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2013 October 21 - Saturn from Above

<b>Saturn from Above</b> <b><br>Image Credit & License:</b> NASA/JPL/SSI; <i>Composition:</i> Gordan Ugarkovic<p><b>Explanation:</b> This image of Saturn could not have been taken from …

Astronomy

Juno: The spacecraft putting sling theory to the test

Why a probe passing our planet on its way to Jupiter might end a decades-old mystery, and reveal something completely new about gravity.<p>You may not see it, but a spacecraft whizzing 350 miles (560km) above Earth is going to use our planet to slingshot its way towards another one. In the process, a …

Astronomy

2013 September 23 - IC 4628: The Prawn Nebula

<b>IC 4628: The Prawn Nebula</b> <b><br>Credit:</b> ESO; Acknowledgement: Martin Pugh<p><b>Explanation:</b> South of Antares, in the tail of the nebula-rich constellation …

Cosmology

2013 September 19 - Moon, Venus, and Planet Earth

<b>Moon, Venus and Planet Earth</b> <b><br>Composite Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Fefo Bouvier<p><b>Explanation:</b> In this engaging scene from planet Earth, the Moon shines …

Astronomy

2013 September 22 - Apollo's Analemma

<b>Apollo's Analemma</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Anthony Ayiomamitis (TWAN)<p><b>Explanation:</b> Today, the Sun crosses the celestial equator heading south at 20:44 …

Cosmology

2013 September 18 - M45: The Pleiades Star Cluster

<b>M45: The Pleiades Star Cluster</b> <b><br>Credit & Copyright:</b> Roberto Colombari<p><b>Explanation:</b> Have you ever seen the Pleiades star cluster? Even if you have, you …

Cosmology

Green Flash and Belt of Venus - Deep Sky Videos

Mars' Moon Phobos Eclipses the Sun, as Seen by Curiosity

Internet of Things

2013 September 4 - IRAS 20324: Evaporating Protostar

<b>IRAS 20324: Evaporating Protostar</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and IPHAS<p><b>Explanation:</b> Will this caterpillar-shaped …

Cosmology

2013 August 18 - Skylab Over Earth

<b>Skylab Over Earth</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> Skylab, NASA<p><b>Explanation:</b> Skylab was an orbiting laboratory launched by a Saturn V rocket in May 1973. Skylab, pictured …

Cosmology

Amazing Photo Technique Reveals Water Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

• Author: Kyle VanHemert. Kyle VanHemert Design<br>• Date of Publication: 08.19.13. 08.19.13<br>• Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>It’s easy to lose an hour …

Google is preparing for screenless computers

The spread of computing to every corner of our physical world doesn’t just mean a proliferation of screens large and small—it also means we’ll soon come to rely on mobile computers with no screens at all. “It’s now so inexpensive to have a powerful computing device in my car or lapel, that if you …

Google Glass

2013 August 14 - Moonset from Taiwan

<b>Moonset from Taiwan</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Hung-Hsuan Yen<p><b>Explanation:</b> It took three worlds to create this simple image. The first world was the …

Cosmology

The Hyperloop Lacks Only Elon Musk as a CEO

So, the news is out—in a 57-page pdf that will take some time to digest. Elon Musk revealed the Hyperloop to the world, and it's a gift: an …

San Francisco

2013 August 12 - Orbits of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids

<b>Orbits of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, JPL-Caltech<p><b>Explanation:</b> Are asteroids dangerous? Some are, but the likelihood of a …

Asteroids

2013 August 11 - M74: The Perfect Spiral

<b>M74: The Perfect Spiral</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI / AURA)- ESA / Hubble Collaboration <i><br>Acknowledgment:</i> R. Chandar (Univ. …

Cosmology

Is invisibility possible?

Being invisible to the naked eye tops many people’s list of superpowers, but what exactly is invisibility and can we ever engineer it? James May investigates.<p>From HG Wells' Invisible Man to Harry Potter's cloak of <i>invisibility</i>, the idea of making ourselves and other things disappear from sight has …

Harry Potter

2013 August 1 - Moon Over Andromeda

<b>Moon Over Andromeda</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Adam Block and Tim Puckett<p><b>Explanation:</b> The Great Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda (aka M31), a mere 2.5 …

Cosmology

Number Line - Numberphile

Romo: Turning your phone into a friendly robot

The dream of a cheap and friendly robot in every home hasn't yet taken off. Roboticist Keller Rinaudo’s solution is Romo – powered by your smartphone.<p>Robots are a common sight in our factories and industrial workplaces, but have yet to make the jump into people’s homes - whether because of cost or …

Robotics

2013 July 30 - The Eskimo Nebula from Hubble and Chandra

<b>The Eskimo Nebula from Hubble and Chandra</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> <i>X-ray:</i> NASA/CXC/IAA-CSIC/N. Ruiz et al.; <i>Optical:</i> NASA/STScI<p><b>Explanation:</b> In 1787, astronomer …

Cosmology

2013 July 25 - The Beautiful Trifid

<b>The Beautiful Trifid</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Máximo Ruiz<p><b>Explanation:</b> The beautiful Trifid Nebula is a cosmic study in contrasts. Also known as M20, …

Cosmology

2013 July 28 - Hoag's Object: A Strange Ring Galaxy

<b>Hoag's Object: A Strange Ring Galaxy</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> <b>Credit:</b> R. Lucas (STScI/AURA), Hubble Heritage Team, NASA<p><b>Explanation:</b> Is this one galaxy or two? …

Cosmology

2013 July 26 - The Elephant's Trunk in IC 1396

<b>The Elephant's Trunk in IC 1396</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Juan Lozano de Haro<p><b>Explanation:</b> Like an illustration in a galactic Just So Story, the …

Cosmology

Voyager: A long, long trip into the unknown

Whether or not Nasa’s Voyager has become the first object to leave our solar system, Quentin Cooper wants to know what will happen if it meets extraterrestrial life?<p>Are we there yet? Don’t know. Are we there yet? Don’t know. Are we there yet? Don’t know.<p>Thankfully there are no small children aboard …

Astronomy

Raspberry Pi has no screen, no keyboard, but the $25 computer is hot

In 2012, when the Pi was launched, demand was so high that the websites of its distributors crashed.<p>User groups called Raspberry Jams now meet …

The ambitious effort to detect ripples in space

A phenomenon so elusive that one team has to carry out an ambitious mission to prove their even more ambitious mission could possibly work.<p>“Right now, your body is being stretched and squeezed.” So Harry Ward from the University of Glasgow tells me as I try to get my head round the head-scratching …

Physics

Maven: Building a time machine for Mars

Our space correspondent goes behind the scenes at Nasa’s forthcoming quest to reveal how and why the red planet lost the majority of its atmosphere.<p>The high-ceilinged room resembles a brightly lit, white-walled operating theatre, and the people inside are dressed for surgery. It is impossible to …

Space