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2013-04-19 08:58:32

At a major planetary defense conference in Flagstaff, AZ, last evening, the Planetary Society announced the winners of its 2013 Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) grants and was recognized itself for the Society’s long history of international leadership in the detection and mitigation of threatening asteroids, and other planetary discoveries.

Historian Says Sir William Herschel May Not Be A 'Sir' At All
2013-04-05 15:48:24

A paper written by the historian Michael Hoskin published by the Journal for the History of Astronomy claims Sir William Herschel may not be a "Sir" after all.

2013-03-09 23:18:51

SNAXPO 76TH Annual Exhibition & Conference to be held in Tampa, FL.

Happy Birthday Copernicus! Honoring Astronomy’s Great Iconoclast
2013-02-19 09:03:49

On this day 540 years ago, the revolutionary mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Toruń, Poland. His last work and his explanation of Heliocentrism challenged the way we thought about our Solar System and the Earth’s place in it.

2012-08-31 23:03:32

Science-writer Shaun Johnston has posted online the script for a 40-minute play designed to stimulate discussion among biology and philosophy student groups on the mechanism and meaning of evolution

NASA Announces 2012 Carl Sagan Fellows
2012-04-03 04:13:52

NASA has selected six planet hunters as the recipients of the 2012 Carl Sagan Exoplanet Postdoctoral Fellowships, named after the late astronomer.

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2011-04-28 13:50:00

One day, years from now--or maybe billions of years, no one knows--aliens might be surprised to run across an old spaceship from Earth.

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2010-09-27 13:30:00

New agencies were abuzz Monday morning with reports that the head of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) had been elected to be the first point of contact for alien lifeforms.

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2010-02-26 13:20:00

NASA has selected seven scientists as recipients of Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships in exoplanet exploration for 2010.

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2009-12-16 12:30:00

Astronomers announced today that they have discovered a "super-Earth" orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth.


Latest Astronomers Reference Libraries

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2009-04-28 11:47:36

The Reverend Thomas William Webb (December 14, 1807 "“ May 19, 1885) was a British astronomer and faithful clergyman. The lone son of a clergyman, the Rev. John Webb was raised and educated by his father in absence of his mother who died in Webb's early childhood. He travelled to Oxford to attend Magdalen College. Soon after, he was ordained a minister by the Anglican Church in 1829. In 1843, he married Henrietta Montague. Mrs. Webb died on September 7, 1884. Webb followed shortly...

Sagan, Carl
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 - December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer who pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and science in general. He is less well known for his skepticism. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sagan attended the University of Chicago, where he received a bachelor's degree (1955) and a master's degree (1956) in physics, before earning his doctorate (1960) in astronomy and astrophysics. He taught at Harvard University...

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mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.