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2011-02-09 13:47:00

BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While the discoveries of the Kepler mission have tripled the number of known planets in our galaxy, one man has taken the questions about alien life to a higher power. Marshall Vian Summers claims to be receiving a message from God about the existence of alien life beyond our world. For twenty years, Summers has lived in Boulder, Colorado, the same city in which the Kepler space telescope was built and is now operated. But here in...

2011-01-26 13:10:00

Astronomers have discovered a galaxy so far away that its light has taken 13.2 billion years to reach Earth. The cluster of stars, dust and gas was spotted by NASA's Hubble space telescope as it orbited Earth. The galaxy is so far away that scientists are observing it at a time when the universe was in its infancy, just 480 million years after the Big Bang. Dr. Garth Illingworth, professor of astronomy at the University of California Santa Cruz, said "We're getting back very close to the...

2011-01-25 07:00:00

LIVERMORE, Calif., Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Solar Universe, the nation's leading provider of residential and small business solar installations, today announced its $7.0 million in Series B funding, led by RockPort Capital Partners with returning founding investors. The company also announced that it has added Kevin Daughtery as EVP, Operations, and Laurie Anthony Baggio as Chief Development Officer. Proceeds from the financing will be used to expand Solar Universe's successful...

2011-01-24 07:40:00

Just like out of a good science fiction setting on some far-off planet, our own Earth could soon have a second sun, but only for a limited time. The cosmic phenomenon will occur when one of the brightest stars in our night sky suffers a cataclysmic event -- exploding into a supernova. The supergiant red star Betelgeuse in Orion's nebula is predicted to explode, with the impending supernova possibly even reaching Earth. According to a report released Saturday, the most spectacular light...

2010-12-27 09:25:00

TAU astronomers identify the epoch of the first fast growth of black holes Most galaxies in the universe, including our own Milky Way, harbor super-massive black holes varying in mass from about one million to about 10 billion times the size of our sun. To find them, astronomers look for the enormous amount of radiation emitted by gas which falls into such objects during the times that the black holes are "active," i.e., accreting matter. This gas "infall" into massive black holes is believed...

2010-12-08 12:49:41

New discoveries point to it being more likely that humans are not the only inhabitants in the universe. "The evidence is just getting stronger and stronger," Carl Pilcher, director of NASA's Astrobiology Institute, which studies the origins, evolution and possibilities of life in the universe, told The Associated Press (AP). "I think anybody looking at this evidence is going to say, 'There's got to be life out there.'" Scientists have an equation that calculates the odds of civilized life on...

2010-12-06 00:00:39

New York, NY: Sunday, December 5: StarTalk returns to the airwaves, with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as host, and Jon Stewart as his inaugural guest. New York, NY (PRWEB) December 4, 2010 StarTalk returns to the airwaves, with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as host, and Jon Stewart as his inaugural guest. StarTalk will be broadcast live every Sunday at 6:00 pm ET from CBS Radio Studios in New York City. StarTalk bridges the gap between Pop Culture and Pop Science with clarity,...

2010-11-19 08:29:15

Researchers from Bonn and St. Andrews provide an explanation for the discrepancy New stars are born in the Universe around the clock "“ in the Milky Way, currently about ten per year. From the birth rate in the past, we can generally calculate how populated space should actually be. But the problem is that the results of such calculations do not match our actual observations. "There should actually be a lot more stars that we can see," says Dr. Jan Pflamm-Altenburg, astrophysicist at...

2010-11-09 14:20:00

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centered in the Milky Way. The feature spans 50,000 light-years and may be the remnant of an eruption from a supersized black hole at the center of our galaxy. "What we see are two gamma-ray-emitting bubbles that extend 25,000 light-years north and south of the galactic center," said Doug Finkbeiner, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., who first recognized the...

2010-11-04 06:25:00

As scientists and engineers work to make NASA's James Webb Space Telescope a reality, they find themselves wondering what new sights the largest space-based observatory ever constructed will reveal. With Webb, astronomers aim to catch planets in the making and identify the universe's first stars and galaxies, yet these are things no telescope -- not even Hubble -- has ever shown them before. "It's an interesting problem," said Jonathan Gardner, the project's deputy senior project scientist...

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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...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Xenobiology -- Xenobiology (or exobiology, or astrobiology) is the term for a speculative field within biology which considers the possibility of, and possible nature of, extraterrestrial life. It also necessarily includes the concept of artificial life, since any life form might naturally evolve elsewhere, could conceivably come out of a laboratory using a future technology. It might be difficult to tell whether a truly strange life form had in fact arisen in space, or was designed much...

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