Hubble Looks at Light and Dark in the Universe


This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a variety of intriguing cosmic phenomena.

Surrounded by bright stars, towards the upper middle of the frame we see a small young stellar object (YSO) known as SSTC2D J033038.2+303212. Located in the constellation of Perseus, this star is in the early stages of its life and is still forming into a fully-grown star. In this view from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys(ACS) it appears to have a murky chimney of material emanating outwards and downwards, framed by bright bursts of gas flowing from the star itself. This fledgling star is actually surrounded by a bright disk of material swirling around it as it forms — a disc that we see edge-on from our perspective.

However, this small bright speck is dwarfed by its cosmic neighbor towards the bottom of the frame, a clump of bright, wispy gas swirling around as it appears to spew dark material out into space. The bright cloud is a reflection nebula known as [B77] 63, a cloud of interstellar gas that is reflecting light from the stars embedded within it. There are actually a number of bright stars within [B77] 63, most notably the emission-line star LkHA 326, and it nearby neighbor LZK 18.

These stars are lighting up the surrounding gas and sculpting it into the wispy shape seen in this image. However, the most dramatic part of the image seems to be a dark stream of smoke piling outwards from [B77] 63 and its stars — a dark nebula called Dobashi 4173. Dark nebulae are incredibly dense clouds of pitch-dark material that obscure the patches of sky behind them, seemingly creating great rips and eerily empty chunks of sky. The stars speckled on top of this extreme blackness actually lie between us and Dobashi 4173.

Credit: ESA/NASA



It’s Open House on Press Day

at Hudson Wight Performance Sailwear

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Meet the team behind this exciting new clothing brand, see the Hudson Wight range & chat to ‘our’ courageous & tenacious young British solo sailor Lizzy Foreman, of whom we are proud to be
the Title Sponsor of her 2015 Mini Transat campaign.

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NASA Probes Studying Earth’s Radiation Belts to Celebrate Two Year Anniversary

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This image was created using data from the Relativistic Electron-Proton Telescopes on NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes. It shows the emergence of a new third transient radiation belt. The new belt is seen as the middle orange and red arc of the three seen on each side of the Earth. Image Credit: APL, NASA

NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes will celebrate on Saturday two years of studying the sun’s influence on our planet and near-Earth space. The probes, shortly after launch in August 2012, discovered a third radiation belt around Earth when only two had previously been detected.

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Northrop Grumman Hosts Winners of 2014 UAE Innovation Challenge


The Fujairah Dynamic students pose in front of a Northrop Grumman-built Global Hawk unmanned aircraft in Palmdale, California, where the aircraft are manufactured. (Northrop Grumman photo by Robert Brown)

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) recently hosted the 2014 United Arab Emirates (UAE) Innovation Challenge champions, from the Higher Colleges of Technology’s (HCT) Fujairah Colleges, in Southern California.
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One Final Race Remains To Name Next Audi Melges 20 World Champion


Kilroy leads 57-strong Audi Melges 20 World Championship fleet into final day of competition with five-point advantage

Riva Del Garda, Italy – The third day of racing on beautiful Lake Garda produced premium conditions and spectacular competition at the 2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship once more. Three additional races were completed with second place overall Achille Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino Jr. closing the gap on regatta leader, American John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti ahead by five points.

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Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3-D Printing Technology

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Engineers just completed hot-fire testing with two 3-D printed rocket injectors. Certain features of the rocket components were designed to increase rocket engine performance. The injector mixed liquid oxygen and gaseous hydrogen together, which combusted at temperatures over 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit, producing more than 20,000 pounds of thrust.
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NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Vigor completes repower of AMHS ferry

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Vigor completes repower of AMHS ferry

August 29, 2014—Naval architecture and marine engineering firm Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) reports that the repower of the M/V Columbia, the Alaska Marine Highway System’s flagship vessel, has been completed. EBDG provided design services and ongoing owner support services for the ferry’s repower, which was performed by Vigor Marine’s Portland, OR, shipyard. The repower included replacing all ancillary equipment to the engines.

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