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2012's First Confirmed Supernova

posted Mar 17, 2012, 4:08 PM by Nathan Mantia

   The year's first confirmed supernova, named SN 2012A, was captured in this image of the irregular galaxy NGC 3239.  The galaxy lies a mere 25 million light years away.  Because of NGC 3239's peculiar shape, young blue star clusters, and star forming regions, astronomers believe that it is the result of a galactic merger.  The massive explosion was discovered earlier this month by supernova hunters, Bob Moore, Jack Newton, and Tim Puckett.  Discovering the supernova this year was amazing, but because of the enormous distance to this faraway galaxy, it actually occurred 25 million years ago.

Image Credit: Adam Block / Mount Lemmon Skycenter / University of Arizona

LRO Team Releases "Tour of the Moon" Video

posted Mar 16, 2012, 12:53 PM by Nathan Mantia   [ updated Mar 16, 2012, 1:06 PM ]

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team at the Goddard Space Flight Center has released an outstanding video detailing the lunar surface like never seen before. The LRO team released the video in celebration of the orbiter’s 1000th day around the Moon. The LRO’s mission is to study and complete an extremely detailed atlas of the Moon’s features and resources necessary to construct a lunar outpost.

WISE Captures Infrared Image of Entire Night Sky

posted Mar 16, 2012, 12:22 PM by Nathan Mantia   [ updated Mar 16, 2012, 1:06 PM ]

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) released an amazing image of an infrared view of the night sky encompassing more than a half-billion stars, galaxies, and other celestial objects on March 14th, 2012.  WISE principal investigator, Edward Wright from the University of California at Los Angeles said, “Today, WISE delivers the fruit of 14 years of effort to the astronomical community.” 
The WISE program was launched on December 14th, 2009 with the objective of cataloging the entire night sky in the infrared wavelength.  Numerous discoveries have been made from the program, including the “Trojan” asteroid found to share the same path around the Sun as our Earth.
-Image Credit: NASA/JPL-CalTech/UCLA

posted Oct 22, 2011, 8:38 PM by CAS Administrator   [ updated Mar 16, 2012, 11:57 AM by Nathan Mantia ]


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