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2012-06-07 19:11:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com New research published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society indicates that black holes are able to change gears, similar to an engine. Black holes are able to swallow up matter, and return a lot of energy to the Universe in exchange for the mass they eat. When a black hole attracts mass, they trigger the release of intense X-ray radiation and power strong jets.  However, scientists have been baffled because not all black...

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2011-04-25 08:40:00

By Dauna Coulter - Science@NASA "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known," wrote Carl Sagan. And now you can be the one to find it, thanks to Zooniverse, a unique citizen science website. Zooniverse volunteers, who call themselves "Zooites," are working on a project called Galaxy Zoo, classifying distant galaxies imaged by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.1 "Not only are people better than computers at detecting the subtleties that differentiate galaxies, they can do things...

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2011-01-10 15:00:11

One of the strangest space objects ever seen is being scrutinized by the penetrating vision of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. A mysterious, glowing green blob of gas is floating in space near a spiral galaxy. Hubble uncovered delicate filaments of gas and a pocket of young star clusters in the giant object, which is the size of our Milky Way galaxy. The Hubble revelations are the latest finds in an ongoing probe of Hanny's Voorwerp (Hanny's Object in Dutch), named for Hanny van Arkel, the...

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2010-11-04 11:10:00

Suzanne Taylor Muzzin, Yale University While sorting through hundreds of galaxy images as part of the Galaxy Zoo citizen science project two years ago, Dutch schoolteacher and volunteer astronomer Hanny van Arkel stumbled upon a strange-looking object that baffled professional astronomers. Two years later, a team led by Yale University researchers has discovered that the unique object represents a snapshot in time that reveals surprising clues about the life cycle of black holes. In a new...

2008-08-06 18:00:06

A Dutch schoolteacher taking part in an online research project has discovered a gaseous object that astronomers say is of unknown origin. Hanny van Arkel was one of more than 150,000 volunteer amateur astronomers who last year helped classify more than 1 million images on the Web site galaxyzoo.org. She reported she was unable to classify an irregular, green, glowing object. Yale astrophysicist Kevin Schawinski and colleagues at Oxford University say van Arkel might have found a new...

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2008-08-06 08:45:00

Even though it was discovered by a Dutch primary school teacher it's not a fairytale, in fact, it's a "cosmic ghost" that could possibly represent a new class of astronomical objects. While volunteering with the Galaxy Zoo project - which enlists the public to help classify galaxies online - the 25 year old teacher Hanny van Arkel, discovered the strange, gaseous object with a hole in the middle. "At first, we had no idea what it was. It could have been in our solar system, or at the edge...


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