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November 9, 2010 12:57 by scibuff

Top Stories

Sunspot 1121 Unleashes X-ray Flare – Active sunspot 1121 has unleashed one of the brightest x-ray solar flares in years, an M5.4-class eruption at 15:36 UT on Nov. 6th. –NASA

The moon that almost wasn’t – Cassini images of Saturn and its environs never get tiresome. And in fact, they can be downright jolting… like this stunning shot of the icy moon Mimas. –Phil Plait / Bad Astronomy

Missing Milky Way Dark Matter – Although dark matter is inherently difficult to observe, an understanding of its properties (even if not its nature) allows astronomers to predict where its effects should be felt. The current understanding is that dark matter helped form the first galaxies by providing gravitational scaffolding in the early universe. -Jon Voysey / Universe Today

Arianespace’s fifth Ariane 5 is ready to receive its Intelsat 17 and HYLAS 1 satellite payloads – The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s fifth heavy-lift mission of 2010 has moved to the Final Assembly Building at the Spaceport in French Guiana, where it will be fitted with a dual-passenger payload of the Intelsat 17 and HYLAS 1 satellites. –Ariane Space

42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference – The 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference will be held March 7–11, 2011, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, located at 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas, just north of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). The abstract submission and registration forms are now open –NASA/Lunar Science Institude

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Videos

Space Shuttle Era: The Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (GUCP) - The Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate provides one of the critical connections between the shuttle and the launch pad. The GUCP, pronounced "Gup" helps funnel gaseous hydrogen from the external tank into a system of pipes that safely burns off the excess fuel. Launch controllers track the readings from sensors on the GUCP for signs of a hydrogen leak. When readings are outside the limits, the countdown is halted so technicians can make repairs.

Photos

Crescent Moon in Ophiuchus

Crescent Moon in Ophiuchus

IC 1318 / gamma Cyg nebula

IC 1318 / gamma Cyg nebula

Double Cluster

Double Cluster

M45 - Pleiades

M45 - Pleiades

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