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News: NASA Hoping To Get In On Some Defense Funding With Plan For Torpedo-Equipped Orbital Telescope

18 hours agoHumor : The Onion

WASHINGTON—Discussing plans for a new space-exploration project that it said could also potentially be the most advanced weapon system in the U.S. military’s arsenal, NASA confirmed Thursday it was trying to get in on some of the nation’s defense spending by designing a torpedo-equipped orbital telescope. Show More Summary

New, Unexplained Phenomenon Observed Surrounding a Young Milky Way Star

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope in Chile have discovered never-before-seen features within the dusty disk surrounding the young, nearby star AU Microscopii (AU Mic).The fast-moving, wave-like structures are unlike anything...

Unexplained ripples streaking away from neighboring star could hold clues to planet formation

Astronomers have been left puzzled after images from the ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile revealed mysterious wave-shaped structures around a nearby star, the likes of which have never been seen before. The features were observedShow More Summary

Mitsubishi Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Is A Modern Marvel

[CEATEC 2015] When it comes to us humans, we are always on the lookout for better ways of doing things, being more efficient and all that jazz. After all, it makes perfect sense – why bother being stuck with the old, when you can have...Show More Summary

9 Amazing Things You Can Take Out From the Library

Topic: Public Libraries "We certainly understand the economy of lending," Wolstenholme says. (Resource-strapped libraries typically acquire these items from donations.) She's surveying to gauge patron interest in a telescope, metal detector,...Show More Summary

Astronomers create a habitability index for exoplanets

The search for habitable alien worlds is about to get much more interesting with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope in 2018. This instrument will allow astronomers around the globe to […]

A distinctive, discontinued telescope: the Edmund Scientific Astroscan

yesterdayHumor / odd : Boing Boing

I am frequently asked about this beautiful telescope! People think it is a bong! The Edmund Scientific Astroscan sits in the center of my living room coffee table. I have heard astronomy buffs screech like wounded monkeys at the idea of my actually using this telescope to view the skies. Show More Summary

Occultation of Venus, morning Friday October 9, 2015

Early morning sky on Friday October 9 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 4:55 ACDST showing the crescent Moon and Venus, just as Venus is about to disappear behind the Moon. The inset shows the telescopic view of Venus at this time. Show More Summary

TinyMOS Tiny1 astronomy camera aims for the stars

The captivating idea of a camera that doesn’t just capture grinning teenagers but actually functions as a pocket telescope is quite enchanting. Singapore-based start-up TinyMOS has released Tiny 1, an astronomy camera that comes with advanced in-built imaging automation to capture celestial images with clarity and precision. Show More Summary

NASA images detail real-world setting for "The Martian"

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA's latest image release from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has offered an up-close look at the real-world setting for sci-fi blockbuster The Martian. Snapped by the spacecraft's telescopic camera, the photos detail several Mars...Show More Summary

This Week in Posivibes: Creation Records’s Live in London 1987–1992

Creation Records compiled live performances from the label’s artists from 1987–1992: an hour plus of My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Ride, The Telescopes, Teenage Fanclub, Felt, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Slowdive, and more. See the full tracklist on the label’s site and stream the album after the jump.

Why Do We Put Telescopes in Space? [Science Video]

A scientific look at why we put telescopes in space instead of leaving them here on Earth by the folks from Minute Physics. [MinutePhysics] The post Why Do We Put Telescopes in Space? [Science Video] appeared first on Geeks are Sexy Technology News.

Peeking into our galaxy's stellar nursery

Astronomers have long turned their telescopes, be they on satellites in space or observatories on Earth, to the wide swaths of interstellar medium to get a look at the formation and birth of stars. However, the images produced over the...Show More Summary

NASA Uploads All Photos Taken By Apollo Astronauts, Including The Bad Ones

It’s nice for NASA to curate all the wonderful photos satellites, telescopes and astronauts take so we can see the good stuff, but there’s something to be said for glimpsing humanity’s more intimate moments with the cosmos. Thanks to...Show More Summary

Multiverses-in-a-box let us simulate the cosmos before we see it

As supercomputers improve, astronomers are starting to simulate what telescopes will see before they're even built

The Case Of The Quiet Black Holes

The 64-meter Parkes telescope in New South Wales, Australia. Gravitational waves are the last major prediction to be fulfilled from Einstein's general theory of relativity. They are waves in the structure of space and time, created by black holes in orbit around each other, supernova explosions, and other extreme phenomena. [...]

New Hubble release reveals the Veil Nebula in stunning detail

A new image released from the Hubble Space Telescope is granting viewers a stunning view that encapsulates the beauty and complexity of the famous Veil Nebula. The ghostly nebula represents the only evidence of a tumultuous supernova...Show More Summary

Giant Magellan Telescope To Be First In New Class Of 'Extremely Large Telescopes'

In this era of new telescopic behemoths, what will the Giant Magellan telescope (GMT) offer to exceed its forthcoming ground-based rivals? That’s the first question I posed to GMT Project Director Patrick McCarthy, who told me the $1.05 billion optical telescope will have a resolving power ten times greater than the [...]

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