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Arecibo gas bridge
2014-08-08 06:43:44

Royal Astronomical Society Astronomers and students have found a bridge of atomic hydrogen gas 2.6 million light years long between galaxies 500 million light years away. They detected the gas using the William E. Gordon Telescope at the Arecibo Observatory, a radio astronomy facility of the US National Science Foundation sited in Puerto Rico. The team published their results Thursday in a paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The stream of atomic hydrogen gas is...

Asteroid 2014 HQ124
2014-06-13 11:15:52

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An asteroid, designated “2014 HQ124” at least 1,200 feet wide on its long axis, passed by Earth on June 8, 2014. It came within 776,000 miles, or approximately three times the distance to the moon. Images captured of the asteroid are some of the most detailed in NASA’s history. The asteroid was first spotted on April 23, 2014 by NASA’s NEOWISE mission. NEOWISE was adapted for capturing infrared light emitted from comets and...

2014-06-12 23:02:11

Arecibo and NASA Scientists using Earth-based radar have produced sharp views of a recently-discovered asteroid as it slid safely past our planet. Taken on June 8, 2014, the new views of asteroid 2014 HQ124 are some of the most detailed images of a near-Earth asteroid ever obtained with Arecibo Observatory and Goldstone Solar System Radar. Arecibo, Puerto Rico (PRWEB) June 12, 2014 On Sunday, June 8, 2014, asteroid 2014 HQ124 safely passed Earth a little over three times the distance from...

comet 209P LINEAR
2014-05-29 23:03:03

Researchers from the Universities Space Research Association observed the comet 209P/LINEAR which was responsible for the recent Camelopardalids meteor shower of May 2014. Comets rarely come this close to Earth, making it an extraordinary opportunity to get images of the surface. Arecibo, Puerto Rico (PRWEB) May 29, 2014 The Arecibo Observatory planetary radar system observed periodic comet 209P/LINEAR from May 23 through May 27, 2014, finding it to be about 2.4 by 3 km kilometers (1.5 x...

we are not ready for alien contact
2014-05-07 08:28:33

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Man has been looking to the stars and asking the question, "Are we alone?" for as long as recorded history. From H. G. Well's 1897 novel, The War of the Worlds, to the CW's new show, Star Crossed, we have wondered if, and when, aliens might make contact. But perhaps we are asking the wrong question. Gabriel G. de la Torre from the University of Cadiz believes we should be asking, "Are we ready?" The SETI was made famous by Carl...

Arecibo Observatory Repairs
2014-03-12 12:34:41

Ongoing Science Research Back to Full Capacity MENLO PARK, Calif., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 13, 2014, the William E. Gordon radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico sustained damage following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that was centered 37 miles northwest of Arecibo. Following the earthquake, Arecibo Observatory staff conducted a structural survey that revealed serious damage to a main suspension cable section, with apparent breach of several cable strands within that...

2013-06-14 23:00:44

Arecibo Observatory catches the most detailed radar images ever of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its newly-discovered moon as they safely pass our planet. Arecibo, Puerto Rico (PRWEB) June 14, 2013 Arecibo Observatory continues to take radar images of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon as the space rock sails safely passed earth this week. The images show a dark cratered asteroid 3 kilometers across (1.9 miles) with a companion moon 750 meters (2,500 feet) in size. The asteroid and its moon passed 6...

QE2 Asteroid Hurtles Past Earth On May 31
2013-05-30 13:20:39

Brett Smith and Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online [ Update: May 30, 2013 - Asteroid 1998 QE2 Has A Moon ] Radar data taken on Wednesday has revealed that asteroid 1998 QE2 has an orbiting moon. NASA said that about 16 percent of asteroids are binary or triple systems. The 1.7 mile wide asteroid will be passing by Earth at a safe distance of about 3.6 million miles on Friday. [ Watch the Video: Radar Reveals Asteroid 1998 QE2 has a Moon ] [ Update: May 30, 2013...

Black Hole Caught Belching In Neighboring Galaxy
2013-01-08 08:36:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists conducting a long-term study of molecules in galaxies gained a tantalizing look at what is likely a powerful belch by a gorging black hole at the center of a changing galaxy. "The discovery was entirely serendipitous. Our observations were spread over a few years, and when we looked at them, we found that one galaxy had changed over that time from being placid and quiescent, to undergoing a hugely energetic...

Scientist Guesses Asteroid's Weight, Millions Of Miles Away
2012-05-25 11:18:04

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com A NASA scientist would be a shoe-in at any state or county fair if hosting the "guess your weight" game. Steve Chesley of JPL's Near-Earth Object Program Office has accurately determined the mass of an asteroid from millions of miles away. Chesley used data from the Goldstone Solar System Radar in the California desert, along with the orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, to make his findings. He said he first...

Latest Arecibo Observatory Reference Libraries

2004-10-19 04:45:40

Arecibo Observatory -- The Arecibo Observatory is part of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC), a national research center operated by Cornell University under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF is an independent federal agency whose aim is to promote scientific and engineering progress in the United States. NSF funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. Additional support is provided by the National...

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