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2014-01-27 04:25:05

[ Watch the Video: What Could Be Raining Down Life In Our Solar System? ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Dust that originates from comets, asteroids and leftover debris from the birth of the Solar System could deliver water and organic material to the Earth and other terrestrial planets, according to a recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Science paper. In the study, researchers from the University of Hawaii-Manoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth...

Molecular Cloud Explains Star Formation
2013-10-22 12:16:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The molecular clouds that float about the universe hold the ingredients for star formation, and a new study from researchers at University of California, San Diego has confirmed the mechanics behind three observed relationships describing the internal forces acting within these clouds, called Larson’s Laws. First postulated in 1981 by Richard Larson, a professor of astronomy at Yale, Larson's Laws detail the observation-based...

Critical Interplay Discovered Between Cosmic Dust, Magnetic Fields
2013-09-27 10:40:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Interstellar magnetic fields can be found throughout the Milky Way and other similar galaxies. They are thought to be a key regulator in star formation and the propagation of cosmic rays. A new study published in The Astrophysical Journal has provided new insights for scientists looking to probe the strength and structure of these magnetic fields, a highly difficult phenomenon to accurately measure. To learn more about interstellar...

Mapping Location Of Galactic Clouds
2013-09-11 14:31:55

[ Watch the Video: Mapping Our Milky Way Galaxy ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using the 22-meter Mopra Telescope in Coonabarabran, Australia have begun mapping the location where stars are born. In January, wildfires destroyed the telescope's adjoining workshop, office and accommodations, but Mopra's control room was spared because it was encased in brick. The team from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) wrote in the journal Publications of...

Heliophysics Nuggets Help Map Tons Of Meteoric Dust In The Sky
2013-08-09 10:46:01

NASA Heliophysics nuggets are a collection of early science results, new research techniques, and instrument updates that further our attempt to understand the sun and the dynamic space weather system that surrounds Earth. On Aug.11 and 12, 2013, the annual Perseid meteor shower will peak, filling the sky with streaks of light, commonly known as shooting stars. Such visually stunning showers are actually but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to meteoroids slamming into Earth's...

Peculiar Dust Belts Found Around Six Stars
2013-07-10 05:19:51

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Besides the planets, comets, and asteroids that orbit our Sun, there are belts of rock and ice. Within these belts are dust particles, some which are fractions of a millimeter in size. As scientists have studied the heavens, they have located such disks orbiting other stars. "At least one fifth of stars are surrounded by dust belts like these," Alexander Krivov from the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena explains. "They are...

Dust Trap Around Young Star Is A ‘Comet Factory’
2013-06-06 13:01:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers writing in the journal Science say they have captured an image of a comet factory around a young star. The team found a region around a young star where dust particles can grow by clumping together, giving the scientists the first clear observation of a long-standing mystery of how dust particles in disc grow to larger sizes that eventually form comets, planets and other rocky bodies. Scientists do not fully...

Orion Reveals A Hidden Fiery Ribbon
2013-05-15 05:10:13

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has released a new image of the constellation of Orion showing part of the Orion Molecular Cloud. The image shows off clouds of gas and interstellar dust at wavelengths too long for the human eye to see. These tiny dust grains block the view of what lies within and behind the clouds, making it difficult to observe star formation taking place in this region. In...

Airborne Observatory Reveals Mystery Of Star Formation
2013-04-17 11:52:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using observations from an airborne observatory, NASA researchers have discovered new details on how massive stars form within a cloud of interstellar gas and dust. An emerging star known as G35 has been observed forming in an orderly process similar to the one undergone by smaller stars like our sun, according to the scientists´ report in the Astrophysical Journal. Lead author Yichen Zhang said the observations of G35 made...

Space Dust Likely Culprit Behind Fallen Satellites
2013-02-27 12:00:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to an aeronautics and astronautics professor at Stanford University, "space dust" is the likely culprit behind why satellites fail. Satellites are threatened by both asteroids and "space junk," which are particles of man-made debris that orbit Earth. However, the threat from these impacts is actually relatively low, and most satellites that have died in space were knocked out by something entirely different. Space dust,...