New NASA Images: The Geysers of Saturn’s Enceladus





NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun transmitting its latest images of Saturn's icy, geologically active moon Enceladus, acquired during the dramatic Oct. 28 flyby in which the probe passed about 30 miles (49 kilometers) above the moon's south polar region. The spacecraft will continue transmitting its data from the encounter for the next several days.


Image of the Day: Ancient Mystery Earthworks So Massive NASA is Imaging Them From Space






During the past few years, archaeologists have revealed more than 200 massive Turgai, Kazakhstan earthworks, called Steppe Geoglyphs, or the Turgai Geoglyphs, so large they are not obvious from Earth. They were discovered by a Kazakh archaeologist browsing Google Earth in 2007. While clicking over the seemingly empty landscape, he saw remarkable patterns in the soil: crosses, boxes, swastikas, circles, and more, created from mounts of dirt only three feet high and roughly 30 feet wide. All in all, there are now 260 known geoglyphs that NASA has been imaging NASA since 2012.


China Building World’s Most Massive Particle Accelerator –“Capable of Producing Millions of Higgs Bosons”




China is planning to build an enormous particle accelerator twice the size and seven times as powerful as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, according to state media reports. According to China Daily, the new facility will be capable of producing millions of Higgs boson particles – a great deal more than the Large Hadron Collider which originally discovered the ‘God particle’ back in 2012. The first phase of the project's construction is scheduled to begin between 2020 and 2025


NASA Kepler Mission: “Finding Alien Worlds with a Play of Light and Shadow”





Astronomers have used many different methods to discover planets beyond the solar system, but the most successful by far is transit photometry, which measures changes in a star's brightness caused by a mini-eclipse. When a planet crosses in front of its star along our line of sight, it blocks some of the star's light. If the dimming lasts for a set amount of time and occurs at regular intervals, it likely means an exoplanet is passing in front of, or transiting, the star once every orbital period.


Astrophysicists May Soon Announce Earth’s Twin Around a Distant Star –“Exotic Clouds or Haze a Key”





Scientists have cataloged nearly 2,000 exoplanets around stars near and far. While most of these are giant and inhospitable, improved techniques and spacecraft have uncovered increasingly smaller worlds. The day may soon come when astrophysicists announce our planet's twin around a distant star.



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