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APOD: Eclipse at 44,000 Feet (2013 Nov 07) Image Credit & Copyright: Ben Cooper (Launch Photography) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131107.html Explanation: Timing was critical to catch this image of November 3rd's solar eclipse. But flying at 44,000 feet, intrepid eclipse chasers on a chartered jet traveling 500 miles per hour managed to intercept the the Moon's shadow. The remarkable flight made a perpendicular crossing of the central shadow track. Darkening the skies beyond the wing tip at that moment, the Moon's shadow was moving at some 8,000 miles per hour across the Atlantic Ocean, 600 miles southeast of Bermuda. After only an instant of totality, this snapshot captured the lunar disk in silhouette. Rays of sunlight shining past peaks and valleys along the lunar limb created the fleeting appearance of a glistening diamond ring. http://www.launchphotography.com/Total_Solar_Eclipse_2013.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131107 #APOD

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Baltimore

Drama on the seas: behind the art of 'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag'

No matter which platform — or generation — you decide to play <i>Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag</i> on, you'll be playing a beautiful game. (It launched at the end of October on the Xbox 360 and PS3, and will be coming to both the PS4 and Xbox One when they're available later this month). The series' …

Crytek stayed true to the vision of hair-trigger combat in Ryse: Son of Rome (interview)

For a game that hasn’t come out yet, Ryse: Son of Rome has its share of fans and critics. It has inspired both love and scorn as one of the launch titles debuting Nov. 22 with Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console.<p>And with other big titles coming later, Ryse could turn out to be one of the …

Ubisoft: Modern day Assassin's Creed unlikely

An Assassin's Creed game set in the modern day is unlikely, lead writer for the franchise Darby McDevitt said during a recent Reddit AMA.<p>"I doubt we would do a modern day [Assassin's Creed]," McDevitt said. "There are just too many mechanics we would have to develop to make it believable ... …

Gaming Industry

Battlefield 4 head-tracking confirmed for Xbox One

The Xbox One version of Battlefield 4 will feature head-tracking, Electronic Arts confirmed to Polygon. Specifically, the camera will be used for leaning and peaking, as well as voice commands.<p>During a demo event, Kinect could locate where a player was seated and then track their head movements, …

Xbox

Nothing further planned for star of ACIII - IGN Video

In a Reddit AMA Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag lead writer Darby McDevitt has answered several questions pertaining to Assassin Creed III's Connor …

Call of Duty: Ghosts appears to borrow cutscene animations from Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty: Ghosts features a cutscene that bears a striking resemblance to a scene from 2009's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, YouTube user "satantribal" revealed in a new video (below).<p>Similar character animations and framing for both games are shown in the video. Both Call of Duty games were …

Call of Duty

AC 4 Game Director: Last Generation's Transition Was 'Nightmarish'

Black Flag's Ashraf Ismail on why development is much easier now than it was eight years ago.<p><b>UPDATE:</b> In a news story yesterday pertaining to a Reddit …

More details about Xbox One's video sharing and cloud capabilities

With the launch of the Xbox One fast-approaching, GameSpot sat down with Microsoft’s Phil Spencer to talk about the importance of cloud gaming and online capabilities in their upcoming hardware.<p>One of Spencer’s recurring points emphasized how the Xbox will continue to evolve. “Going back to the …

Load Balancing

Lockheed Martin Is Developing A Hypersonic Spy Plane

No need to be stealth if you're flying at Mach 6.<p>The SR-71 Blackbird, iconic supersonic Cold War spy plane adopted by the X-Men as their vehicle of choice, might finally have a replacement. The Blackbird was retired in 1999, and since then there's been a serious deficit in crazy-fast spy planes …

Aviation

Milky Way may host billions of Earth-size planets

There's no place like home, but scientists now say that Earth-size planets orbiting sun-like stars in a so-called habitable zone are so common that there could be as many as 11 billion in the Milky Way alone.<p>Using a clever method to detect Earth-sizeexoplanets they may have missed, astronomers …

Universe

Galaxy Quest: Just How Many Earth-Like Planets Are Out There?

A team of planet hunters estimates that about 22 percent of the sun-like stars in our galaxy may have planets about the size of Earth that are bathed in similar amounts of sunlight — and potentially habitable.<p>That's the conclusion of a new analysis of observations taken by NASA's Kepler Space …

Two billion planets in our galaxy may be suitable for life

Our galaxy probably contains at least two billion planets that, like Earth, have liquid water on their surfaces and orbit around their parent stars in the "habitable zone" for life. The nearest, according to astronomers, could be a mere 12 light years away.<p>A new study, published on Monday in the …

This Giant Balloon Will Carry You to (Near) Space

Want to take your time at the edge of the world? Climb aboard for a World View balloon ride to 98,000 feet.<p><b>Tucson-based startup World View</b> has announced the latest tech to join the commercial space race: a football-field-size helium balloon designed to take paying customers 18 miles (98,000 feet) …

Global Perspectives

Is Gold From Outer Space?

The ancients deemed gold to be a symbol of power and immortality for it does not corrode. Given its aesthetic and rare qualities, the rulers of the …

Precious Metals

Earth-like Planets: Potentially Billions of Planets Like Earth in Milky Way

Earth-like planets are more common than was previously believed, astronomers say in a new analysis.<p>The astronomers say that about 20 percent of stars …

Galaxies near and far: Milky Way and Andromeda

Central starry pathway is the Milky Way, our home galaxy. The Andromeda galaxy is an elongated fuzzy patch, just right of center.<p>EarthSky Facebook …

Universe

Telescope finds new 'hunting ground' for black holes - Futurity

Black holes may be common in globular clusters, report astronomers who recently discovered a new black hole in M62.

Black Holes

Meet T. rex's oldest relative: the 'Gore King'

A new relative of the <i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i> has been unearthed in southern Utah, marking the discovery of the oldest known member of its group of dinosaurs yet. The newly discovered dinosaur measured about 24 feet long, weighed around 2.5 metric tons, and had a large head filled with sharp teeth. To …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Witch Head nebula

Sure, Halloween is over, but check out this witch!<p>It doesn’t take a vivid imagination to see the screaming witch’s head in this new image of nebula …

Astronomy

Another Election?! Relax, This One's To Name A Baby Panda

Fresh off Tuesday's election, another is just around the corner: The National Zoo wants you to help name its new panda cub by casting a vote at Smithsonian.com.<p>You can vote online (no photo identification required and the balloting continues until Nov. 22).<p>At NPR, we always strive to ensure that …

From one collapsing star, two black holes form and fuse

“Nobody has ever predicted that a single collapsing star could produce a pair of black holes that then merge.” – Christian Reisswig<p>Black …

Physics

What Will It Take To Find Life Elsewhere In The Universe?

The Hubble and James Webb space telescopes won't find life beyond the solar system. With funding and support, here's what might.<p>The sky was hazy and overcast above Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the morning of July 8, 2011. A light breeze from offshore cooled off an estimated 750,000 onlookers braving …

Universe