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First Close Encounter of Saturn's Hazy Moon Titan

10/25/2004 12:00AM

First Close Encounter of Saturn's Hazy Moon Titan

Long hidden behind a thick veil of haze, Titan, the only known moon with an atmosphere, is ready for its close-up on Oct. 26, 2004. This visit by the Cassini spacecraft may settle intense speculation about whether this moon of Saturn harbors oceans of liquid methane and ethane beneath its coat of clouds.

NASA Gravity Probe B mission enters science phase, ready to test Einstein's theory

10/24/2004 12:00AM

NASA Gravity Probe B mission enters science phase, ready to test Einstein's theory

Gravity Probe B, a NASA spacecraft to test two predictions of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity has achieved a major milestone with the completion of the first phase of its mission and the transition into the science phase. The GP-B mission is now one step closer to shedding new light on the fundamental properties of our universe.

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA)

10/18/2004 12:00AM

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA)

The UN gets a lot of press concerning affairs here on earth. Did you know they also have an Outer Space component?

8 days and counting till Cassini's flyby of Titan and the eventual commencement of the Huygens Mission.

10/17/2004 12:00AM

8 days and counting till Cassini's flyby of Titan and the eventual commencement of the Huygens Mission.

The Huygens probe will usher in 2005 with its landmark mission at Titan. After a seven-year journey strapped to the side of the Cassini Orbiter, Huygens will be set free on Dec. 25, 2004. The Probe will coast for 21 days en route to Titan.

New Glob Found

10/13/2004 12:00AM

New Glob Found

Just when astronomers thought they might have dug up the last of our galaxy's "fossils," they've discovered a new one in the galactic equivalent of our own backyard.

Review of a Well Known Dob Makes the Hit List...

10/12/2004 12:00AM

Review of a Well Known Dob Makes the Hit List...

Orion's 10" SkyQuest dobsonian mounted scope caught this reviewer's fancy and he shared his hits and misses on this scope in this week's winning review...

Mystery Object Neither Star Nor Brown Dwarf

10/09/2004 12:00AM

Mystery Object Neither Star Nor Brown Dwarf

Astronomers using the Gemini North and Keck II telescopes have peered inside a violent binary star system to find that one of the interacting stars has lost so much mass to its partner that it has regressed to a strange, inert body resembling no known star type...

NASA's observatories may unravel 400-year old supernova mystery

10/07/2004 12:00AM

NASA's observatories may unravel 400-year old supernova mystery

Four hundred years ago, sky watchers, including the famous astronomer Johannes Kepler, best known as the discoverer of the laws of planetary motion, were startled by the sudden appearance of a "new star" in the western sky, rivaling the brilliance of the nearby planets. Modern astronomers, using NASA's three orbiting Great Observatories, are unraveling the mysteries of the expanding remains of Kepler's supernova, the last such object seen to explode in our Milky Way galaxy.

Go from smarty pants to brilliant trousers - online...

10/05/2004 12:00AM

Go from smarty pants to brilliant trousers - online...

"Now you can put the finishing touches on your astrophysics education, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology no less, and you won't have to leave home to do it... and it's FREE!

NASA Selects Contractor for First Prometheus Mission to Jupiter

10/04/2004 12:00AM

NASA Selects Contractor for First Prometheus Mission to Jupiter

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., selected Northrop Grumman Space Technology, Redondo Beach, Calif., as the contractor for co-designing the proposed Prometheus Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO) spacecraft. The contract award is for approximately $400 million, covering work through mid-2008.

Cold Sugar in Space Provides Clue to the Molecular Origin of Life

09/29/2004 12:00AM

Cold Sugar in Space Provides Clue to the Molecular Origin of Life

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have discovered a frigid reservoir of simple sugar molecules in a cloud of gas and dust some 26,000 light-years away, near the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. The discovery suggests how the molecular building blocks necessary for the creation of life could first form in interstellar space.

Foreseeing the Sun’s Fate: Astronomical Interferometry Reveals the Close Environment of Mira Stars

09/27/2004 12:00AM

Foreseeing the Sun’s Fate: Astronomical Interferometry Reveals the Close Environment of Mira Stars

For more than 400 years, astronomers both professional and amateur have taken a special interest in observing Mira stars, a class of variable red giants famous for pulsations that last for 80-1,000 days and cause their apparent brightness to vary by a factor of ten times or more during a cycle....

Anacortes Telescope

09/26/2004 02:11PM

Anacortes Telescope

Anacortes Telescope & Wild Bird held it's first annual OPTICS AND IMAGING EXPO yesterday and one of the visiting participants sums up his impressions in this report...

The mouse that soared

09/26/2004 12:00AM

The mouse that soared

Astronomers have used an X-ray image to make the first detailed study of the behavior of high-energy particles around a fast moving pulsar. The image, from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, shows the shock wave created as a pulsar plows through interstellar space at supersonic speed. These results will provide insight into theories for the production of powerful winds of matter and antimatter by pulsars...

Hubble Approaches the Final Frontier: The Dawn of Galaxies

09/23/2004 12:00AM

Hubble Approaches the Final Frontier: The Dawn of Galaxies

Detailed analyses of mankind's deepest optical view of the universe, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF), by several expert teams have at last identified what may turn out to be some of the earliest star-forming galaxies...