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Super Sunspot Tracked Across the Earth-side of the Sun (VIDEO)



            


Super sunspot AR2192 has produced 10 significant solar flare while traversing the Earth-side of the sun; six X-class and four above M5-class. This active region on the sun – an area of intense and complex magnetic fields – rotated into view on Oct. 18, 2014. The massive phenomena soon grew into the largest such region in 24 years, and fired off 10 sizable solar flares as it traversed across the face of the sun. The region was so large it could be seen without a telescope for those looking at the sun with eclipse glasses, as many did during a partial eclipse of the sun on Oct. 23.

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"Moment of Awe" --The Ghostly Light from 200 Billion Outcast Stars in Pandora's Galaxy Cluster

 

 

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago. The mayhem happened 4 billion light-years away, inside an immense collection of nearly 500 galaxies nicknamed “Pandora’s Cluster,” also known as Abell 2744. The Hubble team estimates that the combined light of about 200 billion outcast stars contributes approximately 10 percent of the cluster’s brightness.

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"Earth Formed as a Wet Planet with Oceans in Place" --Life May Have Started Earlier Than Thought

 

 

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Earth is known as the Blue Planet because of its oceans, which cover more than 70 percent of the planet's surface and are home to the world's greatest diversity of life. While water is essential for life on the planet, the answers to two key questions have eluded us: where did Earth's water come from and when? While some hypothesize that water came late to Earth, well after the planet had formed, findings from a new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) significantly move back the clock for the first evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar system.

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"Unexpected Planet" Discovered by Yale Astronomers

 

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A new planet, called PH3c, located 2,300 light years from Earth and has an atmosphere loaded with hydrogen and helium has been discovered by Yale astronomers and the Planet Hunters program. The elusive orb nearly avoided detection. This is because PH3c has a highly inconsistent orbit time around its sun, due to the gravitational influence of other planets in its system.

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Kepler Mission Findings Reveal Planetary Systems Vastly Different from Earths



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A team of planetary scientsts have compared their findings to data gathered from NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope and have concluded that the atmospheric mass of the planets Kepler found is, in some cases, far greater than the thin veneer of air covering Earth.

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"Down Under" Physicists Propose a Radical Parallel Universes Theory

 


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Australian physicists are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a new, and of course, unfalsifiable, theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes. The team proposes that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact. That is, rather than evolving independently, nearby worlds influence one another by a subtle force of repulsion. They show that such an interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about quantum mechanics.

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"Hot" Quote of the Day: The Search for Advanced Intelligent Life



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Looking for radio signals (at least those used for communication) makes about as much sense as looking for evidence of telegraph poles on other planets. Considering many star systems out there may be millions (billions?) of years older than our own planet, certainly any advanced civilization would have long ago moved past using modulated radio frequency as a form of communication.

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ISS-Bound Antares Explosion --Space X's Elon Musk: Rocket's Outdated Technology "A Joke"

 

 

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An Orbital Sciences rocket operating under a NASA contract exploded shortly after launch on Tuesday evening, much to everyone's surprise — except, perhaps, PayPal founder Elon Musk. Musk, today the the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, trash-talked Orbital Sciences for using outdated Russian engines during a 2012 Wired interview:

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"A Cosmic Wheel Within a Wheel" --Binary Star Planet Lifeline Discovered

 

 

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"Almost half the Sun-like stars were born in binary systems," says Emmanuel Di Folco with the Observatoire de Paris. "This means that we have found a mechanism to sustain planet formation that applies to a significant number of stars in the Milky Way. Our observations are a big step forward in truly understanding planet formation."

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"A Vast Place of Stellar Life" --An Infrared Probe of Ringed Galaxy NGC 1291



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This ringed galaxy is actually a vast place of stellar life. Though galaxy NGC 1291 shown in this newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is quite old, roughly 12 billion years, it is marked by an unusual ring where newborn stars are igniting. "The rest of the galaxy is done maturing," said Kartik Sheth of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory of Charlottesville, Virginia. "But the outer ring is just now starting to light up with stars."

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