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Canadian Scientists To Launch World's Smallest Telescope Monday
2013-02-24 06:31:10

The world's smallest space telescope designed and developed by Canadian scientists will be launching on Monday, aiming to push the boundaries of astronomy.

Death Valley Receives Gold Tier Dark Sky Label
2013-02-22 04:49:58

International Dark-Sky Association announced this week that Death Valley National Park is being designated as the largest International Dark Sky Park in the world.

Mars' Moons Vs. Earth’s Moon
2013-02-18 09:19:35

Earth has one moon, and it is considerably larger than Pluto. In fact, the relative size of Earth’s moon is massive compared to the moons of other planets. But what if Earth had two moons as Mars does?

Light Pollution Sparks Early Sexual Maturity For City Birds
2013-02-14 08:09:41

A new study has shown that the light that emanates from cities may cause accelerated sexual maturity in some birds.

Earth To Mars, Just How Far Is It?
2013-02-11 08:41:26

Just how far is it from Earth to Mars? The answer may be a bit more complicated than you expect.

NASA Constructs Lobster Eye Imager
2013-02-08 10:59:10

To study a poorly understood phenomenon known as charge exchange, NASA scientists teamed up to build NASA's first wide-field-of-view soft X-ray camera using "lobster eye" technology.

Slooh Space Camera To Broadcast Live Feeds Of Moon, Jupiter Dance
2013-01-19 07:45:06

As amateur and pro astronomers look up at the night skies on Monday, January 21 to witness the night sky dance between the moon and Jupiter, Slooh space camera will be broadcasting it live for others to see.

Green Light For ALMA Early Science Cycle 1
2013-01-10 11:56:58

ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) has begun a new and more advanced phase of science observations. This phase is known as Early Science Cycle 1, and will last until October 2013.

Milky Way Star Formation Survey Yields Surprising Results
2013-01-10 09:33:34

A new survey of the Milky Way has uncovered hundreds of previously-unknown regions of massive star formation, including some of the most distant located to date in the galaxy, researchers revealed on Wednesday.

Planet Hunting: Your Universe Today Podcast
2013-01-07 12:37:01

In this installment of our new podcast series, redOrbit’s resident astronomer spoke with Dr. Eric Mamajek from the University of Rochester about the search for planets outside of our solar system and the possibility of finding life beyond Earth.


Latest Observational astronomy Reference Libraries

Astrophysics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 56,000 light-years in diameter and approximately 60 million light-years distant. Credit: NASA/ESA/Wikipedia What is Astrophysics? For much of the modern age the term Astrophysics has been used synonymously with Astronomy. This interchange is so common that many textbooks even offer the two as having the same meaning. However, from a strictly historical perspective there are differences...

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2010-10-08 17:45:24

Radio telescopes, used in tracking and collecting data from satellites and space probes, are a form of directional radio antenna used in radio astronomy. They operate on the radio frequency portion of the electromagnetic spectrum where they detect radio sources. Radio telescopes are large parabolic antennas used singly or in an array and are located far from major centers of population in order to avoid electromagnetic interference. Karl Guthe Jansky built the first radio antenna used to...

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2010-09-24 17:50:57

A telescope, designed to aid the observation of remote objects, collects some form of electromagnetic radiation (such as visible light). The Netherlands developed the first known practical telescope in the 17th century. The term "telescope" was termed in order to describe Galileo's instruments in 1611. However, Galileo was not the inventor of the telescope. It was Hans Lippershey, Zacharias Janssen, and Jacob Metius who are credited with the creation of the telescope. In 1668, Isaac Newton...

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2014-01-12 00:00:00

Sample Entry: Astronomy is the scientific study of stars, planets, comets, galaxies, and other phenomena that occur outside Earth's atmosphere (e.g. cosmic radiation). Astronomy deals with the evolution, physics, chemical makeup, meteorology, and motion of celestial objects, and also the formation of the universe. The word Astronomy comes from the Greek words astron (meaning "star") and nomos (meaning "law"). Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences. Since the dawn of man, people always...

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2009-04-28 11:47:36

The Reverend Thomas William Webb (December 14, 1807 "“ May 19, 1885) was a British astronomer and faithful clergyman. The lone son of a clergyman, the Rev. John Webb was raised and educated by his father in absence of his mother who died in Webb's early childhood. He travelled to Oxford to attend Magdalen College. Soon after, he was ordained a minister by the Anglican Church in 1829. In 1843, he married Henrietta Montague. Mrs. Webb died on September 7, 1884. Webb followed shortly...

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