11
February
2019

Columbia, MD--February 11,2019. :Researchers using NASA’s SOFIA airborne telescope have found that cosmic dust, a building block of planets, forms in the wake of a supernova blast wave.

Artist's concept illustrating Supernova 1987A as the powerful blast wave passes through its outer ring and destroys most of its dust, before the dust re-forms or grows rapidly. SOFIA observations reveal that this dust — a building block of stars and planets — can re-form or grow immediately after the catastrophic damage caused by the supernova’s blast wave. Image credits: NASA/SOFIA/Symbolic Pictures/ The Casadonte Group

Cosmic dust, a building block of stars and planets, can form in the wake of a violent stellar explosion called a supernova, according to a new study using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA. These surprisi...

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2019
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08,
2019
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2019
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2019
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29,
2018
  Mountain View, California. June 25-28, 2018. Universities Space Research Association hosted the Adiabatic Quantum Computing Conference at the Ames Research Center at Moffet Field. The Conference was a resounding success, with 223
June
25,
2018
Columbia, MD. June 25, 2018.  The 2018 Maryland Tech Invitational (MTI) competition, hosted by the Universities Space Research Association's STEMAction Center, and sponsored by Triangle Education Foundation, and the Howard Tech Council Economic
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29,
2018
  On March 27, 2018, serveral members of USRA received the President's awards for theiir outstanding contributions to USRA.   The Distinguished Service Award went to Mr. Kin Leung, Information Technology Services. Kin Leung has supported
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16,
2018
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