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Worldwide Contest To Name Exoplanets And Their Host Stars
2014-07-09 03:48:54

International Astronomical Union For the first time, in response to the public’s increased interest in being part of discoveries in astronomy, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is organizing a worldwide contest to give popular names to selected exoplanets along with their host stars. The proposed names will be submitted by astronomy clubs and non-profit organizations interested in astronomy, and votes will be cast by the public from across the world through the web platform...

2012-03-05 14:25:00

New version of Distant Suns Astronomy App for iPad and iPhone contains listings of astronomical events direct from the NASA's Night Sky Network and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, up to 100% improvement in display performance, and improved imagery of its realistic displays of the night sky. Distant Suns is available for iOS devices, including the new iPad3. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) March 05, 2012 First Light Design ([Distant Suns), today announced release of version 3.3 of its...

2011-07-17 00:08:05

The Alabama-Japan Fashion Show Fundraiser will be held Thursday, July 21, 2011 at the Westin Hotel in Huntsville, Alabama from 6:00 pm "“ 9:00 pm. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 16, 2011 Due to the stifling after effects that continue to plague the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor-spill survivors of the Tohoku region of Japan, Hollywood/Japanese actor Shin Koyamada's non-profit organization the Shin Koyamada Foundation (SKF) has also upped their efforts to bring hope and help to...

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2011-01-31 11:55:00

The Isle of Sark, the smallest of four main Channel Islands, earned the title "Dark Sky Island" for its spectacular night sky views. Sark has its fair share of visitors in the summer months and is also a haven for rare wildlife. The island is full of wildflower walks, scarecrow competitions and sheep races. The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) has declared Sark the first "dark sky island" in the world. The organization is devoted to preserving the darkest and most beautiful night...

2009-12-30 07:20:00

BREMERTON, Wash., Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. is pleased to announce the official launch of Nightshade(TM), open source astronomy simulation and visualization software specifically tailored to digital planetarium and educator use. Nightshade offers a realistic simulation of the sky when and where the user chooses. Nightshade renders over 100,000 stars in stunning realism and in situ images of deep sky objects of note, including many Hubble Space Telescope...

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2009-06-30 11:20:00

An imaginary mouse (temporarily) occupied part of the sky, as the winning entry for a competition to design a new constellation for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009). The mouse or "ËœWee Sleekit Beastie' (or "ËœOde to a Mouse') was created by Laura, a year 7 pupil at Dalmeny Primary School in Edinburgh. She received the award from Liz Lochead, the Scottish Poet Laureate, in a ceremony in the planetarium at Glasgow Science Center on 30th June. In the...


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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Amateur Astronomy -- Amateur astronomy, also called backyard astronomy, is a hobby whose participants enjoy watching the night sky (and the day sky too, for sunspots, eclipses, etc.), and the plethora of objects found in it, mainly with portable telescopes and binoculars. Even though scientific research is not their main goal, many amateur astronomers make a contribution to astronomy by monitoring variable stars, tracking asteroids and discovering transient objects, such as comets. Such...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'