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How to stargaze on the Winter Solstice

How to stargaze on the Winter Solstice

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The winter solstice, December 21, is known for being the longest night of the year and astronomers at the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) suggest that the extra darkness makes for...

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2014-12-19 23:00:36

The British Geological Society issued a geomagnetic alert regarding incoming atmospheric disturbances resulting from recent Coronal Mass Ejections from the sun, projected to arrive at Earth on

magnetic reconnection
2014-12-11 06:23:08

Understanding vast systems in space requires understanding what's happening on widely different scales. Giant events can turn out to have tiny drivers -- take, for example, what rocked near-Earth space in October 2003.

Mid-Level Flare Emitted By Sun On Dec. 4, 2014
2014-12-05 03:03:10

On Dec. 4, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 1:25 p.m. EST. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.

inner core
2014-12-02 04:00:24

As much as two-thirds of Earth's carbon may be hidden in the inner core, making it the planet's largest carbon reservoir, according to a new model that even its backers acknowledge is "provocative and speculative."

2014-11-25 23:09:54

Shoppers are able to enjoy holiday sales each weekend in November at 1000Bulbs.com.

Exotic Object Probed By Swift
2014-11-20 03:34:13

In his general theory of relativity, Albert Einstein predicted that there are such things as gravitational waves. In fact, the very existence of these waves is the linchpin of the entire theory.

2014-11-18 23:05:28

Leading online LED lighting retailer launches best price/performance lineup of LED bulbs and fixtures. Golden, Colorado (PRWEB) November 18, 2014 EarthLED.com

2014-11-12 08:21:31

Get a Jump-Start on Winter, Not Your Car, with FREE Car Battery Testing and a Chance to Win Automotive Batteries, Testing and Installation Services for the Life of Your Vehicle HARTLAND, Wis.,

exozodiacal light
2014-11-03 03:45:51

Using the Very Large Telescope Interferometer in near-infrared light, a team of astronomers observed 92 nearby stars to probe exozodiacal light from hot dust close to their habitable zones and combined the new data with earlier observations.

sunspot
2014-11-02 04:00:14

An area of intense and complex magnetic fields known as an active region rotated into view on October 18, growing into the largest phenomenon of its kind in more than two decades and producing 10 significant solar flares.


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Stellar Astrophysics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The prominent feature that allows for the existence of life on Earth is the Sun. Radiation from our closest star provides heat and energy to our planet, driving biological processes and providing the necessary conditions for liquid water to naturally exist. But our Sun is only but one star in this vast Universe. And as it turns out, most stars are quite different than the one that illuminates our day. For this reason, scientists have, for hundreds of years, attempted to study the other...

Supernova
2004-10-19 04:45:42

Supernova -- A supernova is a star that increases its brightness drastically within a matter of days, making it appear as if a "new" star was born (hence "nova"). The "super" prefix distinguishes it from a mere nova, which also involves a star increasing in brightness, though to a lesser extent and through a much different mechanism. Astronomers have classified supernovae in several classes, according to the lines of different elements that appear in their spectra. The first element...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Sun -- intensely hot, self-luminous body of gases at the center of the solar system. Its gravitational attraction maintains the planets, comets, and other bodies of the solar system in their orbits. The sun is actually a star of about medium size; it appears larger than the other stars because of its relative nearness to the earth. The earth's distance from the sun varies from 91,377,000 mi (147,053,000 km) at perihelion to 94,537,000 mi (152,138,000 km) at aphelion (see apsis). The...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Crab Nebula -- The Crab Nebula (Messier 1, NGC 1952) is the object the which started Charles Messier logging non-cometary objects on his Messier Catalog. It is the expanding cloud of gas thrown off in the explosion that gave rise to the 1054 supernova recorded by Chinese astronomers, now more than 6 light years across (the nebula is currently expanding at 1000 km/sec and the total mass of ejected material is about 0.1 solar masses). The supernova which produced it was bright enough to...

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edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.