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Jan 11

NASA invites students to send experiments to the edge of Space

Source: NASA

NASA is inviting student teams to design and build experiments the agency will fly into the stratosphere, a near-space environment, more than 100,000 feet above the Earth. (read more)

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Jan 11

ATV Johannes Kepler gears up for space journey

Source: ESA


ATV-2 Johannes Kepler
Credits: 2010 ESA / CNES / Arianespace / Photo Optique Vidéo du CSG

ATV-2 is almost ready for launch on 15 February from Europe's Spaceport. It will be the heaviest load ever lofted into space by the Ariane 5 rocket, making the 200th flight of the European launcher even more spectacular.(read more)

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Jan 11

WISE Beholds a Pair of Dancing Galaxies

Credit: NASA/WISE


M81 and M82 seen by WISE.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA.

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has captured a new view of two companion galaxies - a somewhat tranquil spiral beauty and its rambunctious partner blazing with smoky star formation.

The unlikely pair, named Messier 81 and Messier 82, got to know each other a lot better during an encounter that occurred a few hundred million years ago. As they swept by each other, gravitational interactions triggered new bursts of star formation. In the case of Messier 82, also known as the Cigar galaxy, the encounter has likely triggered a tremendous wave of new star birth at its core. Intense radiation from newborn massive stars is blowing copious amounts of gas and smoky dust out of the galaxy, as seen in the WISE image in yellow hues.(read more)

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Jan 11

WISE Catches the Lagoon Nebula in Center of Action

Credit: NASA/WISE


Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

WISE mission has released a new fanatstic image of Lagoon Nebula. Also known as Messier 8, or simply M8, the Lgoon Nebula is seen looking toward the center of the Milky Way. Our solar system is located on one of the spiral arms, about halfway out from the center of the disk-shaped Milky Way galaxy. When we view the Milky Way from Earth, we are looking into the disk of the galaxy where stars are so numerous that they appear to us as a cloudy band of light stretching across the sky. The center of the Milky Way is located in the constellation Sagittarius, which is where the Lagoon nebula can be found. M8 is a favorite target for amateur astronomers because it can be easily seen with binoculars or a small telescope.(read more)

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