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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...

Near Earth Asteroid 4179 Toutatis

09/22/2004 05:58AM

Near Earth Asteroid 4179 Toutatis

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Toutatis misses the Earth.

The FITSview program is available free of charge from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

09/20/2004 12:00AM

The FITSview program is available free of charge from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

<b>Editor's Note:</b> None of the astronomical imaging programs I have allow me to do simple "blink" comparisons between 2 different images and though this simple FITSview program is far less sophisticated than, say, MaximDL, it does a good basic job of displaying .fit files AND it has a "blink-comparator" feature. Very handy when hunting for singular disparities between images.

Dying Star Creates Fantasy-like Sculpture of Gas and Dust

09/18/2004 12:00AM

Dying Star Creates Fantasy-like Sculpture of Gas and Dust

The "Cat's Eye" nebula like you've never seen it before....

Radical Antarctic telescope could outdo Hubble

09/16/2004 12:00AM

Radical Antarctic telescope could outdo Hubble

A novel Antarctic telescope with 16-m diameter mirrors would far outperform the Hubble Space Telescope, and could be built at a tiny fraction of its cost, says a scientist from the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Sydney.

NASA airborne observatory sees stars for first time

09/15/2004 12:00AM

NASA airborne observatory sees stars for first time

For the first time, scientists have peered at the stars using the newly installed telescope aboard NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the largest airborne observatory in the world.

Galactic Contortionists Captured by Gemini

09/12/2004 12:00AM

Galactic Contortionists Captured by Gemini

A stunning image released this week by the Gemini Observatory captures the graceful interactions of a galactic ballet, on a stage some 300 million light years away, that might better be described as a contortionist's dance.

Genesis Scientists Bouncing Back From Hard Landing

09/11/2004 12:00AM

Genesis Scientists Bouncing Back From Hard Landing

Scientists who conducted the preliminary assessment of the Genesis canister are encouraged by what they see. They believe it may be possible to achieve the most important portions of their science objectives.

Motions in nearby galaxy cluster reveal presence of hidden superstructure

09/10/2004 12:00AM

Motions in nearby galaxy cluster reveal presence of hidden superstructure

A nearby galaxy cluster is facing an intergalactic headwind as it is pulled by an underlying superstructure of dark matter, according to new evidence from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Ivan

09/09/2004 12:00AM

Ivan

Here's the latest advaisory, straight from NOAA...