Latest Astronomy Stories

2015-05-24 12:36:12

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has found the brightest galaxy in the known universe. This galaxy, fondly named WISE J224607.57-052635.0, emits over 300 trillion times more light than our sun.

Nasty 1 star
2015-05-22 08:49:26

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy. Astronomers have nicknamed it 'Nasty 1', a play on its catalog name of NaSt1.

bear sized aliens
2015-05-21 13:55:02

One scientist theorizes that aliens will be the size of bears, weighing in at around 700 pounds. Let's hope we don't go to war with this alien race...

2015-05-21 12:21:59

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey

2015-05-21 09:27:17

While type Ia supernovae are commonly used to locate dark energy in the universe, their origins have remained somewhat mysterious.

supermassive black hole
2015-05-20 11:33:23

This month at the Science Club Nashville, we were privy to Dr. Jillian Bellovary, a Bridge Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University's Physics & Astronomy Department. She started us off nicely with an easy-to-grasp introduction into black holes, then segued into the meat of her presentation: using cosmological simulations to study how galaxies and supermassive black holes form over cosmic time.

advanced ligo
2015-05-20 10:38:15

If the Advanced Ligo is able to pick up these waves, it will revolutionize the way we are able to see the universe.

janus moon
2015-05-20 09:15:41

A moon that shares its orbit with another moon seems like an unlikely candidate to be considered the “loneliest moon in the solar system,” but such is the case with Janus, scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California explained on Monday.

impossible galaxy
2015-05-20 00:00:00

An international team of researchers working at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have reportedly discovered a new type of galaxy which theoretically should not be able to exist: one that is nearly as wide as the Milky Way but contains just one percent as many stars.

2015-05-18 16:31:18

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation has entered into an agreement to acquire American Dryer Corporation (ADC), a privately held company that manufactures

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...

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...

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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