They traced a gamma-ray burst called GRB 090423 to see the light from the massive star that died 630 million years after the Big Bang that brought the universe into being, they reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday.
Although most scientists regard the now famous Moscow Halo of earlier this month as a result, albeit a striking one, of natural weather patterns some still believe that this bizarre formation might have had UFO connections.
One slightly more 'fringe' theory popular amongst UFO buffs is that this was an exit linking earth to a galactic highway.
Shortly after the footage of the halo was posted on the web many noticed small UFOs shooting out of its center.
After five days of non-stop growth (movie), sunspot 1029 has become the biggest active region of the year and a beautiful target for backyard solar telescopes. Amateur astronomer Lecoq Etienne sends this picture from Mesnil-Panneville, France:
The sunspot's large dark core is about the size of Earth, while the entire sunspot group stretches about 50,000 km from end to end.
The behemoth has been crackling with magnetic activity, producing 10 C-class solar flares in the past few days.
That more than triples the number of C-flares (3) previously detected in all of 2009.
According to NOAA forecasters, there is a 5% chance of an even stronger M-class flare during the next 24 hours.
Federal Space Agency chief Anatoly Perminov told the meeting that the preliminary design could be ready by 2012. He said it would then take nine years and 17 billion rubles ($668 million), to build the ship.
A storm bringing the first heavy snows of autumn to a large swath of the Rockies and western plains crippled parts of Colorado and Wyoming Wednesday, forcing road closures and sending students home early as the region battled up to 2 feet of snow but braced for twice that.
As people around the country clamor for swine flu vaccine, less than half of the students in New York City who are eligible to receive the vaccine in school are expected to do so, reflecting the ambivalence of parents who remain skeptical about the need and effects of the vaccine.
"I explained to people 65 or older: 'The reason we are doing this is for children,' " said the official, Jonathan E. Fielding, the director of the county's Department of Public Health.
"I told them: 'They are at very high risk for this flu, and you're at low risk.
I am sure you wouldn't want to get a shot that left a kid who is at risk in harm's way.' "
One and One is Two (times emotional blackmail ....)
Posted: 12:19:00 AM
Gravity and I don't get along very well (since a couple of years...), BUTT there is always HOPE: