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Galaxy Clusters Offer Insight On Dark Matter
2012-11-21 09:56:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dark Energy is one of the major puzzles of modern astronomy, and one tool that astronomers use to understand this force is encoded in the distribution of clusters of galaxies. A new study by a team of astronomers, led by Dr. Jeeseon Song at the University of Michigan, has yielded exquisitely precise distances of a large sample of clusters. These precise distances may lead to breakthroughs in understanding the expansion history of our...

Bright And Dim Supernovae Teach Us A Lot
2012-11-20 10:13:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A type of oddly dim exploding star is probably a class of duds, a new study using supercomputer simulations finds, but one that could throw new light on the mysterious nature of dark energy. Thousands of exploding stars are classified as type Ia supernovae, and most of them look similar to each other. This is why astrophysicists use them as accurate cosmic distance indicators, they show that the expansion of the universe is...

New Details Shed Light On Galaxy Evolution
2012-10-22 12:54:34

[WATCH VIDEO: Computer Model Shows a Disk Galaxy´s Life History] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online After a comprehensive study of hundreds of galaxies, astronomers have uncovered a surprising trend in galaxy evolution. The team studied a sample of 544 blue galaxies from the Deep Extragalactic Evolutionary Probe 2 (DEEP2) Redshift Survey, and wrote about their findings in The Astrophysical Journal. "Astronomers thought disk galaxies in the nearby...

Planetary Nebula Survey By Chandra
2012-10-11 05:21:48

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has created a sweeping new survey of dying stars — or planetary nebula — in the neighborhood of the Sun. The resulting X-ray images shed light on the violent "end game" of a Sun-like star's life. Led by Joel Kastner from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the team won seven days of observation time with Chandra in 2011-2012 to survey and...

Milky Way Larger Than Previously Thought
2012-10-06 07:49:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online The mass of the Milky Way is approximately 20% larger than previously believed, scientists from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have discovered. The NAOJ team, led by associate professor Mareki Honma, used measurements from radio telescopes, including Japan's VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) Exploration of Radio Astrometry or VERA device, to determine that the distance from the sun to the center...

Spitzer Helps Measure The Universe
2012-10-03 20:20:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has allowed astronomers to make the most precise measurement yet of the rate at which our universe is expanding. This expansion rate, also known as the Hubble Constant, is critical for understanding the age and the size of the universe. In the latest research, Spitzer took advantage of long-wavelength infrared light to make its new measurement. The newly refined value for the Hubble Constant,...

Transit Of Venus Videos Unveiled
2012-09-28 22:11:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: New Transit of Venus 2012 Movie ] [ Watch the Video: Transit of Venus 2012 From Svalbard and Canberra ] New movies of the transit of Venus that took place earlier this year clearly show the parallax effect that makes the event so important to scientists. Astronomers compressed six hours of observations and 5,000 individual images taken by optical and solar telescopes into a 40 second video. The...


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2010-09-13 16:56:08

The Coma Cluster (Abell 1656), along with the Leo Cluster, is one of two major clusters compromising the Coma Supercluster. It contains over 1000 identified galaxies. Most of the galaxies in the center of the Coma Cluster are elliptical galaxies including both dwarf and giant. However the center is dominated by NGC 4874 and NGC 4889, two giant elliptical galaxies. The brightest galaxies are visible, a few degrees north of the galactic pole, with an amateur telescope larger than 20 cm. The...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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