Space Calendar April 2 – April 8 2014

Space related activities and anniversaries for April 2 – April 8 2014. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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Space Calendar March 26 – April 1 2014

Space related activities and anniversaries for March 26 – April 1 2014. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Brings 360-Degree View of Galaxy to Our Fingertips

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Brings 360-Degree View of Galaxy to Our Fingertips

Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA’s new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

The star-studded panorama of our galaxy is constructed from more than 2 million infrared snapshots taken over the past 10 years by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.

“If we actually printed this out, we’d need a billboard as big as the Rose Bowl Stadium to display it,” said Robert Hurt, an imaging specialist at NASA’s Spitzer Space Science Center in Pasadena, Calif. “Instead, we’ve created a digital viewer that anyone, even astronomers, can use.”

The 20-gigapixel mosaic uses Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope visualization platform. It captures about three percent of our sky, but because it focuses on a band around Earth where the plane of the Milky Way lies, it shows more than half of all the galaxy’s stars.

Hubble Celebrates Its 24th Anniversary with an Infrared Look at a Nearby Star Factory

Hubble Celebrates Its 24th Anniversary with an Infrared Look at a Nearby Star Factory

Ray Villard Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md. 410-338-4514 villard@stsci.edu

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Space Calendar March 19 – March 25 2014

Space related activities and anniversaries for March 19 – March 25 2014. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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Space Calendar March 12 – March 18 2014

Space related activities and anniversaries for March 12 – March 18 2014. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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Hubble Witnesses an Asteroid Mysteriously Disintegrating

Hubble Witnesses an Asteroid Mysteriously Disintegrating

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the never-before-seen breakup of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces.

Though fragile comet nuclei have been seen falling apart as they near the Sun, nothing like this breakup has ever before been observed in the asteroid belt.

“This is a rock. Seeing it fall apart before our eyes is pretty amazing,” said David Jewitt of UCLA, who led the astronomical forensics investigation.

The crumbling asteroid, designated P/2013 R3, was first noticed as an anomalous, fuzzy-looking object on Sept. 15, 2013, by the Catalina and Pan-STARRS sky surveys. A follow-up observation on October 1 with the W. M. Keck Observatory on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii revealed three co-moving bodies embedded in a dusty envelope that is nearly the diameter of Earth.

“Keck showed us that this thing was worth looking at with Hubble,” Jewitt said. With its superior resolution, Hubble observations soon showed that there were really 10 embedded objects, each with comet-like dust tails. The four largest rocky fragments are up to 200 yards in radius, about twice the length of a football field.

[SOURCE: hubblesite.org]

Space Calendar March 10 – March 16 2014

Space related activities and anniversaries for March 10 – March 16 2014. Fetched live every week from NASA JPL

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