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About 5 weeks ago Video: SpaceX Tests New Steerable ‘Fins’ on the Falcon 9R

Well, this is cool: A new video from SpaceX shows the Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) rocket during a 1,000 meter test flight at the SpaceX facility in McGregor, Texas. This was the first flight test of a set of steerable fins that provide control of the rocket during the fly-back portion of the return flight. The fins deploy approximately 1:15 into the test flight and return to their original locked position just prior to landing.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/112702/video-spacex-tests-new-steerable-fins-on-the-falcon-9r/#ixzz356KwiptV



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About 5 weeks ago Incredible Timelapse: 7,000 Miles of Clear Skies

Wow!. This video brought tears to my eyes because of its sheer beauty. Our friend and frequent astrophoto contributor César Cantu fulfilled a lifelong dream this past month of taking a trip through the southwestern of the United States, to “see and feel the shocking nature reflected in the Grand Canyon, in the Arches National Park and in the terrible atmosphere of Death Valley,” he told us via email.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/112763/incredible-timelapse-7000-miles-of-clear-skies/#ixzz35TkJLIvE



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About 11 weeks ago Saturn Disappears Behind the Full Flower Moon May 14 – Watch it Live

Funny thing. Skywatchers are often  just as excited to watch a celestial object disappear as we are to see it make an appearance. Early Wednesday morning (May 14) the Full Flower Moon will slip in front of  Saturn, covering it from view for about an hour for observers in Australia and New Zealand. If you don’t live where the dingoes roam, no worries. You can watch it online.And no matter where you are on the planet, the big moon will accompany the ringed planet across the sky this Tues. night-Weds. morning.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/111836/saturn-disappears-behind-the-full-flower-moon-may-14-watch-it-live/#ixzz31X0OSZQw



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About 7 weeks ago How to Photograph the Night Sky, Even in Light-Polluted Skies: A Tutorial from Justin Ng

We feature A LOT of astrophotos here on Universe Today, and we get many comments about them, too — with some people saying they could NEVER take photos of the night sky because they live in cities, or are too close to street or yard lights or other causes of light pollution.


Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/112448/how-to-photograph-the-night-sky-even-in-light-polluted-skies-a-tutorial-from-justin-ng/#ixzz34AtEEltc




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About 1 week ago 45 Years Ago Today: Relive the Historic Apollo 11 Launch

If you want to re-live the launch and the mission, there are several ways you can participate. We’ve included here a few different replays of the launch, varying from a quick recap to a detailed look at the launch itself. Above is the newscast of the launch from CBS news with Walter Cronkite, and we’ve got more in the link below.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/113284/45-years-ago-today-relive-the-historic-apollo-11-launch/#ixzz37dpiJtHv



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About 6 weeks ago Hubble Hubba: Stars Are Being Born Around A Black Hole In Galaxy’s Center

Let’s just casually look at this image of a galaxy 86 million light-years away from us. In the center of this incredible image is a bright loop that you can see surrounding the heart of the galaxy. That is where stars are being born, say the scientists behind this new Hubble Space Telescope image.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/112595/hubble-hubba-stars-are-being-born-around-a-black-hole-in-galaxys-center/#ixzz34Xwy6Fug



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About 7 weeks ago Amazing New X-Ray Image of the Whirlpool Galaxy Shows it is Dotted with Black Holes

In the Milky Way there’s a single X-ray binary — a system consisting of a black hole capturing and heating material from an orbiting companion star — known as Cygnus X-1. But 30 million light-years away in the Whirlpool galaxy, M51, there are hundreds of X-ray points of light and a full 10 X-ray binaries.
Nearly a million seconds of observing time with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed these specks.


Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/112332/amazing-new-x-ray-image-of-the-whirlpool-galaxy-shows-it-is-dotted-with-black-holes/#ixzz33cIZthox





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About 2 weeks ago Video: A Bright Orange Moon Watches Bastille Day Fireworks from Above

Who had the best view of the Bastille Day fireworks last night? From this lovely video from astrophotographer  Thierry Legault, it appears the low-hanging, bright waning Moon may have had the preferred vantage point to watch the fine pyrotechnics from the Eiffel Tower. But Thierry had a pretty good view, as well! He told us he took this video from a hill a few kilometers west of Eiffel Tower.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/113250/video-a-bright-orange-moon-watches-bastille-day-fireworks-from-above/#ixzz37XoY9j1O



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About 13 weeks ago What Steps Are Needed To Find More Earths?

It wasn’t so long ago that we found out there is an Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone of a star. But how many others are out there, and do we know if planets like this are truly habitable?


Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/111566/what-steps-are-needed-to-find-more-earths/#ixzz30D80C4Nl




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About 4 weeks ago Nearby Super-Earth is Best Habitable Candidate So Far, Astronomers Say

On a clear night, you might be able to spot the red dwarf star Gliese 832 through a backyard telescope, as it is just 16 light years away. Today, astronomers announced the discovery of super-Earth planet orbiting this nearby star and say it might be the best candidate yet for habitable world.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/112806/nearby-super-earth-is-best-habitable-candidate-so-far-astronomers-say/#ixzz35i4OzMPF