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Rare Rectangle Galaxy Discovered

LEDA 074886: a dwarf galaxy with a curious rectangular shape

It’s being called the “emerald-cut galaxy” — recently discovered by an international team of astronomers with the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, LEDA 074886 is a dwarf galaxy located 70 million light-years (21 Mpc) away, within a group of about 250 other galaxies.

“It’s an exciting find,” Dr. Alister Graham, lead author and associate professor at Swinburne University Center for Astrophysics and Supercomputing told Universe Today in an email. “I’ve seen thousands of galaxies, and they don’t look like this one.”

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Post tags: Alister Graham, emerald, galaxy, LEDA 074886, NGC 1407, rectangle, Subaru, Swinburne

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Now Live: Moon Mappers! Contribute to Lunar Science

Want to contribute to lunar science? The MoonMappers citizen science project is now live at CosmoQuest.org, and you can become part of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s science team by exploring high-resolution Lunar images and mapping out scientifically interesting features. MoonMappers has been in a testing phase since January, and during the beta period, early participants marked over 150,000 craters and more than 4,000 other interesting features. With your help, scientists will be able to better determine ages of different regions, find historic spikes in the impact rate, determine lunar regolith depth and what may lie under the crust, and make conclusions about the physics of giant explosions on the Moon’s surface.

“Craters can reveal all sorts of different properties about the Moon and planetary surfaces in general,” said project co-science lead Stuart Robbins, from the Southwest Research Institute.
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Post tags: Citizen Science, CosmoQuest, Moon, MoonMappers

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Carnival of Space #241

Carnival of Space. Credit: John Williams

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by John Williams over at Starry Critters, fun image-filled site you should definitely check out!

Click here to read the Carnival of Space #241.

And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you’ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. Just email an entry to carnivalofspace@gmail.com, and the next host will link to it. It will help get awareness out there about your writing, help you meet others in the space community – and community is what blogging is all about. And if you really want to help out, sign up to be a host. Send an email to the above address.


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A Peek at a Pitch-Black Pit

A dark, rimless pit crater within the crater Tolstoj on Mercury

MESSENGER captured this high-resolution image of an elongated pit crater within the floor of the 355-km (220-mile) -wide crater Tolstoj on Mercury on Jan. 11, 2012. The low angle of sun illumination puts the interior of the pit crater into deep shadow, making it appear bottomless.

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Post tags: crater, geology, magma, Mercury, MESSENGER, planet, Solar System

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Star Lab Needs Payloads!

The multi-section Star Lab suborbital vehicle. (Credit: 4Frontiers Corp.)

Star Lab, the next-generation vehicle for suborbital experiments developed by the Florida-based 4Frontiers Corporation, is well on its way toward its first successful flight — and it’s looking for payloads.

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Post tags: 4Frontiers, biomed, experiments, f-104, launch vehicle, payloads, Science, Star Lab, StarFighters, suborbital

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