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News: July 2011

 

Enceladus feeds
water to Saturn

A 14 year old mystery has been solved as astronomers discover that plumes of water gushing from Saturn’s moon Enceladus are the source of water in the planet's upper atmosphere.

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Blasted alien worlds
put on a dazzling show

Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have looked into what would happen if an alien gas giant, which tightly orbits its star at just a few million miles, were struck by a stellar eruption.

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Black hole hosts largest, oldest water reservoir

A water cloud containing the equivalent of 140 trillion times the water held in Earth's oceans has been detected around a quasar powered by a giant black hole 12 billion light years away.

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Dying star’s last gasps provides new Kepler target

A new planetary nebula, recently discovered thanks to the combined efforts of amateur and professional astronomers and within sight of the Kepler spacecraft, could hold the key to understanding how our own Sun's life will end.

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Curiosity rover will explore 'scenic' Gale crater on Mars

The next Mars rover will make a pinpoint landing inside Gale crater, a scenic impact site adorned with ragged rock formations and a colossal mountain rising more than 15,000 feet high, NASA announced Friday.

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The shuttle program is over

By the light of a waning moon, the shuttle Atlantis fell back to Earth Thursday, dropping out of predawn darkness to close out NASA's 135th and final shuttle voyage, a long-awaited – and long-dreaded – milestone marking the end of an era for American manned space flight.

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Stellar thief’s
secret stash uncovered

The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) has been caught red-handed as the perpetrator of a stellar crime involving the theft of hundreds of stars from the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC).

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Hubble discovers
Pluto’s fourth moon

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope to look for potential rings around dwarf planet Pluto have instead uncovered a fourth moon orbiting the distant icy world.

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Space station research could save lives

Astronomy Now's Dr. Emily Baldwin finds out how as she interviews International Space Station flight engineer Ron Garan during the last ever joint Space Shuttle/Space Station press conference.

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Dawn asteroid explorer moves into orbit at Vesta

NASA's robotic Dawn spacecraft drifted into orbit around Vesta on Saturday, starting a yearlong science campaign to map one of the solar system's largest unexplored worlds sandwiched in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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Two brown dwarfs found in solar neighbourhood

Two ultracool brown dwarfs located only 15 and 18 light years away from the Sun have been discovered using the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Galaxy’s tug changes particles’ ways

The reasoning behind why different amounts of matter, and associate antimatter, has survived the birth of our Universe may just have been solved by a physicist of the University of Warwick.

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Mergers not to blame for awakening black holes

Despite being crammed with galaxies in the early Universe, combined data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope and ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray space observatory has revealed that black holes in the centres of galaxies are not activated by mergers between these giant structures, as had been previously suspected.

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Shuttle Atlantis rumbles in the sky one last time

Dodging clouds and overcoming a last-minute techincal issue, space shuttle Atlantis ignited its main engines and solid rocket boosters at 11:29 a.m. EDT (1529 GMT) Friday, roaring into a cloudy sky on the spaceplane's final flight.

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Was the big bang
born rotating?

An excess of galaxies rotating in a counter-clockwise direction could imply that the Universe was created in a rotating big bang.

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Herschel dusts off
hidden cosmic origin

An exploding star which has expelled the equivalent of between 160,000 and 230,000 Earth masses of fresh dust has been revealed by ESA’s infrared Herschel Space Observatory, suggesting that supernovae like this one, also known as SN1987A, could be the answer to an age-old puzzle of what supplied our early Universe with dust.

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House panel proposes killing Hubble telescope successor

Legislators seeking to rein in government spending have put the troubled James Webb Space Telescope up for cancellation, saying the troubled successor to NASA's Hubble observatory is haunted by poor management and out-of-control costs.

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River delta or mountain stack for Mars Science Laboratory

There are just two landing sites left competing for exploration by Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity Rover that is due to blast off from Cape Canaveral later this year: Gale Crater and the Eberswalde crater delta.

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Bleach in space!

An international team of astronomers have made the first ever discovery of hydrogen peroxide in interstellar space, supplying clues of the chemical link between hydrogen and oxygen – two elements that are critical for life and play a key role in the chemistry of water and ozone in our planet's atmosphere.

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Hubble makes one millionth science observation

On Monday 4 July, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope logged its one millionth science observation during a search for water in an exoplanet's atmosphere 1,000 light-years away.

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Mysterious gamma flare in high mass binary

Astronomers using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected intense and unexpected gamma radiation in an unusual high mass binary system.

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Some galaxies hit
the snooze button

Astronomers probing into the distant Universe have revealed that galaxies are either wide awake, actively forming new stars, or are in a deep slumber where they are not creating new stars at all.

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Most distant quasar
shines brightly

A team of European astronomers, including UK astronomers, have discovered a bright quasar that has been beaming light since the Universe was a mere 770 million years old.

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2010 Yearbook
Our latest 132-page Astronomy Now special edition is an extravaganza of astronomy for the year ahead, with a complete 30-page guide to observing the planets, moon, meteor showers, two solar eclipses, and the deep sky in 2010.
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Take the tour!
A 100-page special edition from the creators of Astronomy Now magazine, The Grand Tour of the Universe takes readers from one end of the Universe to the other and, in doing so, asks the question "just how big is the Universe?"
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Infinity Rising
This special publication features the photography of British astro-imager Nik Szymanek and covers a range of photographic methods from basic to advanced. Beautiful pictures of the night sky can be obtained with a simple camera and tripod before tackling more difficult projects, such as guided astrophotography through the telescope and CCD imaging.
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Guide to the Constellations
Astronomy Now presents this 100-page, full-colour guide to the 68 constellations visible from the British Isles by Neil Bone, the respected amateur astronomer and writer.
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Exploring Mars
Astronomy Now is pleased to announce the publication of Exploring Mars. The very best images of Mars taken by orbiting spacecraft and NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers fill up the 98 glossy pages of this special edition!
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