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Contrary to Expectations, Milky Way’s Halo is Moving in Same Direction as Galaxy Itself

Contrary to Expectations, Milky Way’s Halo is Moving in Same Direction as Galaxy Itself

Halo surrounding the Milky Way galaxy is moving, as per a discovery by astronomers studying regions outside the galaxy. It was not found earlier because the giant gas halo has been spinning in the same direction as the galaxy itself is spinning. In addition, speed of both the galaxy and the halo is similar.

Perseid Meteor Shower will be intense on nights of August 11, 12

Perseid Meteor Shower will be most intense on nights of August 11, 12

Our planet passes via the path of rock and dust left by Comet Swift-Tuttle every summer. Ed Moss of Avalon, president of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh, said the gravity of Earth pulls the fragments, which catch fire the moment they get into out atmosphere, giving way to the Perseid Meteor Shower.

On August 11, weather permitting the association is going to organize a free viewing party for the Perseid at Washington County’s Mingo Creek Park Observatory.

In honor of moon landing’s 47th anniversary, museum will display Armstrong’s gloves and helmet for 12 months

In honor of moon landing’s 47th anniversary, museum will display Armstrong’s gloves and helmet for 12 months

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is going to take a huge step for visitors with its showcase of the gloves and helmet Neil Armstrong had worn when he became the first man to step on the moon.

On the occasion of 47th anniversary of the moon landing, the museum is going to put on display the gloves and helmet of Armstrong for a year at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia.

All five of Kepler-80’s planets orbit within 0.1 astronomical unit from their host star: Study

All five of Kepler-80’s planets orbit within 0.1 astronomical unit from their host star: Study

Mariah MacDonald, an undergraduate student at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), has been working on planets found by Kepler space telescope. MacDonald has now come up with something amazing: a planetary system possessing an uncommon orbital configuration. Mariah MacDonald and Darin Ragozzine are working on this interesting project.

Delta Aquarid Shower to Overlap Perseid Meteor Shower in August

Delta Aquarid Shower to Overlap Perseid Meteor Shower in August

A Delta Aquarid shower is predicted to peak this week on July 28 and July 29. The spectacular celestial event started early this month and scheduled to overlap with Perseid meteor shower, which will peak in first weeks of the next month.

Curiosity rover can now select its own rock targets for research on Mars: NASA

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Now May Choose Its Own Rock Targets, Thanks to AEGIS Software

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has been exploring earth’s neighbor planet since its landing in August 2012. Now, the car-sized robotic rover has achieved a milestone: It can select laser targets on the Red Planet on its own.

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