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dust early universe
2015-03-03 08:30:19

Dust plays an extremely important role in the universe - both in the formation of planets and new stars. But dust was not there from the beginning and the earliest galaxies had no dust, only gas. Now an international team of astronomers, led by researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, has discovered a dust-filled galaxy from the very early universe. The discovery demonstrates that galaxies were very quickly enriched with dust particles containing elements such as carbon and oxygen, which...

2015-03-02 12:23:14

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres.

2015-02-28 10:04:20

The South Pole Telescope is now ready for use in the search for black holes and will be joining its buddy, The Event Horizon Telescope.

2015-02-27 23:10:42

Lunar mining company signs Memorandum of Agreement to develop a new class of reentry vehicles to enable rapid return of time-critical experiments from Low Earth Orbit back to Earth, paving the

2015-02-27 16:20:38

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission is set to lift off at 10:44 p.m.

largest black hole
2015-02-26 10:46:10

The largest and most luminous black hole ever seen has been discovered, with a mass about 12 billion times that of the sun.

2015-02-26 10:13:55

The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope has one-upped the Hubble Space Telescope, producing the best-ever three-dimensional view of the deep universe while revealing previously invisible objects, ESO officials announced this morning.

ceres bright lights
2015-02-26 08:20:11

A bright spot previously detected on the dwarf planet Ceres appears to have a somewhat dimmer companion, and NASA remain unable to explain exactly what these unusual lights are.

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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