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Most Distant Objects Spotted.
July 10, 2001
Most Distant Objects Spotted
Hubble Gets Picture of Double Cluster
Bad Weather Threatens Shuttle Launch
Dust Storm Obscures Mars
MOST DISTANT OBJECTS SPOTTED
Astronomers with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have discovered the two most distant objects ever observed. The objects are quasars, and they are thought to have emitted the light we're seeing more than 10 billion years ago. One of the objectives of SDSS is to discover 100,000 quasars, and they've already found 13,000, including 26 of the 30 most distant.
HUBBLE GETS PICTURE OF DOUBLE CLUSTER
A new photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows two clusters of stars, known as NGC 1850, which is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The photo clearly shows the main globular star cluster, and then a smaller cluster nearby. The clusters are surrounded by nebulous gas which Astronomers believe was caused by exploding stars.
BAD WEATHER THREATENS SHUTTLE LAUNCH
Weather forecasts for Florida aren't looking so good, and it's possible that the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis with a new airlock for the International Space Station might be pushed back to Friday, or even the weekend. A storm is approaching Florida's space coast that might delay fueling the shuttle on Wednesday night, and currently has a 40% chance of forcing controllers to scrub Thursday's launch. NASA has only a week to launch the shuttle, until July 18, after that, the angle of the Sun will overhead Atlantis while it's in orbit - launch would be pushed back weeks or even months.
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DUST STORM OBSCURES MARS
A huge dust storm is currently gobbling up Mars, and the Mars Global Surveyor was on location to watch the storm's formation day by day. The storm is the largest seen on Mars since the Global Surveyor went into orbit around Mars in 1997 and it has already covered half of the Red Planet's surface. A series of animations taken with Surveyor's Thermal Emission Spectrometer shows the formation of the storm up to its current state.
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