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Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Inhabitants of Minneapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis may be thinking that the American Midwest is the coldest place in the Universe. Well, almost, but not quite. At a cosmologically crisp one degree Kelvin (minus 458 degrees Fahrenheit), the Boomerang Nebula in the constellation Centaurus is actually the coldest known object in the Universe—colder, in fact, than the faint afterglow of the Big [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Legendary Beatles singer and songwriter John Lennon was among those honored when names were recently assigned to 10 impact craters on Planet Mercury. The International Astronomical Union (IAU)—the arbiter of planetary and satellite naming since its inception in 1919—assigned the names in keeping with the established naming theme for Mercury craters, which calls for all newly designated [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

This holiday season, feast your eyes on images of Saturn and two of its most fascinating moons, Titan and Enceladus, in a care package from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. All three bodies are dressed and dazzling in this special package assembled by Cassini’s imaging team. The new images are available online: www.nasa.gov/cassini saturn.jpl.nasa.gov ciclops.org “During this, our tenth [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has discovered water vapor erupting from the frigid surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa, in one or more localized plumes near its south pole. Europa is already thought to harbor a liquid ocean beneath its icy crust, making the moon one of the main targets in the search for habitable worlds away from Earth. This new finding is the first observational evidence [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

When NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew past Earth on Oct. 9, 2013, it received a boost in speed of more than 8,800 mph, which set it on course for a July 4, 2016, rendezvous with Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. One of Juno’s sensors, a special kind of camera optimized to track faint stars, also had a unique view of the Earth-Moon system. The result was a flyby “movie” showing [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Two thousand years ago, a Roman vessel with ingots of lead extracted from the Sierra of Cartagena sank in the waters off the coast of Sardinia. Since 2011, more than a hundred of these ingots have been used to build the Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE), an advanced detector of neutrinos—almost weightless subatomic particles—at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a particle detector buried in a cubic kilometer of Antarctic ice, is a demonstration of the power of the human passion for discovery, where scientific ingenuity meets technological innovation. This week, nearly 25 years after the pioneering idea of using ice to detect neutrinos was first suggested, the IceCube Collaboration has announced the observation of 28 [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

A comet that has caused a lot of excitement is racing toward a close encounter with the Sun on Thanksgiving Day. Comet ISON will pass about 700,000 miles above the Sun’s surface before whipping around and heading back toward deep space—if it survives. If it does, the comet might be visible to the unaided eye before dawn for a few weeks after the encounter. For a high-resolution [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Astronomers viewing our solar system’s asteroid belt with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have seen for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like spokes on a wheel. Unlike all other known asteroids, which appear simply as tiny points of light, this asteroid, designated P/2013 P5, resembles a rotating lawn sprinkler. Astronomers are puzzled over the [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

One in Five Stars Has Earth-Size Planet in Habitable Zone -- Scientists from University of California, Berkeley, and University of Hawaii, Manoa, have statistically determined that twenty percent of Sun-like stars in our galaxy have Earth-size planets that could host life. The findings, gleaned from data collected from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft and the W. M. Keck Observatory, now satisfy [...]

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