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Voices of long-dead stars haunt the galaxy Oct 30, 2009
Stellar blast is record-breaker Oct 29, 2009
Universe's quantum 'speed bumps' no obstacle for light Oct 29, 2009
Multiplying universes: How many is the multiverse? Oct 29, 2009
Robot armada might scale new worlds Oct 29, 2009
NASA launches rocket successfully Oct 28, 2009
The dust devils of Mars Oct 28, 2009
Monster supernovae may explain galaxy's mystery haze Oct 28, 2009
Asteroid blast reveals holes in Earth's defences Oct 27, 2009
Particle beams injected into LHC Oct 27, 2009
'Shuttle replacement' set to fly Oct 26, 2009
Meet Peristera, the 'female pigeon' exoplanet Oct 26, 2009
Probe uncovers Mercury's youthful secret Oct 24, 2009
Last visit home for ESA's comet chaser Oct 24, 2009
Panel supports commercial space Oct 23, 2009
JKCS041: Galaxy cluster smashes distance record Oct 23, 2009
Found: first 'skylight' on the Moon Oct 23, 2009
Laser microscope aims to uncover alien life Oct 23, 2009
Astronomers find organic molecules around second gas giant Oct 22, 2009
Bright light hints at a dark center to the Galaxy Oct 21, 2009
Roll-out for NASA's test rocket Oct 20, 2009
Scientists announce planet bounty Oct 19, 2009
To spot an alien, follow the pollution trail Oct 19, 2009
Elusive lunar plume caught on camera after all Oct 18, 2009
Researchers create portable black hole Oct 17, 2009
LHC gets colder than deep space Oct 16, 2009
Was Moon-smashing mission doomed from the start? Oct 16, 2009
Glimpses of Solar System's edge Oct 15, 2009
'Magnetic electricity' discovered Oct 15, 2009
What shook up Saturn's rings in 1984? Oct 15, 2009
Fusion delays sow concern Oct 14, 2009
The collider, the particle and a theory about fate Oct 13, 2009
Asteroid isn't just a dry heap of rubble Oct 13, 2009
DARPA tries to tap elusive Casmir effect for breakthrough technology Oct 12, 2009
Pallas is 'Peter Pan' space rock Oct 11, 2009
NASA puzzles over 'invisible' moon impact Oct 10, 2009
US spacecraft crash into the Moon Oct 9, 2009
NASA refines asteroid Apophis' path toward Earth Oct 8, 2009
Russia plots return to Venus Oct 8, 2009
Largest ring in solar system found around Saturn Oct 7, 2009
Rocket company tests world's most powerful ion engine Oct 6, 2009
Life span of the universe downgraded Oct 5, 2009
Herschel scans hidden Milky Way Oct 3, 2009
Mercury flyby successful Oct 2, 2009
Galaxy study hints at cracks in dark matter theories Oct 1, 2009

radio tail
Voices of long-dead stars haunt the galaxy
(Oct 30, 2009)

Mysterious radio blips that come from apparently empty regions of space may be the voices of long-dead stars. Thirteen unexplained radio blips have turned up in radio telescope observations since the 1980s. They emerged in spots where there are no stars or galaxies to be seen, last anywhere from hours to days, and do not seem to repeat.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

GRB 090423
Stellar blast is record-breaker
(Oct 29, 2009)

Astronomers have confirmed that an exploding star spotted by NASA's Swift satellite is the most distant cosmic object to be detected by telescopes. In the journal Nature, two teams of astronomers report their observations of a gamma-ray burst from a star that died 13.1 billion light-years away. The massive star died about 630 million years after the Big Bang.

Read more. Source: BBC

Artist's conception of a gamma-ray burst
Universe's quantum 'speed bumps' no obstacle for light
(Oct 29, 2009)

A hint that quantum fluctuations in the fabric of the universe slow the speed of light has not been borne out in observations by NASA's Fermi telescope. The measurements contradict a 2005 result that supported the idea that space and time are not smooth.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Artist's conception of a multiverse
Multiplying universes: How many is the multiverse?
(Oct 29, 2009)

How many universes are there? Cosmologists Andrei Linde and Vitaly Vanchurin at Stanford University in California calculate that the number dwarfs the 10500 universes postulated in string theory, and raise the provocative notion that the answer may depend on the human brain.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Titan robot armada
Robot armada might scale new worlds
(Oct 29, 2009)

An armada of robots may one day fly above the mountain tops of Saturn's moon Titan, cross its vast dunes and sail in its liquid lakes. Wolfgang Fink, visiting associate in physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena says we are on the brink of a great paradigm shift in planetary exploration, and the next round of robotic explorers will be nothing like what we see today.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

Ares 1-X test launch
NASA launches rocket successfully
(Oct 28, 2009)

NASA has launched a prototype rocket designed to replace the ageing space shuttle. The Ares I-X blasted off from Florida on a flight that will test technology for the development of a future manned launch vehicle. The 100m-tall, syringe-like rocket roared into the sky at 1530 GMT from Kennedy Space Center.

Read more. Source: BBC

Trails of Martian windstorm
The dust devils of Mars
(Oct 28, 2009)

This may look like an elaborate tattoo, but it is actually a Martian windstorm. The storm was snapped using the high resolution imaging science experiment camera on board NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The photo shows twisting dark trails criss-crossing with lighter colored terrains that cover the surface of Mars.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

WMAP haze
Monster supernovae may explain galaxy's mystery haze
(Oct 28, 2009)

What is causing a mysterious "haze" of radiation at the center of the Milky Way? It may be a load of monster supernovae kicking out radiation which is then amplified by magnetic stellar winds and turbulence near the galaxy's core. The haze first came to light in 2003 when the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) found a patch of particularly energetic microwave radiation in the center of our galaxy.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

approaching aseroid
Asteroid blast reveals holes in Earth's defences
(Oct 27, 2009)

As the US government ponders a strategy to deal with threatening asteroids, a dramatic explosion over Indonesia has underscored how blind we still are to hurtling space rocks. On 8 October an asteroid detonated high in the atmosphere above South Sulawesi, Indonesia, releasing about as much energy as 50,000 tons of TNT, according to a NASA estimate released on Friday. That's about three times more powerful than the atomic bomb that levelled Hiroshima.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

LHC control room
Particle beams injected into LHC
(Oct 27, 2009)

Engineers working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have successfully injected beams of particles into two sections of the vast machine. An LHC spokesperson said this was the first time particle beams had been inside the LHC since it was shut down late in September 2008. Scientists working on the giant particle accelerator described the success as "a milestone".

Read more. Source: BBC

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