Latest Astronomy Stories

distant exoplanets
2015-04-16 08:43:28

Thanks to NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and a technique known as microlensing, a team of astronomers has located one of the most distant exoplanets ever discovered – a remote gas planet located approximately 13,000 light-years from Earth.

dark matter map
2015-04-15 08:19:36

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck After two years worth of work by some 300 researchers, the Dark Energy Survey (DES) project have unveiled the first in a series of dark matter maps showing the distribution of the mysterious substance experts believe makes up roughly 27 percent of the universe. According to BBC News, the maps show how conglomerations of dark matter change over time and was created using a 570-megapixel camera attached to the Victor Blanco telescope in Chile....

ceres map
2015-04-14 09:06:03

NASA has released the first color map of Ceres, and while the data is still said to have come from early observational stages, it nonetheless indicates that the dwarf planet was shaped by a series of diverse processes since its formation some 4.5 billion years ago.

Stellar flare hits HD 189733b (artist's impression)
2015-04-13 16:06:39

Yikes. Astronomers recently discovered that a distant exoplanet has one of the most hostile atmospheres known to man, with wind speeds of more than 620 miles per hour and temperatures of greater than 5400 degrees F.

2015-04-12 15:33:08

Astronomers found that the type of supernovae commonly used to measure distances in the universe fall into distinct populations not recognized before, and this questions how fast the universe has been expanding.

2015-04-10 09:26:56

The natural magnetic bubble surrounding the Earth known as the magnetosphere could be an essential part of what makes our planet habitable, according to new research investigating the impact of solar eruptions on the atmosphere of Venus.

2015-04-09 23:08:13

The new Capital Improvement Project at Rotary Senior Living was just completed in March.

2015-04-09 23:01:01

The Sun undergoes a type of seasonal variability with its activity waxing and waning over the course of nearly two years, according to new research led by NCAR.

2015-04-09 12:01:41

For the first time ever, scientists have found complex organic molecules in a proplanetary disk around a young star, and this is GREAT news for alien life.

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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