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2015-05-14 23:06:43

For the second consecutive year, Whirlpool of India, a subsidiary of Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading home appliance company has won the esteemed India Design Mark 2015 for its state

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2015-05-14 09:57:23

Astronomers discovered that in very rare cases, an exoplanet can spiral around the axis connecting its two stars.

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2015-05-13 10:38:04

For the first time ever, Pluto and its moons were captured in a photo together using NASA's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager. What a tender family reunion.

2015-05-12 23:01:36

SuperCloset is taking indoor growing to new levels.

2015-05-12 16:20:38

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter's moon Europa is likely sea salt from a

killer asteroid
2015-05-14 06:00:17

According to some articles circulating the internet, a "monster" asteroid will "skim" by Earth tomorrow, and we all may die. We talk to Vanderbilt astronomer David Weintraub, who clarifies what's really going to happen.

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2015-05-12 10:51:56

This super-Jupiter is the closest exoplanet for which an image and a spectrum have been obtained, and it's a good picture of what Jupiter could have looked like back in the good old days.

europa chaos
2015-05-12 09:13:10

A newly-released image of Europa captured by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft shows a portion of the Jovian moon’s crust known as Conamara Chaos that is marked by long grooves etched into its shattered chunks of ice and which criss-cross along the surface.

ceres' bright spots
2015-05-11 13:17:04

This morning, NASA released an animated image of the dwarf planet taken by the Dawn spacecraft on May 3 and 4, giving us an even closer and more defined look at the mysterious bright spots--and even a few more hints as to what causes them.

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2015-05-09 11:36:25

Hubble has discovered that the massive halo around Andromeda is even more massive than we could ever have expected.


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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Word of the Day
meacock
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).