Black Hole Jets Dance to Magnetic Music

When it comes to getting information about a black hole, indirect paths are scientists’ only option. There’s just no getting around the fact that these regions of space, so dense with matter, have gravity clamps so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape.

Black Hole Jets Dance to Magnetic Music

But as black holes fly through space consuming everything within reach, they do not go unnoticed. As a black hole’s prey is ripped apart, it beams out energy in patterns as distinctive as an SOS.

[SOURCE: discovery.com]

Space Calendar May 28 – June 4 2008

Space related activities and anniversaries for May 28 – June 4 2008. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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Cosmic Rays Pose Huge Hurdle for Spaceflight

James “Ox” van Hoften was on his first space shuttle mission in 1984 when he saw what looked like a white laser shoot through his eyes.

Cosmic Rays Pose Huge Hurdle for Spaceflight

“What the heck was that,” he yelled out to his crew mate, George “Pinky” Nelson, who happened to be a space physicist.

“Oh, that’s just a cosmic ray,” van Hoften recalled Nelson as saying.

“The thought of extremely high-energy particles originating from a distant cosmic event passing easily through the space shuttle and subsequently through my head made me think that this cannot be all that healthy,” van Hoften wrote in an upcoming National Research Council report on space radiation. “The truth of the matter is that it is not.”

[SOURCE: discovery.com]

Space Calendar May 14 – May 20 2008

Space related activities and anniversaries for May 14 – May 20 2008. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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Space Calendar May 7 – May 13 2008

Space related activities and anniversaries for May 7 – May 13 2008. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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