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Kuiper Belt object
2014-10-16 05:54:06

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Three new Kuiper Belt objects (KPOs) that could possibly be visited by the New Horizons spacecraft have been uncovered by the Hubble Space Telescope. The KBO visit could happen after the spacecraft flies by Pluto in July 2015 as part of its primary mission. The New Horizons search team was awarded dedicated telescope time with Hubble to specifically search for such KPOs, which led to the current discovery. “This has been a very...

2014-10-15 16:23:58

Albireo Energy Expands Geographic Footprint to the Western Region of the U.S. SAN DIEGO, Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Albireo Energy, LLC ("Albireo Energy") today announced the acquisitions of San Diego, Calif.-based Electronic Controls Systems (ECS) and Green Total Solutions (GTS). Together, ECS and GTS have nearly 200 employees providing building automation solutions and energy services to Fortune 500 companies, large REITS, military bases and data centers. As Divisions of...

APEX Reveals Hidden Star Formation In The Spiderweb Galaxy
2014-10-15 03:01:28

Provided by ESO Galaxy clusters are the largest objects in the Universe held together by gravity but their formation is not well understood. The Spiderweb Galaxy (formally known as MRC 1138-262) and its surroundings have been studied for twenty years, using ESO and other telescopes, and is thought to be one of the best examples of a protocluster in the process of assembly, more than ten billion years ago. But Helmut Dannerbauer (University of Vienna, Austria) and his team strongly...

2014-10-14 12:21:38

DUBAI, UAE, October 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists, writers and philosophers have long been fascinated by the prospect of life on the Red Planet. Vision explores what steps the UAE is taking to be first to put a foot on Mars. Vision.ae [http://www.vision.ae ] (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141014/710072 ) On a clear evening in Arizona in 1894, American astronomer Percival Lowell looked into his telescope. For the past few weeks, he'd been...

earth science
2014-10-14 05:40:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Both the American Geosciences Institute and NASA are looking to raise awareness around Earth sciences with the celebration of Earth Science Week from October 12 through October 18. While the AGI will be sponsoring numerous events around the country, NASA is releasing a new educational resource on the Earth’s water cycle and – in another campaign, inviting people to share pictures of the sky. The AGI has been celebrating Earth...

big bang universe
2014-10-11 06:14:12

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online By measuring the radiation leaks in a large, densely-packed star-forming galaxy, astronomers have been able to learn more about how the universe evolved as the first stars were formed, according to research published online Thursday in the journal Science. Lead author Sanchayeeta Borthakur, an assistant research scientist at Johns Hopkins University, and her colleagues reported how they used a method of analyzing star-forming galaxies...

2014-10-10 23:02:08

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, recently spotted the brightest pulsar ever recorded using X-ray optics designed by a team that included researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Livermore, California (PRWEB) October 10, 2014 A supernova is the cataclysmic death of a star, but it seems its remnants shine on. Astronomers have found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of about 10 million suns. This is the brightest pulsar -- a dense stellar...

hubble WASP-43b
2014-10-10 05:22:46

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using observations from the NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has managed to create the most detailed map ever of an exoplanet’s air temperature and water vapor, officials from the US space agency announced Thursday. The target of the investigation, which is detailed in the October 9 edition of Science Express, was WASP-43b - a hot-Jupiter exoplanet said to have winds that travel the speed of sound, a ‘day’...

milky way dark matter
2014-10-10 04:30:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of Australian astrophysicists has determined that the Milky Way has half as much dark matter as previously thought, according to a new study published in the Astrophysical Journal. Dark matter is a mysterious invisible substance that has profound gravitational effect throughout the universe. The researchers found that the amount of dark matter in our galaxy is 800,000,000,000 times the mass of the Sun. To reach their...

2014-10-09 16:20:46

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made the most detailed global map yet of the glow from a turbulent planet outside our solar system, revealing its secrets of air temperatures and water vapor. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnVAR/20081007/38461LOGO Hubble observations show the exoplanet, called WASP-43b, is no place to call home. It is a world of extremes, where seething winds howl at the speed of sound from a...


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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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