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  1. thenewenlightenmentage:

Newly Detected Radio Burst Appears to Come from Far Beyond Our Galaxy
The discovery of a split-second burst of radio waves by scientists using the Arecibo radio telescopein Puerto Rico provides important new evidence of mysterious pulses that appear to come from deep in outer space. Exactly what may be causing such radio bursts represents a major new enigma for astrophysicists. Possibilities include a range of exotic astrophysical objects, such as evaporating black holes, mergers of neutron stars, or flares from magnetars — a type of neutron star with extremely powerful magnetic fields.
The finding by an international team of astronomers marks the first time that a so-called “fast radio burst” has been detected using an instrument other than the Parkes radio telescope in Australia. Scientists using the Parkes Observatory have recorded a handful of such events, but the lack of any similar findings by other facilities had led to speculation that the Australian instrument might have been picking up signals originating from sources on or near Earth.
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    thenewenlightenmentage:

    Newly Detected Radio Burst Appears to Come from Far Beyond Our Galaxy

    The discovery of a split-second burst of radio waves by scientists using the Arecibo radio telescopein Puerto Rico provides important new evidence of mysterious pulses that appear to come from deep in outer space. Exactly what may be causing such radio bursts represents a major new enigma for astrophysicists. Possibilities include a range of exotic astrophysical objects, such as evaporating black holes, mergers of neutron stars, or flares from magnetars — a type of neutron star with extremely powerful magnetic fields.

    The finding by an international team of astronomers marks the first time that a so-called “fast radio burst” has been detected using an instrument other than the Parkes radio telescope in Australia. Scientists using the Parkes Observatory have recorded a handful of such events, but the lack of any similar findings by other facilities had led to speculation that the Australian instrument might have been picking up signals originating from sources on or near Earth.

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  3. jtotheizzoe:

    We choose to watch JFK’s historic 1962 speech setting us on a course for the moon not because it is Friday, but because it is awesome (and because I just found it on YouTube).

    Transcript jam-packed with quotables here.

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  5. colchrishadfield:

Bouncing space lasers - 3D laser imaging allows cargo ships to safely approach Space Station.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/cygnus-spacecraft-takes-ottawa-firm-neptec-s-tridar-into-space-1.2701426

    colchrishadfield:

    Bouncing space lasers - 3D laser imaging allows cargo ships to safely approach Space Station.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/cygnus-spacecraft-takes-ottawa-firm-neptec-s-tridar-into-space-1.2701426

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  7. colchrishadfield:

    Listen to the sound of interstellar space. Voyager recorded vibrations in ionized gas. Odd that it’s rising.

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  9. itsfullofstars:

Vehicle Assembly Building (or VAB, they sure like their acronyms here!) at KSC (@NASAKennedy) this place is amazing…
via TheHALProject

    itsfullofstars:

    Vehicle Assembly Building (or VAB, they sure like their acronyms here!) at KSC (@NASAKennedy) this place is amazing…

    via TheHALProject

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  11. jtotheizzoe:

ucresearch:

An invisible force at the center of our galaxy
Scientists have theorized that our Milky Way galaxy has a super massive black hole at the center of it, but how did this idea come about?  How do astronomers measure something that has actually never been seen in our telescopes?
Above is an animation of star movements in our galaxy over the past 16 years.  They all orbit around a point that emits no light in our galaxy.  We can measure the mass of these stars and calculate that their orbits require an object with the mass of 4 million Suns.  So far this points to a super massive black hole in our galaxy.
Read more about how galaxies obtain these supermassive objects →

The nothing made of something at the center of everything…
This headline got me thinking… is there a force that is not invisible? I mean we’re all comfortable with the idea that gravity, magnetism, and electrical forces are invisible. We can see their effects, but you can’t point to a force.
Even when it comes to tension, friction, or applied force, we always discuss the effects of the force when we discuss them. The force itself is not a thing that we can point to or see. Even pushing a chair across a room, if we could zoom into the atoms of my hand pressing near the atoms of the chair, we would ultimately see nothing there, just space. The electrons in my hand are in an odd sense “aware” of the electrons in the chair, and they repulse each other, due to electromagnetic force (also invisible) and the exclusion principle.
So really, isn’t all force invisible? Someone call Yoda.

    jtotheizzoe:

    ucresearch:

    An invisible force at the center of our galaxy


    Scientists have theorized that our Milky Way galaxy has a super massive black hole at the center of it, but how did this idea come about?  How do astronomers measure something that has actually never been seen in our telescopes?

    Above is an animation of star movements in our galaxy over the past 16 years.  They all orbit around a point that emits no light in our galaxy.  We can measure the mass of these stars and calculate that their orbits require an object with the mass of 4 million Suns.  So far this points to a super massive black hole in our galaxy.

    Read more about how galaxies obtain these supermassive objects →

    The nothing made of something at the center of everything…

    This headline got me thinking… is there a force that is not invisible? I mean we’re all comfortable with the idea that gravity, magnetism, and electrical forces are invisible. We can see their effects, but you can’t point to a force.

    Even when it comes to tension, friction, or applied force, we always discuss the effects of the force when we discuss them. The force itself is not a thing that we can point to or see. Even pushing a chair across a room, if we could zoom into the atoms of my hand pressing near the atoms of the chair, we would ultimately see nothing there, just space. The electrons in my hand are in an odd sense “aware” of the electrons in the chair, and they repulse each other, due to electromagnetic force (also invisible) and the exclusion principle.

    So really, isn’t all force invisible? Someone call Yoda.

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  13. humanoidhistory:

    Happy birthday to Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. She was born on March 6, 1937 in the village of Boyshoye Maslennikovo in central Russia. In June 1963, she lifted off aboard the Vostok 6 mission and she orbited the Earth 48 times, spending almost three days in space. Fun fact: In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, Tereshkova was only honorarily inducted into the Soviet Air Force, making her the first civilian to fly in space. Two records, one trip.

    Bonus fun fact: At the age of 77, she said last year that she was ready to come out of retirement to go on a one-way trip to Mars, her favorite planet.

    (Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

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  15. propagandery:

Venusian Surface and Sky, from Venera 13, the Soviet craft that landed on March 1, 1982.
This image was digitally remastered from multiple panoramas scanned and transmitted in real time to Earth.
"The lander survived for 127 minutes (the planned design life was 32 minutes) in an environment with a temperature of 457 °C (855 °F) and a pressure of 89 Earth atmospheres."
Sources: @AsteroidEnergy, Italian Planetary Foundation, Wikipedia

    propagandery:

    Venusian Surface and Sky, from Venera 13, the Soviet craft that landed on March 1, 1982.

    This image was digitally remastered from multiple panoramas scanned and transmitted in real time to Earth.

    "The lander survived for 127 minutes (the planned design life was 32 minutes) in an environment with a temperature of 457 °C (855 °F) and a pressure of 89 Earth atmospheres."

    Sources: @AsteroidEnergy, Italian Planetary Foundation, Wikipedia

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  17. colchrishadfield:

    Understanding Earth - NASA just launched a satellite to help us truly comprehend carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.

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  19. colchrishadfield:

If you see a UFO today, this may be it. NASA is testing Mars landing designs.http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/tdm/ldsd/ldsd_overview.html#.U67bevldV8l

    colchrishadfield:

    If you see a UFO today, this may be it. NASA is testing Mars landing designs.

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/tdm/ldsd/ldsd_overview.html#.U67bevldV8l

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