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Astronomers have discovered the oldest known planetary system ever – a star that is more than 11 billion years old and orbited by at least five rocky planets that are all smaller than Earth.
Citizen scientists scanning thousands of images from the Spitzer Space Telescope helped NASA scientists discover mysterious objects which have now been identified as a phase of massive star formation, officials at the US space agency announced on Tuesday.
In an effort to reduce the risks of studying the atmosphere around Jupiter, a team of researchers is preparing a fleet of miniature cube satellites that would each collect data in one specific field, according to a new International Journal Space Science and Engineering study.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres.
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) will release fourth-quarter financial results at 6 a.m. ET on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is nearing Ceres, and new images show a puzzling white spot on its surface.
Finding the next earth just got one step easier. A new NASA instrument designed to study dust in the so-called habitable zone around a star may help future missions centered around capturing images of planets similar to Earth.
Freakin' sweet space video.
Scientists use laser-driving compression experiments (cool) to recreate the planetary formation process (even cooler).
Someone dimmed the lights in space. Scientists observe a dimming quasar for the first time ever, and this could lead to a understanding of the mysterious black holes and their lifespans.
The prominent feature that allows for the existence of life on Earth is the Sun. Radiation from our closest star provides heat and energy to our planet, driving biological processes and providing the necessary conditions for liquid water to naturally exist. But our Sun is only but one star in this vast Universe. And as it turns out, most stars are quite different than the one that illuminates our day. For this reason, scientists have, for hundreds of years, attempted to study the other...
Image Caption: Artistic concept of a planetary system. Credit: Wikipedia/NASA/JPL-Caltech The term Astronomy encompasses a broad range of topics, including the study of stars, galaxies, and planets. In order to focus on the different areas of study, many subfields of astronomy emerge. One such area is the study of planets known, appropriately, as Planetary Astronomy. Observational Planetary Astronomy Even within the field of Planetary Astronomy, there are several divisions to...
Image Caption: The Hubble Extreme Deep Field (XDF) was completed in September 2012 and shows the farthest galaxies ever photographed by humans. Each speck of light in the photo is an individual galaxy, some of them as old as 13.2 billion years; the observable universe is estimated to contain more than 200 billion galaxies. Credit: NASA/Wikipedia What is Cosmology? I once commented to an acquaintance that I was fascinated by the field of Cosmology, and mused that if I had more time, I...
Image Caption: NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 56,000 light-years in diameter and approximately 60 million light-years distant. Credit: NASA/ESA/Wikipedia What is Astrophysics? For much of the modern age the term Astrophysics has been used synonymously with Astronomy. This interchange is so common that many textbooks even offer the two as having the same meaning. However, from a strictly historical perspective there are differences...
The Tropic of Capricorn, alternately called the Southern Tropic, is a marker of the most southerly latitude on the Earth at which the Sun can be directly overhead. This occurs at the December solstice, when the southern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun at its maximum degree. It is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. It presently lies 23 degrees 26’ 16’’ south of the Equator. Currently, the Tropic of Capricorn is drifting towards the north at...
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