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Fresh Cassini Pictures Show Majesty of Saturn's Rings

07/02/2004 12:00AM

Fresh Cassini Pictures Show Majesty of Saturn's Rings

The first pictures taken by the Cassini spacecraft after it began orbiting Saturn show breathtaking detail of Saturn's rings...

Hubble grabs star-forming region in the LMC

07/02/2004 12:00AM

Hubble grabs star-forming region in the LMC

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures this iridescent tapestry of star birth in a neighboring galaxy in this panoramic view of glowing gas, dark dust clouds, and young, hot stars.

Adirondack Public Observatory

06/29/2004 10:02AM

Adirondack Public Observatory

Amateur Astronomers Group to Build Observatory

Gas Clouds in Whirlpool Galaxy Yield Important Clues Supporting Theory on Spiral Arms

06/28/2004 12:00AM

Gas Clouds in Whirlpool Galaxy Yield Important Clues Supporting Theory on Spiral Arms

Astronomers studying gas clouds in the famous Whirlpool Galaxy have found important clues supporting a theory that seeks to explain how the spectacular spiral arms of galaxies can persist for billions of years.

Asaph Hall and the Moons of Mars

06/27/2004 12:00AM

Asaph Hall and the Moons of Mars

From the News Archives: On a sultry August night in 1877, U. S. Naval Observatory astronomer Asaph Hall discovered the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, using the Observatory's 26-inch "Great Equatorial" refracting telescope (by Alvin Clark), then the largest of its kind in the world.

Titan: Through the Haze

06/25/2004 12:00AM

Titan: Through the Haze

The Cassini spacecraft has beamed back a new, more detailed image of smog-enshrouded Titan. This view represents an improvement in resolution of nearly three times over the previous Cassini image release of Titan.

Radio Telescopes Reveal Youngest Stellar Corpse

06/24/2004 12:00AM

Radio Telescopes Reveal Youngest Stellar Corpse

Astronomers using a global combination of radio telescopes to study a stellar explosion some 30 million light-years from Earth have likely discovered either the youngest black hole or the youngest neutron star known in the Universe. Their discovery also marks the first time that a black hole or neutron star has been found associated with a supernova that has been seen to explode since the invention of the telescope nearly 400 years ago.

Chandra turns up the heat in the Milky Way center

06/23/2004 12:00AM

Chandra turns up the heat in the Milky Way center

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed new evidence that extremely hot gas exists in a large region at the Milky Way's center. The discovery came to light as a team of astronomers used Chandra's unique resolving power to study a region about 100 light years across.

Scientists Discover Two New Interstellar Molecules

06/22/2004 12:00AM

Scientists Discover Two New Interstellar Molecules

Discoveries Point to Probable Pathways for Chemical Evolution in Space...

Stardust reveals surprising anatomy of a comet

06/21/2004 12:00AM

Stardust reveals surprising anatomy of a comet

Findings from a historic encounter between NASA's Stardust spacecraft and a comet have revealed a much stranger world than previously believed. The comet's rigid surface, dotted with towering pinnacles, plunging craters, steep cliffs, and dozens of jets spewing violently, has surprised scientists...

Father's Day

06/20/2004 12:00AM

Father's Day

Astromart member, David Kiefner, sent us a brief article to mark this Father's Day...

Young Galaxy in the Very Early Universe

06/19/2004 12:00AM

Young Galaxy in the Very Early Universe

Astronomers using a combination of data sets from the Mayall telescope at Kitt Peak, including the NOAO Deep Wide-Field Survey (see image), have found a galaxy that formed when the Universe was just six percent of its present age, suggesting the "dark ages" of the early universe ended in a patchy, gradual process...

Two Architectures Chosen for Terrestrial Planet Finder

06/18/2004 12:00AM

Two Architectures Chosen for Terrestrial Planet Finder

Included in the nation's new vision for space is a plan for NASA to "conduct advanced telescope searches for Earth-like planets and habitable environments around other stars."

NASA Reinventing the Wheel?

06/17/2004 12:00AM

NASA Reinventing the Wheel?

NASA is working to increase the performance of the flywheel, a wheel that transfers energy to run a machine, so that this technology can replace chemical batteries on future spacecraft and potentially save millions of dollars.

Phoebe Finally Ready For Her Closeup

06/13/2004 12:00AM

Phoebe Finally Ready For Her Closeup

A extraordinary face-to-face with the moon called Phoebe, courtesy of the Cassini spacecraft on it's wondrous journey to Saturn...