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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...

2014-10-21 12:37:19

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) today declared a quarterly dividend of 75 cents per share on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable December 15, 2014, to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 21, 2014. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20040202/DETU004LOGO About Whirlpool Corporation Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading global manufacturer and marketer of...

2014-10-20 08:37:24

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) will release third-quarter financial results at 6 a.m. ET on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Whirlpool Corporation will then hold a conference call to discuss its performance with the investment community at 10 a.m. ET. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20040202/DETU004LOGO To participate in the conference call, dial (800) 895-1549 and use confirmation code Whirlpool. International participants...

solar eclipse
2014-10-20 04:37:14

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The moon will pass in front of the sun on Thursday, producing a partial solar eclipse that, weather-permitting, will be visible in most parts of the United States sometime around sunset, NASA officials have announced. Unlike a total eclipse, which occurs when the Moon passes directly in front of and completely hides the sun, a partial eclipse occurs when the Moon passes in front of the sun, off-center, allowing a small portion of the...

mimas
2014-10-18 04:43:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Saturn’s moon Mimas is known for a resemblance to the Death Star from Star Wars, but that’s not the moon’s most unique attribute: The moon actually wobbles significantly in its orbit around Saturn. In a new study based on data from NASA’s Cassini probe, researchers have laid out two theories on why Mimas wobbles so much. The first theory is that the moon has a liquid water ocean underneath its icy surface. The second theory is...

Abell 2744
2014-10-17 03:00:17

Provided by Felicia Chou, NASA Headquarters Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen. The diminutive object is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away. This galaxy offers a peek back to the very early formative years of the universe and may just be the tip of the iceberg. “This galaxy is an example of what is suspected to be an abundant, underlying...

uranus
2014-10-17 06:32:35

Provided by Pam Frost Gorder, The Ohio State University Our view of other solar systems just got a little more familiar, with the discovery of a planet 25,000 light-years away that resembles our own Uranus. Astronomers have discovered hundreds of planets around the Milky Way, including rocky planets similar to Earth and gas planets similar to Jupiter. But there is a third type of planet in our solar system — part gas, part ice — and this is the first time anyone has spotted a twin...

coronal mass ejection
2014-10-17 11:00:02

Provided by Dwayne Brown, NASA Headquarters NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun’s atmosphere, or corona, is heated far hotter than its surface, what causes the sun’s constant outflow of particles called the solar wind, and what mechanisms accelerate particles that power solar flares. The new information will help researchers better understand how our nearest star transfers energy through its atmosphere...


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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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