Today in Space

Star blasts planet with X-rays

Heh, sucks to be that planet!!!

A nearby star is pummeling a companion planet with a barrage of X-rays a hundred thousand times more intense than the Earth receives from the Sun.

Read more about it HERE


Methane debate splits Mars community

Personally I believe there was life on mars, and almost certainly still is. Methane producing bacteria/algae would be a great explanation for this.

Observations over the last decade suggest that methane clouds form briefly over Mars during the summer months. The discovery has left many scientists scratching their heads, since it doesn't fit into models of the martian atmosphere.

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Dark clouds in space


Dust dust and more dust. Someone get a broom!

Infrared dark clouds (IRDCs) are dark patches in the sky seen against the continuous, bright infrared background produced by our galaxy. IRDCs are rich in molecules and relatively dense, cool gas, and they are natural sites for future star birth. Studies of IRDCs to date have emphasized those candidates that already have star formation underway within them, but astronomers are increasingly interested in probing younger, colder clouds to probe earlier stages in the star formation process.

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Herschel paints new story of galaxy evolution

Theories like this are always fun, but for now I think we should simply collect the data and analyze it and STOP trying to explain things we don't even have a good foundation to attempt to understand let alone unravel.

ESA's Herschel infrared space observatory has discovered that galaxies do not need to collide with each other to drive vigorous star birth. The finding overturns this long-held assumption and paints a more stately picture of how galaxies evolve.

Read more about it HERE


Space mission tells of Antarctic melt


New supernova remnant lights up

Awesome! I love that we keep seeing more and more of these, and are able to get good amounts of data from them as well as some cool images.

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers are witnessing the unprecedented transition of a supernova to a supernova remnant, where light from an exploding star in a neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, reached Earth in February 1987.

Read more about it HERE


Blah blah blah, while that's interesting this has happened time and time again throughout history I'm sure.

A team of researchers from The Australian National University has been selected from a competitive field to participate in NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Science Team.

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Russia sets first post-crash manned flight for November

Yay, maybe this is a sign we aren't abandoning space as I've suspected the past few months.

Russia on Tuesday scheduled its next manned space flight for November 12 after delaying previous missions because of a cargo craft's failure to reach the International Space Station.

Read more about it HERE