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Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Newswise Special Wire for 23-Mar-2017

Newswise Space Wire

This Newswise theme wire covers the topic of Space and Astronomy - including research, exploration, technology, and policy. There is also an extensive archive of Space news in the Newswise Feature Channel: Space.

Save the Date: 30 March 2017; 9–10 AM ET

The Future of Astronomy: ALMA and the Next Generation VLA – Live Expert Panel discussion

Two of the most iconic telescopes on Earth – the Very Large Array, or VLA as its known, and ALMA, the trailblazing Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array – are helping us understand our cosmic origins, but their stories are just beginning. New technology and future expansions will greatly enhance their abilities, revealing never-before-seen details of the cosmos. Two astronomers explain the latest discoveries and future upgrades for these powerful instruments.

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New Study Maps Space Dust in 3-D

A new Berkeley Lab-led study provides detailed 3-D views of space dust in the Milky Way, which could help us understand the properties of this dust and how it affects views of distant objects.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Astrophysical Journal, March 22, 2017

Breaking the Supermassive Black Hole Speed Limit

A new computer simulation helps explain the existence of puzzling supermassive black holes observed in the early universe. The simulation is based on a computer code used to understand the coupling of radiation and certain materials.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

The Future of Astronomy: ALMA and the Next Generation VLA – A Newswise Live Expert Panel Discussion

Two of the most iconic telescopes on Earth – the Very Large Array, or VLA as its known, and ALMA, the trailblazing Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array – are helping us understand our cosmic origins, but their stories are just beginning. ...

– Newswise

Less Radiation in Inner Van Allen Belt Than Previously Believed

The inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Observations from NASA’s Van Allen probes show the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation be...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Journal of Geophysical Research

Hubble Discovery of Runaway Star Yields Clues to Breakup of Multiple-Star System

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have found what may be the missing piece of a cosmic puzzle; the third, long-lost member of a star system in the Orion Nebula that broke apart 500 years ago.

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Mar-2017

Astronaut and Space Physiology Expert Available to Comment the Rigors of Human Spaceflight

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Protostar Blazes Bright, Reshaping Its Stellar Nursery

New ALMA data reveal that a massive protostar, deeply nestled in its dust-filled stellar nursery, recently roared to life, shining nearly 100 times brighter than before.

– National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Astrophysical Journal Letters; March-2017

Experiment Aboard Space Station Studies 'Space Weather'

To study conditions in the ionosphere, Cornell University research engineer Steven Powell, and others in the College of Engineering, have developed the FOTON (Fast Orbital TEC for Orbit and Navigation) GPS receiver. This year, the FOTON hitched a rid...

– Cornell University

Mega Meteorite

UND Geology Faculty and Students Get Another First-Hand Glimpse of Largest Space Rock Ever Found in State

– University of North Dakota

Hubble Dates Black Hole's Last Big Meal

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found that the black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy ate its last big meal about 6 million years ago, when it consumed a large clump of infalling gas. After the meal, the engorged black hole burped out a c...

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

The Astrophysical Journal, Jan-2017

Dark Matter Detection Receives 10-Ton Upgrade

In an abandoned gold mine one mile beneath Lead, South Dakota, the cosmos quiets down enough to potentially hear the faint whispers of the universe’s most elusive material — dark matter. Shielded from the deluge of cosmic rays constantly showerin...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Attention Earthlings: Help Wanted in Finding a New Planet

Data research for a Berkeley Lab-led dark energy experiment benefits citizen science project that seeks the public's help in the hunt for a hypothesized Neptune-like Planet Nine.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Embargo expired on 08-Mar-2017 at 03:05 ET

UVA Darden TEP Alumnus Set to Blastoff to International Space Station

Astronaut Scott Tingle credits his experience in The Executive Program with making him a more confident leader.

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

UC San Diego to Develop Cyberinfrastructure for NASA’s ICESat-2 Data

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego have been awarded a NASA ACCESS grant to develop a cyberinfrastructure platform for discovery, access, and visualization of da...

– University of California San Diego


New Evidence for a Water-Rich History on Mars

Mars may have been a wetter place than previously thought, according to research on simulated Martian meteorites conducted, in part, at Berkeley Lab.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature Communications, March 6, 2017

Embargo expired on 06-Mar-2017 at 05:00 ET

Bubble-Recoil Could Be Used to Cool Microchips, Even in Space

UIC researchers have shown, under funding from NASA, that the tiny recoil force of bubbles leaving a heated surface can be harnessed to mix liquid coolant around high-power microelectronics -- in space or on Earth.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

npj Microgravity, 5-March-2017

Help Astronomers Find Elusive Muons Disguised as Gamma Rays

A new citizen science project, led by astronomers at the University of Minnesota, is asking for help from the public to identify and categorize hundreds of thousands of ring patterns within images produced by VERITAS gamma-ray observatory cameras.

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Is Anything Tough Enough To Survive on Mars?

Two separate investigations determine that microorganisms can survive on the surface of Mars, and deep in its subsurface

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Planetary and Space Science, Feb-2017; Origins of LIfe and Evolution of Biospheres, Sept-2016





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