Messier 106

How this incredible galaxy has helped us map the universe.

This image of Messier 106 (also known as M106 or NGC 4258), a spiral galaxy located approximately 23.5 million light years from Earth in the constellation Canes Venatici, shows the intricate details and structures of this fascinating region of space. It is one of the brightest and nearest spiral galaxies to Earth, and has also proved useful in calculating cosmic distances.

At the heart of M106 is a supermassive black hole, however, unlike others, such as the one at the core of the Milky Way, it is actively eating material

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«Phantom» for the Luftwaffe

Airplane P-4P — version of the fighter F-4E, specially designed in accordance with the requirements of the German Air Force. The distinctive features of this aircraft are its relatively light weight (commensurable with the weight of the R-4C — the easiest «Phantoms», designed for land use), as well as reasonable price. All this favorably distinguished German «Phantom» from his American counterparts. These positive attributes have been bought at the cost of some reduction of the combat capabilities of fighter restricted range of its combat use. However, with time the P-4P is gradually transformed into a rich modern equipment and armament

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Energetic black hole spawns galaxy with four arms

Astronomers create the most detailed portrait of the M106 galaxy.

The combined efforts of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and two amateur astronomers has not only produced the best view of neighbouring spiral galaxy Messier 106 to date, but the exquisite detail of this 20 million light-year-distant star factory could have helped to explain why it appears to have four arms.

One of the brightest galaxies that we know of, M106 has an impressively active supermassive black hole at its centre which devours material that falls into it, and this heavyweight object’s insatiable appetite is thought to be responsible for

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December 14. Despite the unlimited amount of speculation that surround fighter «Sukhoi» T-50-something-about what can be read with certainty. This plane is guaranteed to be worth more in the army appears late and initially will own more modest abilities compared with the initially planned. This is typical for all projects fighters fourth and fifth generations, says Air Forces Monthly.   According to a former Air Force Commander Alexander Zelin (the currently Adviser to the Minister of Defence), another 11 pre-production aircraft should join tested during the 2015 fourth layout should be completed by the end of 2012 (soared days


Nexter 40 CTA — a new generation of combat module VS France

Ground forces of France conducted tests of the new fighting module Nexter 40 CTA, created to equip promising reconnaissance vehicles EBRC.   Recently, France plans to buy 292 armored reconnaissance vehicles EBRC (Engins Blinde de Reconnaissance et de Combat), which will change the armament armored AMX-10RC and «Saga», reports the publication ARNAUD BEINAT.   Under the agreement signed with the delegation of the General for Armaments (DGA) French Defense, «Nexter Systems’ examined different potential configurations EBRC, including armored fighting vehicles with the wheel formula 6×6, weighing about 23 tons and armored car with the wheel formula 8×8 up to 28-29

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Russian arms export portfolio at the beginning of 2011, accounting for $ 38 billion

Russia at the beginning of 2011, has a portfolio of export of arms and military equipment worth $ 38 billion, told reporters on Wednesday the head of Rosoboronexport Anatoly Isaykin.

"Export portfolio of weapons and military equipment to Russia at the beginning of 2011 was $ 38 billion," — he said, noting that 60% of exports go to India, China and Algeria. In total, according Isaikina, last year in this area were made more than 1,300 contracts with foreign countries.

He clarified that the order book is intended to include contracts, 90% of which

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The Su-25 has an all-weather

Modernization of aircraft, the third in its history, based on the analysis of armed clashes in Chechnya and Georgia. So in Chechnya, the main loss of the Su-25 aircraft were due to the inability to fly in the mountains, and the complexity of management in a rapidly menyayusheysya weather. In Georgia, the losses were caused by the lack of technical equipment of the aircraft, the lack of electronic warfare countermeasures, and the old system of arms control.

The new element base allows you to place an improved navigation and sighting system on such a small plane as the

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Fighter F-35C experienced full-missile bomb load

Deck version of the fighter F-35C «Lightning 2″ has been tested with a full bomb load rocket, ARMS-TASS reported with reference to the company «Lockheed Martin» Flight was conducted at an air base in the Navy Patuxent River. Test aircraft (LA) with the designation CF-01 was equipped with missiles «air-to-air» AIM-9X «Sidewinder» (Sidewinder), guided air bombs (ASD) laser-guided GBU-12 «Peyvuey-2» (Paveway II ) and a container of artillery weapons. Representative applets to create the F-35 Lara Siebert said that despite the fact that the composition located on the aircraft missile and bomb armament was not the languid, were involved

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Private companies tend to enter into defense procurement

In strengthening the defense capability of the country's increasingly prominent role is played by businessmen completely new format of thinking. Important to them not only a commercial success, but also the realization of the idea: Russian — means the best.

On the basis of the first in Moscow private arms factory was small, but very colorful exhibition, which showed that now produce non-state enterprises in the interests of all law enforcement agencies, what they can do in the future.

The very history of this plant is interesting and revealing. This is a purely private venture by means of

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FSMTC: Russia sold weapons to the beginning of the year more than $ 2.5 billion

Russia sold in January and February 2013 arms abroad worth more than $ 2.5 billion, said Friday the director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Alexander Fomin.

"For one month this year we sold arms to one billion dollars, but it is now March. During these two months the amount of arms sales amounted to more than $ 2.5 billion, "- he said on the radio station" Echo of Moscow ", reports RIA "Novosti".

According to the newspaper VIEW, Fomin previously reported that up to 2012, Russia supplied weapons abroad amounting to

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