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Himiko Galaxy's 'Space Blob' Halo Dates Back To The Cosmic Dawn
2014-01-17 08:10:48

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Questions surrounding the glowing gaseous halo extending from a massive early galaxy that have puzzled astronomers since its discovery in 2009 have finally been answered by research appearing in a recent edition of The Astrophysical Journal. Himiko, a very large and extremely distant galaxy with a gaseous halo extending over 55,000 light years, was first discovered four years ago using the Subaru Telescope located at Hawaii’s...

2014-01-16 16:28:35

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) will release fourth-quarter financial results at 6 a.m. ET on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Whirlpool Corporation will then hold a conference call to discuss its performance with the investment community at 10 a.m. ET. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20040202/DETU004LOGO ) To participate in the conference call, dial (800) 895-1549 and use confirmation code Whirlpool. International...

2014-01-16 16:20:52

A weekend of film presentations and cinema education workshops OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Chabot Space & Science Center has partnered with The Bay Area International Children's Film Festival (BAICFF) to screen cinematic pieces and host engaging film education workshops specifically for the young and the young at heart. The two-day family film festival runs Saturday, January 25(th) through Sunday, January 26(th). Toted as a festival where "education...

Our Understanding of the Universe MAXI-mized By The International Space Station
2014-01-16 08:31:10

NASA Look up at the night sky … do you see it? The stars of the cosmos bursting in magnificent explosions of death and rebirth! No? Well, then maybe you are not looking through the “eyes” of the Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI) investigation, mounted on the exterior of the International Space Station Kibo module. MAXI, along with other sky watching instruments, such as Swift, collect data that help researchers discover, study and understand the physics behind the powerful...

Planetarium Projecting Software
2014-01-15 13:20:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS in Berlin have teamed up with graphics card manufacturer NVIDIA to create a new kind of technique for projecting images in a planetarium-like style. The new technology could help bring the concept of projecting images onto contoured surfaces for a virtual experience to an even wider audience. Dome planetariums use numerous projectors like this to recreate the...

2014-01-15 12:20:52

American Institute of Physics and American Astronomical Society jointly honor researcher who helped illuminate the physics of the early universe WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the American Astronomical Society (AAS) are pleased to announce that astrophysicist Piero Madau has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics, which is given annually to recognize outstanding work in the...

ESO Researchers Discover Three New Planets In Messier 67
2014-01-15 08:46:20

[ Watch the Video: Messier 67 A Perfect Lab For Studying Planet Formation ] Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online There have been more than one thousand planets confirmed outside our Solar System, but only a few are within star clusters. Using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) HARPS instrument, researchers have found three new planets in the star cluster Messier 67. Of these three newly discovered planets, two have been found orbiting stars similar to our sun....

Venus Cloud Waves
2014-01-14 10:18:36

[ Watch the Video: Catching Some Venus Waves ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Planetary scientists have known that the atmosphere on Venus acts more like a river or ocean than Earth’s atmosphere and a new study based on data from the European Space Agency (ESA) has found that the physical features of Venus’ surface play a role in the circulation of this atmosphere. The new study focused on Venus’ lower atmosphere, which is capped by a dense cloud layer that...

Hundreds Witness Bright Fireball Blaze A Trail Over New England
2014-01-14 09:10:40

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hundreds of people have reported seeing a bright fireball blazing a trail across the early evening sky on Sunday, January 12. The fiery visitor, which appeared brighter than the near full moon for most people, streaked across the sky at around 5:20 p.m. EST, according to the American Meteor Society (AMS). Most witness reports had come from Connecticut, but people from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey,...

2014-01-13 16:26:54

Case about unlawfully dumped LG and Samsung refrigerators sent back to International Trade Commission BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) today won a key decision in its appeal of a case intended to stop unlawful refrigerator dumping by LG and Samsung in the U.S. market. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20040202/DETU004LOGO ) "Today's decision is part of a series of important strides by the government in response to our...


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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