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Every so often, readers submit questions to our "Ask the Astronomer" series, wondering various things about the universe, space travel, or complex physics concepts we have no freaking answer for. Thankfully, when this happens, we have a few resident astronomers always willing to jump in and help us out--like professor of astronomy at Vanderbilt University, Dr. David Weintraub.
Bobby McGehee asks, "Could the smallest atoms be the answer to the biggest question?" PHOENIX (PRWEB) May 04, 2015 A new book refutes the Big
This telescope takes the night shift and constantly scans the night sky for planets so that we can get some shut-eye.
A newly discovered pulsar has the widest orbit ever discovered around a neutron star and is part of a rare double neutron star system, and could help astronomers gain new insight as to how such systems form and evolve, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has announced.
You could name a planet after your mom or your cat, or even your favorite TV character.
This new exoplanet appears to be just too big for its star and it’s got the astronomers frantically scratching their heads.
NASA sounding rocket was launched towards a supernova remnant, with the goal of examining the X-rays emitted by the object to determine the composition of this 20,000-year-old explosion’s debris.
These black holes are always hungry and are huge! Constantly gorging yourself on gas 'donuts' can do that to you.
Braaaaaains. A mysterious high-energy X-ray signal detected by NuSTAR could be the sounds of “zombie” stars feeding on the “brains” of nearby stellar companions, according to research published recently in the journal Nature.
For the first time, astronomers have produced a fully 3D view of the Pillars of Creation using the Very Large Telescope to capture the iconic billowing dust pillars in new detail and discover never-before-seen features.
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...
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...
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 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...
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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