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NASA reports discovery of Hottest Planet so far

 

Written with Pam Frost Gorder

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – A newly discovered Jupiter-like world is so hot, it’s being vaporized by its own star.

With a dayside temperature of more than 7,800 degrees Fahrenheit (4,600 Kelvin), KELT-9b is a planet that is hotter than most stars. But its blue A-type star, called KELT-9, is even hotter — in fact, it is probably unraveling the planet through evaporation.

“This is the hottest gas giant planet that has ever been discovered,” said Scott Gaudi, astronomy professor at The Ohio State University in Columbus, who led a study on the topic. He worked on this study while on sabbatical at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

This artist's concept shows planet KELT-9b orbiting its host star, KELT-9. It is the hottest gas giant planet discovered so far. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This artist’s concept shows planet KELT-9b orbiting its host star, KELT-9. It is the hottest gas giant planet discovered so far. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover’s observes Dust Devils on Mars

 

Written by Guy Webster
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet’s landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today. Studies using both a NASA orbiter and a rover reveal its effects on scales grand to tiny on the strangely structured landscapes within Gale Crater.

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, on the lower slope of Mount Sharp — a layered mountain inside the crater — has begun a second campaign of investigating active sand dunes on the mountain’s northwestern flank. The rover also has been observing whirlwinds carrying dust and checking how far the wind moves grains of sand in a single day’s time.

This image shows a dust-carrying whirlwind, called a dust devil, scooting across ground inside Gale Crater, as observed on the local summer afternoon of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover's 1,597th Martian day, or sol (Feb. 1, 2017). (NASA/JPL-Caltech/TAMU)

This image shows a dust-carrying whirlwind, called a dust devil, scooting across ground inside Gale Crater, as observed on the local summer afternoon of NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover’s 1,597th Martian day, or sol (Feb. 1, 2017). (NASA/JPL-Caltech/TAMU)

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Tennessee Lady Vols rally falls short in 72-67 loss at Texas

 

Tennessee Athletics Department

UT Lady VolsAustin, TX – Tennessee made a valiant rally after trailing by 15, but fell 72-67 against #17 Texas on Sunday afternoon at the Erwin Center.

Tennessee (4-4) trailed by 15 in the second quarter, but made a run to end the period and over the first five minutes of the third quarter to take the lead. Texas was able to retake the lead, and withstood late three pointers from Alexa Middleton and Diamond DeShields to hold on to the win.

Jaime Nared tallied a career high 22 points to go with five rebounds and two blocks. DeShields chipped in 16 points to score in double figures for the seventh time in eight games this year.

Tennessee Lady Volunteers guard/forward Jaime Nared (31) blocks Texas Longhorns guard Brooke McCarty (11) in the first half at Frank Erwin Center. (Sean Pokorny-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Lady Volunteers guard/forward Jaime Nared (31) blocks Texas Longhorns guard Brooke McCarty (11) in the first half at Frank Erwin Center. (Sean Pokorny-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Lady Vols hit the road Sunday to face #17 Texas

 

Tennessee (4-3) at #17 Texas (2-4)

Sunday, December 11th, 2016 | 3:30pm CT
Austin, TX | Erwin Center

UT Lady VolsAustin, TX – Tennessee (4-3) will play its final non-conference road game on Sunday, as the Lady Vols take on #17 Texas (2-4) at 3:30pm CT (4:30pm ET).

Sunday’s game will be televised on FS1, but fans can also catch the action online through the FOX Sports App. Visit foxsportsgo.com or download the FoxSportsGo app to view the game on a computer or mobile device. Brett Dolan (PxP) and Dan Hughes (Analyst) will call the action.

Fans can also tune into their local Lady Vol Network station to catch Mickey Dearstone describing the action as Tennessee takes on Texas.

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Frazier Allen: Charitable Perks and Generosity to Spare

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond JamesClarksville, TN – It’s a fact: People love to get something for free, whether they need it or not. Often those freebies pile up or sit unused.

For example, nearly 75% of airline miles go unredeemed every year, according to Consumer Reports, and a third of credit card rewards points gather digital dust, representing $16 billion in value, a 2011 study by Colloquy shows. What if you could turn those free perks into a charitable gift instead?

Here are several ways to turn your excess into meaningful extras for your favorite charities.

Airline miles, rewards points – even your birthday can be donated.

Airline miles, rewards points – even your birthday can be donated.

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#14/15 UT Lady Vols Basketball travels to California to take on #15/12 Stanford

 

#14/15 Tennessee (7-2)  vs. #15/12 Stanford (6-2)

Wednesday, December 16th | 9:00pm ET (8:00pm CT)
Standford, CA | Maples Pavilion

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – The #14/15 Lady Vols (7-2) are on the West Coast to take on #15/12 Stanford (6-2) at Maples Pavilion on Wednesday night. Tipoff is slated for 9:00pm ET (8:00pm CT), and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU and online on WatchESPN.

No. 14/15 Tennessee continues a three-game road swing with a trip to the West Coast for games against a pair of top 15 opponents this week. On Wednesday, December 16th, the Lady Vols tangle with #15/12 Stanford (6-2) at Maples Pavilion in a 9:00pm ET (8:00 CT) telecast on ESPNU.

The #14/15 Tennessee Lady Vols (7-2) will head to the west coast to take on #15/12 Stanford (6-2) at Maples Pavillion on Wednesday. Tipoff is slated for 9:00pm ET (8:00pm CT), and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU and online on WatchESPN. (UT Athletics Department) «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU’s editor of the The All State recognized at national conference

 

Austin Peay State University - APSU - logoClarksville, TN – The All State, the student newspaper of Austin Peay State University, recently earned national awards at the annual National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas.

For the first time in the publication’s 85-year history, it was recognized at the national conference for Best in Show. The All State was ranked No. 10 for its special section on the 2015 Homecoming celebration at APSU.

Austin Peay State University's Morgan University Center. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University’s Morgan University Center. (APSU)

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Unbeaten UT Lady Vols Basketball faces unbeaten Texas Longhorns Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena

 

#4/5 Tennessee (5-0) vs. #8/8 Texas (4-0)

Sunday, November 29th, 2015 | 2:31pm ET (1:31pm CT)
Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – The #4/5 Lady Vols (5-0) continue their eight-game homestand with a top-10 matchup against #8/8 Texas (4-0) at Thompson-Boling Arena on Sunday. Tipoff is slated for 2:30pm, and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN.

Tiffany Greene (PxP) and Carolyn Peck (Analyst) will describe the action on ESPN/WatchESPN. Fans can hear the Lady Vol Network broadcast on stations across the state as well as via a live stream worldwide with Mickey Dearstone calling the action.

Tickets for the game can be purchased online via www.UTTIX.com

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NASA discovers Meteoriods from Comet Encke showering planet Mercury

 

Written by Mark Bailey and Apostolos Christou
Armagh Observatory,

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationNorthern Ireland – The planet Mercury is being pelted regularly by bits of dust from an ancient comet, a new study has concluded. This has a discernible effect in the planet’s tenuous atmosphere and may lead to a new paradigm on how these airless bodies maintain their ethereal envelopes.

The findings are to be presented at the annual Meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society at National Harbor, Maryland, this week, by Apostolos Christou at the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland, Rosemary Killen at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and Matthew Burger of Morgan State University in Baltimore, working at Goddard.

Mercury appears to undergo a recurring meteoroid shower when its orbit crosses the debris trail left by comet Encke. (Artist's concept.) (NASA/Goddard)

Mercury appears to undergo a recurring meteoroid shower when its orbit crosses the debris trail left by comet Encke. (Artist’s concept.) (NASA/Goddard)

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Austin Peay State University visiting artist lecture series to feature National Geographic designer

 

Austin Peay State University - APSU - logoClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design, with support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, will continue its Visiting Artist Lecture Series at 7:00pm on October 8th with nationally-recognized graphic designer Andrew Smith.

Nationally-recognized graphic designer Andrew Smith.

Nationally-recognized graphic designer Andrew Smith.

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