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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 [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Researchers from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin teamed up to detect the most distant galaxy ever found—one created only 700 million years after the Big Bang. Their research is published in the Oct. 24 edition of the journal Nature. The galaxy, known by its catalog name z8_GND_5296, was observed as it was 13 billion years ago. That’s the time it took for the [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The European Space Agency (ESA) is preparing for a November 20 launch of its “Gaia” space observatory, designed for a five-year mission to map and study one billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Gaia will be launched from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on the South American coast. Gaia’s main goal is to create a highly accurate 3D map of our Milky Way Galaxy by [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

An international team of astronomers has discovered an exotic young planet that is not orbiting a star. This free-floating planet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light-years away from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter. The planet formed a mere 12 million years ago—a newborn in planet lifetimes. It was identified from its faint and unique heat signature by the Pan-STARRS 1 [...]

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