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Quasar — Super Rare Occurrence Observed On The Edge Of A Black Hole

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Scientists have agreed since the late 1980’s that a quasar is a compact region in the center of a galaxy surrounding a central, supermassive black hole. After they were discovered by the first radio telescopes, quasi-stellar objects (quasars) were almost as great a mystery as the black holes that spawn them. Scientists now think that… Read more »

Amazing New Ceres Photos From NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Released

Ceres Dawn Spacecraft

On January 19, NASA released the newest and most detailed photos taken of Ceres by the Dawn spacecraft as it approached the dwarf planet. As the March 6 arrival rendezvous date with Ceres approaches, scientists are growing more and more excited at the prospect of the availability of new and spectacular views of this fascinating… Read more »

Pulsar Observed Wobbling Out Of Space-Time — Vanishing Out Of Our Now

Pulsar

A pulsar is a celestial object that is thought to be a rapidly rotating neutron star. The incredibly dense leftovers of a supernova, a pulsar emits regular pulses of radio waves and other electromagnetic radiation at rates of up to one thousand pulses per second. Sometimes, pulsars are locked in a ridiculously tight orbit with… Read more »

SpaceX Still Optimistic After Failed Landing

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX’s most recent test flight ended in failure, but co-founder Elon Musk is still encouraged by the project progress. According to Yahoo! News, SpaceX launched their commercial Falcon 9 rocket early Saturday morning, delivering a Dragon cargo ship towards the International Space Station before returning to earth. The plan was to have the rocket land… Read more »

NASA Releases Amazing Travel Posters For Kepler Exoplanets [Pictures]

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NASA has become its own travel agency, releasing three tourist ads for exoplanets found with the Kepler telescope. Humanity still lacks the technology to travel to these distant worlds, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream. These three retro-style, exoplanet travel posters might help us understand what it might be like on these distant alien… Read more »

Next Challenge For SpaceX? Actually Land On Earth

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The main problems when it comes to rockets is that you usually scrap a large percentage of them after liftoff. Pieces, or sections called “stages,” fall away as the rocket moves through the atmosphere, making their use extremely expensive. Elon Musk, the chief executive of the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX, likens… Read more »

NASA — New Spacecraft Will Be Inflatable

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Mars. It comes up in every conversation concerning NASA at some point. When are we going to Mars? It turns out that NASA is continually trying to figure out how to do just that, and it now seems that a very simple design solution might be man’s ticket to the red planet. The question of… Read more »

Dwarf Star Heading For Solar System — Will It Be Our Nemesis?

Dwarf Star Nemesis Solar System

According to a study set for publication shortly, there is a 90 percent chance that a dwarf star similar to the theorized Nemesis star will pass through the outer boundaries of our solar system between a quarter and half million years from now. This Nemesis-like dwarf star has the potential for disturbing the perhaps trillions… Read more »

Name A Crater! NASA Asks The Public For Help Naming Mercury Craters

Name a crater on Mercury

NASA is looking to name five craters found on Mercury. However, instead of having NASA scientists name the craters, NASA is opening voting and name suggestions to the public. Discovery reports that NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft is coming to the end of its mission. In honor of the mission’s achievements, NASA, teams at the Johns Hopkins… Read more »

Mars Methane Spikes Could Be First Evidence Of Alien Life

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NASA’s Curiosity rover has made a new discovery of momentary methane spikes in the Martian atmosphere that could be the first evidence of life on the planet. The methane spikes could have come from microbial organisms on Mars. Curiosity rover discovered a momentary spike in methane levels at its Gale Crater landing area. The rover… Read more »