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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,"...

ESA's 3D Star-Mapping Satellite Gaia Moving To Launch Facility
2013-06-27 16:09:26

[WATCH VIDEO: Gaia Scanning The Sky] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia spacecraft is ready for departure to its launch site in French Guiana. Gaia will be embarking on a five-year mission to map the stars and create a highly accurate 3D map of our Milky Way galaxy. ESA said the spacecraft has completed final preparations in Europe and is ready to depart to its final pit stop on Earth before launch. The billion-star surveyor...

Five Year Anniversary Of Stereo Imaging For NASA's TWINS
2013-06-23 04:12:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online This month marks the fifth anniversary of NASA’s Two Wide-angle Imaging Neutral-atom Spectrometers (TWINS) missions, which are stereoscopically imaging the mysterious and dynamic region surrounding Earth known as the magnetosphere, the US space agency announced on Saturday. The TWINS A & B probes were launched on June 15, 2008, and according to NASA, since that time they have been orbiting in widely separated planes so that...

NuSTAR Observatory Busy High Energy Events
2013-06-18 11:08:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA´s NuSTAR orbiting observatory is designed to investigate high-energy events throughout the universe, and the cosmos has been keeping it busy in recent months, producing one event after another. In early April, the galaxy Markarian 421 produced a high-energy event that increased its brightness by more than 50 times its usual level. Markarian 421 is known as a blazer, a unique class of galaxies with supermassive "feeding" black...

Herschel Space Observatory Goes Dark
2013-06-18 04:23:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Monday, June 17, that the Herschel Space Telescope had been shut down, marking the end of operations for the hugely successful space observatory. BBC News reports Herschel was the most powerful observatory of its kind ever put in space. In four years of operation, Herschel used its 3.5m mirror and three state-of-the-art instruments to gather pictures and other data at far-infrared...

New Planet Hunting Technique
2013-06-10 12:43:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sponsored by the International Astronomical Union (AIU), a team of astronomers is working on a technique capable of detecting faint dust clouds around other stars where Earth-like planets could be hiding. This new technology could dramatically improve the odds of discovering planets with conditions suitable for life. "Current technology allows us to detect only the brightest clouds, those that are a few thousand times brighter than the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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