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Could this rare supernova resolve a longstanding origin debate?

IMAGE: This cartoon courtesy of Anthony Piro illustrates three possibilities for the origin of the mysterious hydrogen emissions from the Type IA supernova called ASASSN-18tb that were observed by the Carnegie... view more  Credit: Courtesy of Anthony Piro, Carnegie Institution for Science Pasadena, CA--Detection of a supernova with an unusual chemical signature by a team of astronomers led by Carnegie's Juna Kollmeier--and including Carnegie's Nidia Morrell,…

World Economic Forum has announced the introduction of a Space Sustainability...

The World Economic Forum has announced the introduction of a Space Sustainability Rating (SSR) system to help tackle the problem of space traffic and congestion in the Earth's orbit. The announcement of the SSR and the participating collaborators was made today at the Satellite 2019 conference in Washington, D.C. The program will be led by a global team of experts in the field, including the…

Kansas Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station

Students from Kansas will have an opportunity this week to speak with a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station who also hails from the Sunflower State.

The evolution of skyrmions in multilayers and their topological Hall signature

Magnetic skyrmions are tiny entities, manifesting in magnetic materials, that consist of localized twists in the magnetization direction of the medium. Each skyrmion is highly stable because eliminating it requires untwisting the magnetization direction of the material, just as a knot on a string can only be untied by pulling the rest of the string out of the knot. Magnetic skyrmions are a promising candidate…

First flights

UC Santa Barbara students sent up, via balloon, a prototype miniature spacecraft that might eventually become the "wafercraft" that researchers posit could be propelled by lasers to achieve space travel at relativistic speeds to reach nearby star systems and exoplanets. So begins a journey, funded by NASA and several private foundations, that may one day lead to interstellar travel. "It's part of a process of…

Brazilian scientists investigate dwarf planet’s ring

Discovered in 2004, Haumea is a dwarf planet located beyond Pluto's orbit in a region of the Solar System called the Kuiper Belt. Pluto was demoted from the category of fully fledged planets in 2006 because of the discovery of Haumea and other dwarf planets. Haumea was officially recognized as a dwarf planet in 2008. Its ellipsoidal shape resembles that of the ball used in…

Particle telescope to probe makeup of cosmic rays and could improve...

IMAGE: KU's contribution to the AGILE telescope centers on the development of the SAMPIC chip to provide fast sampling, low power consumption, good radiation tolerance and built-in data reduction. view more  Credit: Christophe Royon LAWRENCE -- With a recent three-year, $1.4 million grant from NASA, a research team from the University of Kansas will help design and build a particle telescope to launch into orbit aboard…

Secrets of the ‘blue supergiant’ revealed

Blue supergiants are the rock-and-roll stars of the universe. They are massive stars that live fast and die young which makes them rare and difficult to study, even with modern telescopes. Before space telescopes, few blue supergiants had been observed, so our knowledge of these stars was limited. Leading astrophysicist Dr Tamara Rogers, from Newcastle University, UK, and her team have been working for the…

NRL tests sensor on-orbit the ISS to protect space-based assets

IMAGE: The Space PlasmA Diagnostic suitE (SPADE) experiment (tower-like structures in photo), is shown integrated onto the Space Test Program-Houston 6 (STP-H6) pallet. Developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Plasma... view more  Credit: (NASA/Space Test Program-Houston 6) WASHINGTON -- Developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Plasma Physics Division, in conjunction with the Spacecraft Engineering Department, the Space PlasmA Diagnostic suitE (SPADE) experiment launched from…

SpaceX Dragon Heads to Space Station with NASA Science, Cargo

After launching at 2:48 a.m. EDT Saturday, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with approximately 5,500 pounds of NASA cargo and science investigations that include research into Earth’s carbon cycle and the formation of asteroids and comets.
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