that were made specifically to analyze Earth's radiation belts. The Van Allen probes were named after James Van Allen, who was the the first to discover the radiation belts 55 years ago in 1958. The probes are designed identically and provide scientists with a deeper insight on how radiation belts are formed.

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Scientists discover Russian meteor origins

Scientists discover Russian meteor origins

It's been nearly two weeks since a meteor exploded over Russia, injuring around 1000 people, and damaging windows across as many as 4,000 buildings. After much analysis and research, Scientists in Colombia were able to figure out the meteor's path through the Earth's atmosphere, and use that to trace its orbit around the sun. Jorge Zuluaga and Ignacio Ferrin, researchers from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, used trignometry to track the meteor's height, speed, and position as it made its way to Earth.

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Strange alien slime appears after meteor strike

Strange alien slime appears after meteor strike

Here's your daily dose of crazy. A strange, gooey substance has been appearing all over the Somerset nature reserve that's about a thousand miles away from Russia. The mysterious substances have been showing up ever since the meteor event in Russia a few days ago. Both the tourists of the reserve, as well as the workers there, have described the slimes resembling "something living".

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Fireball makes its way across the sky in Northern California

Fireball makes its way across the sky in Northern California

It looks like Russia isn't the only place getting some astronomical action. Within the same day that a meteor exploded over Russia and injured around 1200 people, folks over in Northern California spotted a 'meteor' zipping across the sky. The spectacle was caught on video by a couple of people driving in the San Francisco area. Not too long after the video was posted, many others took to social media to announce their sighting of the 'meteor' as well.


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NASA to launch Wallops Mission rocket this evening, live streaming now

NASA to launch Wallops Mission rocket this evening, live streaming now

Space enthusiasts on the east coast, keep an eye to the sky. NASA will be launching their Wallops Mission rocket sometime between now and 6:50pm EST. The Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket will release two lithium vapor trails colored red that will be visible to some in the Mid-Atlantic area. The mission is taking place from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility located in Virginia.

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NASA to send inflatable pod to the International Space Station

NASA to send inflatable pod to the International Space Station

NASA has penned a $17.8 million deal with Bigelow Aerospace that will bring a (relatively speaking) inexpensive inflatable pod to the International Space Station. The space pod is fabric-based, and could make its way into space by 2015. While its initial test run will be for observation and data, one day the pod could be used, among other things, as a quiet place for astronauts to hang out.

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Astronomers discover the universe’s largest known structure

Astronomers discover the universe’s largest known structure

Astronomers have discovered a large quasar group, more commonly referred to as an LQG, that is reported to be the largest known structure in the universe. The discovery was reported in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society journal, and was led by the University of Central Lancashire. The LQG is so large, in fact, that it challenges the Cosmological Principle.

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SpaceX wants to send its employees into orbit in 2015

SpaceX wants to send its employees into orbit in 2015

SpaceX stated during a conference at the Kennedy Space Center that it plans to send a crew of its own employees into orbit in 2015. This follows the company's successfully completed unmanned mission to the ISS, earning the record of first commercial company to do so. The announcement was made by Garret Reisman, one of SpaceX's project managers and former NASA astronaut.

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Astronomers claim there are no less than 17 billion planets in the Milky Way

Astronomers claim there are no less than 17 billion planets in the Milky Way

In the midst of searching for another Earth-like planet using NASA's Kepler spacecraft, astronomers are at least finding Earth-sized planets orbiting distant stars. According to research presented at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society, the Milky Way is claimed to have no less than 17 billion planets that are roughly the size of earth.

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Unique Martian rock found in the Sahara desert

Unique Martian rock found in the Sahara desert

A rock from the Red Planet was discovered in the Sahara desert, and has been under study for the last year. The results from the study show that it is different from other Martian rocks that have been discovered, in that it contains more water and is older than the majority of other discoveries. The finding has been named NWA 7034, is said to be 2.1 billion years old, and offers a glimpse into Mars' history.

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Quadrantid meteor shower to start around midnight

Quadrantid meteor shower to start around midnight

Just three days into the new year, and star gazers are in for a treat. On January 3 (starting at midnight tonight and lasting into the morning hours), the Quandrantid meteor shower will put on a show for the Western coast of the United states, as well as Asia. The Quads, as it is more commonly known, typically produce 60 to 200 meteors per hour, but will sadly fall during daylight hours for certain time zones.

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Earth microbes can survive on Mars, study finds

Earth microbes can survive on Mars, study finds

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences and the University of Florida show that the anaerobic organism Carnobacterium can survive on the Red Planet. This comes after years of belief that any Earth microbes that make their way to Mars via devices sent there, such as the Curiosity rover, won't survive the conditions. In light of this information, scientists have to be more careful than ever to avoid sending microbes to the Martian planet.

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