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Astronomers Discover Planet Orbiting Two Stars.
TODAY ON "DEEP SKY" AT 8PM (ET):
Every year in mid-November the Leonid meteorites pelt our atmosphere
in what is usually a shower...But every 33 years it doesn't rain, it
pours! Tonight Dan Benedict, meteor-enthusiast and ephemerist, will
talk to us about the coming storm.
Plus...a special guest by phone will tell us about Leonid MAC'99, a
NASA project to take stereoscopic images of the meteor storm from
two airplanes flying in tandem. A team of amateur astonomers will
be on one of them, counting those falling stars like crazy.
Make a wish!
Check it out at http://www.spacewatch.com
Hubble Repair Mission Delayed Again
Astronomers Discover planet Orbiting Two Stars
Galaxy Collided with Milky Way 10 Billion Years Ago
Next H-2 Launch Date Set
HUBBLE REPAIR MISSION DELAYED AGAIN
A decision to replace an engine on the Space Shuttle Discovery
will cause a 3-5 day delay of its launch to repair the crippled
Hubble Space Telescope. It seems that a piece of a drill bit fell
into the engine while it was being serviced, and the agency has
decided it won't take any chances - they're replacing
the whole engine.
ASTRONOMERS DISCOVER planet ORBITING TWO STARS
Using a technique called gravitation microlensing,
researchers at the University of Notre Dame have discovered
a planet with the mass of three Jupiters orbiting a binary
star system. This microlensing technique is also being used
by the Massive Compact Halo Objects (MACHO) collaboration,
which is attempting to search for "dark matter" in the universe.
GALAXY COLLIDED WITH Milky Way 10 BILLION YEARS AGO
Using data from the European Space Agency's Hipparcos
Satellite, Astronomers at the Max Planck Institute of
Astrophysics in Garching, Germany discovered a number of
stars moving in parallel orbits around the center of the
Milky Way. They believe these stars are the remnants of a
dwarf Galaxy that collided with our own 10 billion years ago.
NEXT H-2 LAUNCH DATE SET
After a series of launch delays, the Japanese space agency
NASDA has announced that an H-2 carrying an MTSAT-1
navigation and weather satellite will be ready for launch
on November 15th. The satellite was originally to launch
in early August, and then September, but the rocket and
satellite needed minor repairs.
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