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2015-05-24 12:36:12

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has found the brightest galaxy in the known universe. This galaxy, fondly named WISE J224607.57-052635.0, emits over 300 trillion times more light than our sun.

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2015-05-21 09:27:17

While type Ia supernovae are commonly used to locate dark energy in the universe, their origins have remained somewhat mysterious.

2015-05-12 23:01:36

SuperCloset is taking indoor growing to new levels.

astronomer
2015-05-05 10:16:52

Every so often, readers submit questions to our "Ask the Astronomer" series, wondering various things about the universe, space travel, or complex physics concepts we have no freaking answer for. Thankfully, when this happens, we have a few resident astronomers always willing to jump in and help us out--like professor of astronomy at Vanderbilt University, Dr. David Weintraub.

cygnusloop_hst
2015-05-02 13:09:18

NASA sounding rocket was launched towards a supernova remnant, with the goal of examining the X-rays emitted by the object to determine the composition of this 20,000-year-old explosion’s debris.

2015-04-29 23:02:45

Groundbreaking images of the Sun captured by scientists at NJIT’s Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) give a first-ever detailed view of the interior structure of umbrae – the dark patches in

2015-04-28 23:01:23

Big Bear Observatory Captures Groundbreaking Images of Flaring Solar Flux Ropes Newark, NJ (PRWEB) April 28, 2015 Scientists at NJIT’s Big Bear Solar

2015-04-22 23:08:46

Solar energy start up, SolBid has made it their mission to help schools from the looming educational budget deficit in the U.S.

The immense Andromeda galaxy, also known as Messier 31 or simply M31, is captured in full in this new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The mosaic covers an area equivalent to more than 100 full moons, or five degrees across the sky.
2015-04-19 00:36:36

You mean to tell us there are no Wookies, Klingons, or Sontarans out there?

dark matter
2015-04-16 10:41:46

By observing colliding galaxies with the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have found evidence suggesting for the first time that dark matter may interact with other dark matter in a way other than through gravity.


Latest Astrophysics 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...

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...

How Solar Cycles Impact Our Weather Here On Earth
2013-01-13 09:10:34

Solar cycles: what are they and why should we care about them? Solar cycles are made up of what are known as solar minimums (min) and solar maximums (max). We refer to a solar min at the time when the sun is not active with many sunspots, while a solar max is just the opposite when we see a large increase in sunspot activity. So how long do solar cycles last? Typically they run on what is known as an 11 year cycle from the max to the min and then start over again anew. As of 2012 we...

Physics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Physics is a natural science involving the study of matter and its motion through space-time, along with related concepts such as energy and force. On a broader scale, it also involves the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves. Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines, perhaps the oldest through its inclusion of astronomy. Physics was part of natural philosophy until the Scientific Revolution in the 16th century, when the natural...

Astronomy and Astrophysics Review
2012-04-25 09:55:47

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published quarterly by Springer Science Business Media. The editor-in-chief is Thierry Courvoisier. It was first published in April 1989. The journal covers all areas of astronomy and astrophysics, including cosmic ray physics, studies in the solar system, astrobiology, developments in laboratory or particle physics relevant to astronomy, instrumentation, computational or statistical methods with specific...

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Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.