Shockwaves Are Driving This Galaxy To Its Imminent Doom

This galaxy looks like our own Milky Way, except for a pair of spiral arms emerging out of the galactic plane. That one anomaly is enough to radically change the evolution of NGC 4258, as powerful jets are generating shockwaves driving gas right out of the galaxy and slowing star growth to a crawl. » 9/10/14 1:03am 9/10/14 1:03am

Where Will Researchers Test Telescope Equipment In The Future?

The Lick Observatory in the mountains east of San Jose, California, is the testing grounds for all-new technology developed by graduate students in the Univeristy of California system. At least, it has been. Now it's being defunded, it's an open question where testing will take place in the not-so-distant future. » 9/05/14 1:02am 9/05/14 1:02am

NASA Sets A 2018 Launch Date For The Rocket That Will Take Us To Mars

Three years after its unveiling, NASA managers have approved the development of the rocket that will carry astronauts into deep space. Called the Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy-lift rocket will be the most powerful ever built, and is designed to launch the next generation of space explorers to deep-space worlds… » 8/30/14 8:30am 8/30/14 8:30am