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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...

Image 1 - VISTA Stares Deep into the Cosmos
2012-03-22 07:52:34

[ Watch the Video ] Treasure trove of new infrared data made available to astronomers ESO's VISTA telescope has created the widest deep view of the sky ever made using infrared light. This new picture of an unremarkable patch of sky comes from the UltraVISTA survey and reveals more than 200 000 galaxies. It forms just one part of a huge collection of fully processed images from all the VISTA surveys that is now being made available by ESO to astronomers worldwide. UltraVISTA is a...

Was The Real Discovery Of The Expanding Universe Lost In Translation?
2011-11-10 08:55:02

The greatest astronomical discovery of the 20th century may have been credited to the wrong person. But it turns out to have been nobody's fault except for that of the actual original discoverer himself. Writing in the November 10th issue of the journal Nature, astrophysicist Mario Livio of the Space Telescope Science Institute has put to bed a growing conspiracy theory about who was fairly credited for discovering the expanding universe. For nearly a century, American astronomer Edwin...

2011-10-22 07:00:00

Interview explores how the book of Job speaks beyond suffering to answer questions about science and faith Glendora, CA (PRWEB) October 22, 2011 When people study the book of Job, they typically focus on the themes of suffering and Godâs providence. What few realize is that Job can also help us understand the relationship between faith and science. Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job, the latest book from astronomer Hugh Ross, examines the oldest book in the Bible from a modern...

Laser Art Installation Featuring Hubble Observations Travels To The US
2011-09-23 08:08:04

  A public art installation featuring Hubble observations of distant galaxies, quasars and stars is going to the USA. From the Distant Past features a laser projecting spectra from distant celestial objects onto the facades of buildings. While the green lines might appear abstract at first, they represent light, split into its constituent colors, that has travelled across space for billions of years from some of the most distant galaxies ever observed. The idea for the installation...

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2011-05-23 14:40:29

Though the universe is filled with billions upon billions of stars, the discovery of a single variable star in 1923 altered the course of modern astronomy. And, at least one famous astronomer of the time lamented that the discovery had shattered his world view. The star goes by the inauspicious name of Hubble variable number one, or V1, and resides in the outer regions of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy, or M31. But in the early 1900s, most astronomers considered the Milky Way a single...

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2010-12-12 16:00:00

The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks this year on Dec. 13th and 14th, is the most intense meteor shower of the year. It lasts for days, is rich in fireballs, and can be seen from almost any point on Earth. It's also NASA astronomer Bill Cooke's favorite meteor shower"”but not for any of the reasons listed above. "The Geminids are my favorite," he explains, "because they defy explanation." Most meteor showers come from comets, which spew ample meteoroids for a night of 'shooting...

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2010-09-09 14:40:00

Amateur astronomers working with professional astronomers have spotted two fireballs lighting up Jupiter's atmosphere this summer, marking the first time Earth-based telescopes have captured relatively small objects burning up in the atmosphere of the giant planet. The two fireballs "“ which produced bright freckles on Jupiter that were visible through backyard telescopes "“ occurred on June 3, 2010, and August 20, 2010, respectively. A new paper that includes both pros and...

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2010-07-28 12:44:10

Hundreds of extrasolar planets have been found over the past decade and a half, most of them solitary worlds orbiting their parent star in seeming isolation. With further observation, however, one in three of these systems have been found to have two or more planets. Planets, it appears, come in bunches. Most of these systems contain planets that orbit too far from one another to feel each other's gravity. In just a handful of cases, planets have been found near enough to one another to...

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2010-06-03 09:25:00

Without warning, a mystery object struck Jupiter on July 19, 2009, leaving a dark bruise the size of the Pacific Ocean. The spot first caught the eye of an amateur astronomer in Australia, and soon, observatories around the world, including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, were zeroing in on the unexpected blemish. Astronomers had witnessed this kind of cosmic event before. Similar scars had been left behind during the course of a week in July 1994, when more than 20 pieces of Comet...


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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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