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Amateur Astronomers Could Be NASA's New Hope For Planet Hunting
2013-09-05 14:16:35

[ Watch the Video: Help NASA Hunt For Exoplanets ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Open Source Differential Photometry Code for Amateur Astronomy Research (OSCAAR) program will allow amateur astronomers to find exoplanets. The US space agency is calling out all amateur astronomers who are seeking to find world's beyond our Solar System. People wanting to get involved who have a telescope will be able to pick up where Kepler left off after a malfunction left...

Fluffy Disk Baby Star
2013-08-27 09:17:10

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers from the Strategic Exploration of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru Telescope (SEEDS) project, an effort to search out other worlds, has turned its attention to a somewhat unusual source. Using the Subaru Telescope’s High Contrast Instrument for the Subaru Next Generation Adaptive Optics (HiCIAO), scientists were interested in a young star known as Ry Tau (Tauri) located some 460 light-years from Earth. Around this...

Exoplanet Discovered That Makes Full Orbit In Under Nine Hours
2013-08-19 09:55:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists from MIT have discovered an exoplanet 700 light-years away that fully orbits its host star every 8.5 hours. The scientists wrote in The Astrophysical Journal the earth-sized planet, Kepler 78b, has one of the shortest orbital periods ever detected. They have estimated its surface temperatures may reach more than 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit due to its extremely close orbital position. Kepler 78b is so close to its star the...

Kepler Mission Cannot Be Restored
2013-08-16 04:33:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online After spending several months attempting to restore the Kepler Space Telescope to full working order, NASA announced on Thursday it was throwing in the towel – though the observatory could continue to function in a somewhat limited capacity. According to the US space agency, two of Kepler’s four gyroscope-like reaction wheels have failed – one in July 2012 and the other in May. Those wheels are used to precisely direct the...

Series Of Striking On-sky Images Taken By FLAMINGOS-2 Released Today
2013-08-09 07:57:15

Gemini Observatory Gemini Observatory’s latest tool for astronomers, a second-generation infrared instrument called FLAMINGOS-2, has “traveled a long road” to begin science observations for the Gemini scientific community. Recent images taken by FLAMINGOS-2 during its last commissioning phase dramatically illustrate that the instrument was worth the wait for astronomers around the world who are anxious to begin using it. “It’s already one of our most requested instruments at...

Super-Jupiter Planet Observed By Astronomers Using the Subaru Telescope
2013-08-06 05:23:10

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There are several techniques employed by astronomers to discover planets orbiting distant stars. The most popular techniques seek transits - where a planet will pass directly in front of a star, blocking part of its light. Based on the length of the transit, the amount of light that is blocked, and other factors, astronomers can infer a lot of information about the planet. Additionally, researchers will find planets by...

New Explorer Mission Chooses The 'Goldilocks Orbit'
2013-08-01 08:05:06

NASA Principal Investigator George Ricker likes to call it the "Goldilocks orbit" -- it's not too close to Earth and her Moon, and it's not too far. In fact, it's just right. And as a result of this never-before-used orbit -- advanced and fine-tuned by NASA engineers and other members of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) team -- the Explorer mission led by Ricker will be perfectly positioned to map the locations of more than 500 transiting exoplanets, extrasolar planets...

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...

Pulsating Star Observations Shed New Light On Planetary Systems
2013-07-30 09:10:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of scientists, including physicists at New York University, Princeton University and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, has devised a method for measuring the internal properties of a star that offers more accurate assessments of the star's orbiting planets. The team examined a star approximately 92 light-years away and almost 20 percent more massive than our Sun, called HD 52265. Scientists...

Latest Extrasolar planet Reference Libraries

Planetary Astronomy
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: Artistic concept of a planetary system. Credit: Wikipedia/NASA/JPL-Caltech The term Astronomy encompasses a broad range of topics, including the study of stars, galaxies, and planets. In order to focus on the different areas of study, many subfields of astronomy emerge. One such area is the study of planets known, appropriately, as Planetary Astronomy. Observational Planetary Astronomy Even within the field of Planetary Astronomy, there are several divisions to...

Planetary and Space Science
2012-05-28 10:21:45

Planetary and Space Science is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1959 and published by Elsevier 15 times per year. As of May 2012, the editor-in-chief is Rita Schulz (The Netherlands). The journal publishes original research articles and short communications. The main focus is on solar system processes which encompass multiple areas of the natural sciences. Research that involves planetary and space sciences involves many disciplines. Celestial mechanics is part of these...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Terrestrial Planet -- A terrestrial planet is a planet that is mostly composed of silicate rocks and may or may not have a relatively thin atmosphere. The term is derived from the Greek word for Earth, so an alternate definition would be those planets that are more Earth-like than not. Terrestrial planets are very different from gas giants, which may or may not have solid surfaces and are composed mostly of hydrogen and helium in various physical states. Only one terrestrial planet,...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Planet -- A planet is a body of considerable mass that orbits a star and that doesn't produce energy through nuclear fusion. Until recently, only nine were known (all of them in our own Solar system). As of the end of 2002 over 100 are known, with all of the new discoveries being extrasolar planets. Astronomers often call asteroids minor planets, and call the larger planetary bodies (those which are commonly called planets) major planets. Planets within the solar system can be...

Gas Giant
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Gas Giant -- A gas giant is a generic astronomical term invented by the science fiction writer James Blish to describe any large planet that is not composed mostly of rock or other solid matter. Gas giants may still have a solid core - in fact, it is expected that such a core is probably required for a gas giant to form - but the majority of its mass is in the form of gas (or gas compressed into a liquid state). Unlike rocky planets, gas giants do not have a well-defined surface. There...

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