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Galactic Wheel Of Life
2014-10-23 03:01:07

Provided by Whitney Clavin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory It might look like a spoked wheel or even a "Chakram" weapon wielded by warriors like "Xena," from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast place of stellar life. A newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 1291. Though the galaxy is quite old, roughly 12 billion years, it is marked by an unusual ring where newborn stars are igniting. "The rest of the galaxy is done...

Huan Tran Telescope
2014-10-23 02:30:21

Provided by Robert Sanders, University of California - Berkeley An international team of physicists has measured a subtle characteristic in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation that will allow them to map the large-scale structure of the universe, determine the masses of neutrinos and perhaps uncover some of the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. In a paper published this week in the Astrophysical Journal, the POLARBEAR consortium, led by UC Berkeley...

exocomets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris
2014-10-23 03:30:05

Provided by Richard Hook, ESO Biggest census ever of exocomets around Beta Pictoris Beta Pictoris is a young star located about 63 light-years from the Sun. It is only about 20 million years old and is surrounded by a huge disc of material — a very active young planetary system where gas and dust are produced by the evaporation of comets and the collisions of asteroids. Flavien Kiefer (IAP/CNRS/UPMC), lead author of the new study sets the scene: "Beta Pictoris is a very exciting...

2014-10-22 12:32:12

New structure positions the Company for achieving its global growth strategy BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeff M. Fettig, Chairman and CEO announced today the appointment of Michael A. Todman and Marc R. Bitzer to the respective positions of Vice Chairman, Whirlpool Corporation. These expanded roles provide for enhanced leadership that will best enable the company to achieve its significant growth strategy....

chandra archive
2014-10-22 03:00:19

Provided by Janet Anderson, Marshall Space Flight Center and Megan Watzke Chandra X-ray Center Every year, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory looks at hundreds of objects throughout space to help expand our understanding of the Universe. Ultimately, these data are stored in the Chandra Data Archive, an electronic repository that provides access to these unique X-ray findings for anyone who would like to explore them. With the passing of Chandra’s 15th anniversary in operation on August...

2014-10-22 08:32:50

YARDLEY, Pa., Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With a vision to ensure safety and sanctity of their animal health medications, a Global Pharmaceutical and Biotech manufacturer selects and implements the Xyntek and Antares serialization technology and turnkey solution to protect their animal health brand. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141021/153438 Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141021/153439 The product that was serialized and aggregated by the Xyntek...

neutron star
2014-10-22 07:47:44

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New analysis of high energy blasts from a magnetar, originally observed by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in 2009, has resulted in the discovery of underlying signals related to seismic waves rippling throughout the highly magnetized neutron star, the US space agency revealed on Tuesday. These signals were originally identified during the fadeout of rare giant flares produced by magnetars, NASA explained. Giant flares have...

Elliptical galaxy NGC 1132
2014-10-22 06:46:01

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study has found that massive black holes which emit radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed may possibly be able to block the formation of new stars in older galaxies. The findings, published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, were compiled from data collected at the Atacama Cosmology Telescope in Chile, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico and...

venus
2014-10-22 04:23:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Earth, frost is known as a thin, delicate icy covering of frozen water that forms when temperatures dip below a certain point. However, according to a report presented at the Geological Society of America meeting in Vancouver on Monday, frost on Venus may be much different – possibly made not of frozen water, but from heavy metals like cadmium and mercury. The new report is actually based on old data from the Magellan probe,...

2014-10-21 23:05:29

Pamela Fleming, Executive Vice President, The Institute for Basic Research, Florida, announces that "The recently observed 'Red Moon' establishes the lack of expansion of the universe because the Moon sees Sunlight redshifted while passing through Earth's atmosphere without relative motion. This is evidence that, light reaching us from galaxies is redshifted without the expansion of the universe due to the replacement of Earth's atmosphere with intergalactic...


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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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Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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