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2009-06-11 09:31:01

U.S. astronomers using radio telescopes to measure the distance to a distant galaxy have created a yardstick for calibrating large astronomical distances. The radio astronomers said their yardstick also demonstrates an important method that could help determine the nature of the so-called dark energy that pervades the universe. We measured a direct, geometric distance to the galaxy, independent of the complications and assumptions inherent in other techniques, James Braatz of the National...

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2009-06-08 12:40:00

Radio astronomers have directly measured the distance to a faraway galaxy, providing a valuable "yardstick" for calibrating large astronomical distances and demonstrating a vital method that could help determine the elusive nature of the mysterious Dark Energy that pervades the Universe."We measured a direct, geometric distance to the galaxy, independent of the complications and assumptions inherent in other techniques. The measurement highlights a valuable method that can be used to...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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