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Thu Dec 18



NASA Update on Asteroid Redirect Mission
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
On Thursday, June 19, NASA will host a televised update on recent progress and upcoming milestones in the agencys efforts to identify, capture and relocate an asteroid, and send astronauts to take samples of it in the 2020s. [...]




Thu Dec 18



Rosettas Comet Target Releases Plentiful Water
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is releasing the Earthly equivalent of two glasses of water into space every second. [...]




Wed Dec 17



NASA to Hold News Conference on Dawn Mission Results
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
NASA will host a news conference on Thursday, May 10, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) to present a new analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta using data from the agencys Dawn spacecraft. [...]




Wed Dec 17



Smoky Silhouette Space Wallpaper
Space [SPACE]
The smoky black silhouette in this gorgeous space wallpaper is part of a large, sparse cloud of partially ionized hydrogen — an HII region — known as Gum 15. [...]




Thu Dec 18



Curiosity Rovers Critics are Missing the Point (Op-Ed)
Space [CURIOSITY]
Curiosity is leading, not "lacking." [...]




Thu Dec 18



Moon and Saturn
Stardate.org [MOON]
A bare wisp of a crescent Moon shines down on the planet Saturn at dawn tomorrow. Saturn is close to the lower left of the Moon, and looks like a bright golden star. If you remove its beautiful rings, Saturn itself looks a bit bland — like a slightly flattened beachball colored in bands of yellow, tan and white. The bands are formed by clouds. Saturn is a big ball of gas that spins rapidly, so the clouds are stretched into bands that completely encircle the planet. If you look at those bands m [...]




Wed Dec 17



Surprising theorists, stars within middle-aged clusters are of similar age
Sciencedaily [STARS]
An examination of middle-aged star clusters reveals an unexpectedly narrow age range among their stars, suggesting that large groups of stars evolve differently than previously understood. [...]




Thu Dec 18



The Little Dipper: Host of the North Star
Space [STAR]
The Little Dipper is an asterism (star pattern) in the larger constellation of Ursa Minor, the Little Bear. The most famous star in the constellation is Polaris. [...]




Tue Dec 16



Stephen Hawkings Bad Ass Theory - Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Video
Space [VIDEO]
COSMOS - A Spacetime Odysseys presenter/co-writer talks about Stephen Hawkings black hole theory, known as "Hawking Radiation". [...]




Thu Dec 18



Dawn: Vesta Got Special Delivery of Hydrated Minerals
jpl.nasa.gov [VESTA]
Observations by NASAs Dawn mission suggest that hydrated minerals were delivered to Vesta in a radically different way than how they were deposited on the moon. [...]

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