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2012-08-17 08:00:51

Associated Universities Inc. (AUI) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) have made a preliminary examination of the report released today from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Astronomy Portfolio Review Committee (PRC). Among the recommendations of that report are that the NSF´s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) and Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) be fully divested from the NSF Astronomy Division´s portfolio of research facilities in the next five years, with no...

2012-08-08 21:06:45

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The largest-ever 3-D map of massive galaxies and distant black holes was released this week in the hopes that it will help explain the mysteries of "dark matter" and "dark energy." This new sky map is the work of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-111) collaboration. SDSS-III is mission is to map the Milky Way, search for extrasolar planets, and solve the mystery of dark matter. The research team began to gather data in 2008 for...

Future Of Lighting Could Change Color Of The Night Sky
2012-08-08 12:33:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Light pollution has been a growing problem recently, and as skylines continue to grow, the night sky becomes dimmer and dimmer. A new shift is taking place in lighting though, and researchers estimate that the color of the night sky may be changing as well. Scientists writing in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society said they have used a new instrument to study how clouds affect sky brightness in urban areas,...

First Public Data Release From The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS)
2012-08-08 10:08:02

Led by Berkeley Lab scientists, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey´s BOSS is bigger than all other spectroscopic surveys combined for measuring the universe's large-scale structure The Third Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) has issued Data Release 9 (DR9), the first public release of data from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). In this release BOSS, the largest of SDSS-III's four surveys, provides spectra for 535,995 newly observed galaxies, 102,100 quasars, and 116,474...

X-ray Signal Detected During Black Hole's Destruction Of Passing Star
2012-08-03 15:48:00

[Watch Video] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers have identified an X-ray signal that followed an observation made last year of a quiescent black hole in a distant galaxy. The black hole discovered by the team last year was seen erupting after shredding and consuming a passing star. Astronomers then witnessed days following the observation a distinctive X-ray signal that comes from matter on the verge of falling into the black hole. This...

Scotch Tape Inspires X-ray Telescope Design
2012-07-27 11:57:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While some find it as the source of inspiration for wrapping gifts, Scotch tape inspired one scientist at NASA to build a special X-ray mirror. NASA scientist Maxim Markevitch and a team of X-ray optics experts at the space agency's Goddard Space Flight Center are looking into the feasibility of creating a low-cost mirror out of plastic tape. "I remember looking at a roll of Scotch tape and thinking, 'was it possible to use the same...

Jansky Very Large Array Achieves First Light
2012-07-22 07:59:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in New Mexico announced Friday that they had successfully achieved "first light" at low frequencies using the Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA) radio astronomy telescope. Using five of the JVLA's 27 230-ton, 25-meter diameter very high-frequency (VHF) dish antennas, NRAO astronomer Dr. Frazer Owen was able to map the radio...

Quasar Revealed In Unprecedented Detail
2012-07-18 05:13:54

[ Watch Video 1 ] | [ Watch Video 2 ] | Watch Video 3 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have made a crucial step towards a scientific goal by observing the heart of a distant quasar with angular resolution. An international team of astronomers connected radio telescopes in Chile, Hawaii and Arizona for the first time using the technique of Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), enabling them to make the sharpest observation ever of the center of a...

2012-07-06 12:37:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have spotted the first known "middleweight" black hole, according to a publication in Science Express. The black hole was found with a CSIRO radio telescope in a galaxy called ESO 243-49, which is about 300 million light-years away. Before the black hole was found, astronomers had only known of supermassive black holes and "stellar mass" ones. "This is the first object that we're really sure is an intermediate-mass...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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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