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NIF Livermore July 2008
2014-07-18 09:15:21

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Using the largest laser in the world, scientists working at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) successfully compressed diamond to core pressures comparable to those found on Jupiter and Saturn, according to research appearing in the journal Nature. Researchers from LLNL, the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University used lasers housed at the laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) to...

asteroid Vesta
2014-07-18 05:31:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An investigation of Vesta, a massive asteroid that orbits the Sun between Mars and Jupiter, has revealed that the planet-like body has a thicker crust than previously thought, which calls into question the internal structures of other planets in the Solar System. The investigation, which is published in the journal Nature, is based on data from the Dawn spacecraft that NASA sent into Vesta's orbit between July 2011 and July 2012. Using...

2014-07-17 23:01:42

Lawrence Livermore scientists for the first time have experimentally re-created the conditions that exist deep inside giant planets by crushing diamond samples using the world's most powerful laser system, the National Ignition Facility. The research appears in the June 17 edition of the journal, Nature. Livermore, California (PRWEB) July 17, 2014 Lawrence Livermore scientists for the first time have experimentally re-created the conditions that exist deep inside giant planets, such...

Van Allen Probes
2014-07-16 10:35:28

Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center One of the great, unanswered questions for space weather scientists is just what creates two gigantic donuts of radiation surrounding Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts. Recent data from the Van Allen Probes -- two nearly identical spacecraft that launched in 2012 -- address this question. The inner Van Allen radiation belt is fairly stable, but the outer one changes shape, size and composition in ways that scientists don't yet...

2014-07-16 08:32:49

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jupiter impact
2014-07-16 07:16:48

Preston Dyches, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Twenty years ago, human and robotic eyes observed the first recorded impact between cosmic bodies in the solar system, as fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 slammed into the atmosphere of Jupiter. Between July 16 and July 22, 1994, space- and Earth-based assets managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, joined an armada of other NASA and international telescopes, straining to get a glimpse of the historic event: -...

James Webb Space Telescope
2014-07-15 08:58:58

NASA Many scientists believe we are not alone in the universe. It's probable, they say, that life could have arisen on at least some of the billions of planets thought to exist in our galaxy alone -- just as it did here on planet Earth. This basic question about our place in the Universe is one that may be answered by scientific investigations. What are the next steps to finding life elsewhere? Experts from NASA and its partner institutions addressed this question on Monday, July 14, at...

2014-07-14 16:25:01

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) will release second-quarter financial results at 6 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Whirlpool Corporation will then hold a conference call to discuss its performance with the investment community at 10 a.m. ET. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20040202/DETU004LOGO To participate in the conference call, dial (800) 895-1549 and use confirmation code Whirlpool. International participants...

new galaxies
2014-07-14 04:48:46

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While images of the Milky Way or Andromeda galaxies may dominate our mind’s image of what a galaxy looks like, the fact is that the largest objects in the Universe come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, most galaxies in the cosmos are known as dwarf galaxies. These systems are, as the name might suggest, smaller versions of the elliptical, spiral, and irregular galaxies that usually spring to mind. In many cases, these...

artist rendering of GRB 130925A
2014-07-13 04:08:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A long-lasting gamma-ray burst that was first observed last year contained traits similar to those expected from explosions of some of the earliest stars in the universe, claims a new study appearing in The Astrophysical Journal. According to the ESA, the long-lasting blast of extremely energetic radiation was identified as GRB130925A, and thanks to both ground- and space-based equipment, astronomers were able to track its origin...


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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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