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Cosmochemists Help Solve 135-Year-Old Meteorite Mystery
2013-07-08 15:09:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have provided a solution to a 135-year-old mystery in cosmochemistry, saying chondrules may have formed from high-pressure collisions in the early Solar System. Chondrites are the largest class of meteorites, and scientists have wondered how numerous small, glassy spherules had become embedded within them. British mineralogist Henry Sorby first described these spherules in 1877 and suggested they may be "droplets of fiery...

Wind And Clouds Play An Important Role In Hot Jupiter Atmospheres
2013-07-05 05:27:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers studying eight exoplanets falling into the "hot-Jupiter" class suggest winds and clouds play an important role in the atmospheric make up of these exotic planets. Hot-Jupiters are giant planets similar in size to Jupiter, but orbiting very close to their stars. Astronomers are able to detect which gases are present in their atmosphere by analyzing the spectrum of starlight filtered through the planet's atmosphere when it...

Stellar Magnetic Fields Affect Possibility For Life Beyond Earth
2013-07-05 04:31:00

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The presence of an atmosphere - among many other factors - is vital for the evolution of life as we know it on a planet. However, this seemingly simple requirement is bathed in a multitude of variables that can affect its creation and existence. Thus, establishing an atmosphere is by no means a trivial detail. Scientists believe mechanisms such as volcanic eruptions, other tectonic activity and even comet impacts could all play...

2013-07-03 08:20:17

GLENVIEW, Ill., July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) today announced that it has acquired Gold Pattern Holdings from private equity firm Actis. Gold Pattern Holdings owns 100% of Vesta Global Ltd., which holds a 100% equity stake in Vesta (Guangzhou) Catering Co., Ltd. ("Vesta"). Vesta is a leading Western kitchen equipment manufacturer in China. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Vesta's product portfolio is composed of Western cooking/warming...

2013-07-02 23:00:24

Innovative book exhibits the fascinating world of lunar exploration. Suffolk Country, NY (PRWEB) July 03, 2013 Invigorating, astounding and innovative,“Moon Stories” is a riveting book that shares author John Halajian’s determined journey into lunar exploration and more. His passion for science is captured in this one-of-a-kind book that elucidates the concept of the power of the mind as he ventured forth in his legendary accomplishments with landing men on the moon in the 1960s....

Gas Giant Exoplanets Close To Parent Stars
2013-06-28 09:34:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Results from the Gemini Observatory's recently completed Planet-Finding Campaign, the most extensive direct imaging survey to date, reveal the outlying orbital space around many types of stars is largely devoid of gas-giant planets, which appear to remain close to their parent stars. The findings could have a significant impact on theories of planetary formation. "It seems that gas-giant exoplanets are like clinging offspring,"...

Voyager 1 Still Within The Confines Of Solar System
2013-06-27 15:36:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are split on exactly where NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is sitting within the Solar System, but new research from the space agency suggests it is on the last frontier out. A team of scientists wrote in Geophysical Research Letters in March that the spacecraft had already left our Solar System. However, the latest intel from NASA shows that the spacecraft is still sitting just within the edge of our "Solar Bubble."...

2013-06-19 08:34:07

PHOENIX, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IO President Anthony Wanger today is testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business at a hearing on small business and manufacturing in the United States. Wanger will discuss IO's experiences as a company with an expanding American workforce that supports innovative domestic manufacturing operations and develops leading-edge software. Wanger's Congressional appearance is part of a hearing titled, "Made in the USA:...

Asteroids Found To Have Similar Orbit To Uranus
2013-06-19 04:44:21

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In 2006, Uruguayan astronomer Tabaré Gallardo provided evidence that two asteroids, Crantor and 2000 SN331, had orbital periods similar to that of the planet Uranus — roughly 84 Earth-years. Now, some seven years later, researchers Carlos de la Fuente Marcos and Raúl de la Fuente Marcos, at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), have confirmed that not two, but three large asteroids...

Venus Express Observes Strenghtening Winds On Second Planet From Sun
2013-06-18 15:11:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Venus Express spacecraft has revealed that the winds on the second planet from the Sun have been getting faster over the last six years. Venus holds a super-rotating atmosphere that is able to whip around the planet once every four Earth days. Scientists are able to monitor patterns in the long-term global wind speeds by tracking the movements of distinct features in the clouds of the planet....


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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