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2014-10-09 12:22:00

Presentation on cosmic bloopers is free and open to the public WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ of the Vatican Observatory will give a free public lecture on Thursday evening, 13 November 2014, on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. Entitled "Discarded Worlds: Astronomical Ideas That Were Almost Correct," Br. Guy's presentation will explore what lessons can be learned from scientists throughout history whose ideas about our own...

Lutetia_in_3D
2014-10-09 04:33:42

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new analysis of images captured by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft has revealed new details about the history of asteroid Lutetia and found evidence of a hidden impact crater on a part of the asteroid’s southern hemisphere which is hidden from view. Rosetta flew past the 62-mile wide Lutetia in July 2010 on the way to its destination, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The ESA spacecraft was able to capture images of...

2014-10-07 12:21:32

DUBLIN, Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global GIS Market in the Transportation Industry 2014-2018" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130307/600769 A GIS is a system or a set of tools used to interpret business and geospatial data. It integrates hardware, software, and data for processing business and geographically referenced data. This system digitizes the received geospatial data and processes them to...

2014-10-06 20:22:44

LONDON, Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Coexisting with the satellite remote sensing industry, the aerial imagery business is undergoing a spectacular change, largely influenced by technological developments and growing applications. Aerial imagery industry embraced digital technologies and is now offering extensive information to consumers who require coverage at particular times and very high resolution. Though the aerial photography market is small it has high growth potential....

How Was Oxygen Before Life Made?
2014-10-06 03:40:50

Provided by Andy Fell, UC Davis About one-fifth of the Earth’s atmosphere is oxygen, pumped out by green plants as a result of photosynthesis and used by most living things on the planet to keep our metabolisms running. But before the first photosynthesizing organisms appeared about 2.4 billion years ago, the atmosphere likely contained mostly carbon dioxide, as is the case today on Mars and Venus. Over the past 40 years, researchers have thought that there must have been a small...

IAU contest
2014-10-06 06:38:41

Provided by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) The IAU invites all public organizations with an interest in astronomy to register on the IAU Directory for World Astronomy website for the NameExoWorlds contest, where they will in early 2015 be able to suggest names for exoplanets and their host stars. For the first time in history the public will then be able to vote for the official name of stars and planets. The IAU Directory for World Astronomy will function as a permanent...

m7.3-flare
2014-10-04 03:00:36

Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 3:01 p.m. EDT on Oct. 2, 2014.  NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun 24-hours a day, captured images of the flare. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and...

Flights Rerouted Due To 35,000 Walruses Massed On Alaskan Beach
2014-10-03 07:47:41

Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A dense mass of Pacific walruses, estimated to be 35,000 strong, has gathered on a beach in northwest Alaska, approximately five miles north of Point Lay. Scientists believe this unprecedented number of animals has been driven to shore by a lack of sea ice. The UK’s Guardian newspaper reported today that the United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has rerouted flights in the area in order to reduce the risk of planes causing a...

titan southern polar vortex
2014-10-02 06:30:31

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Analysis of data collected by NASA’s Cassini mission has revealed the presence of a large, cold, toxic cloud swirling above the south pole of Saturn’s moon Titan, according to research published in the October 2 edition of the journal Nature. According to the US space agency, scientists from the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, the University of Bristol’s School of Earth...

moon outline
2014-10-02 04:53:01

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Analysis of a massive rectangular feature buried just below the lunar surface by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft has revealed that the giant basin on the moon’s near side was likely created by ancient lava flows and not a massive asteroid collision, according to a new study. Writing in the October 1 online edition of the journal Nature, lead author Colorado School of Mines Geophysics Associate...


Latest Planetary science Reference Libraries

Planetary Astronomy
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: Artistic concept of a planetary system. Credit: Wikipedia/NASA/JPL-Caltech The term Astronomy encompasses a broad range of topics, including the study of stars, galaxies, and planets. In order to focus on the different areas of study, many subfields of astronomy emerge. One such area is the study of planets known, appropriately, as Planetary Astronomy. Observational Planetary Astronomy Even within the field of Planetary Astronomy, there are several divisions to...

How Solar Cycles Impact Our Weather Here On Earth
2013-01-13 09:10:34

Solar cycles: what are they and why should we care about them? Solar cycles are made up of what are known as solar minimums (min) and solar maximums (max). We refer to a solar min at the time when the sun is not active with many sunspots, while a solar max is just the opposite when we see a large increase in sunspot activity. So how long do solar cycles last? Typically they run on what is known as an 11 year cycle from the max to the min and then start over again anew. As of 2012 we...

Planetary and Space Science
2012-05-28 10:21:45

Planetary and Space Science is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1959 and published by Elsevier 15 times per year. As of May 2012, the editor-in-chief is Rita Schulz (The Netherlands). The journal publishes original research articles and short communications. The main focus is on solar system processes which encompass multiple areas of the natural sciences. Research that involves planetary and space sciences involves many disciplines. Celestial mechanics is part of these...

Physics Of The Earth And Planetary Interiors
2012-05-01 10:08:14

Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors is a biweekly published peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Elsevier. As of April 2012, co-editors are G. Aelfric (University of Bristol), K. Hirose (Tokyo Institute of Technology), M. Jellinek (University of British Columbia), and K. Zhang (University of Exeter). This journal focuses on the physical and chemical processes of planetary interiors. Topics covered include planetary physics, geodesy and geophysics. Publishing formats...

Geophysical Journal International
2012-04-29 19:47:50

Geophysical Journal International is a peer-reviewed scientific journal publish monthly by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society and the German Geophysical Society. The editor-in-chief is Jeannot Trampert of TA Utrecht, the Netherlands. The primary focus of this journal is fundamental research in Geophysics. Publishing formats are original research, research notes, letters, and book reviews. Coverage includes computational, theoretical, observational and applied...

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  • A unit of saved energy.
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