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meteoric evidence
2014-12-18 16:12:45

NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface.

kepler
2014-12-18 16:00:24

The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to repurpose Kepler for the K2 mission and continue its search of the cosmos for other worlds.

black hole star
2014-12-18 12:03:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astrophysicists have suspected that desolate “red and dead” galaxies are only formed by powerful supermassive black holes at the center of these galaxies stripping away all of the essential star-forming gas from a stellar nursery. However, a new study in The Astrophysical Journal has revealed that less powerful black holes are capable of creating dead galaxies full of red giant stars by generating a “perfect storm” of...

aquaplanet
2014-12-17 09:14:10

Even a shallow ocean, about 50 meters deep, would be enough to keep such a planet at relatively comfortable temperatures, averaging around 60 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

MESSENGER data suggest meteor shower
2014-12-17 07:36:17

If we lived on Mercury, we'd probably be telling you to get our your lawn chairs and enjoy the show.

2014-12-16 16:21:04

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission.

exoplanet stars'
2014-12-16 11:53:59

Provided by Dr. Robert Massey, Royal Astronomical Society Astronomers could soon be able to find rocky planets stretched out by the gravity of the stars they orbit, according to a group of researchers in the United States. The team, led by Prabal Saxena of George Mason University, describe how to detect these exotic worlds in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. An artist’s impression of a stretched rocky planet in orbit around a red dwarf star....

The_magnetic_field_along_the_Galactic_plane
2014-12-15 09:04:55

While the pastel tones and fine texture of this image may bring to mind brush strokes on an artist’s canvas, they are in fact a visualization of data from ESA’s Planck satellite.

Detecting Stretched-out Solid Exoplanets
2014-12-15 03:38:29

Astronomers could soon be able to find rocky planets stretched out by the gravity of the stars they orbit


Latest Astronomy Reference Libraries

Stellar Astrophysics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

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...

Planetary Astronomy
2014-01-12 00:00:00

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...

Cosmology
2014-01-12 00:00:00

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...

Astrophysics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

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...

Tropic of Capricorn
2013-02-21 13:31:57

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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The word 'filiation' comes from a Latin word meaning 'legal right of a son'.
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