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NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures best-ever view of dwarf planet Ceres
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on Jan. 25, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit a dwarf planet.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:50 GMT

Asteroid that flew past Earth has moon
Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, have released the first radar images of asteroid 2004 BL86. The images show the asteroid, which made its closest approach on Jan. 26, 2015 at 8:19 a.m. PST (11:19 a.m. EST) at a distance of about 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers, or 3.1 times the distance from Earth to the moon), has its own small moon.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:50 GMT

'Yellowballs' are part of the development of massive star
Citizen scientists wanted to know: What are the yellow objects on these infrared images from the Spitzer Space Telescope? Astronomers now report that the "yellowballs" are part of the development of massive stars.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:50 GMT

Fire Ends Mock Mars Mission in Utah Desert
A greenhouse fire on Dec. 29 halted a simulated Red Planet mission at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.
SPACE.com, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:50 GMT

NASA Marks Space Disaster Anniversaries with Day of Remembrance
NASA officials are conducting ceremonies at several different sites around the country to pay tribute to the astronauts killed in 1967's Apollo 1 fire and the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle accidents.
SPACE.com, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:50 GMT

New Horizons: Exploring Pluto and Beyond
The New Horizons spacecraft is expected to reach the dwarf planet Pluto in 2015
SPACE.com, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:50 GMT

Scientists study surface composition of asteroid 2004 BL86 during close flyby of Earth
Planetary Science Institute researchers Vishnu Reddy and Driss Takir studied the surface composition of near-Earth asteroid 2004 BL86 during its close flyby of Earth earlier this week.
Phys.org: Astronomy & Space News, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:50 GMT

Will NASA's TESS spacecraft revolutionize exoplanet hunting?
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), planned to be launched in August 2017 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, is designed to discover thousands of exoplanets. Led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), TESS will focus on stars 30-100 times brighter than those surveyed by the Kepler telescope, thus, the newly discovered planets should be far easier to characterize with follow-up observations. NASA assumes that approximately 500,000 stars will be studied, including the 1,000 closest red dwarfs, across an area of sky 400 times larger than that covered by Kepler. The agency estimates that TESS will discover more than 3,000 transiting exoplanet candidates, including those which are Earth sized or larger. So is it a revolution in exoplanet hunting? David Charbonneau, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, whose research focuses on exoplanets, thinks so. "I do think TESS will have a huge impact," he told astrowatch.net. "The main impact of TESS will be to find many planets similar to the ones Kepler has been finding, but around stars that are much closer and hence much easier to study."
Phys.org: Astronomy & Space News, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:50 GMT

VLT image: The mouth of the beast
Like the gaping mouth of a gigantic celestial creature, the cometary globule CG4 glows menacingly in this new image from ESO's Very Large Telescope. Although it appears to be big and bright in this picture, this is actually a faint nebula, which makes it very hard for amateur astronomers to spot. The exact nature of CG4 remains a mystery.
Phys.org: Astronomy & Space News, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:50 GMT

Dawn spacecraft captures best-ever view of dwarf planet
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on Jan. 25, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit a dwarf planet.
Phys.org: Astronomy & Space News, Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:50 GMT

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