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Comet ISON Photo Contest NSF
2013-10-28 15:49:05

[ Watch the Video: Get Ready For The Comet ISON Photo Contest ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The National Science Foundation (NSF), along with Astronomy and Discover magazines are offering $2,500 to whomever takes the best photo of Comet ISON. Contest organizers said they are asking photographers to get a creative shot of the highly anticipated comet this fall, starting now through January 15, 2014. “We challenge photographers, amateur and professional, to...

diamonds on Jupiter and Saturn
2013-10-10 14:56:56

[ Watch the Video: Are There Diamonds On Saturn And Jupiter? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists speaking at the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society say that Saturn and Jupiter may hold what many consider to be the key to a woman's heart: Diamonds. And lots of them. A team from the California Specialty Engineering and the University of Wisconsin, Madison said that Jupiter and Saturn could contain solid diamonds in their...

Flawed Diamonds Are Gems For New Technology
2013-10-09 07:57:21

University of Arizona Using ultra-fast laser pulses, researchers have made the first detailed observation of how energy travels through diamonds containing nitrogen-vacancy centers -- promising candidates for a variety of technological advances such as quantum computing A team of researchers led by University of Arizona assistant professor Vanessa Huxter has made the first detailed observation of how energy travels through diamonds that contain nitrogen-vacancy centers – defects in...

Final Antenna Now Handed Over To The ALMA observatory
2013-10-01 08:46:38

ESO The final antenna for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) project has just been handed over to the ALMA Observatory. The 12-meter-diameter dish was manufactured by the European AEM Consortium and also marks the successful delivery of a total of 25 European antennas — the largest ESO contract so far. The antenna is the 66th and final antenna to be delivered to the observatory. North America has provided 25 12-metre antennas, while East Asia has delivered 16...

2013-09-30 23:42:51

The prevalence of light may cause detrimental effects. (PRWEB) September 30, 2013 Many people have noticed how birds fly into buildings. What many may not know, however, is that one of the reasons for this is that bright lights can disorient and distract birds, diverting them from their course and can even make them fly into structures in an irrational way. Organizations worldwide are being established to address the prevalence of light pollution, which has exponentially grown in the last...

Cat's Paw Nebula Viewed In High Detail With New Instrument
2013-09-25 10:18:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new, powerful viewing instrument installed on the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) has already given astronomers a detailed view of the Cat's Paw Nebula. The ArTeMiS is a new wide-field submillimeter-wavelength camera that will further increase the depth and detail that APEX can observe. The new instrument's detector acts more like a CCD camera than the previous generation of detectors, which will allow it to map the sky faster...

Best Vacation Hotspots Centered Around Stargazing: Exclusive
2013-09-24 15:16:48

[ Watch the Video: Stargazing On Your Next Vacation - Where To Go ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Everyone's idea of a vacation seems to center around a beach or a resort, so how about mixing things up a bit on your next trip by venturing out to a place far from city lights, to a land that blankets you in a night sky like you've never known. How light pollution affects a city can be best summed up with a quote from Alex the lion -- a character from the...

TheSkyNet Celebrating Second Anniversary
2013-09-13 09:22:04

ICRAR TheSkyNet is celebrating its two year anniversary today with the official launch of a new research project, as well as a range of improvements and new features to make contributing to astronomical research at home more enjoyable, and even easier. Launched on September 13th 2011, theSkyNet is a community computing project dedicated to astronomy, initiated by the International Centre of Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Perth, Western Australia. By using the idle processing...


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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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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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