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Was Life On Earth Jump-Started By Icy Comet Impact?
2013-09-16 07:00:57

[ Watch the Video: Comets May Have Provided Earth The Building Blocks Of Life ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of scientists has discovered that life on Earth may have been jump-started when icy comets bombarded the planet billions of years ago. Scientists from University College London, the University of Kent and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have published a paper, appearing on the Nature Geosciences website on September 15....

Amateur Astronomers See Fireballs Collide With Jupiter
2013-09-15 04:40:06

[ Watch the Video: Fireballs Collide With Jupiter’s Atmosphere ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Amateur astronomers observing Jupiter with video cameras for the past three years have observed a trio of collisions between small stellar objects occurring around the planet, according to research presented last week at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC 2013) in London. The collisions are similar but smaller in scale than the meteor explosion that...

Aram Chaos
2013-09-14 03:59:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The catastrophic melting and outflow of a buried ice lake formed the lumpy, bumpy floor of an ancient impact crater on Mars known as Aram Chaos. Satellite observations of the 173 mile wide and 2.5 mile deep crater were combined with models of the ice melting process and resulting catastrophic outflow for a new study presented at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) at UCL in London by Michael Roda of the Utrecht University....

Researchers Compile Virtual Atlas Of Asteroid Vesta
2013-09-13 08:59:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Astronomy enthusiasts can now take a virtual tour of the asteroid Vesta thanks to an atlas created from images captured during the Dawn Mission’s Low Altitude Mapping Orbit (LAMO), researchers announced Wednesday at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2013 in London. The atlas, which was presented by Dr. Thomas Roatsch of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), was comprised of maps created from mosaics of 10,000 images...

Saturn Moon May Provide Answers On How Life Evolved On Earth
2013-09-13 07:55:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A most unlikely venue, nearly one billion miles away, is giving scientists glimpses of the events that nurtured life on Earth more than 3.5 billion years ago. Jonathan Lunine, PhD, from Cornell University, is the leader of an international effort to understand Titan, one of the most unusual moons in the Solar System. Lunine presented the findings of the more than 260 scientists involved with the project at the 246th National Meeting...

Scientists May Soon Have New Tools To Answer The 'Are We Alone' Question
2013-09-12 15:23:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are working on new tools to help detect whether or not life exists on planets far away from our Solar System. Life on Earth is able to send off signals into the atmosphere, such as microbes emitting methane and nitrous oxide. When these chemicals are present in sufficient quantities they become indicators of life and are known as atmospheric biomarkers. Detecting them in the atmosphere of exoplanets could indicate whether or...

Methane Secrets Hold Key To Understanding Planetary Interiors
2013-09-12 14:28:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers, publishing a paper in the journal Nature Communications, say their study on methane's secrets will help scientists better understand the chemistry of planetary interiors. Hydrocarbon methane (CH4) is one of the most abundant molecules in the universe, but its behavior under the conditions found in planetary interiors is poorly understand due to contradictory information from various modeling studies. Studying various...

2013-09-12 08:35:58

PHOENIX, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IO, a global leader in software-defined data centers, today announced the promotion of Kevin Malik to Chief Innovation Officer (CINO), reporting to George Slessman, IO Chief Executive Officer and Product Architect. In this role, Mr. Malik will focus on continually advancing IO technology and strengthening an internal culture that inspires relentless creativity from top global talent. Whether it's building a team to create the world's first...

The Cluster constellation
2013-09-12 05:02:16

[ Watch the Video: Earth’s Plasmasphere and the Van Allen Belts ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For more than half a century, the invisible bubble created by Earth's magnetic field - the magnetosphere - has been studied by space missions. The discovery of Earth's radiation belts in 1958 was one of the first scientific breakthroughs made by a spacecraft. The Explorer 1 satellite revealed two concentric, tire-shaped belts of highly energetic (0.1–10 MeV)...

Meteor Over Georgia And Alabama
2013-09-11 11:49:06

[ Watch The Video: Bright Meteor Captured Over Georgia/Tennessee ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A meteor the size of a baseball entered the Earth’s atmosphere last night, causing a fireball to blaze across the skies of Alabama and Georgia, and producing loud sonic booms. As is often the case, eyewitnesses and residents near Woodstock, Alabama, where the meteor passed overhead, took to Twitter to discover what had just happened over their state. NASA has...


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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