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Friday, January 27, 2014

NASA: Sun’s corona much larger than previously thought

Scientists used these observations of the sun's atmosphere (the bright light of the sun itself is blocked by the black circle at the middle) from NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory on Aug. 5, 2007, to define the outer limits of the solar atmosphere, the corona. (Credit: NASA/STEREO)

Scientists used these observations of the sun’s atmosphere (the bright light of the sun itself is blocked by the black circle at the middle) from NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory on Aug. 5, 2007, to define the outer limits of the solar atmosphere, the corona. (Credit: NASA/STEREO)

via NASA
 

“Ant-stronauts” Aboard The International Space Station

mage Caption: The Ants In Space CSI-06 investigation looks at how an ant colony responds to the extreme environment of microgravity aboard the International Space Station to solve their collective need for resources. Data gathered from this study may help with algorithms for robotics on Earth. (Credit: NASA)

The Ants In Space CSI-06 investigation looks at how an ant colony responds to the extreme environment of microgravity aboard the International Space Station to solve their collective need for resources. Data gathered from this study may help with algorithms for robotics on Earth. (Credit: NASA)

via NASA

 

This Superluminous Supernova Does Not Care About the Laws of Physics

Before (left) and after (center) images of the region where DES13S2cmm was discovered. On the right is the supernova. (Credit: Dark Energy Survey)

Before (left) and after (center) images of the region where DES13S2cmm was discovered. On the right is the supernova. (Credit: Dark Energy Survey)

via motherboard.vice.com

 

NASA Just Detected Mysterious Signal 240 Million Light Years Away From Earth

This composite image of the Perseus Cluster combines data equivalent to more than 17 days of observation time over a decade. (Credit: X-ray: NASA, CXC, SAO, E.Bulbul, et al.)

via NASA

 

Nearby Alien Planet May Be Capable of Supporting Life

Potentially habitable Super-Earth Gliese 832 c appears in an artist's conception against a background of a stellar nebula.

Potentially habitable Super-Earth Gliese 832 c appears in an artist’s conception against a background of a stellar nebula.

via nbcnews

 

Cosmic own goal’ another clue in hunt for dark matter

The visible galaxies in the Local Group simulation, shown in the lower right, only trace a tiny fraction of the vast number of dark matter halos, revealed in the upper left. Credit: John Helly, Till Sawala, James Trayford, Durham University

The visible galaxies in the Local Group simulation, shown in the lower right, only trace a tiny fraction of the vast number of dark matter halos, revealed in the upper left. (Credit: John Helly, Till Sawala, James Trayford, Durham University)

via phys.org

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