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Hubble Reveals Deepest View  Ever Of The Universe
2012-09-26 05:09:28

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers using the Hubble Telescope have assembled a new and improved portrait of our deepest-ever view of the Universe. The eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) photo was compiled by combining ten years worth of NASA and ESA Hubble Space Telescope observations taken of a patch of sky within the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is a small area of space in the Fornax (The Furnace) constellation created using Hubble...

Artificial Intelligence Maps The Universe
2012-09-24 11:48:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have developed an algorithm that is able to chart and explain accurately the structure and dynamics of the universe. The team developed a new algorithm based on artificial intelligence which provides results that are close to the observed distribution of motion and galaxies. It has been hard for astronomers to explain the distribution of galaxies. Five percent of the universe is made of normal matter, making up the...

Spitzer And Hubble Telescopes Discover Furthest Galaxy Ever
2012-09-19 19:01:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, light took off, then traveled 13.2 billion light-years until it was finally picked up by NASA's telescopes. Astronomers have identified the furthest galaxy ever using NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes. The light captured by the telescope was from when the universe was just 500 million years old, according to NASA. "This galaxy is the most distant object we have ever...

2012-09-18 17:49:27

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers are finding ways to map out the spread and structure of the universe through the light of quasars. Scientists have developed a technique that could offer up a never before seen look back to a time just after the Big Bang. They found, while analyzing the visible light from a small group of quasars, that patterns of light variation over time were consistent from one quasar to another when corrected for the celestial...

Dark Energy Almost 100 Percent Proven?
2012-09-13 09:56:52

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Since the 1990's, dark energy has been the most accepted hypothesis to explain the expansion rate of the Universe. A hypothetical form of energy, dark energy is thought to permeate all of space and accounts for about 73% of the total mass-energy of the universe. According to a team of astronomers from the University of Portsmouth and LMU University Munich, dark energy isn't so theoretical anymore. They say, it is really there....

2012-09-10 23:03:19

Howard Bloom, who´s been called “the next Stephen Hawking” and the “Einstein, Newton, Darwin, and Freud of the 21st Century,” has written a monumental new tome for anyone curious about the beginning, middle, and end of the cosmos. Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) September 10, 2012 How does an inanimate universe manage the God-like feat of creating itself from absolutely nothing? And what enables it, after pulling itself up by its own cosmic bootstraps, to continue to...

Early Universe Lit Up By Explosion Of Growth
2012-09-07 05:29:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the University of California, Berkeley indicates that the birth of the first massive galaxies that lit up the early universe was an explosive event, happening faster and ending sooner than suspected. Around 13 billion years ago, when the universe was about 750 million years old, extremely bright, active galaxies formed and fully illuminated the universe, according to Oliver Zahn, a postdoctoral fellow at the Berkeley...

Big Bang Tracked With Hydrogen Atoms
2012-09-06 12:43:42

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If the eyes are the windows to your soul, the stars are the windows to our galactic past because they can unveil the history of our Universe. The farther away a star is, the older it is. The Universe is estimated to be 14 billion years old, but our current telescopes can only see galaxies about 700 million years old and only then when the galaxy is unusually large or as the result of a big event like a stellar explosion. An...

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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...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Large-Scale Structure of the Cosmos -- Stars are organised into galaxies which in turn appear to form clusters and superclusters, separated by voids. Prior to 1989 it was commonly assumed that the superclusters were the largest structures in existence, and that they were distributed more-or-less uniformly throughout the universe in every direction. However, in 1989, Margaret Geller and John Huchra discovered the "Great Wall", a sheet of galaxies more than 500 million light years long...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cosmology -- area of science that aims at a comprehensive theory of the structure and evolution of the entire physical universe. Modern Cosmological Theories Present models of the universe hold two fundamental premises: the cosmological principle and the dominant role of gravitation. Derived by Hubble, the cosmological principle holds that if a large enough sample of galaxies is considered, the universe looks the same from all positions and in all directions in space. The second point...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Redshift -- Redshift is the phenomenon that the frequency of light when observed, under certain circumstances, can be lower than the frequency of light when it was emitted at the source. This usually occurs when the source moves away from the observer, as in the Doppler effect. More specifically, the term redshift is used for the observation that the spectrum of light emitted by distant galaxies is shifted to lower frequencies (towards the red end of the spectrum, hence the name) when...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Quasar -- A quasar (from quasi-stellar radio source) is an astronomical object that looks like a star in optical telescopes (i.e. it is a point source), but has a very high redshift. The general consensus is that this high redshift is cosmological, the result of Hubble's law and that their redshift indicates that they are typically very distant from Earth; we observe them as they were several billions of years ago. Since we can see them despite their distance, they must emit more...

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