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Astronomers Make First Direct Observation Of A Forming Planet
2013-02-28 11:00:58

[WATCH VIDEO: Flying Through The HD 100546 System] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers, for the first time, may have made a direct observation of a planet forming inside a thick disc of gas and dust. An international team led by Sascha Quanz, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), used the European Space Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT). Their discovery could help improve scientists' knowledge of how planets form and...

Uwingu Website Invites Public To Help Name Distant Planets
2013-02-27 19:18:19

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Have you ever looked out into the heavens and a perfect name for an as-yet-unnamed planet just popped into your head? Until today, chances are, unless you were close personal friends or family of an astronomy professional, that name would sit idly in your own mind. Thanks in no small part to a team of leading astronomers, planetary scientists, former space program executives and educators; a new space website called Uwingu...

Astronomers Gain Asteroid Trail Understanding
2013-02-21 20:43:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers writing in The Astrophysical Journal Letters say they have discovered the reason behind the strange scene when finding an asteroid with a tail. Just ten asteroids to date have been observed to have displayed a tail, similar to a comet, and one of these objects, P/2012 F5, was discovered in March 2012 from the Mount Lemmon Observatory in Arizona. These asteroids are also known as MBCs. Spanish astrophysicists from...

Computer Simulations Help Explore Origins Of Our Solar System
2013-02-15 10:00:41

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Understanding past collisions between celestial bodies, including asteroids, could help researchers better understand the origins of our Solar System. After all, it was through a series of such collisions some four and a half billion years ago that our planetary system was formed. What started as a giant dusty gas cloud combined to form increasingly large clumps, and as these collided and combined, they grew into what we now...

'Near-miss' Asteroid Being Tracked By Hertfordshire Astronomers
2013-02-12 11:19:35

Alpha Galileo Foundation An asteroid the size of a small office block is due to pass by Earth on Friday 15 February in one of the closest ℠near-misses´ in recent history. Although there is no chance of the asteroid hitting Earth, the huge rock is being closely monitored by astronomers at the University of Hertfordshire´s Bayfordbury Observatory, as part of an on-going program to monitor ℠Near Earth Objects´ (NEO). Weighing 130,000 tonnes and traveling at over...

Experts Say Solar Superstorm May Be Imminent: Readiness Is Key
2013-02-08 09:29:17

[Watch Video: Solar Superstorm] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A solar superstorm may be brewing and there is little we can do to prevent it from disrupting our communications and electrical systems here on Earth. But there is more we can do to prepare for such an event, according to a new report by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Authors of the study said the UK should plan to mitigate the effects of a potentially dangerous solar storm now before...

New Theory Of ENAs At Edge Of Solar System Checks Out With Data
2013-02-06 11:58:06

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While our solar system contains many fascinating objects — planets, moons and the Sun, to name just a few — one of the most interesting and perplexing of these objects lies at its very edge. Our Sun sweeps charged particles through the solar system, encasing us in a cocoon that shields us from the interstellar environment. It is at the boundary of the solar system, where the solar wind slows and the...

Small Asteroid Will Pass By Earth Safely
2013-02-04 08:30:02

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory The small near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass very close to Earth on February 15, so close that it will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office can accurately predict the asteroid's path with the observations obtained, and it is therefore known that there is no chance that the asteroid might be on a collision course with Earth. Nevertheless, the flyby will provide a unique...

TW Hydrae Protoplanetary Disk Weighed With Unprecedented Accuracy
2013-01-30 13:26:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers recently reported in the journal Nature that they have determined the mass of the planetary nursery surrounding the star TW Hydrae with unprecedented accuracy. TW Hydrae lies roughly 176 light-years away from Earth and is one of the most frequently observed protoplanetary disks in space. The young star is surrounded with a disk of dense gas and dust, in which larger objects begin to turn into planets. Our Solar System...


Latest Solar System Reference Libraries

Stellar Astrophysics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The prominent feature that allows for the existence of life on Earth is the Sun. Radiation from our closest star provides heat and energy to our planet, driving biological processes and providing the necessary conditions for liquid water to naturally exist. But our Sun is only but one star in this vast Universe. And as it turns out, most stars are quite different than the one that illuminates our day. For this reason, scientists have, for hundreds of years, attempted to study the other...

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...

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...

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2009-04-28 19:02:44

Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel was born on December 4, 1821 in Germany and died March 16, 1889. Tempel worked in Marseille until the onset of the Franco Prussian War in 1870 at which time he relocated to Italy. Tempel discovered or assisted in discovering 21 comets. The Tempel asteroid 3808 and lunar crater Tempel are named in his honor. His most notable discoveries include the following asteroids 564 Angelina, 65 Cybele, 74 Galatea, 81 Terpsichore and 97 Klotho.

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2009-04-28 18:59:52

Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel was born on December 4, 1821 in Germany and died March 16, 1889. Tempel worked in Marseille until the onset of the Franco Prussian War in 1870 at which time he relocated to Italy. Tempel discovered or assisted in discovering 21 comets. The Tempel asteroid 3808 and lunar crater Tempel are named in his honor. His most notable discoveries include the following asteroids 564 Angelina, 65 Cybele, 74 Galatea, 81 Terpsichore and 97 Klotho.

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