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The Rosy Remains of a Star's Final Days

Stars like our Sun can last for a very long time (in human terms, anyway!) somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-12 billion years. Already over 4.6 …

APOD: Saturn Hurricane (2013 May 02) Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130502.html Explanation: Acquiring its first sunlit views of far northern Saturn late last year, the Cassini spacecraft's narrow-angle camera recorded this stunning image of the vortex at the ringed planet's north pole. The false color, near-infrared image results in red hues for low clouds and green for high ones, causing the north-polar hurricane to take on the appearance of a rose. Enormous by terrestrial hurricane standards, this storm's eye is about 2,000 kilometers wide, with clouds at the outer edge traveling at over 500 kilometers per hour. The north pole Saturn hurricane swirls inside the large, six-sided weather pattern known as the hexagon. Of course, in 2006 Cassini also imaged the hurricane at Saturn's south pole. http://www.ciclops.org/view_event/191/ http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-149 http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/display.cfm?News_ID=43464 http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/newsreleases/newsrelease20130429/ http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Cassini_eyes_Saturn_hurricane Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130502 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0502 http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?t=31277

The sun's coronal mass ejection eruption captured by Nasa - video

A coronal mass ejection (CME) erupts from the edge of the sun on Wednesday in a gigantic rolling wave. CMEs can shoot more than 1bn tonnes of …

Ape pelvis fills gap in evolution puzzle

<b>U. MISSOURI (US) —</b> Experts say the pelvis from an 11.9 million-year-old ape skeleton suggests the primate probably lived near the beginning of the …

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Rare Alligator Snapping Turtle Rescued by Wildlife Center of Texas

A rare alligator snapping turtle, <i>Macrochelys temminckii</i>, was rescued by the Wildlife Center of Texas. The prehistoric-looking turtle was thought to …

APOD: Horsehead: A Wider View (2013 May 03) Composition and Processing: Robert Gendler Image Data: ESO, VISTA, HLA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130503.html Explanation: Combined image data from the massive, ground-based VISTA telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope was used to create this wide perspective of the interstellar landscape surrounding the famous Horsehead Nebula. Captured at near-infrared wavelengths, the region's dusty molecular cloud sprawls across the scene that covers an angle about two-thirds the size of the Full Moon on the sky. Left to right the frame spans just over 10 light-years at the Horsehead's estimated distance of 1,600 light-years. Also known as Barnard 33, the still recognizable Horsehead Nebula stands at the upper right, the near-infrared glow of a dusty pillar topped with newborn stars. Below and left, the bright reflection nebula NGC 2023 is itself the illuminated environs of a hot young star. Dense clouds below the base of the Horsehead and on the outskirts of NGC 2023 show the tell-tale far red emission of energetic jets, known as Herbig-Haro objects, also associated with newborn stars. http://www.robgendlerastropics.com/HH-HST-ESO.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130503 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0503

The World's Largest Rubber Duck And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Count on it: Baboons ‘know’ numbers

<b>U. ROCHESTER (US) —</b> Like children who have not yet learned to count, olive baboons are able to rely on “more or less” comparisons to understand …

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New Dinosaur Species Found In China

A new dinosaur found in China may be the oldest of its kind--and a crucial link between lizard-like dinosaurs and the feathered, late-period creatures that bore a closer resemblance to today's birds.<p>A team of international researchers led by James Clark, from the George Washington University, found …