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m7.3-flare
2014-10-04 03:00:36

Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 3:01 p.m. EDT on Oct. 2, 2014.  NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun 24-hours a day, captured images of the flare. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and...

cosmic rays
2014-10-04 05:22:11

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We use our smartphones for a myriad of things, from normal phone activities to finding constellations in the night’s sky. And soon, your smartphone could be used to detect cosmic rays, much like the high-end, multimillion-dollar observatories. [ Listen to the Podcast: Hunting For Cosmic Rays – With Special Guest Dr. Stephan Funk ] The app — which is only available for Android phone so far, but should be coming to other...

flare up
2014-10-03 04:00:06

Steele Hill, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center A snaking, extended filament of solar material currently lies on the front of the sun -- some 1 million miles across from end to end. Filaments are clouds of solar material suspended above the sun by powerful magnetic forces. Though notoriously unstable, filaments can last for days or even weeks. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, which watches the sun 24 hours a day, has observed this gigantic filament for several days as it...

titan southern polar vortex
2014-10-02 06:30:31

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Analysis of data collected by NASA’s Cassini mission has revealed the presence of a large, cold, toxic cloud swirling above the south pole of Saturn’s moon Titan, according to research published in the October 2 edition of the journal Nature. According to the US space agency, scientists from the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, the University of Bristol’s School of Earth...

moon outline
2014-10-02 04:53:01

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Analysis of a massive rectangular feature buried just below the lunar surface by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft has revealed that the giant basin on the moon’s near side was likely created by ancient lava flows and not a massive asteroid collision, according to a new study. Writing in the October 1 online edition of the journal Nature, lead author Colorado School of Mines Geophysics Associate...

2014-10-01 16:27:26

Acquires Customer Relationships from Former Distribution Partner SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cepheid (NASDAQ: CPHD) today announced that, effective today, it has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the customer relationships from its former distribution partner, the Laboratory Supply Company (LABSCO). LABSCO has partnered with Cepheid since early 2012 to drive adoption of the GeneXpert® System in US hospitals with fewer than 150 beds, which increased...

2014-10-01 12:38:26

Company's pledge of $1 billion in investment includes recent undertakings in Ohio, Iowa and Tennessee BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of Manufacturing Day on October 3, Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) reiterated the company's investment in American manufacturing and will salute its manufacturing employees for their hard work, dedication and shared commitment. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20040202/DETU004LOGO Whirlpool Corporation currently employs...

wild duck cluster
2014-10-01 03:00:43

Richard Hook, European Southern Observatory The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken this beautiful image, dappled with blue stars, of one of the most star-rich open clusters currently known — Messier 11, also known as NGC 6705 or the Wild Duck Cluster. Messier 11 is an open cluster, sometimes referred to as a galactic cluster, located around 6000 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). It was...

red dwarf superflare
2014-10-01 04:38:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The strongest, hottest and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star was detected by NASA's Swift satellite on April 23. The first salvo from this record-setting series of flares was easily 10,000 times more powerful than the largest solar flare ever recorded from our own Sun. "We used to think major flaring episodes from red dwarfs lasted no more than a day, but Swift detected at least seven...

interior of a supermassive star
2014-09-30 10:24:04

Linda Vu, Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Findings made possible with NERSC resources and Berkeley Lab Code Certain primordial stars—those between 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—may have died unusually. In death, these objects—among the Universe’s first-generation of stars—would have exploded as supernovae and burned completely, leaving no remnant black hole behind. Astrophysicists at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and the...


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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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reremouse
  • A bat.
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