Latest Space Stories

2014-12-02 03:30:42

Recently, the infrared Herschel Space Observatory, has taken a series of beautiful high-resolution infrared images of Andromeda. It is the first time we can see M31, at these wavelengths, at such a high resolution.

golden ratio cosmic constant
2014-12-02 06:35:26

The Golden Ratio, found in everything from the curve of an elephant's tusk to the destructive beauty of Hurricane Katrina, is said to represent a "cosmic constant."

transiting super-earth
2014-12-02 04:14:14

An international group of astronomers is the first to measure the passing of a super-Earth exoplanet in front of a bright, nearby Sun-like star using a ground based telescope.

Catch A Star Contest Now Open For 2015
2014-11-30 03:37:51

School students from around the world are invited to take part in the European astronomy contest Catch a Star.

star cluster NGC 3532
2014-11-27 04:00:54

NGC 3532 is a bright open cluster located some 1300 light-years away in the constellation of Carina (The Keel of the ship Argo). It is informally known as the Wishing Well Cluster, as it resembles scattered silver coins which have been dropped into a well.

2014-11-26 12:24:42

- The #CloneClub comes to "Project Latte" along with GRIMM, BITTEN, TEEN WOLF, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, the upcoming KILLJOYS, and more - - Only "Project Latte" delivers the complete STAR TREK

lunar transit
2014-11-25 10:31:00

On Nov. 22, 2014 from 5:29 to 6:04 p.m. EST., the moon partially obscured the view of the sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. This phenomenon, which is called a lunar transit, could only be seen from SDO's point of view.

Gas Cloud In The Galactic Center Is Part Of A More Extensive Gas Streamer
2014-11-25 03:43:16

In November, astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics presented new observations of the gas cloud G2 in the galactic center originally discovered in 2011.

exoplant magnetic field
2014-11-23 03:00:44

Scientists developed a new method which allows to estimate the magnetic field of a distant exoplanet, i.e., a planet, which is located outside the Solar system and orbits a different star.

Cornell grad physicists
2014-11-22 06:08:03

NSF-funded grad students, scientists publish research, play role in Interstellar's black hole imagery.

Latest Space Reference Libraries

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...

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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