W3 is an enormous stellar nursery about 6,200 light-years away in the Perseus Arm, one of the Milky Way galaxy's main spiral arms, which hosts both low- and high-mass star formation.NASA suspends Russia ties, except on space station
Washington (AFP) April 02, 2014 – NASA has cut all contacts with Russia except for cooperation aboard the International Space Station, according to an internal memo obtained by the online news site The Verge on Wednesday. NASA did not immediately return calls for comment. However, a copy of the memo posted online described a halt to travel to Russia by NASA employees and to visits by Russians to NASA facilities, and a fr … more

Mars and Earth move closer together this month
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 01, 2014 – Spring is here, love is in the air, and Mars and Earth are getting a little closer this time of year. For the next two weeks, the two neighborly planets will continue to converge – the distance between them shrinking roughly 186 miles every minute. By the time the convergence ends, Mars and Earth will have moved 57 million miles closer together. Such a distance may seem a pittan … more

Black hole makes ‘String of Pearls’ clusters
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Apr 03, 2014 – Huge young star clusters resembling a string of pearls around a black hole in the centre of a galaxy 120 million light-years away have been discovered by researchers at Swinburne University of Technology. The galaxy, called NGC2110, is in the constellation of Orion. Using the giant Keck telescopes in Hawaii, the researchers, Professor Jeremy Mould and PhD student Mark Durre from Swinburne’ … more

Scientists date Moon at 4.470 billion years
Paris (AFP) April 02, 2014 – The Moon was formed about 95 million years after the birth of our Solar System, in a collision that also settled the structure of Earth as we know it, according to the latest attempt at dating that impact. A study in the journal Nature said the crash between an early, proto-Earth and a Mars-sized object that dislodged what would become the Moon, happened some 4.470 billion years ago – give … more

Misleading mineral may have resulted in overestimate of water in moon
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 02, 2014 – The amount of water present in the moon may have been overestimated by scientists studying the mineral apatite, says a team of researchers led by Jeremy Boyce of the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. Boyce and his colleagues created a computer model to accurately predict how apatite would have crystallized from cooling bodies of lunar magma early in the moon’s history … more