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Molecular Cloud Explains Star Formation
2013-10-22 12:16:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The molecular clouds that float about the universe hold the ingredients for star formation, and a new study from researchers at University of California, San Diego has confirmed the mechanics behind three observed relationships describing the internal forces acting within these clouds, called Larson’s Laws. First postulated in 1981 by Richard Larson, a professor of astronomy at Yale, Larson's Laws detail the observation-based...

Astronomer Helps Research Team See Misaligned Planets In Distant System
2013-10-17 16:04:40

Iowa State University Using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, an international team of astronomers has discovered a distant planetary system featuring multiple planets orbiting at a severe tilt to their host star. Such tilted orbits had been found in planetary systems featuring a "hot Jupiter," a giant planet in a close orbit to its host star. But, until now, they hadn't been observed in multiplanetary systems without such a big interloping planet. The discovery is reported in...

diamonds on Jupiter and Saturn
2013-10-10 14:56:56

[ Watch the Video: Are There Diamonds On Saturn And Jupiter? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists speaking at the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society say that Saturn and Jupiter may hold what many consider to be the key to a woman's heart: Diamonds. And lots of them. A team from the California Specialty Engineering and the University of Wisconsin, Madison said that Jupiter and Saturn could contain solid diamonds in their...

Trojan Asteroids Are More Common Than Previously Believed
2013-08-30 05:06:06

[ Watch the Video: QF99 Motion Animation ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The first Trojan asteroid sharing the orbit of Uranus has been discovered by University of British Columbia astronomers who believe the asteroid - 2011 QF99 - is part of a larger-than-expected population of transient objects temporarily trapped by the gravitational pull of the solar system's giant planets. Trojan asteroids share the orbit of a planet and occupy stable positions known as...

Modified Gravity Theory Predicts Galaxy Dynamics
2013-08-29 10:22:45

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For decades astronomers have studied the motions of galaxies – their rotations about their axes, as well as their interactions with each other – and been puzzled by what they have observed. The data suggests one of two possibilities: either these galaxies, and the space between them, contain significantly more mass than what is seen, or our physical understanding of gravity is flawed. The oft-discussed solution is that...

NASA Assigns Two Spacecraft To New Moon Study Mission
2013-07-10 08:59:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After successful completion of their science objectives earlier this year, two NASA spacecraft have been assigned a new mission to study how solar wind electrifies, alters and erodes the moon's surface. The data collected could reveal valuable information for future explorers and give planetary scientists a hint of what's happening on other worlds around the Solar System. The new mission's name is ARTEMIS, or Acceleration,...

Nature's Constants Not Constant
2013-07-05 08:29:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of astronomers wrote in the journal Physical Review Letters they were able to test a controversial theory about the constants of nature. The team studied a distant white dwarf star using the Hubble Space Telescope to measure the strength of the electromagnetic force, or alpha, one of the four fundamental forces that shape the universe as we know it. The researchers hoped to determine whether the laws of physics...

Moon Will Be Super On June 24th
2013-06-22 04:45:01

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Moon appears to be in a nearly circular orbit around the Earth. But that word "nearly" means that there are slight variations in its motion across the heavens. As it turns out, the distance from the Earth to the Moon varies by about 30,000 miles. This sounds like a lot, but it only represents about a 6-7 percent deviation from the average distance between the two bodies. On Earth, the difference between when the Moon...

Electrifying Exoplanets With Stellar Winds
2013-06-04 11:10:37

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When scientists began seeking out planets outside of our solar system, they anticipated seeing systems much like our own. Small, rocky worlds orbiting a couple of astronomical units from the host star, with the gas giant planets orbiting farther out. After all, much effort had been given to explaining how a solar system such as ours would form. Only, this is not what has been found. Many solar systems are constructed...

Elephant’s Tomb May Have Originally Been Mithras Temple
2013-05-11 08:39:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In the Roman necropolis of Carmona in Seville, Spain, there is a structure known as the Elephant´s Tomb. A new study from the University of Pablo de Olavide reveals the structure was not always used for burials. They suggest the original structure, and a window through which the sun shines directly during the equinoxes, indicate the Elephant´s Tomb was a temple of Mithraism, an unofficial religion in the Roman Empire....

Latest Celestial mechanics Reference Libraries

Earth Day
2012-04-23 12:12:49

Earth Day is a day early each year on which events are held to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. It is now coordinated worldwide through the Earth Day Network, founded by Dennis Hayes, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. The United Nations designated April 22 as International Mother Earth Day in 2009, and will continue to be held each year on April 22 through at least 2015. The name and concept of Earth Day was allegedly...

2011-06-20 11:32:36

The Summer Solstice, or "Midsummer," derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), occurs exactly when the Earth's axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. This is the time when the Sun is at its highest, or most northerly, point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. Except in the polar regions, where daylight is continuous for many months during the spring and summer, the day on which the Summer solstice occurs is the day of the year with...

2014-01-12 00:00:00

Sample Entry: Astronomy is the scientific study of stars, planets, comets, galaxies, and other phenomena that occur outside Earth's atmosphere (e.g. cosmic radiation). Astronomy deals with the evolution, physics, chemical makeup, meteorology, and motion of celestial objects, and also the formation of the universe. The word Astronomy comes from the Greek words astron (meaning "star") and nomos (meaning "law"). Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences. Since the dawn of man, people always...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Autumnal Equinox -- In astronomy, is the equinox at the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere: the moment when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward. The equinox occurs around September 22-24, varying slightly each year according to the 400 year cycle of leap years in the Gregorian Calendar. In the southern hemisphere, the equinox occurs at the same moment, but at the beginning of spring. There are two conventions for dealing with this: either the...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Satellite -- A satellite is an object that orbits another object. With sufficient tangential velocity, the object does not collide with the primary object it orbits, but maintains a distance from that object as the rate at which it falls towards that object is similar to the rate that it travels away, thus the object orbits the primary object and becomes a satellite. In other words: gravitational force serves as the centripetal force needed to make the object circle the primary...

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