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Geminids Meteor Shower Broadcast Live
2014-01-02 13:51:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Quadrantids meteor shower will be helping to kick off the new year with a bang, displaying up to 80 meteors per hour on Friday. The meteor shower will only last for a few hours on the morning of January 3. NASA said that only people in the northern hemisphere will be able to see the shower. “The Quadranids [sic], will present an excellent chance for hardy souls to start the year off with some late-night meteor watching,”...

Curious Flips Observed In Tau Boo's Magnetic Cycle
2013-07-04 03:58:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One star sitting 51 light years away in the constellation of Bootes has a magnetic cycle that is puzzling astronomers. Dr Rim Fares presented the first observations of the complete magnetic cycle of Tau Bootis, or Tau Boo, at the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting in St Andrews this week. These are the first observations of the complete magnetic cycle of a star other than our Sun. According to the findings, in...

Quadrantids To Provide Brief, Beautiful Show On Jan. 4
2012-01-03 02:00:49

The 2012 Quadrantids, a little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation, will present an excellent chance for hardy souls to start the year off with some late-night meteor watching. Peaking in the wee morning hours of Jan. 4, the Quadrantids have a maximum rate of about 100 per hour, varying between 60-200. The waxing gibbous moon will set around 3 a.m. local time, leaving about two hours of excellent meteor observing before dawn. It's a good thing, too, because unlike the...

2008-09-10 13:30:00

Data from satellites and observatories around the globe show a jet from a powerful stellar explosion witnessed March 19 was aimed almost directly at Earth. NASA's Swift satellite detected the explosion - formally named GRB 080319B - at 2:13 a.m. EDT that morning and pinpointed its position in the constellation Bootes. The event, called a gamma-ray burst, became bright enough for human eyes to see. Observations of the event are giving astronomers the most detailed portrait of a burst ever...

2008-03-20 15:00:00

A powerful stellar explosion detected March 19 by NASA's Swift satellite has shattered the record for the most distant object that could be seen with the naked eye. The explosion was a gamma ray burst. Most gamma ray bursts occur when massive stars run out of nuclear fuel. Their cores collapse to form black holes or neutron stars, releasing an intense burst of high-energy gamma rays and ejecting particle jets that rip through space at nearly the speed of light like turbocharged cosmic...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Ursa Major (big bear) Constellation -- Location: Northern Hemisphere; Coordinates: Right Ascension: 11h; Declination: +50; Source: Greek, Roman, and Native American mythology The constellation name, Ursa Major, means Big Bear. The "bear" association has its origins in two major civilizations which saw two very different bears in the sky. The Greeks who named this constellation (later translated into the Latin name we use today) thought that the stars outlined the shape of a bear walking...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Canes Venatici (hunting dogs) Constellation -- Location: Northern Hemisphere; Coordinates: Right Ascension: 13h; Declination: +40; Source: Created by astronomer Johannes Hevelius around 1687 Hevelius was an observational astronomer who cataloged stars, and created some new constellations in parts of the sky where none had been marked out by earlier civilizations. The constellation of Canes Venatici, consisting mainly of two bright stars, is supposed to represent the two hunting dogs of...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Bootes Constellation -- Bootes (the herdsman) is one of the 88 modern constellations and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. It contains the bright star Arcturus. The constellation is located between 0 and +60 declination, 13 and 16 hours of right ascension on the celestial sphere. The exact person who Botes is supposed to represent is not clear. According to one version, he was a man (name would be helpful) who was robbed by his brother of everything he had. He...

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