Young stars sculpt gas with powerful outflowsNASA’s IRIS Spots Its Largest Solar Flare
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 26, 2014 – On Jan. 28, 2014, NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, witnessed its strongest solar flare since it launched in the summer of 2013. Solar flares are bursts of x-rays and light that stream out into space, but scientists don’t yet know the fine details of what sets them off. IRIS peers into a layer of the sun’s lower atmosphere just above the surface, called the chromospher … more

With A Deadly Embrace, ‘Spidery’ Pulsars Consume Their Mates
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 26, 2014 – Black widow spiders and their Australian cousins, known as redbacks, are notorious for their tainted love, expressed as an unsettling tendency to kill and devour their male partners. Astronomers have noted similar behavior among two rare breeds of binary system that contain rapidly spinning neutron stars, also known as pulsars. “The essential features of black widow and redback binaries ar … more

Astronomers find solar storms behave like supernovae
London UK (SPX) Feb 26, 2014 – Researchers at UCL have studied the behaviour of the Sun’s coronal mass ejections, explaining for the first time the details of how these huge eruptions behave as they fall back onto the Sun’s surface. In the process, they have discovered that coronal mass ejections have a surprising twin in the depths of space: the tendrils of gas in the Crab Nebula, which lie 6500 light-years away and are mill … more

Russia to map out next ten-year space program
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Feb 25, 2014 – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the proposal to draw up a new federal program for the development of Russian space centers in 2016-2026, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters. “The prime minister has supported the idea to draw up a new federal target program for the development of space centers in the decade which starts in 2016. The current ten-year progr … more