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2011-06-29 07:35:00

GREENBELT, Md., June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Helen Look-Yat Taylor studied vigilantly along with her late father, Cosmologist Manhin Look-Yat, on the discovery of true planetary motions based on an orbiting sun. She took up the baton in the completion of his works upon his death in 1993, publishing the first edition of the manuscript entitled True Planetary Motions and Rhythmic Climatic Changes in late 2010. She will speak publicly for the first time on this discovery with a presentation...

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2010-10-26 11:04:51

A few swipes of the pen in Brussels yesterday forged the latest link in the chain of Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system. ESA signed a contract with Spaceopal, the company providing ground-based services needed to operate the Galileo constellation once it has been fully deployed. The agreement on October 25 was signed by Ren© Oosterlinck, ESA's Director of the Galileo Program and Navigation-related activities, and by Francesco D'Amore and Hubertus Wanke, both Managing Directors...

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2010-06-09 12:30:00

Two of Galileo's fingers have gone on display in a Florence museum after admirers removed them from his corpse in the 18th century. The Museum of the History of Science had shut down for two years for renovations.  It reopened on Tuesday and renamed itself the Galileo Museum. The museum director announced last year that the thumb and middle finger from Galileo's right hand had turned up at an auction and were recognized as being the fingers of the scientist, who died in 1642.  The...

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2010-05-04 14:45:00

A Jesuit priest at Vatican City, who is also the chief astronomer, says that star-gazing helps bring him closer to God. Jose Gabriel Funes, director of the Vatican's astronomic observatory, told the AFP news agency that he became an astronomer in order to "get closer to God who created the universe." While at the observatory in the park surrounding the pope's summer home, he remarked: "We wonder the same things that our secular colleagues do -- how does the universe work, how did it...

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2009-12-10 10:25:00

Project 1640 sees the unknown using a novel technique known to Galileo Next time you spy the Big Dipper, keep in mind that there is another star, invisible to the unaided eye, contributing to this constellation. According to a new paper published in The Astrophysical Journal, one of the stars that makes the bend in the ladle's handle, Alcor, has a smaller red dwarf companion. Newly discovered Alcor B orbits its larger sibling and was caught in the act with an innovative technique called...

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2009-11-21 07:20:00

The tooth, thumb and finger of the much celebrated Italian scientist Galileo Galilei have been discovered by an art collector, Italy's History of Science Museum announced on Friday. Scientists and historians took these parts, along with another finger and a vertebrae, during a burial ceremony in 1642, nearly a century after his death, reported Reuters. For those 95 years after his death, church authorities refused to allow Galileo to be buried in consecrated ground because his...

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2009-11-11 06:10:00

The Catholic Church has come a long way since locking up Galileo for questioning whether the universe revolves around the Earth. The Vatican is now calling upon experts to investigate the possibility of extraterrestrial alien life and what that would mean for the Church and its beliefs, reported the Associated Press. Astronomer and director of the Vatican Observatory Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes said, "The questions of life's origins and of whether life exists elsewhere in the universe are very...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Galileo Probe -- The Galileo probe was an unmanned probe sent by NASA to study the planet Jupiter and its moons. Named after the astronomer Galileo Galilei, it was launched on October 18 1989 by the Space Shuttle Atlantis and arrived at Jupiter on December 7 1995. Galileo's launch had been significantly delayed by the hiatus in Space Shuttle launches that occurred after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and new safety protocols that were implemented as a result forced Galileo to use...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Sunspot -- A sunspot is a region on the Sun's surface (photosphere) that is marked by a lower temperature than its surroundings, and intense magnetic activity. Although they are blindingly bright, at temperatures of roughly 5000 Kelvin, the contrast with the surrounding material at some 6000 Kelvin leaves them clearly visible as dark spots. Interestingly, if they were isolated from the surrounding photosphere they would be brighter than an electric arc. History Apparent references...

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