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New research from Australia’s Curtin University has revealed how pairing satellite images with an existing global network of radio telescopes can be used to paint a previously unseen whole-of-planet picture of the geological processes that shape the Earth’s crust.

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Monday, 14 December 2009 20:58

WISE lifts off to map infrared universe

The NASA Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) lifted off Monday morning, December 14, 2009, from its California launch pad for its six-month mission to make a detailed survey of the universe in the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum of radiation.

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The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) project has succeeded in contracting for land in Western Australia (WA) following its meetings with the Wajarri Yamatji people. It is an important step in being able to construct the telescope array by 2012.

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European astronomers have announced that 32 exoplanets have just been discovered using instruments at the European Southern Observatory, taking the number of planets orbiting around stars other than the Sun to over 400.

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Wednesday, 07 October 2009 20:54

Watch as the Moon gets a one-two punch

On Friday, October 9, 2009, the LCROSS spacecraft and its booster rocket will be crashed into the Moon about four minutes apart. With a medium-sized telescope and a clear night sky overhead, you will be able to see the event. If you would rather stay inside, then watch it on NASA TV.

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The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope is being developed on a site at Boolardy in Western Australia. The telescope project hopes to bring the much larger SKA project to Australia, which is expected to provide many answers about the origins and evolution of the Universe.

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The Kepler Mission to find exosolar planets is just out of the starting gate, and it has already verified that it is up to the challenge of finding exoplanets (those that orbit stars other than the Sun) about the size of Earth. Kepler is the Exoplanet-Hunter!

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Friday, 24 July 2009 22:32

Chandra space telescope is twice as nice

NASA just announced that the Chandra X-ray Observatory is now ten years old, twice as long as it was expected to image the invisible universe. And, it is still discovering many exciting phenomena in this high-energy universe of black holes, dark matter, and other exotic objects.

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Astronomers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory verified on Monday, July 20, 2009, after receiving an email from an amateur astronomer in Australia, that Jupiter had just been hit with an object, possibly a comet or asteroid.

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Australian astronomers have found an image of a blue whale hiding inside massive galaxy Centaurus A. You can’t see the galaxy in the night sky because it is invisible to your naked eyes, but take a look at it on their CSIRO website.

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Friday, 15 May 2009 18:40

Herschel and Planck join Hubble in space

An Ariane rocket blasted off from French Guiana carrying the Herschel Space Observatory and the Planck Observatory. They are set to explore the early formation of our Universe and help us better explain our very existence. A soon-to-be rejuvenated Hubble Space Telescope will do likewise.

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NASA announced on Thursday, February 26, 2009, that its Kepler Space Telescope will launch no earlier than Friday, March 6, one day later than originally scheduled, to double-check common hardware carried by Kepler’s rocket and the Taurus XL rocket that carried the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, which crashed after its launch.

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Comet Lulin will be making its closest approach to Earth on February 24, 2009. It has already given quite a few surprises as it heads toward us. Now, it is even visible without a telescope, just with your two eyeballs. As a plus, see the comet next to Saturn and four of its moons transiting the planet.

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February 24, 2009 marks the time to see a rare glimpse of the moons Titan, Mimas, Dione, and Enceladus move across the face of their mother planet Saturn. As an added treat, see Comet Lulin streak across this same darkened sky only a few degrees away from Saturn.

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Friday, 16 January 2009 02:58

NASA confirms methane actively produced on Mars

On January 15, 2009, NASA announces an important discovery, the first of its kind: Methane is being actively produced in the atmosphere of the planet, which confirms that Mars is not dead but geologically or biologically active.

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Wednesday, 14 January 2009 23:26

Bigger is better in rocketry and astronomy

NASA is bringing together the next generation of rockets and space telescopes with its new heavy-lift Ares V rocket. U.S. astronomer Harley Thronson exclaims, “The bigger the better…. NASA's new Ares V rocket is going to completely change the rules of the game."

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American-German-Dutch astronomers combined radio telescopes in California, Arizona, and Hawaii to make a very long baseline interferometer (VLBI)--a "virtual" telescope. It was able to measure the structure within Sagittarius A*, what is believed to be the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2008 18:27

GLAST renamed Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope

NASA announced in February 2008 that it was holding a contest to re-name its Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST. The new name—Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope—was announced by NASA in August 2008 to honor Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi (1901-1954).

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European astronomers state that 2XMM J083026+524133 has been located about 7.7 billion light-years from our solar system. They contend that its existence can only be explained through dark energy.

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According to U.K., German, and Australian astronomers, the brightness of galaxies is really twice as bright as they appear at Earth because of extra-large amounts of interstellar dust blocking the light between them and us.

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