Earth & Space

‘Grand Canyon’ Discovered Beneath Antarctic Ice

Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
‘Grand Canyon’ Discovered Beneath Antarctic Ice

(Discovery News) A dramatic gash in the surface of the Earth that could rival the majesty of the Grand Canyon has been discovered secreted beneath Antarctica’s vast, featureless ice sheet. Dubbed the Ferrigno Rift for the glacier that fills it, the chasm’s steep walls plunge nearly a mile down (1.5 kilometers) at its deepest.

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Human Colonies On Mars by 2023 and other Space News

Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
Human Colonies On Mars by 2023 and other Space News

This video covers several recent space news stories: a full resolution image of the Orion Nebula; plans to establish a human settlement on Mars by 2023; and, the discovery of the oldest spiral galaxy in the universe. Below are the sources used for this video. Full resolution image of the Orion Nebula: http://www.spacetelescope.org/static/archives/images/publicationjpg/heic0601a.jpg Colonies On Mars […]

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Asteroid Flies By Earth This Weekend: How to Watch Online

Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
Asteroid Flies By Earth This Weekend: How to Watch Online

(Space.com) A city-block size asteroid will fly by Earth this weekend well beyond the orbit of the moon, and you can watch it zip safely by live in an online webcast. The asteroid 2002 AM31 will make its closest approach to Earth on Sunday (July 22), when it will pass by at a range of about 3.2 million miles (5.2 million kilometers). That’s about 13.7 times the distance between the Earth and the moon.

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NASA Sees Sun Send Out Mid-level Solar Flare

Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Earth & Space with 1 Comment
NASA Sees Sun Send Out Mid-level Solar Flare

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare on July 19, 2012, beginning at 1:13 AM EDT and peaking at 1:58 AM. Solar flares are gigantic bursts of radiation that cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to harm humans on the ground, however, when strong enough, they can disrupt the atmosphere and degrade GPS and communications signals.

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Garbage Drone Could Clean Up Oceans

Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Earth & Space, Technology with 0 Comments
Garbage Drone Could Clean Up Oceans

Christina Ortiz
Discovery News

From solar-powered underwater research bots to ones that tweet about California water quality, robots are becoming water-friendly devices. The Marine Drone is the latest among these, designed to search and destroy garbage in the ocean.

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Massive Solar Storm Sweeps Over Earth

Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Earth & Space with 1 Comment
Massive Solar Storm Sweeps Over Earth

(MSNBC) Space weather experts kept track of a solar storm that swept over our planet on Saturday, representing the fallout from a powerful solar flare earlier this week.

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Hubble Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto

Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Hubble Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto

(NASA) A team of astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The moon is estimated to be irregular in shape and 6 to 15 miles across. It is in a 58,000-mile-diameter circular orbit around Pluto that is assumed to be co-planar with the other satellites in the system.

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Research Shows Worms Live Longer in Space

Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Research Shows Worms Live Longer in Space

A number of Caenorhabditis elegans worms were carried aboard a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and brought back for study. Researchers found reduced activity of five genes in the worms that, when suppressed in the species on Earth, lead to longer lifetimes. The work appears in Scientific Reports.

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Cosmology Group Finds Measurable Evidence of Dark Matter Filament

Posted by on July 7, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Cosmology Group Finds Measurable Evidence of Dark Matter Filament

As time passes and more research is done, more evidence is compiled supporting the theory that suggests that dark matter is a real thing, even though no direct evidence for its existence has ever been found. Instead, the evidence comes about as measurements of other phenomenon are taken, generally involving gravitational pull on objects in the universe we can see that cannot be explained by other means.

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Another M-class Flare from Sunspot 1515

Posted by on July 5, 2012 in Earth & Space with 1 Comment
Another M-class Flare from Sunspot 1515

Active Region 1515 has now spit out 12 M-class flares since July 3. Early in the morning of July 5, 2012 there was an M6.1 flare. It peaked at 7:44 AM EDT. This caused a moderate – classified as R2 on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s space weather scale – radio blackout that has since subsided.

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Sun Fires Off Fourth of July Solar Flares

Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 1 Comment
Sun Fires Off Fourth of July Solar Flares

The sun is unleashing some powerful solar flares today (July 4) in an impressive celestial fireworks display just in time for the U.S. Independence Day holiday.

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World UFO Day – July 2, 2012

Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Earth & Space, ETs, UFOs & Crop Circles with 0 Comments
World UFO Day – July 2, 2012

World UFO day is the day dedicated to the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). The first World UFO Day was celebrated in 2001. There are several reasons why this day has found it’s way into the world. One of the first and foremost reasons is to raise awareness about the existence of UFO’s and with that intelligent beings from outer space. Also this day is used to encourage governments to unclassify their knowledge about sightings throughout the history.

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New Satellite Lets Anyone Experiment in Space

Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
New Satellite Lets Anyone Experiment in Space

For a few hundred dollars, anyone can now buy time to run their own experiments aboard a small satellite set to launch next year.

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Astronomers Discover Galaxy They Thought Couldn’t Exist

Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Astronomers Discover Galaxy They Thought Couldn’t Exist

Astronomers have spotted one of the rarest and most extreme galaxy clusters in the universe and, behind it, an object that shouldn’t exist.

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Scientists Find Extensive Water in Mars’ Interior

Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Scientists Find Extensive Water in Mars’ Interior

Scientists have found that the amount of water in places of the Martian mantle is vastly larger than previous estimates and is similar to that of Earth’s.

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