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Insights Into Unusual Dwarf Star Provided By Kepler
2013-06-04 08:36:46

University of Delaware Astronomer John Gizis of the University of Delaware, working with data obtained by the Kepler mission, is studying a highly unusual dwarf star and its powerful flares that may hold clues to the likelihood of life on other planets as well as to the behavior of our Sun. Known as an L dwarf, this coolest type of star is about 53 light-years from Earth. Gizis, who discovered it two years ago using a ground-based  telescope, has now conducted additional research...

Tiny Telescopes Ready To Study Sun's Future And The Origins Of Atoms
2013-05-29 05:17:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The smallest space telescope to ever hit the cosmos will soon start observing the largest stars in history. The BRIght Target Explorer (BRITE) telescopes will target the sky for the most luminous stars in our galaxy. Eventually, the two currently in orbit will be part of a "constellation" of telescopes in orbit that will monitor the sky regularly for years to come. Each BRITE satellite holds a small optical telescope feeding a CCD...

Scientists Has Plan To Revive Defunct Kepler Telescope
2013-05-16 14:29:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced yesterday that its Kepler space telescope is stuck in standby mode, but one professor is already coming up with ideas to try and revive the observatory. Scott Hubbard, a consulting professor of aeronautics and astronautics, helped guide the Kepler mission when he served as director of NASA Ames Research Center. He has devised a few plans for the space agency that could potentially help bring the planet-hunting spacecraft...

Kepler's Dozen - On The Hunt For Distant Worlds
2013-05-15 04:25:44

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Since its launch in 2009 the Kepler spacecraft has identified more than 2,500 planet candidates in our galaxy. Of these, several hundred have been confirmed as planets by ground based observatories. The observatory operates by monitoring stars in our galactic neighborhood and watching for tiny dips in the observed brightness. As the dips are repeated over time, researchers can deduce the presence of planets and even...

einstein planet
2013-05-14 05:41:28

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The field of exoplanet research — the study of planets outside of our solar system — has exploded in the last decade as new instruments have come online that have dramatically increased our ability to find new worlds. Perhaps the most important player in the game is the Kepler mission. It primarily works by analyzing stars in our galaxy and looking for tiny changes in a star´s brightness. As a planet...

Three From JPL Included On Time Magazine 'Most Influential' List
2013-04-19 15:11:39

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory On a new list of the 100 most influential people on Earth, three work at the same California address, where they've led projects to study things that are not on Earth. The list announced today by TIME Magazine includes Don Yeomans, Pete Theisinger and Richard Cook, all at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Yeomans manages NASA's Near-Earth Objects Program Office at JPL, which coordinates the search for and tracking of asteroids and...

2013-04-17 16:23:59

NASA will host a news briefing at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT), Thursday, April 18, to announce new discoveries from the agency's Kepler mission. The briefing will be held at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and will be broadcast live on NASA Television and on the agency's website. The briefing will also be streamed live at: http://www.ustream.tv/NASAJPL2, with a moderated Web chat featuring Kepler Deputy Project Scientist Nick Gautier of NASA's Jet Propulsion...

Human Asteroid Exploration: The Long And Storied Path
2013-04-17 10:43:01

NASA Within NASA´s new FY2014 budget proposal lies a project known as the Asteroid Retrieval and Utilization Mission. This project would be the first to capture a small near-Earth asteroid and safely redirect it to a lunar orbit so that astronauts can visit and explore it. Such a mission would expand scientific knowledge of the origins of both humanity and the universe. The goal of asteroid retrieval is not a new endeavor for NASA. In fact, the idea dates to the earliest days of...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

NEAR-Shoemaker Mission -- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its launch in honor of Gene Shoemaker, is an unmanned spacecraft designed to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The primary scientific objectives of NEAR were to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros. Secondary objectives include studies of regolith...

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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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