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Holy Cow! Mysterious Blast Studied with NASA Telescopes

A brief and unusual flash spotted in the night sky on June 16, 2018, puzzled astronomers and astrophysicists across the globe. The event - called AT2018cow and nicknamed "the Cow" after the coincidental final letters in its official name - is unlike any celestial outburst ever seen before, prompting multiple theories about its source.

SOP newswire3Holy Cow! Mysterious Blast Studied with NASA Telescopes - A brief and unusual flash spotted in the night sky on June 16, 2018, puzzled astronomers and astrophysicists across the globe. The event - called AT2018cow and nicknamed "the Cow" after the coincidental final letters in its official name - is unlike any celestial outburst ever seen before, prompting multiple theories about its source.
SOP newswire3U.S. Will Pick Up Pace in Race to Space With China - The United States isnt out of the game yet when it comes to space, but if it wants to remain on top, it will need to do more and do it faster, a senior Defense Department official said today.
SOP newswire3Citizen Scientists Find New World with NASA Telescope - Using data from NASAs Kepler space telescope, citizen scientists have discovered a planet roughly twice the size of Earth located within its stars habitable zone, the range of orbital distances where liquid water may exist on the planets surface.
SOP newswire3Holiday Asteroid Imaged with NASA Radar - The December 2018 close approach by the large, near-Earth asteroid 2003 SD220 has provided astronomers an outstanding opportunity to obtain detailed radar images of the surface and shape of the object and to improve the understanding of its orbit.
SOP newswire3The Coolest Experiment in the Universe - Whats the coldest place you can think of? Temperatures on a winter day in Antarctica dip as low as -120ºF (-85ºC). On the dark side of the Moon, they hit -280ºF (-173ºC). But inside NASAs Cold Atom Laboratory on the International Space Station, scientists are creating something even colder.
SOP newswire3NASAs InSight Places First Instrument on Mars - NASAs InSight lander has deployed its first instrument onto the surface of Mars, completing a major mission milestone.
SOP newswire3NASA Satellites Spot Young Star in Growth Spurt - An adolescent star in the midst of a dramatic growth phase has been observed with the help of two NASA space telescopes.
SOP newswire3InSight Engineers Have Made a Martian Rock Garden - NASAs InSight lander is due to set its first science instrument on Mars in the coming days. But engineers here on Earth already saw it happen - last week.
SOP newswire3See a Passing Comet This Sunday - On Sunday, Dec. 16, the comet known as 46P/Wirtanen will make one of the 10 closest comet flybys of Earth in 70 years, and you may even be able to see it without a telescope.
SOP newswire3NASAs Mars InSight Flexes Its Arm - New images from NASAs Mars InSight lander show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting.
SOP newswire3NASA InSight Lander Hears Martian Winds - NASAs Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the first ever "sounds" of Martian winds on the Red Planet. A media teleconference about these sounds will be held today at 12:30 p.m. EST (9:30 a.m. PST).
SOP newswire3Io Rising - Jupiters moon Io rises just off the horizon of the gas giant planet in this image from NASAs Juno spacecraft. Slightly larger than Earths moon, Io is the most volcanically active world in the solar system.
SOP newswire3NASA InSight Team on Course for Mars Touchdown - NASAs Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft is on track for a soft touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet on Nov. 26.
SOP newswire3NASA to Host Media Call on Next Mars Rover Landing Site - NASA will host a media teleconference at 9 a.m. PST (noon EST) Monday, Nov. 19, to provide details about the Mars 2020 rovers landing site on the Red Planet.
SOP newswire3NASA's Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End - NASAs Dawn spacecraft has gone silent, ending a historic mission that studied time capsules from the solar systems earliest chapter.
SOP newswire3Mars 2020 Parachute a Go - In the early hours of Sept. 7, NASA broke a world record.
SOP newswire3Newborn Stars Blow Bubbles in the Cat's Paw Nebula - This image from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Cats Paw Nebula, so named for the large, round features that create the impression of a feline footprint.
SOP newswire3NASA's InSight Will Study Mars While Standing Still - You don't need wheels to explore Mars.
SOP newswire3The Claw Game on Mars - If youve ever played the claw machine at an arcade, you know how hard it can be to maneuver the metal "hand" to pick up a prize. Imagine trying to play that game when the claw is on Mars, the objects youre trying to grasp are far more fragile than a stuffed bear and all you have is a stitched-together panorama of the environment you're working in. Oh, and there might be a dust storm.
SOP newswire3Scientists to Debate Landing Site for Next Mars Rover - Hundreds of scientists and Mars-exploration enthusiasts will convene in a hotel ballroom just north of Los Angeles later this week to present, discuss and deliberate the future landing site for NASAs next Red Planet rover.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'World Space Week' - Highlighting the importance of space and its applications for humankind, the United Nations is celebrating World Space Week 2018 with a focus on the role the cosmos plays in bringing people together, back on earth.
SOP newswire3NASA Mission to the Asteroid Belt - NASAs Dawn spacecraft turned science fiction into science fact by using ion propulsion to explore the two largest bodies in the main asteroid belt, Vesta and Ceres. The mission will end in fall 2018, when the spacecraft runs out of hydrazine, which keeps it oriented and in communication with Earth.
SOP newswire3NASA Seeking Partner in Contest to Name Next Mars Rover - NASA has a class assignment for corporations, nonprofits and educational organizations involved in science and space exploration: partner with the agency to inspire future engineers and scientists by sponsoring a contest to name the next rover to venture to the Red Planet.
SOP newswire315 Years in Space for NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope - Initially scheduled for a minimum 2.5-year primary mission, NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has gone far beyond its expected lifetime -- and is still going strong after 15 years.
SOP newswire3Martian Skies Clearing over Opportunity Rover - A planet-encircling dust storm on Mars, which was first detected May 30 and halted operations for the Opportunity rover, continues to abate.
SOP newswire3Space Force to Become Sixth Branch of Armed Forces - The Defense Department will establish a sixth branch of the armed forces, the U.S. Department of the Space Force, by 2020, Vice President Mike Pence announced today.
SOP newswire3Proposed Space Force to Protect, Expand U.S. Cosmic Capabilities - The proposal to form the U.S. Space Force is rooted in protecting Americas advantages in space and in ensuring such advantages continue, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said during a roundtable discussion with Pentagon reporters yesterday.
SOP newswire3Students Can Now Build Their Own Rover Model - Have you ever wondered what it takes to build a machine like NASAs Curiosity rover, part of the Mars Science Laboratory project? Now students, hobbyists and enthusiasts can get a taste of what it is like to construct a scaled-down version of a rover using plans and instructions from JPLs Open Source Rover Project.
SOP newswire3NASA's MISR Views Raging Fires in California - More than a dozen wildfires are burning in the state of California, with several of them threatening life and property.
SOP newswire3Storm Chasers on Mars Searching for Dusty Secrets - Storm chasing takes luck and patience on Earth -- and even more so on Mars.
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