Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mixed space news

The 'Dark Side' of the Sun
''STEREO's deployment on opposite sides of the Sun solves a problem that has vexed astronomers for centuries: At any given moment they can see only half of the stellar surface. The Sun spins on its axis once every 25 days, so over the course of a month the whole Sun does turn to face Earth, but a month is not nearly fast enough to keep track of events.'' [source]

Stellar nurseries
''A sharp-eyed instrument on the Very Large Telescope has given astronomers a peek at the heart of a nearby galaxy, revealing a host of young, massive and dusty stellar nurseries and a possible twin of our own Milky Way's supermassive black hole.'' [source]

Moon igloos
''Take some moon dust, add some ground up spaceship, zap the mix with electricity, and presto! Moon bricks. '' [source]

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