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pluto debate
2014-09-25 05:51:31

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Pluto may no longer be a planet in the eyes of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), but as a recent debate hosted by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) revealed, not everyone agrees with the official assessment that led to its 2006 demotion. “What is a planet? For generations of kids the answer was easy. A big ball of rock or gas that orbited our Sun, and there were nine of them in our solar system,” the...

hubble
2014-09-25 04:36:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Out of every four proposals submitted to gain observation time on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), three are denied. You might think that these denials are based strictly on the merits of the study being proposed and the current viewing patterns of the telescope, but you would be wrong. A new internal study from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), published online currently on arXiv and coming soon to an issue of...

2014-09-24 23:02:36

Seasoned sales professional will help attendees grow their businesses. Irving, Texas (PRWEB) September 24, 2014 The Electronic Security Association (ESA) is proud to announce Rochelle Carrington, president and CEO of Sandler Training/Second Wind Advisory Group, has signed on as a speaker for the 2015 ESA Leadership Summit. Carrington joins Dan Schawbel and Patrick Thean on the speaker list for the Summit, which is scheduled for Feb. 8-11 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in...

2014-09-24 23:01:54

In a feat of long-distance detection, astronomers led by experts at the University of Maryland have found water vapor in the atmosphere of a Neptune-sized planet nearly 729 trillion miles from Earth. This is the smallest planet for which scientists have been able to identify chemical components of its atmosphere. (PRWEB) September 24, 2014 Astronomers have found water vapor in the atmosphere of a planet about four times bigger than Earth, in the constellation Cygnus about 124 light years...

2014-09-24 23:01:42

500 teens to participate in museum-led workshops focusing on innovation to kick-off Chicago Ideas Week YOU(th) program. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 24, 2014 On Tuesday, September 30, from 4 –7 p.m., the Adler Planetarium, in collaboration with Chicago Ideas Week (CIW), will host the 2014 CIW YOU(th) Kick-Off Event. This will be the official start of CIW’s youth component bringing 500 teens and 75 adult chaperones to the museum to participate in a series of museum-led science,...

extrasolar planet HAT-P-11b
2014-09-24 13:40:24

NASA Astronomers using data from three of NASA's space telescopes -- Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler -- have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected. [ Watch the Video: Zoom Into HAT-P-11 ] “This discovery is a significant milepost on the road to eventually analyzing the atmospheric composition of smaller, rocky...

mars and the sun
2014-09-24 07:50:31

Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Two main types of explosions occur on the sun: solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Unlike the energy and X-rays produced in a solar flare – which can reach Earth at the speed of light in eight minutes – coronal mass ejections are giant clouds of solar material that take one to three days to reach Earth. Once at Earth, these ejections, also called CMEs, can impact satellites in space or interfere with radio communications. During CME...

T Tauri star
2014-09-24 06:40:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have observed what seems to be windy weather surrounding a T Tauri star—considered to be an infant analog of our own Sun. Such wind might explain why some T Tauri stars have disks that glow weirdly in infrared light while others have a more expected shine. The results of this study were published in a recent issue of the...

2014-09-23 12:36:41

Altair technology helps Vertu increase design processing efficiency by up to 50 percent TROY, Mich., Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Altair announced today that world-renowned English luxury mobile phone manufacturer Vertu has invested in and deployed Altair's complete range of technology and services through the company's new HyperWorks Unlimited(TM) (HWUL) appliance. HWUL is a fully managed, state-of-the-art private cloud solution for computer-aided engineering (CAE), with fully...

2014-09-23 08:21:47

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CSS-Dynamac, the forerunner for providing science processing services to commercial space flight payloads, is pleased to announce that pre-flight preparations are complete for Drs. Michael Roberts and Gary Stutte, and the research is onboard the SpaceX-4 Dragon headed to the International Space Station (ISS). Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140922/147621 Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140922/147622 Drs....


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.