26
Aug 11

New supernova found in M101

Source: Palomar Transient Factory


Detection of Supernova PTF11klyin M101 (colour inverted(see original)).
Original image credit: Palomar Transient Factory.

On August 24th, new supernova was found in M101 by Palomar Transient Factory, a fully-automated, wide-field survey aimed at a systematic exploration of the optical transient sky. This supernova, categorized as PTF11kly, is located 58″.6 west and 270″.7 south of the center of M101.(learn more)

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26
Aug 11

NASA Moon mission in final preparations for September launch

Source: NASA/GRAIL


The twin GRAIL spacecraft will map the Moon's gravity field.
Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), mission to study the Moon is in final launch preparations for a scheduled September 8 launch onboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

GRAIL's twin spacecraft are tasked for a nine-month mission to explore Earth's nearest neighbor in unprecedented  detail. They will determine the structure of the lunar interior from crust to core and advance our understanding of the thermal evolution of the moon. (go to NASA/GRAIL)

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