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wormhole
2015-01-22 15:18:14

Traveling to planets in a galaxy far, far away – like in the movie Interstellar – may seem like science fiction, but what if the Milky Way was one massive conduit connecting to another far-off point hundreds of light years away?

SDO 100 millionth
2015-01-21 14:01:54

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) took the 100 millionth image of the sun on Monday, and it's glorious.

2015-01-20 12:21:11

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Polaris Transportation Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Saunders as Vice President Finance for the Canadian and U.S.

Ceres NASA
2015-01-20 10:38:56

New images of Ceres captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft during its approach to the dwarf planet are the best yet obtained by the spacecraft, and appear to show evidence of craters as well as a mysterious white spot first discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2003.

cosmic radio burst
2015-01-19 13:26:46

Astronomers have detected unusual quick, bright flashes of radio waves that originate from unknown sources in space for the first time ever, according to research published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

andromeda hubble largest picture
2015-01-19 11:19:33

A massive, high-definition panorama taken by the Hubble Space Telescope is being called the largest picture ever taken, and it shows Andromeda in unprecedented detail, depicting over 100 million individual stars and traversing a 48,000 light-year-long stretch of the galaxy.

asteroid
2015-01-19 09:22:09

On January 26, 2015, the 0.6 mile-wide asteroid 2004 BL86 will pass within 745,000 miles of Earth. So...there's not much to worry about. Just get your telescopes ready.

auroras
2015-01-17 10:39:10

"Seeing the aurora borealis" has been topping bucket list charts for years, and this year may be the best time to go. Here are the 10 best places to see them.

northern lights
2015-01-16 15:39:39

Over the next few weeks, NASA will be launching rockets into the famed Northern Lights in Alaska. We've never wanted to watch something more in our lives.

pluto
2015-01-16 12:35:53

While some astronomers are looking for the existence of planets light years away from Earth, a team of Spanish researchers has suggested there could be at least two planets that have yet to be discovered in our very own Solar System.


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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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Word of the Day
mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.