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Scientists Propose Alternate Model For Plume On Saturn's Moon Enceladus - Last year, when the Cassini spacecraft discovered an enormous plume erupting on Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons, scientists speculated that liquid water lay at shallow depths beneath the icy surface. January 1, 2007

'Cosmic Freezer' Yields Unique Discovery - Stardust, the NASA spacecraft mission, was given that name in hopes that the seven-year journey to capture comet samples would bring back to Earth, well, stardust. December 31, 2006

No Matter Their Size Black Holes 'Feed' In The Same Way - Research by UK astronomers, published in Nature (7th December 2006) reveals that the processes at work in black holes of all sizes are the same and that supermassive black holes are simply scaled up versions of small Galactic black holes. December 30, 2006

Unlocking The Frozen Secrets Of Comet Wild 2 - Eleven months ago, NASAís Stardust mission touched down in the Utah desert with the first solid comet samples ever retrieved from space. December 29, 2006

Geologists Finding A Different Mars Underneath - Scientists are finding an older, craggier face of Mars buried beneath the surface, thanks to pioneering sounding radar co-sponsored by NASA aboard the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft. December 28, 2006

First Images From Hinode Offer New Clues About Our Violent Sun - Instruments aboard a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency satellite named Hinode, or "Sunrise," are returning extraordinary new images of our sun. December 27, 2006

Astronomers Discover New kind Of Black-hole Explosion - Scientists have discovered what appears to be a new kind of cosmic explosion - a "hybrid gamma-ray burst" - which will be the subject of four articles to be published in the journal Nature on 21 December 2006. December 23, 2006

NASA Telescope Picks Up Glow Of Universe's First Objects - New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope strongly suggest that infrared light detected in a prior study originated from clumps of the very first objects of the universe. December 22, 2006

STEREO Sends Back First Solar Images - NASA's twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories (STEREO) sent back their first images of the sun this week and with them a view into the sun's mounting activity. December 21, 2006

European Extremely Large Telescope Will Probe The Universe - The future of European astronomy is poised to enter a new era of discovery with the decision announced by ESO's governing body to proceed with detailed studies for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). December 20, 2006

Genesis Findings Solve Apollo Lunar Soil Mystery - Ever since astronauts returned from another world, scientists have been mystified by some of the moon rocks they brought back. Now one of the mysteries has been solved. December 19, 2006

Stardust Findings Override Some Commonly Held Astronomy Beliefs - Contrary to a popular scientific notion, there was enough mixing in the early solar system to transport material from the sun's sizzling neighborhood and deposit it in icy deep-space comets. December 18, 2006

How Do Multiple-star Systems Form? - Astronomers have used the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope to image a young, multiple-star system with unprecedented detail, yielding important clues about how such systems are formed. December 17, 2006

First Comet Dust On Earth Reveals Clues To Solar System - An international team of scientists that examined the first samples brought to Earth from a comet has confirmed that our early solar system was a violent place in which dust and gas underwent considerable mixing while the sun and planets were ... December 16, 2006

Heavy Stars Embedded In NGC 6357 - This Hubble photograph shows star cluster Pismis 24, which lies at the heart of emission nebula NGC 6357. December 15, 2006

Mars Rocks Could Provide Vital Clue To How Life Began On Earth - Studying rocks on Mars, which are among the oldest rocks in the Solar System, could provide scientists with key evidence of how the earliest forms of life arose on Earth. December 14, 2006

Large and Small, Black Holes Feed the Same Way - Whether youíre dealing with a stellar mass black hole, or a supermassive black hole at the heart of a galaxy, it appears they consume matter in much the same way. December 13, 2006

Magnetic Whirlpools Feed Earth's Magnetosphere - Giant whirlpools of electrically charged gas, some 40 000 kilometres across, have been witnessed above the Earth by a team of European and American scientists. December 12, 2006

The Great Observatories View Supernova Remnant N49 - Hubble, Chandra, and Spitzer - NASAís three Great Observatories - teamed up to create this beautiful photograph of supernova remnant N49. December 11, 2006

NASA Images, White Sands Features Support A Wetter Mars - NASAís announcement of evidence that water still flows on Mars, at least in brief spurts, demonstrates that the view of Mars as a very dry planet should be reevaluated, says Dawn Sumner, professor of geology at UC Davis. December 10, 2006

Supermassive Black Hole Mashes Up And Consumes A Star - A supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy has been caught in the act of consuming a star. In fact, NASAís Galaxy Evolution Explorer was able to watch the entire process, from the beginning to the end. December 9, 2006

Possible Signs Of Liquid Water Flowing On Mars - NASA photographs have revealed bright new deposits seen in two gullies on Mars that suggest water carried sediment through them sometime during the past seven years. December 8, 2006

Supercomputer Study Shows Milky Way's Halo Of Dark Matter - Researchers at the University of California, have used NASA's most powerful supercomputer to run the largest simulation to date of the formation and evolution of the dark matter halo that envelopes the Milky Way galaxy. December 7, 2006

To The Moon! NASA To Build Lunar Base - NASA on Monday unveiled the initial elements of the Global Exploration Strategy and a proposed U.S. lunar architecture, two critical tools for achieving the nation's vision of returning humans to the moon. December 6, 2006

Organic Material Found In An Ancient Meteorite - NASA researchers have discovered organic material inside a meteorite the recently fell in Canadaís Tagish Lake. December 5, 2006

Chandra Discovers Relativistic Pinball Machine - New clues about the origins of cosmic rays, mysterious high-energy particles that bombard the Earth, have been revealed using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. December 4, 2006

Early Earth Haze May Have Spurred Life - Hazy skies on early Earth could have provided a substantial source of organic material useful for emerging life on the planet, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder. December 3, 2006

Asymmetric Ashes - Astronomers are reporting remarkable new findings that shed light on a decade-long debate about one kind of supernovae, the explosions that mark a star's final demise: does the star die in a slow burn or with a fast bang? December 2, 2006

New Horizonís First View Of Pluto - Take a look at this photograph. See Pluto? Itís that little orange speck. This photograph was taken by the Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft. December 1, 2006

Starburst Galaxy NGC 1313 - This is an image of galaxy NGC 1313, taken with the FORS instrument at the ESOís Very Large Telescope. November 30, 2006

Researchers Test The Physics Of Star Formation In The Lab - The formation of stars and planets remains one of the big questions in astrophysical science. Currently, scientists do not understand the required conditions and the accretion, or matter collection process, involved in star and planet formation. November 29, 2006

Saturn Joins Venus In The Vortex Club - Cassini's spectacular image of Saturn's polar vortex, published this month by NASA, may provide astronomers with a missing piece in the puzzle of how that planet's atmosphere works. For planetary scientists studying Venus, the image was strangely familiar. November 28, 2006

Double Supernovae In A Distant Galaxy - NASAís Swift satellite has found a galaxy positively popping with supernovae. NGC 1316 has had two supernovae go off in just the last 5 months, and 4 within the 26 years. November 27, 2006

Back To Venus With Vesper - While Venus is the same size as our Earth, its hellish surface environment makes it inhospitable to life. What went wrong with Venus? November 26, 2006

NASA's Newest Mars Orbiter Passes Communications Relay Test - An orbiting NASA spacecraft just starting to study Mars with six science instruments has successfully tested another key part of its payload, a versatile radio for relaying communications with robots on the surface of Mars. November 25, 2006

Black Hole Spins Nearly 1000 Times A Second - Black holes bend our understanding of the Universe and laws of physics. But astronomers have discovered a black hole spinning so quickly, it breaks all the speed laws for rotation. November 24, 2006

Milky Way Shaped Life On Earth - Frenzied star-making in the Milky Way Galaxy starting about 2400 million years ago had extraordinary effects on life on Earth. November 23, 2006

Ring Particles Chasing Prometheus - This Cassini photograph shows particles from Saturnís F ring streaming after its moon Prometheus. Even though the moon is only 102 km (63 miles) across, its gravity has this kind of an effect on the ring particles. November 22, 2006

Moon's Escaping Gasses Expose Fresh Surface - Conventional wisdom suggests that the Earthís moon has seen no widespread volcanic activity for at least the last 3 billion years. Now, a fresh look at existing data points to much more recent release of lunar gasses. November 21, 2006

Dark Energy Has Been With Us For A Long Time - Dark energy isnít new, in fact, itís been around for at least 9 billion years. According to new data gathered by the Hubble Space Telescope, this mysterious force was already working to speed up the expansion of the Universe was only a few billion years old. November 20, 2006

Ulysses Embarks On Third Set Of Polar Passes - On 17 November, the joint ESA-NASA Ulysses mission will reach another important milestone on its epic out-of-ecliptic journey: the start of the third passage over the Sun's south pole. November 19, 2006

Milky Way's Neighbouring Galaxies Have Different History - A large survey, made with ESO's VLT, has shed light on our Galaxy's ancestry. November 18, 2006

New Stellar Neighbours Found - Astronomers have turned up 20 new star systems in our corner of the Milky Way. The discoveries were made by the Research Consortium on Nearby Stars (RECONS) using the parallax method. November 17, 2006

Saturnís Golden Rings - Nothing but rings in this Cassini photograph. NASAís spacecraft captured this beautiful image of Saturnís outer B and inner A rings. November 16, 2006

The Early Earthís Atmosphere Was Similar To Titan - The thick organic haze that shrouds Titan is similar to what we had here on Earth billions of years ago; an environment that might have helped early life get a foothold. November 15, 2006

Moon's Escaping Gasses Expose Fresh Surface - Conventional wisdom suggests that the moon has seen no widespread volcanic activity for at least the last three billion years. Now, a fresh look at existing data points to much more recent release of lunar gasses. November 14, 2006

Super-Supermassive Black Hole - The Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the National Radio Astronomical Observatory teamed up to produce this composite image of galaxy cluster MS0735.6+7421, located about 2.5 billion light-years from Earth. November 13, 2006

A Huge Storm On Saturnís South Pole - This photograph shows a swirling vortex around Saturnís southern pole. This ďhurricaneĒ is approximately 8,000 km (5,000 miles) across, and has a well-developed eye ringed by clouds. November 12, 2006

Spitzer And Hubble Create Colorful Masterpiece - A new image from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes looks more like an abstract painting than a cosmic snapshot. November 11, 2006

First Light Looks Bright For Hinode - Japanís newly-launched Hinode spacecraft has captured its first images of the Sun. Formerly known as Solar-B, the spacecraft launched on September 22, and opened its instruments to space on October 23, 2006. November 10, 2006

AKARIís Infrared View Of The Large Magellanic Cloud - This photograph, taken by the Japanese Space Agencyís AKARI spacecraft, shows the Large Magellanic Cloud - a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way visible from the Southern Hemisphere. November 9, 2006

A Star Peeks Through Saturnís Rings - This Cassini image shows a star peeking through Saturnís rings. Scientists use these kinds of images to study the thickness and consistency of the rings. November 8, 2006

Supercomputer Simulates Stellar Evolution - One of the most powerful supercomputers on Earth has simulated the interiors of low mass stars, helping scientists understand their evolution. November 7, 2006

A New Target for Deep Impact - NASA announced that it will be extending Deep Impactís mission, giving it a chance to visit another comet. The mission made big news when it slammed an impactor spacecraft into Comet Tempel 1 in July, 2005. November 6, 2006

Subtle Saturn - This beautiful view of Saturn was taken by Cassini when it was looking through the dark side of the planetís rings. November 5, 2006

Dark Nebula Slithers Across the Sky - This Spitzer photograph contains several nebulae located in the galactic plane of the Milky Way. The dark, snake-like nebula at the upper left contains dozens of huge newborn stars, some with 50 times the mass of our Sun. November 4, 2006

Janus Poses Above Saturn - This incredible photograph shows Saturnís potato-shaped Janus, posing above the planetís cloudy atmosphere. Janus is only 181 kilometers (113 miles) across, and it shows the scars of many impacts with other objects in the Solar System. November 3, 2006

Echos Of Light - The strange variable star V838 Monocerotis flared up nearly 5 years ago, and astronomers have been trying to figure out whatís going on ever since. November 2, 2006

Stellar Explosion Has Many Layers - A new photograph from the Spitzer Space Telescope shows how supernova remnant Cassiopeia A evolved over time. November 1, 2006

Nearly A Thousand Years After The Death Of A Star - In 1054 A.D., Chinese astronomers recorded the temporary brightening of a star in the constellation Taurus. Nearly 1000 years later, we look in the same region and see the exploded remnants of a dead star: the Crab Nebula. October 31, 2006

Globular Clusters Sort Their Stars - Globular clusters are regions of space where stars are densely packed together - 10,000 times more dense than our local stellar neighbourhood. October 30, 2006

Europe Goes Searching For Rocky Planets - The COROT space telescope is proceeding smoothly towards its launch in December 2006. Once in orbit, COROT will become the first spacecraft devoted to the search for rocky planets, similar to our own Earth. October 29, 2006

Big Bang Theory Saved - An apparent discrepancy in the Big Bang theory of the universe's evolution has been reconciled by astrophysicists examining the movement of gases in stars. October 28, 2006

Black Holes About to Get Active Again - Astronomers have identified two distant supermassive black holes, or quasars, which might be about to get much brighter. October 27, 2006

Astronomers Weigh 200-Million-Year-Old Baby Galaxies - Astronomers have taken amazing pictures of two of the most distant galaxies ever seen. The ultradeep images, taken at infrared wavelengths, confirm for the first time that these celestial cherubs are real. October 26, 2006

Mineral Discovery Could Explain Martian Landscape - A researcher from Queenís University has uncovered a mineral that could help explain the mountainous landscape on Mars. October 25, 2006

Hardy Microbes Might Be Happy On Mars - Is there life on Mars? If itís there, itís probably microscopic, and really tough; able to handle cold temperatures, low pressures, and very little water. October 24, 2006

Moonlet Tugs At Saturnís Rings - This Cassini photograph shows the power Saturnís tiniest moons have over its gossamer rings. October 23, 2006

Decoding Mars's Cryptic Region - Mars Express's OMEGA instrument has given planetary scientists outstanding new clues to help solve the mystery of Mars's so-called 'cryptic region'. October 22, 2006

Another Galaxy Smashed Through Andromeda 200 Million Years Ago - Astronomers have gathered evidence that the Andromeda Galaxy collided with dwarf galaxy M32 about 200 million years ago. October 21, 2006

No Ice At The Moonís Southern Pole - A new radar survey of the Moonís southern pole has cast doubt on the hope that there might be accessible deposits of water ice in permanently dark craters. October 20, 2006

Colliding Spiral Galaxies Captured By Hubble - This Hubble photograph shows two spiral galaxies colliding together. Known as the Antenna Galaxies, aka NGC 4038-4039, these two galaxies started interacting a few hundred million years ago. October 19, 2006

Radar Helps Locate Meteorite In Kansas - Scientists were excited when they pulled a 154-pound meteorite from deep below a Kansas wheat field, but what got them most electrified was the way they unearthed it. October 18, 2006

NASA Orbiter Reveals New Details Of Mars, Young And Old - During its first week of observations from low orbit, NASA's newest Mars spacecraft is already revealing new clues about both recent and ancient environments on the red planet. October 17, 2006

Super Earths Emerge From Snowy Conditions - Many extrasolar planets have been discovered circling other stars, a few of which are 5-15 times the mass of the Earth, and thought to be solid like our planet. October 16, 2006

Something Recently Collided Into Saturnís Rings - Astronomers have found evidence that a comet or asteroid might have recently collided with Saturnís rings. October 15, 2006

Complex Meteorology At Venus - In its relentless probing of Venus's atmosphere, ESA's Venus Express keeps revealing new details of the Venusian cloud system. Meteorology at Venus is a complex matter, scientists say. October 14, 2006

Astronomers First To Measure Night And Day On Extrasolar Planet - University of Central Florida Astronomy professor Joseph Harrington and University of California at Los Angeles professor Brad M. Hansen and their team have made the first direct observation of distinct day and night temperatures on a planet orbiting another star. October 13, 2006

Scientists Nudge Closer To The Edge Of A Black Hole - NASA scientists and their international partners using the new Japanese Suzaku satellite have collected a startling new set of black hole observations, revealing details of twisted space and warped time never before seen with such precision. October 12, 2006

Black Hole Stops Star Formation In Elliptical Galaxy - New images from NASAís Chandra X-Ray Observatory show the environment around the supermassive black hole at the heart of M87, a nearby giant elliptical galaxy. October 11, 2006

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