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Starburst Galaxy M82 - An Up Close And Personal Look
2013-12-10 04:23:24

Astronomers have managed to get an up close and personal look at the nearby starburst galaxy M82, detecting concentrations of dense molecular gas surrounding regions of intense star formation and streams of material exiting the galaxy’s disk.

Rob Ivison Is Next ESO Director for Science
2013-12-09 19:29:17

The ESO Council, at its meeting this week in Garching, has approved the appointment of Rob Ivison as the next ESO Director for Science. Ivison will take up his post on 31 March 2014.

Research Quality X-rays Could Have Widespread Applications
2013-11-25 08:27:00

Using a compact but powerful laser, a research team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has developed a new way to generate synchrotron X-rays.

Cosmic Deception: One Galaxy Is Actually Two
2013-11-15 03:59:13

The edge-on spiral galaxy UGC 10288 appeared to be a single object in previous observations. However, new detailed radio data revealed that the large perpendicular extension of UGC 10288's halo is really a distant background galaxy with radio jets.

Throes Of Stellar Birth Revealed As Never Before
2013-11-12 04:04:45

The bubbly birth of a bouncing baby star has been revealed by observations Spitzer and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile.

ESO Celebrates 50 Years Of Relationship With Chile
2013-11-11 06:31:56

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the start of a very fruitful relationship between ESO and Chile that has allowed both European and Chilean astronomy to push the boundaries of science, technology and culture forward into the future.

Superconductor Astronomy
2013-11-05 09:42:56

In a new study, a team of astrophysicists revealed a superconducting detector array capable of much higher resolutions than the current semiconductor-based technology.

Study Provides Unprecedented Details On Ultrafast Processes In Diamond Nitrogen Vacancy Centers
2013-11-04 16:26:12

From supersensitive detections of magnetic fields to quantum information processing, the key to a number of highly promising advanced technologies may lie in one of the most common defects in diamonds.

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

The NSF, along with Astronomy and Discover magazines are offering $2,500 to whoever takes the best photo of Comet ISON.

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

Researchers say that Jupiter and Saturn could contain massive quantities of solid diamonds in their cores.


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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