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hubble WASP-43b
2014-10-10 05:22:46

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using observations from the NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has managed to create the most detailed map ever of an exoplanet’s air temperature and water vapor, officials from the US space agency announced Thursday. The target of the investigation, which is detailed in the October 9 edition of Science Express, was WASP-43b - a hot-Jupiter exoplanet said to have winds that travel the speed of sound, a ‘day’...

2014-10-09 16:20:46

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made the most detailed global map yet of the glow from a turbulent planet outside our solar system, revealing its secrets of air temperatures and water vapor. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnVAR/20081007/38461LOGO Hubble observations show the exoplanet, called WASP-43b, is no place to call home. It is a world of extremes, where seething winds howl at the speed of sound from a...

2014-10-09 12:22:00

Presentation on cosmic bloopers is free and open to the public WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ of the Vatican Observatory will give a free public lecture on Thursday evening, 13 November 2014, on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. Entitled "Discarded Worlds: Astronomical Ideas That Were Almost Correct," Br. Guy's presentation will explore what lessons can be learned from scientists throughout history whose ideas about our own...

Black Hole P13
2014-10-09 06:58:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Approximately 12 million light years from Earth is a galaxy called NGC 7793, and just on the outskirts of this galaxy is a black hole, designated P13. P13 is a hungry black hole, consuming gas from a nearby star about ten times faster than astronomers believed possible before recent observations from the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR). The findings, published in a recent issue of Nature, reveal that P13 "is...

nova explosion
2014-10-09 06:38:55

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Extremely detailed images produced using radio telescopes spread throughout Europe and the US have allowed researchers to pinpoint the exact locations in a stellar explosion where gamma rays are emitted. Gamma-ray emissions were first observed by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope in 2012 and are the highest-energy form of radioactive waves in the known universe. However, according to Michigan State University, how they are produced...

2014-10-08 16:20:24

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers have found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of about 10 million suns. This is the brightest pulsar - a dense stellar remnant left over from a supernova explosion - ever recorded. The discovery was made with NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "You might think of this pulsar as the 'Mighty Mouse' of stellar remnants," said Fiona...

Astronomers Discover Shockingly Bright Dead Star
2014-10-08 13:11:37

Provided by Felicia Chou and Whitney Clavin, NASA Astronomers have found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of about 10 million suns. This is the brightest pulsar – a dense stellar remnant left over from a supernova explosion – ever recorded. The discovery was made with NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. "You might think of this pulsar as the 'Mighty Mouse' of stellar remnants," said Fiona Harrison, the NuSTAR principal investigator at the...

Bigelow Expandable Activity Module
2014-10-08 04:28:03

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Starting next year, astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be able to work inside an inflatable module attached to the station’s Tranquility node, according to Space.com Contributor Elizabeth Howell. Developed by Bigelow Aerospace, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will travel to the ISS aboard SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft in 2015. After arriving at the station, the robotic Canadarm2 will be used to...

2014-10-07 12:37:53

DUBLIN, Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) Market 2014-2018" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130307/600769 A fixed satellite service (FSS) is a satellite service that uses geosynchronous satellites for broadcasting purposes such as TV and radio, telecommunications, and satellite communication used by government and military organizations. An FSS offers services under two...

2014-10-06 16:21:22

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $50 million to seven research teams nationwide to study the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "With the Curiosity rover characterizing the potential habitability of Mars, the Kepler mission discovering new planets outside our solar system, and Mars 2020 on the horizon, these research teams will provide...


Latest Space Reference Libraries

Geometry
2014-01-02 10:21:51

Geometry is a branch of mathematics that is concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space. A mathematician who works in the geometry field is called a geometer. Geometry arose independently in numerous early cultures as a body of practical knowledge concerning areas, lengths, and volumes, with elements of a formal mathematical science emerging in the West as early as Thales. By the 3rd century BC, geometry was put into an axiomatic form by...

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...

Ad Astra
2012-05-07 07:06:15

Ad Astra is a quarterly-published journal of the National Space Society (NSS). The name “ad astra” means “to the stars.” The journal was established following the merger of the L5 Society and the National Space Institute, which formed the NSS in 1987. The NSS is a non-profit aerospace advocacy and educational institution based in Washington DC. On November 28, 2007, the NSS announced MM Publishing Inc. as the newest publisher of Ad Astra. MM Publishing officially took on the role...

sts-52
2012-03-24 10:39:24

Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center on October 22, 1992 at 1:09 PM EDT and landed at Kennedy on November 1 at 9:05 AM EST. The shuttle orbited 159 times at an altitude of 163 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.45 degrees and travelled 4.1 million miles. The mission lasted 9 days, 20 hours, 56 minutes, and 13 seconds. The mission launched several satellites for international partners. The primary mission objectives were the deployment of the Laser Geodynamic Satellite II...

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Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.