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Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

A pair of newly discovered stars is the third-closest star system to the Sun, according to a paper that will be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. The duo is the closest star system discovered since 1916. The discovery was made by Kevin Luhman, an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University and a researcher in Penn State’s Center for Exoplanets and [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Astronomers Open a Window into Europa’s Ocean --Caltech astronomer Mike Brown and Kevin Hand from JPL have found the strongest evidence yet that salty water from the vast liquid ocean beneath Europa’s frozen exterior actually makes its way to the surface. The data suggests there is a chemical exchange between the ocean and surface, making the ocean a richer chemical environment, and [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The smallest astronomical satellite ever built was launched from India Feb. 25 as part of a mission to prove that even a very small telescope can push the boundaries of astronomy. The satellite was designed and assembled at the Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

On February 15, asteroid 2012 DA14 passed extraordinarily close to the Earth—at about 17,500 miles, well within the orbits of our stationary satellites. Unlike the unexpected asteroid collision over Russia that same day, this encounter never presented any danger, but astronomers were eager to observe the event. An international team led by Nicholas Moskovitz (MIT) observed asteroid 2012 DA14 [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft has acquired its first images of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). The images were taken by the spacecraft’s Medium-Resolution Imager over a 36-hour period on Jan. 17 and 18, 2013, from a distance of 493 million miles. Many scientists anticipate a bright future for comet ISON; the spaceborne conglomeration of dust and ice may put on quite a show as it passes through the [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

 Networks of narrow ridges found in impact craters on Mars appear to be the fossilized remnants of underground cracks through which water once flowed, according to a new analysis by researchers from Brown University. The study, in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, bolsters the idea that the subsurface environment on Mars once had an active hydrology and could be a good place to search [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

An international team led by Dutch astronomers has made a tantalizing discovery about the way pulsars emit radiation. The emission of X-rays and radio waves by these pulsating neutron stars is able to change dramatically in seconds, simultaneously, in a way that cannot be explained with current theory. The research results appeared in the journal Science on 25 January. Pulsars are small [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Deep Space Industries has announced plans to send a fleet of asteroid-prospecting spacecraft out into the solar system to hunt for resources to accelerate space development to benefit Earth. These “FireFly” spacecraft utilize low-cost CubeSat components and get discounted delivery to space by ride-sharing on the launch of larger communications satellites. The announced was made Jan. 22 at [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

 NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that may hold clues to a wet history on the Red Planet. If the rock meets rover engineers’ approval when Curiosity rolls up to it in coming days, it will become the first to be drilled for a sample during the Mars Science Laboratory mission. The size of a car, Curiosity is inside Mars’ Gale Crater investigating [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Look up at the night sky and you’ll see stars, sure. But you’re also seeing planets—billions and billions of them. That’s the conclusion of a new study by astronomers at Caltech that provides yet more evidence that planetary systems are the cosmic norm. The team made their estimate while analyzing planets orbiting a star called Kepler-32—planets that are representative, they say, of [...]

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