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NASA's Kepler telescope is still discovering new, distant exoplanets in our corner of the Milky Way, but oftentimes they're hard to visualise and easily
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New Space Telescope Tech Could Be 1,000 Times Sharper Than Hubble ... " A new type of orbiting telescope could take images more than 1,000 times sharper than those snapped by NASA's famous Hubble Space Telescope, the technology's developers say.

Researchers have dubbed their concept the "Aragoscope," after French scientist Francois Arago, who was the first to discover that light waves diffract around a disk. The Aragoscope would consist of an orbiting space telescope sitting tens or hundreds of miles behind an opaque disk up to 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) wide.

Light waves from stars and other objects in space would bend around the disk and come together at a single, central point behind it. That light would then be sent through the telescope, resulting in a high-resolution image. ..."


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Awesome, can't wait!
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The Google+ Event of the Solar Eclipse of March 20 2015
Will you watch it ?
L’événement Astronomique de l'année ! / Astronomical event of the Year !

⇒ Soyez prêts à vivre un moment exceptionnel le vendredi 20 mars 2015. Le Soleil, la Lune et la Terre auront rendez-vous pour former une éclipse de Soleil !
Totale ou partielle selon l'endroit où vous-vous trouvez dans la zone d'ombre.

⇒ Partagez ici, vos questions, vos solar parties, et vos PHOTOS !

1) Ne jamais regarder le soleil au travers d'instruments optiques non équipés de filtres solaires respectant les normes CE, ni à l’œil nu.
2) Utilisez obligatoirement des filtres solaires pour photographier une éclipse
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Événement organisé par les communautés
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- AstroSpace :

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⇒ Get ready to live an unforgettable moment on Friday 20 March 2015.
The Sun, the moon and the Earth will have a rendezvous to form a solar eclipse !
Total or Partial, depending on where you are in the shadow area. 

⇒ Share here your questions, your local solar party and your PHOTOGRAPHS !

1) Never watch the sun either through optical instruments which are not fited out with special solar filters respecting safety norms or to the naked eye.
2) Always use solar filters in front of your lense 's camera if you want to capture the eclipse
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Event organised by the communites
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Cover image credits :+Shahrin Ahmad 
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☼ Eclipse Solaire du 20 Mars 2015 / Solar Eclipse of March 20 2015 ☼
Fri, March 20, 3:40 AM
North Pole, Europe, North Asia, North Africa...

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Lunar Phases Calender: March 2015

FM: Full Moon
NM: New Moon
FQ: First Quarter
LQ: Last Quarter

Note: There will be a Total Solar Eclipse on 20 March 
Totality will be in Svalbard (Norway) and the Faroe Islands, and a Partial Solar Eclipse in Europe, northern and eastern Asia and northern and western Africa.

The eclipse starts at 07:41 UTC and ends at 11:50 UTC
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As always great calendar!
Thank you.
Wish you a happy March! :)
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A diagram of our location in the observable universe

A diagram of Earth’s location in the Universe starting with the Earth, moving to the Solar System, onto the Solar Interstellar Neighborhood, onto the Milky Way, onto the Local Galactic Group, onto the Virgo Supercluster, onto our local superclusters, and finishing at the observable Universe.

Created by Andrew Z. Colvin

#space #nasa #science #universe #cosmos #astronomy #galaxy #cluster #stars #esa #google #nature #life  
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+colin johnson the 'observable universe' means the universe that is visible from our position- the Earth. We can see all around - 360 degrees; that puts us at the centre of our observable universe. The same would apply to an alien on another planet. It doesn't mean we are important, or at the actual centre as the church taught.
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From the article :
"The Prime Minister announced today that veteran public servant Sylvain Laporte has been named as President of the Canadian Space Agency. Mr. Laporte is currently the Commissioner of Patents and Registrar of Trade-marks, Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Industry Canada. He will commence his new duties on March 9th."
Story & backgrounder: Sylvain Laporte Named President of the Canadian Space Agency #CANSpace
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We are a world community, when do we honor him 'Spock' with a world flash of the "Vulcan" hand sign of ' live long and prosper' ???
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What a good idea , what a great loss. Thank you Spock for all the logic.... 
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A Brief Thought Experiment on Evolution

The process by which modern organisms descended from our ancient ancestors is stunning. In a billion years, our ancestors have evolved from micro organisms into every form of life we know today.

What might that mean for the next billion years?

The short answer is we have no idea. Who could have predicted that humans, cats, dogs, bears, trees, plants, grass, insects, or any life form could have evolved from bodies of water filled with microorganisms.

When you add in the impact of technology where future humans may be able to rewire themselves or reprogram their own DNA, its clear that any predictions about what's possible are futile.

Yet there are some intriguing patterns that arise if you look far enough back in history. Let's take a quick look through some of the basic stages.

The history of life

Somewhere between 500 million and 1 billion years ago multicellular complex lifeforms began crawling around the ocean floors. To them, the floor was their entire universe, and crawling permitted new ways to explore. 

Then some time millions of years later, the ability to swim arose. The proto-amphibians were able to leave the ocean floor and traverse through the water, examining an entirely new environment. The universe had suddenly expanded.

But these proto-amphibians could not leave the ocean. They could not breathe in what lay outside the waters. They may have been aware that something existed beyond the water, and some may have even momentarily left the ocean, but they were still limited.

Then something interesting happened. After a tremendously large number of mutations over several hundred million years, these lifeforms were able to adapt. Suddenly a new environment existed open to exploitation and wonder.

In time amphibians begin crawling on the land, repeating the process of investigation that itheir ancestors did on the ocean floor millions of years prior.

The mutating continued for several hundred millions of years, eventually producing humans.

Humans developed the ability to leave the floor of the earth and traverse through the air. But we cannot breath in what lay outside the atmosphere. We are aware that something exists beyond the planet, some of us even having left it momentarily, but we are still limited.

And thus the cycle repeats. Crawl, Traverse, Adapt, Crawl, Traverse...

If this pattern is able to continue, the logical conclusion is that humans will eventually adapt to space. They will they be able to live in a new environment, traversing through it with the same ease that early fish once swam the oceans.

If such an adaption occurs, and whatever species arises is able to reach the edges of the universe, what new environment might this future species peek in to?

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+Andrej Mejac Thanks for the links. Those were fascinating, and I agree, they tell a cool story.

+Sudarshan Ganapathy Unfortunately, I'm not sure about he image. 
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Living on the edge: Stars found forming in a surprisingly remote part of our galaxy 

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Lisa Pathfinder - Europe Mission to Understand Gravitational Waves
As human race is making strides to explore space, it is important to know that what holds the whole universe together and understand the unseen forces of universe. ESA is sending "Lisa Pathfinder" to space to learn more about black holes, wormholes and gravitational waves. Scientist think this will help us learn more about space and it enigmatic phenomenons.

Source: BBC News ( )

‪#‎lisapathfinder‬ ‪#‎esa‬ ‪#‎blackholes‬ ‪#‎gravitational‬ ‪#‎space‬
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+Anthony E. Sanders
Part 1

Part 2

If we rotate within it, does it also rotate around us?
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Olympus Mons is the tallest known volcano in the Solar System. #Mars  
Share on FacebookShare on TwitterReddit Olympus Mons, a large shield volcano on the planet Mars, is the highest and largest known volcano
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NASA Television is providing live coverage of today’s U.S. spacewalk conducted from the International Space Station​. Watch by clicking the tab above or going to

The spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 7:10 a.m. EST/ 12:10 UTC and last about 6 hours and 45 minutes.

Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry Virts and Commander Barry Wilmore will venture outside the orbital complex for their third spacewalk in eight days. They will set up a series of antennas and communications equipment that will allow future crews launching from Florida on U.S. commercial spacecraft to rendezvous with the space station. Their work is part of a reconfiguration of the space station in advance of the arrival of private crewed spacecraft. See an overview of their tasks at

During their previous two spacewalks, the duo spent about 13 and 1/2 hours outside the space station deploying cables, lubricating parts at the end of the space station’s robotic arm and preparing the Tranquility module for the relocation and arrival of other modules later this year.

At the conclusion of Wednesday’s spacewalk, Terry Virts reported seeing a small amount of water floating free in his helmet during repressurization of the airlock. There was no report of water during the spacewalk itself, and the crew was never in any danger. After thorough analysis by ground teams, the space station’s mission management team gave a “go” on Friday to proceed with the spacewalk. 

A high degree of confidence was expressed that the suit’s systems are all in good shape and approval was given to proceed with the spacewalk.

Swapping designations for this final scheduled spacewalk for Expedition 42, Virts is extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1) and is wearing the suit with the red stripes. Wilmore is extravehicular crewmember 2 (EV2) with no stripes on his suit.

This is the 187th spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance. 
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Don't mess with HBO again.
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Moon/Feb. 28, 2015/ my photo shot
soon.. spring moon!
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an artwork honoring the late Leonard Nimoy, my star trek hero for space adventures
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Why are we seeing so many sun-grazing comets?

Scientists have observed another sun grazing comet, SOHO2875 skim by sun. Some think it may also pass by earth but exact trajectory is still unknown. In recent times scientists have observed increasing number of sun grazing comets but Why? Here is a video illustration explaining why number of sun-grazing comets are increasing?

#SOHO2875 #sungrazing #comets 

Source: DailyMail 
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There's only about two (2) "sun-grazing" comets out there (SADLY!) the rest of what passes off as sungrazer is their many fragments hitting the perihelion now and then.
... and if I were a mod in this community, I'd block anyone posting "science" or indeed, any other type of "news" drawing from tabloid sources. Tabloids' only purpose is to make dumb people dumber than they already are :)
Then again, I'm a harsh person, good job the mods are far more tolerant and nice :)
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These two colliding galaxies will eventually merge into a single giant spherical galaxy. 
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We need a universe map when ever we talk/show other galaxies. The same with a MW galaxy map when ever talking/showing stars!
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"The Father of SETI: Q&A with Astronomer Frank Drake" -- Detecting signals from intelligent aliens has been a lifelong quest of noted astronomer Frank Drake, and this interview is a great read:
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I think it's the dumbest idea we have ever cane up with. 
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"I have been, and always shall be, your friend"

RIP Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), Mr. Nimoy died at the age of 83 in his home among his family..... you have boldly go where no man has gone before.
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27 February 2015 AD - R.I.P Leonard. God speed.
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Pictures = 1,000 words
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+Jarod Logan hey! True! 
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