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Mysterious Quasar Sequence Explained

Mysterious Quasar Sequence Explained

Yue Shen, Carnegie Institution Quasars are supermassive black holes that live at the center of distant massive galaxies. They shine as the most luminous beacons in the sky across the entire electromagnetic spectrum by rapidly accreting matter...

Latest astronomer Stories

2014-07-12 23:03:03

Famous Astronomers recently launched to help publicize the stories & biographies of the most renowned astronomers that ever lived. (PRWEB) July 12, 2014 The recently created website FamousAstronomers.org strives to provide the best content for famous astronomers around the world. By publishing the website, the founders wish for Famous Astronomers to be a popular educational platform for the public to learn about the people who contributed the most to our knowledge of stars and outer...

What Lies Beyond: Astronomer Maps Galaxies Near Our Own
2014-03-11 13:13:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new paper published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society has broadened the view of what lies just past our galaxy. The Milky Way and Andromeda are dominant members of a small group of galaxies. However, not a lot has been known about the smaller galaxies that reside within our neighborhood in the universe. York University Physics & Astronomy Professor Marshall McCall was able to map out the bright galaxies...

2013-12-31 16:21:31

Public is invited to interact with astronomers at AAS meeting in National Harbor. WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If you ask most people what big event occurs in Washington, DC, every four years, they'll probably say the presidential inaugural. For astronomers and journalists who cover astronomy, though, the answer is the return of the American Astronomical Society's winter meeting -- the "Super Bowl of Astronomy" -- to the nation's capital. The 223rd AAS...

2013-07-02 10:52:01

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), one the largest and most innovative astronomy and science education organizations in the U.S., is proud to announce the recipients of its 2013 awards for excellence in astronomy research and education. The awards will be formally presented at an ASP Banquet on July 23 in San Jose, CA as part of ASP’s Annual Meeting. Thomas J. Brennan Award for exceptional achievement related to the teaching of astronomy at the high school...

Swift Gets Better Picture Of Comet ISON
2013-03-29 18:59:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Comet Pan-STARRS lit up our skies during March, but another comet is on its way that is expected to outshine it. Comet ISON has the potential to become a marvel for astronomers everywhere, possibly even becoming so bright it shines in the daytime. Astronomers from the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) and Lowell Observatory used NASA's Swift satellite to size up Comet ISON and make initial estimates of the comet's water...

Bernard Lovell Was Not Brainwashed
2013-01-31 13:13:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A writer for the magazine Physics World, a publication of the Institute of Physics, says that late British astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell was not "brainwashed" by the Soviets, despite rampant rumors to the contrary. Attempting to clear this legend up once and for all, Richard Corfield wrote in this month's edition of the international monthly magazine about how rumors of Lovell's brainwashing are, in-fact, just rumors. As the story...

Galaxy Formation And Evolution Models Garner Award For Rutgers Astronomer
2013-01-25 07:55:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Rutgers University astronomer has created computer models and simulations that help to explain how galaxies formed and evolved. Astronomer Rachel Somerville, who works as a professor of astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, created these models to show how gases like hydrogen and helium coalesce into stars and galaxies and how exploding stars and black holes impact their galactic...

Astronomer And Television Host Sir Patrick Moore Passes Away
2012-12-10 06:24:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Sir Patrick Moore, a UK astronomer who also spent more than five decades covering space travel as a broadcaster, passed away at his home Sunday at the age of 89. Moore, the author of dozens of books on astronomy and the host of the BBC television program The Sky At Night for over 50 years, died "peacefully at 12:25 this afternoon" at his residence at Selsey, West Sussex, his friends and colleagues said in a statement Sunday,...

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2012-07-11 14:50:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An asteroid has been named after U.S. gay rights pioneer and astronomer Frank Kameny, who died last year. Canadian amateur astronomer Gary Billings discovered the asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter in 1999. When Billings read Kameny's obituary, he decided to send a request to the Paris-based International Astronomical Union and the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts to change the name of Minor Planet 40463 to...

Google+ Virtual Star Party Brings Astronomers Together
2012-07-07 06:35:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers across the globe have been taking advantage of Google+ Hangouts, conducting virtual star parties with fellow night-dwellers, and their efforts were documented by Google and shown off at the Google I/O conference on June 27, 2012. Nearly 7,000 people joined in during a special 6-hour Google+ Virtual Star Party for the Transit of Venus, which included multiple telescope views and images from around the world. The...


Latest astronomer Reference Libraries

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2009-04-24 13:51:13

Maximilian Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf (June 21, 1863 - October 3, 1932) was a German astronomer and pioneer of astrophotography. He is accredited with the discovery of a large quantity of asteroids. Heidelberg, Germany was his birthplace. He received his PhD at the University of Heidelberg in 1888, and in 1890 he took employment in that institution. Beginning in 1891, Wolf discovered more than 200 asteroids with the Bruce double-astrograph, while working at the Landessternwarte...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Carina (keel of a ship) Constellation -- Location: Mostly Southern Hemisphere, low on the horizon in the Northern Hemisphere; Coordinates: Right Ascension: 09h; Declination: -60; Source: Modern Constellation by astronomer Abbe Nicholas de Lacaille, from Argo Navis; Greek mythology, also Egyptian and Indian Carina means the keel or bottom of a ship. This constellation was originally part of a larger pattern representing an entire sailing ship. A ship pattern was recognized by several...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Planet Pluto -- Pluto is the ninth and smallest planet of our solar system. It was discovered by the astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona on February 18, 1930 (although the body was first photographed on March 19, 1915). Tombaugh was searching for a "Planet X" to explain the orbit of Neptune; further analysis, with seven decades more data about Neptune's position, has resolved the perceived anomaly without need for an additional gravitational pull on Neptune....

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'