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Stellar merger may have preceded Supernova 1987A

Stellar merger may have preceded Supernova 1987A

Rings produced by a computer model of a stellar merger (left) mimic those of supernova 1987A (right) / Illustration: T Morris/P Podsiadlowski; Image: C Burrows/ESA/STScI/NASA A merger of two stars and the deadly dance that preceded it produced the distinctive triple ring system of supernova 1987A, a new study says. SN 1987A exploded in the […]

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How to take ‘Taken’: Spielberg and U.S. UFO secrecy

How to take ‘Taken’: Spielberg and U.S. UFO secrecy

By Hal McKenzie    February 21, 2003 Now that Steven Spielberg’s massive 20-hour miniseries Taken is finally over (except for the re-runs), have we learned anything new about UFO abductions? I would say about as much as one could learn about espionage from watching James Bond films. The production was long on Hollywood glitz, gratuitous sex […]

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Venus has a moon?

Venus has a moon?

Astronomers have been busy trying to determine the spin period and composition of Venus‘ moon. December 8, 2010, results were announced by JPL/Caltech scientists, led by Michael Hicks.   “Wait a minute; back up”, I hear you ask. “Venus has a Moon?”   Of course it does. Well, kind of… Let me explain.   It has […]

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‘Supernova in a jar’ offers peek inside star death

‘Supernova in a jar’ offers peek inside star death

Image credit NASA, Caltech, MPIA, and Calar Alto Tycho’s supernova remnant, a real-world example of a Type Ia supernova. An an attempt to peer inside powerful star explosions, scientists recently made a “supernova in a jar” using a chemical reaction in a viscous fluid. Called the iodate-arsenous acid (IAA) system, the experiment involved injecting a […]

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Saturn moon has ice volcano — and maybe life?

Saturn moon has ice volcano — and maybe life?

Topographic computer model of Sotra Facula, an apparent ice volcano on Saturn’s moon Titan. Not unlike the volcanoes of Hawaii, the supposed ice volcano, known as Sotra Facula, rises 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) above the surrounding plain in a large, gently shaped dome, according to the mountain’s discoverer, geophysicist Randolph Kirk. The feature had previously […]

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Catastrophes that would forever change life as we know it

Catastrophes that would forever change life as we know it

THE EARTH WOBBLES as it rotates on its axis. At least it used to.   As of January 8, 2006, the wobbling has stopped, according to earth changes researcher Michael Mandeville. What will the effects be? No one knows. Maybe nothing.   But this startling anomaly reminds us of some of the radical geophysical changes […]

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First images of Apollo 14 lunar module descent stages returned by NASA’s lunar orbiter

First images of Apollo 14 lunar module descent stages returned by NASA’s lunar orbiter

The imaging system on board NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently had its first of many opportunities to photograph the Apollo landing sites. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) imaged five of the six Apollo sites with the narrow angle cameras (NACs) between July 11 and 15, within days of the 40th anniversary of the […]

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Hubble’s awesome look at a black dot of nothingness in the sky

Hubble’s awesome look at a black dot of nothingness in the sky

Here’s an excellent high definition video on the Hubble Ultra Deep Field images, with a 3D simulation that flies you through Hubble’s most awe-inspiring photographs. The Deep Field images were created by pointing the Hubble Space Telescope for several days at a tiny patch of apparently empty sky — “empty” sky that turned out to […]

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Recounts Apollo 11 UFO Encounter

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Semper fly: Suborbital space transport could put boots on the ground anywhere in 2 hours or less

Semper fly: Suborbital space transport could put boots on the ground anywhere in 2 hours or less

Getting troops to the fight can be as difficult as winning it. And for modern-day soldiers, the sites of conflict are so far-flung, and the political considerations of even flying over another country so complicated, that rapid entry has become nearly impossible. If a group of Marine Corps visionaries have their way, however, 30 years […]