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Oops, the universe is Beige

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Astronomers from John Hopkins University announced several weeks back that if you averaged out the colour of all stars in the universe, the result would be an aquamarine colour. Well, it turns out they had a bug in their software that mixed the colours together incorrectly. Once they squished the bug, and reran their calculations, the average colour of the entire universe became beige.

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Mar 7, 2002, 5:25pm

Hubble Reveals Bow Shock Around Young Star

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Even though the Hubble Space Telescope is out of commission while it's upgraded, older images are still being released to the public. This image, actually taken back in 1995, reveals how a bow shock has formed around a young, hot star located in the Orion Nebula. The star, LL Ori emits a powerful solar wind that collides with the slower moving gas of the Orion Nebula. This bow shock, similar to that found at the front of a boat, is formed where the two winds collide.

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Mar 7, 2002, 4:40pm

Grace Readied for Launch

Image credit: NASA
NASA and the German Space Agency are getting ready to launch the gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (Grace) on March 16th on board a Russian rocket. This mission will consist of two satellites orbiting the Earth 16 times a day. As they travel over the oceans, minute variations in gravity will pull at the two satellites differently, allowing them to produce a detailed gravity map of the planet. scientists hope to use this data to understand the effects of global climate change.

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Mar 7, 2002, 4:20pm

Hubble Gets a New Camera

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During a seven and a half hour spacewalk today, astronauts James Newman and Michael Massimino installed the Advanced Camera for Surveys onto the Hubble Space Telescope - a camera system ten times more powerful than what Hubble had previously. This is the fourth of five spacewalks carried out by the Columbia crew, who are due to return back to Earth on March 12th. The next spacewalk is due for Friday.

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Mar 7, 2002, 4:08pm



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