NASA’s Particle-Hunting ISS-CREAM Will Be Anything But Vanilla

by Jason Major May 30, 2013

Balloon-based research on cosmic particles that began over a century ago will get a big boost next year — all the way up to low-Earth orbit, when NASA’s Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass (CREAM) will be sent to the Space Station thus becoming (are you ready for this?) ISS-CREAM, specifically designed to detect super-high-energy cosmic rays […]

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Watch a Million Particles Collide

by Jason Major February 17, 2013

What happens when you give 1,000,000 particles their own gravity and spring repulsion and send them out to play? Watch the video above and find out. This was created by David Moore, a self-taught computer programmer, aspiring physicist and student at San Diego Miramar College. It’s a custom code made with SDL/C++ and 8 days […]

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Saturn’s Fluctuating F Ring

by Jason Major November 19, 2012

Bright clumps of material spotted within Saturn’s ropy F ring (NASA/JPL/SSI) Released today, this image acquired by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows some interesting structures forming within Saturn’s thinnest but most dynamic ring. Jason Major on Google+

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A Rare Type of Solar Storm Spotted by Satellite

by Jason Major June 1, 2012

When a moderate-sized M-class flare erupted from the Sun on May 17, it sent out a barrage of high-energy solar particles that belied its initial intensity. These particles traveled at nearly the speed of light, crossing the 93 million miles between the Sun and Earth in a mere 20 minutes and impacting our atmosphere, causing […]

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Finding Out What Dark Matter Is – And Isn’t

by Jason Major April 3, 2012

Astronomers using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope have been looking for evidence of suspected types of dark matter particles within faint dwarf galaxies near the Milky Way — relatively “boring” galaxies that have little activity but are known to contain large amounts of dark matter. The results? These aren’t the particles we’re looking for. Jason […]

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