Posted May 16, 2013 By David
It is reported that a “super-active” sun spot is rotating on a trajectory towards Earth that could erupt at anytime, causing a massive solar storm.
Our planet will be in the storm’s sights by the weekend, say reports.
In one 24-hour period over the past weekend, the sun unleashed the three most powerful solar flares recorded so far this year. In the period between May 12 and 14, eight blasts were observed.
On the flare scale, the strongest registered X3.2.
X-class flares are the most powerful solar storms, with M-class in the middle and C-class the weakest. Read the remainder of this entry »
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Posted April 26, 2013 By David
rocket which is 131 feet (40 metres) tall and 12.
8 feet (3.
9 metres) in diameter, was launched on Sunday.
Liftoff of the two-stage launch vehicle took place at 2100 GMT at the Wallops Flight Facility on an island off the coast of the US state of Virginia, some 170 miles (270 kilometers) from Washington.
As this is a test mission, Antares was not transporting the company’s Cygnus capsule but rather a simulation of an equivalent payload of 3.8 tonnes that was placed into orbit at an altitude of roughly 160 miles (256 kilometres) 10 minutes after takeoff.
The control room erupted in applause after the separation of the simulator payload from the rocket.
“Congratulations to Orbital Sciences and the NASA team that worked alongside them for the picture-perfect launch of the Antares rocket,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. Read the remainder of this entry »
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Posted April 19, 2013 By David
Astronomers discovered the two Earth-like planets while scanning the skies with a potent NASA space telescope.
Two of the five planets orbiting a sun-like star called Kepler-62 exist in what astronomers describe as the habitable zone – not too hot, not too cold and possibly having water, researchers say in the journal Science.
“These two are our best candidates that might be habitable,” said William Borucki, Kepler science principal investigator at NASA’s Ames Research Center.
The two planets are slightly larger than ours and at least a couple of billion years older. Read the remainder of this entry »
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