Nicholos Wethington

Galactic Mergers Fail to Feed Black Holes

by Nicholos Wethington January 5, 2011

The large black holes that reside at the center of galaxies can be hungry beasts. As dust and gas are forced into the vicinity around the black holes, it crowds up and jostles together, emitting lots of heat and light. But what forces that gas and dust the last few light years into the maw […]

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Over 400 Historic Space Artifacts up for Auction

by Nicholos Wethington January 4, 2011

If you’re interested in owning an artifact or two from the history of spaceflight, now could be your chance to snag some up. From January 13-20, over 400 artifacts relating to the history of spaceflight will be up on the auction block at RR Auction. There’s a diverse number of different pieces, ranging from an […]

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Akatsuki Update: Fuel Pressure Drop Likely Caused Insertion Failure

by Nicholos Wethington December 11, 2010

While JAXA is still trying to get an exact handle on the problems that the Akatsuki probe sent to Venus encountered, there is a little bit of news leaking out. JAXA held a press conference last night, and the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper has a brief recap of the conference. During some of the systems checks […]

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Nanosail-D Update: Things Look Grim

by Nicholos Wethington December 10, 2010

We reported the successful ejection of the Nanosail-D nanosatellite from the satellite that it was launched with earlier this week. Well, the most recent release from NASA states that things might have turned out otherwise. Not only has the sail potentially failed to deploy, it’s currently unclear if the nanosatellite was even ejected. In NASA’s […]

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Taking a Galaxy’s Temperature

by Nicholos Wethington December 9, 2010

The role that supermassive black holes play in the formation of galaxies is a “hot” topic in astronomy. Using the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, an international team of astronomers have been able to create a temperature map of one galaxy, NGC 5813, which is located in the Virgo III Group of galaxies. The new map shows […]

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