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Comet Pan-STARRS Sweeps Across the Sky
2014-07-04 03:42:26

Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's NEOWISE mission captured a series of pictures of comet C/2012 K1 -- also known as comet Pan-STARRS -- as it swept across our skies in May 2014. The comet is named after the astronomical survey project called the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System in Hawaii, which discovered the icy visitor in May 2012. Comet Pan-STARRS hails from the outer fringes of our solar system, from a vast and distant reservoir of...

Hubble Space Telescope Catches Asteroid Breaking Up Due To Sunlight
2014-03-06 12:11:47

[ Watch the Video: The Breakup of Asteroid P/2013 R3 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers publishing a paper in the Astrophysical Journal Letters say they witnessed an asteroid breakup into as many as 10 smaller pieces. The team used NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope to photograph the asteroid as it shredded when nearing the sun. "Seeing this rock fall apart before our eyes is pretty amazing," David Jewitt, a professor in the UCLA Department of Earth,...

Sunless Planet Found Wandering In Galaxy
2013-10-10 10:04:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While most of the planets seen outside our solar system have been observed orbiting a distant star, one of the most recently discovered exoplanets found was seen wandering the depths of space without the warming comfort of a nearby sun. The newly discovered planet PSO J318.5-22 is 80 light-years from Earth and has a mass about six times that of Jupiter. According to a study in Astrophysical Journal Letters that described the discovery,...

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...

Comet ISON Starting To Fizzle Out
2013-08-20 04:23:25

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: Comet ISON to Fly By Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New observations of the highly anticipated Comet ISON have shown this year's fall spectacle might not be as spectacular as we hoped. According to Sky & Telescope, amateur imager Bruce Gary in Arizona has become the first astronomer to pick up Comet ISON after it was hidden behind the Sun for a two-and-a-half month period. Gary pointed his 11-inch telescope about six...

Hawaiian Telescope Discovers Ten Thousandth Near-Earth Object
2013-06-25 13:56:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA said the 10,000th near-Earth object (NEO) has been discovered using the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope in Hawaii. Astronomers spotted asteroid 2013 MZ5 on the night of June 18, marking a significant milestone for the NEO search. The space agency said 90 percent of all NEOs discovered were first detected by NASA-supported surveys. "But there are at least 10 times that many more to be found before we can be assured we will have found...

Distant Type Ia Supernova Magnified Through Gravitational Lensing
2013-04-23 18:32:44

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers at the Kavli IPMU, led by Robert Quimby, have discovered the first ever Type Ia supernova (SNIa), extraordinarily magnified by a gravitational lens. Scientists wrote in the Astrophysics Journal Letters they discovered the supernova, PS1-10afx, with the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System 1 (Pan-STARRS1). The supernova exploded over 9 billion years ago, making it a much further object than most...

Anonymous $3M Donation Puts Pan-STARRS Back On Track
2013-03-19 09:04:30

Institute for Astronomy - University of Hawaii The cancellation of earmarks by the U.S. Congress in 2011 left Pan-STARRS, one of the University of Hawaii´s flagship programs, $10M short of the funds needed to complete the historic 2-telescope system–and on the verge of folding. Thanks to an anonymous $3M gift made through the University of Hawaii Foundation, Pan-STARRS will survive the cuts and continue astronomy research of global import. The Pan-STARRS project is an...

Comet Pan-STARSS Survives Solar Encounter, Emerges Brighter Than Ever
2013-03-17 09:17:25

redOrbit staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online A comet making its first visit to the inner solar system has survived a journey that brought it close to the sun, and has emerged as one of the brightest comets in years, NASA astronomers confirmed on Friday. Comet Pan-STARRS, which according to the Daily Mail has been visible for several weeks in the Southern Hemisphere, could be viewed for the first time by stargazers in the northern parts of the world last week after...

Comet PANSTARRS Visible In UK And Irish Skies
2013-03-11 10:00:20

AlphaGalileo Foundation A comet discovered by a Queen´s University Belfast supported project will be visible in UK and Irish skies from tomorrow evening (Tuesday 12 March) onwards. Comet PANSTARRS was discovered in June 2011, by a team including astronomers from the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen´s, using the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii, when it was still 1.2 billion kilometers from the Sun. The comet will be visible by eye low-down in the Western sky from...


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