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Heliophysics Nuggets Help Map Tons Of Meteoric Dust In The Sky
2013-08-09 10:46:01

NASA Heliophysics nuggets are a collection of early science results, new research techniques, and instrument updates that further our attempt to understand the sun and the dynamic space weather system that surrounds Earth. On Aug.11 and 12, 2013, the annual Perseid meteor shower will peak, filling the sky with streaks of light, commonly known as shooting stars. Such visually stunning showers are actually but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to meteoroids slamming into Earth's...

2013-08-07 23:26:48

Red Comet, an Accredited, Self-Paced, Online High School Launches an Elective Credit Course on Parenting. Prosser, WA (PRWEB) August 07, 2013 Red Comet launches a brand new elective titled “Real World Parenting”. Parenting is a challenge that most students will encounter sometime during their lifetime. Many people understand how to parent but very few understand how to parent effectively. “Red Comet’s brand new online high school course on ‘Real World Parenting’ is a direct...

Waxing Moon Won't Affect Decent Perseid Meteor Shower This Year
2013-08-06 07:29:32

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Late last month, NASA's Bill Cooke explained "one meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other." Now, two more sources are coming on board and alerting that this year's Perseid meteor shower will be one of the best displays in recent years. According to StarDate magazine, this year's Perseid meteor shower will peak on the nights of August 11 and 12, with prime viewing times beginning after midnight on both nights. The...

Graveyard Of Comets Discovered
2013-08-03 07:48:35

Royal Astronomical Society A team of astronomers from the University of Anitoquia, Medellin, Colombia, have discovered a graveyard of comets. The researchers, led by Antioquia astronomer Prof. Ignacio Ferrin, describe how some of these objects, inactive for millions of years, have returned to life leading them to name the group the 'Lazarus comets'. The team published their results in the Oxford University Press journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Comets are...

Spitzer Spots Hula Hoop Star System
2013-07-31 15:47:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have discovered a young stellar system known as YLW 16A containing three developing stars that work together like a hula hoop. Two of the stars within YLW 16A are surrounded by a disk of material left over from the star-formation process, and as the two stars whirl around each other, they periodically peek from the disk that girds them like a hula hoop. The hoop appears to be misaligned from the central star pair, most...

Comet ISON May Fizzle Out
2013-07-30 10:54:51

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Once dubbed "the Comet of the Century," Comet ISON may prematurely fizzle out before its much anticipated spectacular debut, according to an analysis from astronomer Ignacio Ferrin, with the University of Antioquia in Colombia. "The future of comet ISON does not look bright," Ferrin said in a statement. According to the astronomer's calculations, the comet has not increased in brightness since the middle of January - a somewhat...

2013-07-29 23:21:25

Red Comet, an Accredited, Self-Paced, Online High School Launches a Credit Course on International Business. Prosser, WA (PRWEB) July 29, 2013 Red Comet’s brand new online high school elective “International Business: Global Commerce in the 21st Century” takes an in-depth look at what it takes to do business across the world. Global Business is an exciting topic in the business community today. This course helps students develop the appreciation, knowledge, skills, and abilities...

Perseids Identified By NASA As Most Active Annual Meteor Shower
2013-07-29 10:14:59

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: Perseid Fireballs ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Meteor showers are some of the most exciting and unpredictable displays of nature and a team of NASA astronomers have just identified one shower as the most active of any annual display. "We have found that one meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other," said Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO). "It's the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks on August...

Cometary Origins For Most Centaurs: WISE
2013-07-26 04:44:52

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The small celestial bodies orbiting between the sun and Jupiter and Neptune are known as centaurs, and their true identity has been one of the enduring mysteries of astrophysics. Previously, scientists have questioned, are they asteroids or comets? A new study, published in the Astrophysical Journal, using observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) finds most centaurs are comets. Astronomers have been unsure...


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2007-04-10 16:02:02

A Shubunkin is a type of single-tailed goldfish with calico coloration, a combination of orange, white, black, red, and blue markings, blue being the most desired. They are similar to the common goldfish and the comet goldfish. Also called speckled goldfish, harlequin goldfish, calico goldfish, and coronation fish, they were developed in Japan about a hundred years ago by crossing calico fantails with single-tailed goldfish to produce a hardy, able swimmer with bright colors. There are...

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2007-04-10 14:06:21

A Fantail goldfish is a standard "fancy" type of goldfish. It has a dual-lobed tail, unlike its cousin the common or comet. Its fins can be different sizes, ranging from 1-3 in or more in length. A typical fantail has paired fins, including anal fins, a single dorsal fin, and a round, pointed body shape. It can range in color, from bronze (known as chocolate), orange, red, calico, and mixes of the colors. It is the third hardiest of the fancy goldfish with Comet first and Shubunkin second,...

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2007-04-10 13:51:34

The Comet is a commonly kept form of goldfish, the only type to have originated in the United States. They first appeared in the ponds of the Fish Commission in Washington in the early 1880s. Hugo Mullertt was the first person to bring the Comet goldfish to the market in a large quantity. Characterized by a long, tall, flowing tailfin they can be differentiated from the common goldfish, although otherwise they are very similar. Both of these varieties are quite hardy and will do well in...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Comet -- A comet is a small body from the outer reaches of the solar system similar to an asteroid but composed of ice. Often described as "dirty snowballs," they are composed largely of carbon dioxide ice, methane ice, and water ice with a mixture of dust and small stony aggregates mixed in. Comets are thought to be small pieces of debris left over from the formation of the solar system, representing a sample of the original composition of the nebula that condensed to form the Sun and all...

Solar System
2012-10-22 06:09:41

The Solar System refers to the area in space that is dominated by our own Sun. It is comprised of the Sun and its associated astronomical objects that are held in its gravitational orbit. The Solar System was formed as a result of the collapse of a giant molecular cloud approximately 4.6 billion years ago. The mass of this system is located almost entirely in the Sun. Apart from the Sun, a high percentage of the remainder of the system’s mass is located in the eight solitary planets that...

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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'