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The Mystery Behind Exploding Stars

Photo: NASA Double supernova remnants DEM L316. The smaller remnant on the left is believed to be that of a Type Ia supernova. 4th of July fireworks ain’t got nothin on type Ia supernovae. These exploding stars exhibit their catastrophic brilliance in a systematic fashion, allowing scientists to use them as “standard candles” to measure …

Exploring Venus’s 700°C Inferno

Photo: NSSDC/NASA Venus Surface – Maat Mons / Magellan Mission 1991 On May 20, 2010, JAXA launched an extraordinary mission from the Tanegashima Space Center using the H-IIA rocket. IKAROS has made headlines because of its method of propulsion; it is powered by the melding of a power solar sail and ion propulsion engine. As …

IKAROS: Sailing the Solar Wind to the Sun

Photo: JAXA IKAROS / Solar Sail Unfurled IKAROS – Sailing With the Solar Wind to Venus Imagine silent, clean power that brings us to distant planets and leaves almost no carbon footprint or other pollution in space. No longer science fiction, the solar sail has been designed, built and is now undergoing a first flight. …

Was There Once Life on Venus?

Photo: NASA Venus, thrust into the spotlight by the Venus Express satellite Of our two planetary neighbors, Mars was always the favored child, making headlines year after year as scientists alternately bolstered and debunked claims of its habitability. Meanwhile, Venus sat idly by – gaseous and fuming, nothing but a bright “star” in the early …

The Universe’s Youngest Star is Born

Photo: jeffmcneill Call it slapping hydrogen gas on its proverbial butt. A team of American and German astronomers has announced its observation of the youngest known stellar object ever, according to a paper published in the most recent issue of The Astrophysical Journal. The fledgling star bears the poetic name L1448-IRS2E and was observed developing …