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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...

NASA Attempts 'Hail Mary' To Recover Kepler Space Telescope
2013-07-19 14:23:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is launching a last-ditch "Hail Mary" attempt to try and bring its Kepler mission back to life. The US space agency said that over the next week, the Kepler team will attempt tests to explore recovery of the spacecraft's reaction wheels, which failed back in May. Kepler needs its reaction wheels to help stabilize it as it searches for exoplanets around distant stars. The team will be continuing its efforts to conduct tests on...

Planets May Keep Warmer In A Cool Star System
2013-07-19 13:49:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study published in the journal Astrobiology, planets orbiting cooler stars may be more likely to remain ice-free than planets around hotter stars. Stars emit different types of light, with hotter stars emitting high-energy visible and ultraviolet light, and cooler stars giving off infrared and near-infrared light. A new climate model found that planets orbiting cool stars actually may be warmer and less icy than...

Hunting For Exoplanets
2013-07-19 10:34:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The hunt is on for planets that, like Earth, have the conditions necessary for life to survive on their surfaces. But what exactly are scientists looking for? Earlier this week, NASA officials shed a little light on precisely what conditions they are seeking on worlds located beyond our solar system. These worlds, which are also known as exoplanets, have to meet a handful of different criteria in order to be considered potentially...

UK Launches SETI Network
2013-07-06 04:47:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online To promote academic research in the UK relating to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), a new network has been launched. Academics from 11 institutions across the UK are being brought together by the UK SETI Research Network (UKSRN), whose Patron is the Royal Astronomer, Professor Martin Rees. The network covers a wide range of diverse topics, including potential methods for detecting signals, the linguistic challenge...

Wind And Clouds Play An Important Role In Hot Jupiter Atmospheres
2013-07-05 05:27:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers studying eight exoplanets falling into the "hot-Jupiter" class suggest winds and clouds play an important role in the atmospheric make up of these exotic planets. Hot-Jupiters are giant planets similar in size to Jupiter, but orbiting very close to their stars. Astronomers are able to detect which gases are present in their atmosphere by analyzing the spectrum of starlight filtered through the planet's atmosphere when it...


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...

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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,...

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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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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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