Latest Stars Stories
Some of the first data collected by the CoRoT space telescope mission, launched in December 2006, provides valuable information about the physical vibrations and surface characteristics of nearby stars that are similar to our Sun, researchers say.
A new image released by ESO shows the amazing intricacies of a vast stellar nursery, which goes by the name of Gum 29. In the center, a small cluster of stars â€” called Westerlund 2 â€” has been found to be the home of one of the most massive double star systems known to astronomers.
Researchers from 25 countries converge on Huntsville, Alabama, to share the latest findings on the biggest explosions since the Big Bang itself.
MESSAGES to a planet which closely resembles Earth were yesterday beamed into space. Some 501 - from Sir Patrick Moore, McFly and TV nutritionist Gillian McKeith among others - will take more than 20 years to reach Gliese 581c.
For several decades, scientists have thought that the Solar System formed as a result of a shock wave from an exploding star â€” a supernova â€” that triggered the collapse of a dense, dusty gas cloud that contracted to form the Sun and the planets. But detailed models of this formation process have only worked under the simplifying assumption that the temperatures during the violent events remained constant.
Astronomers have discovered a most bizarre celestial object that emitted 40 visible-light flashes before disappearing again. It is most likely to be a missing link in the family of neutron.
Astronomers have confirmed the weight of the most massive star in the galaxy. This behemoth, estimated to be roughly 116 times the mass of the sun, dwarfs most other stars in the galaxy.
A Canadian team of scientists have made an unprecedented discovery: an image of a planet outside of Earthâ€™s Solar System which appears to be circling a star like the sun.
An unusual absence of sunspots has many experts and record-keepers baffled as they wait to see how much time it takes for them to return to the starâ€™s surface.
A European-led team of astronomers are providing hints that a recent supernova may not be as normal as initially thought.
Georg Friedrich Julius Arthur von Auwers (September 12, 1838 "“ January 24, 1915) was a German astronomer born in GÃ¶ttingen, Germany. He attended the University of GÃ¶ttingen and worked at the University of KÃ¶nigsberg. Auwers specialized in astrometry, making very precise measurements of stellar positions and motions. He detected the companion stars of Sirius and Procyon from their effects on the main star's motion, before telescopes were powerful enough to visually observe them....
Charles Greeley Abbot (May 31, 1872 "“ December 17, 1973) was an American astrophysicist and astronomer born in Wilton, New Hampshire. He graduated from Phillips Academy in 1891 and MIT in 1894, with a degree in chemical physics. In 1895 Abbot was hired by Samuel Pierpont Langley as an assistant at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) despite his lack of experience in astronomy. Hired originally for his laboratory skills, Abbot became acting director of the SAO in 1896. When...
Triangulum Australe Constellation -- Triangulum Australe, the Southern Triangle, is completely visible in latitudes south of 20 degrees north from April through June. Its three brightest stars have been called the "Three Patriarchs", Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It can easily be recognized by its shape, or asterism. This is one of the 12 southern constellations named by Johann Bayer in the early 1600's. The three bright stars in this constellation are so recognizable that they can be...
Serpens Constellation -- Serpens (the snake) is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. Among the modern constellations it is unique in being split into two pieces, Serpens Caput (representing the head of the snake) to the west and Serpens Cauda (representing the tail) to the east. Between these two pieces lies the constellation of Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer. Notable features Since Serpens is regarded as being one constellation...
Scorpius Constellation -- Scorpius (the scorpion) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. In western astrology it is known as "Scorpio." It lies between Libra to the west and Sagittarius to the east. It is a large constellation located in the southern hemisphere near the center of the Milky Way. Notable features Scorpius contains many bright stars, including Antares (Î± Sco), Graffias (Î²1 Sco), Dschubba (Î´ Sco), Sargas (Î¸ Sco), Shaula (Î» Sco), Jabah (Î½ Sco),...
- Large; stout; burly.