The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured this image of the sun at 5:06 a.m. EDT on Oct 5, 2012 showing a coronal mass ejection (CME) spreading away from the sun toward Earth. Credit: SOHO (ESA & NASA)

Cause and Effect

CAUSE AND EFFECT: When the sun spit out a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) on Oct. 5, a brilliant aurora appeared three days later over Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. When Earth-directed, CMEs can affect electronic systems in sate...
by David McGee
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Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole

‘If future observations confirm this team’s findings, this would be the first birth of a black hole ever witnessed and the first failed supernova ever discovered’
by David McGee
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Hubble Sees a Supermassive, Super-hungry Galaxy

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has located spiral galaxy NGC 4845, more than 65 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin). At its glowing center is a supermassive black hole.
by David McGee
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‘Dramatic, Exciting and Cool’

Now showing in selected cities across America, the riveting documentary PARTICLE FEVER chronicles the search for the elusive HIGGS BOSON, the 'God' particle that binds the universe together--a science story with a human touch.
by David McGee
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This artist's concept envisions what hydrocarbon ice forming on a liquid hydrocarbon sea of Saturn's moon Titan might look like. A new model from scientists on NASA's Cassini mission suggests that clumps of methane-and-ethane-rich ice--shown here as the lighter-colored clusters--could float under some conditions. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/USGS, 01-08-2013.

Saturn’s Titan Moon Gets a Dune ‘Makeover’

The craters of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, are being erased as they're filled with dunes of exotic hydrocarbon sand, complicating efforts to estimate the age of the planet's surface.
by David McGee
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A beautiful barred-spiral stretches out long from a round, bright, yellow-glowing core. Glowing clouds of stars shift through yellow and white to bluish, and dark filaments are laced with pink active star forming regions.

Dancing the Dance of Stars and Space

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope provides a spectacular image of the bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097. Also: Like a ship plowing through still waters, the giant star Zeta...
by David McGee
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NASA’s Chandra Observatory Finds Cosmic Showers Halt Galaxy Growth

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has uncovered surprising news about a process that is stifling star formation in a distant galaxy cluster. It's been going on for 7 billion years.
by David McGee
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From Earth’s Caves, A Better Understanding of Mars

Dr. Penny Boston is exploring some of the most extreme environments on earth--the Snowy River Cave, the Cave of Crystal Giants--both in New Mexico, n the land where Billy the Kid once roamed--on the educated guess that those re...
by David McGee
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Fallen Stars: A Gallery of Famous Meteorites

The meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk in Russia's Ural Mountains on Feb. 15 is only the latest of history's most famous meteorites. Tale a look at this gallery of notable alien rocks, on earth and from elsewhere in the univ...
by David McGee
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NASA’s Chandra Sees Eclipsing Planet in X-rays for First Time

For the first time since exoplanets, or planets around stars other than the sun, were discovered almost 20 years ago, X-ray observations have detected an exoplanet passing in front of its parent star.
by David McGee
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NASA’S Fermi Measures Cosmic ‘Fog’ Produced by Ancient Starlight

NASA’S Fermi Measures Cosmic ‘Fog’ Produced by Ancient Starlight

Astronomers using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have made the most accurate measurement of starlight in the universe and used it to establish the total amount of light from all of the stars that have ever sho...
by David McGee
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‘Cry’ of a Shredded Star Heralds a New Era for Testing Relativity

‘This gives us an opportunity to explore the nature of black holes and test Einstein’s relativity at a time when the universe was very different than it is today,’ Last year, astronomers discovered a quiescent...
by David McGee
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