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2011-05-04 09:30:00

The Meathook Galaxy, or NGC 2442, in the southern constellation of Volans (The Flying Fish), is easily recognized for its asymmetric spiral arms.

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2010-08-24 08:20:00

Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have discovered five planets orbiting a star in what is being called "the biggest discovery of so-called exoplanets since the first was logged 15 years ago."


Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.