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Viking Sun Stone Not A Myth
2011-11-02 08:17:36

Ancient Norse mariners used Icelandic rocks to help them navigate the ocean when the Sun and stars were obscured by clouds, according to a study published Wednesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A. Over a thousand years ago Vikings ventured thousands of miles from their home toward Iceland and Greenland, and possibly even as far as North America, centuries before Columbus, by reading the position of the Sun and stars, and by way of landmarks, currents and waves. Experts have...

Astronomers Find New Planets And A Mystery Object Outside Our Solar System
2011-10-27 13:04:07

Three planets -- each orbiting its own giant, dying star -- have been discovered by an international research team led by a Penn State University astronomer. Using the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, astronomers observed the planets' parent stars -- called HD 240237, BD +48 738, and HD 96127 -- tens of light years away from our solar system. One of the massive, dying stars has an additional mystery object orbiting it, according to team leader Alex Wolszczan, an Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and...

Image 1 - Kepler Finds Unusual Multi-planet Solar System
2011-10-05 03:33:37

A team of researchers led by Bill Cochran of The University of Texas at Austin has used NASA´s Kepler spacecraft to discover an unusual multiple-planet system containing a super-Earth and two Neptune-sized planets orbiting in resonance with each other. They announced the find on Oct. 4 in Nantes, France at a joint meeting of the American Astronomical Society´s Division of Planetary Science and the European Planetary Science Conference. The research will be published in a special...

Image 1 - NSF Frontiers In Earth-System Dynamics Awards Explore Links Among Earth Processes And Systems
2011-10-01 07:22:11

Scientists investigate a changing planet now and in the past, with a view toward predicting its future Sun-to-ice: solar energy to ice chemistry on Earth; river delta changes; glaciers in a warmer world; earthquakes and fault slip; Earth's mantle and core, and how they interact with our planet's continents, oceans and atmosphere. To explore the connections among Earth's systems, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has made seven awards totalling $33 million. They are the first awards...

Image 1 - Herschel Probes Dusty Past Of A Giant Star
2011-09-20 08:52:45

  About 5 thousand million years from now, our Sun will expand into a red giant, swelling to such a size that it may swallow the Earth. It will then begin to shed huge amounts of dust, surrounding itself with an expanding circumstellar envelope (CSE) that ultimately will become a planetary nebula. New insights into this process have been revealed by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, which is providing unprecedented images of the complex, outer structure of a nearby CSE. As part of...

Image 1 - HARPS Finds Fifty New Exoplanets
2011-09-12 12:45:58

  Richest haul of planets so far includes 16 new super-Earths [ View Video ] Astronomers using ESO´s world-leading exoplanet hunter HARPS have today announced a rich haul of more than 50 new exoplanets, including 16 super-Earths, one of which orbits at the edge of the habitable zone of its star. By studying the properties of all the HARPS planets found so far, the team has found that about 40% of stars similar to the Sun have at least one planet lighter than Saturn. The...

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2011-08-03 05:45:00

News International said on Tuesday that thousands of people who entered competitions on The Sun website may have had personal information stolen. The publisher said the data was taken when the site was hacked on July 19. The company said it had reported the matter to the police and the Information Commissioner. News International said in a statement: "We take customer data extremely seriously and are working with the relevant authorities to resolve this matter. "We are directly contacting...


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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Stellar Evolution -- Stellar evolution is the process of formation, life, and death of stars. It is one of the major topics of cosmogony. Star Birth and Life A star starts out as an enormous cloud of gas and dust many light-years across. Star formation begins when the cloud begins to condense under its own gravity. The processes that initiate this contraction are not fully understood. The cloud fragments fuse into stellar mass clouds known as protostars. Protostars do not emit...

Solar System
2012-10-22 06:09:41

The Solar System refers to the area in space that is dominated by our own Sun. It is comprised of the Sun and its associated astronomical objects that are held in its gravitational orbit. The Solar System was formed as a result of the collapse of a giant molecular cloud approximately 4.6 billion years ago. The mass of this system is located almost entirely in the Sun. Apart from the Sun, a high percentage of the remainder of the system’s mass is located in the eight solitary planets that...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Solar Eclipse -- A solar eclipse occurs when Sun, Moon and Earth are on a single line, the Moon being in the middle. Seen from the Earth, the Moon is in front of the Sun and thus part or all of the light of the Sun is hidden by the Moon. Thus it may seem that a piece has been taken out of the Sun, or that it has suddenly disappeared. There are three types of solar eclipses: -- A partial solar eclipse: Only part of the Sun and the Moon overlap -- A total solar eclipse: All of the Sun...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Sun -- intensely hot, self-luminous body of gases at the center of the solar system. Its gravitational attraction maintains the planets, comets, and other bodies of the solar system in their orbits. The sun is actually a star of about medium size; it appears larger than the other stars because of its relative nearness to the earth. The earth's distance from the sun varies from 91,377,000 mi (147,053,000 km) at perihelion to 94,537,000 mi (152,138,000 km) at aphelion (see apsis). The...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Vega -- Vega (Alpha Lyrae) is the lead star in the constellation Lyra, reaching near directly overhead the mid-northern latitudes, during the summer. It's a "nearby star" at only 25 light years distant and together with Arcturus and Sirius, one of the brightest stars in the Sun's neighbourhood. Vega is a vertex of the Summer Triangle. Its spectral class is A0V (Sirius, an A1V, is slightly less powerful) and it's firmly in the main sequence, fusing hydrogen to helium in its core....

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.