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2012-10-03 10:15:00

Lowell Observatory recently announced plans for a new Library and Collections Center which will house the Observatory's extensive historical collections and provide much-needed library and office space for its growing science and support staff. To make this critical facility a reality, a public capital campaign was launched this month. More than $2,000,000 of the $3,000,000 campaign target has already been raised. Included in this goal is an endowment to support the maintenance and repair of...

2007-04-12 17:43:52

Flagstaff, Ariz. "“ For the first time, water has been identified in the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet.  Through a combination of previously published Hubble Space Telescope measurements and new theoretical models, Lowell Observatory astronomer Travis Barman has found strong evidence for water absorption in the atmosphere of transiting planet HD209458b.  This result was recently accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal (http://lanl.arxiv.org/abs/0704.1114)....

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2005-02-06 09:50:00

Flagstaff, AZ -- The planet Pluto turns 75 this month. Clyde Tombaugh discovered the ninth planet in the solar system on the afternoon of February 18, 1930 while he meticulously examined a pair of deep sky photographs at Lowell Observatory.  Tombaugh exposed the photographs on two nights in late January using the Observatory's 13-inch Abbott Lawrence Lowell Telescope. Then, as part of the carefully planned and executed planet search, Tombaugh "blinked" the two exposures using a machine...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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