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Swift Gets Better Picture Of Comet ISON
2013-03-29 18:59:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Comet Pan-STARRS lit up our skies during March, but another comet is on its way that is expected to outshine it. Comet ISON has the potential to become a marvel for astronomers everywhere, possibly even becoming so bright it shines in the daytime. Astronomers from the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) and Lowell Observatory used NASA's Swift satellite to size up Comet ISON and make initial estimates of the comet's water...

2012-10-03 10:15:00

Lowell Observatory recently announced plans for a new Library and Collections Center which will house the Observatory's extensive historical collections and provide much-needed library and office space for its growing science and support staff. To make this critical facility a reality, a public capital campaign was launched this month. More than $2,000,000 of the $3,000,000 campaign target has already been raised. Included in this goal is an endowment to support the maintenance and repair of...

Large Monolithic Imager Snaps First Light Image
2012-09-20 19:28:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Large Monolithic Imager (LMI) recently took its first set of light images on Lowell's 4.3-m Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT). The camera is the largest charge-coupled device that can be built using current fabrication techniques. It´s also the first of its kind to be made by e2v. The 36-megapixel charged-coupled device's active surface is 3.7-inches on a side. It has the ability to provide much more accurate...

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2011-06-24 08:11:33

By Daniel Stolte, University of Arizona When finished, the 4.2-meter mirror will be the largest telescope mirror ever pointed at the sun. Polished into a highly complex, asymmetric shape, it will be the centerpiece of the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope in Hawaii, allowing researchers to study the sun in unprecedented detail. The University of Arizona's College of Optical Sciences has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by the Association of Universities for Research in...

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2010-12-08 14:30:00

NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics releases image of fourth planet orbiting bright star HR 8799 An international team of astronomers has discovered a fourth giant planet, HR 8799e, outside our solar system. The new planet joins the three planets that were the subjects of the first-ever images of a planetary family orbiting a star other than our Sun. The planets orbit the star HR 8799, which lies about 129 light years from Earth and is faintly visible to the naked eye. The international...

2010-11-26 00:01:50

From the collaboration between Lowell Observatory, the largest private, non-profit astronomical research institution in the United States, and Discovery Communications Inc. is accomplished the $44 Million Discovery Channel Research Telescope designed with progeCAD. (PRWEB) November 24, 2010 The DCT is a 14 ft research class telescope situated at an elevation of 7,800 feet atop an ancient cinder cone approximately 40 miles southeast of Flagstaff, Arizona at a site called Happy Jack. It...

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2010-02-25 12:30:00

Lowell Observatory astronomer Deidre Hunter and her team studies small, diffuse galaxies to learn about star formation in those regions and, perhaps, shed light on the birth of the first stars after the Big Bang When you picture a galaxy in your mind's eye, it's often a spiral with magnificent structure--long, swirling, milky-white arms of stars and gas. Lowell Observatory astronomer Deidre Hunter has spent most of the last 17 years methodically studying galaxies that you might not...

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2009-08-12 14:20:00

Ground-based telescope captures first visual images of storm clouds over the tropics of Saturn's largest moon Taking advantage of advanced techniques to correct distortions caused by Earth's atmosphere, astronomers used the NSF-supported Gemini Observatory to capture the first images of clouds over the tropics of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. The images clarify a long-standing mystery linking Titan's weather and surface features, helping astronomers better understand the moon of Saturn,...

2007-08-07 13:05:00

PHOENIX (AP) - Scientists have discovered the universe's largest known planet, a giant ball made of mostly hydrogen that is 20 times larger than Earth and circling a star 1,400 light-years away. Scientists believe the planet is 1.7 times the diameter of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, and has a temperature of 2,300-degrees. "There is probably not a really firm surface anywhere on the planet. You would sink into it," said Georgi Mandushev, a research scientist at Lowell...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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