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2009-04-23 09:45:00

Researchers at North Carolina State University have used a mathematical model that allows them to get a clearer picture of the galaxy's youngest supernova remnant by correcting for the distortions caused by cosmic dust. Their new data provides evidence that this remnant is from a type Ia supernova - the explosion of a white dwarf star - and raises questions about the ways in which magnetic fields affect the generation of the remnant's cosmic ray particles. NC State physicists Dr. Stephen...

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2009-04-23 07:54:18

A team of astronomers in California recently discovered a giant cosmic "blob" that they believe to be a remnant from our universe's infancy. Using a small army of the world's most advanced space and ground telescopes, scientists from the Carnegie Observatory in Pasadena California were able to essentially look back in time to a point when the universe was a mere 800 million years old.  Researchers have identified the object as an "extended Lyman-Alpha blob", a vague cosmological term...

2009-03-11 09:55:00

GREENBELT, Md., March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new map combining nearly three months of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is giving astronomers an unprecedented look at the high-energy cosmos. To Fermi's eyes, the universe is ablaze with gamma rays from sources ranging from within the solar system to galaxies billions of light-years away. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "Fermi has given us a deeper and better-resolved view of the...

2009-01-19 15:02:41

British astronomers say cosmic dust was partially created by the gradual death of carbon stars and not just from stars that exploded. The astronomers have been watching cosmic dust form around a dying star in a nearby galaxy, similar to the primitive galaxies that formed soon after the big bang, said a release from the Science and Technology Facilities Council, which funded the study. The newly observed dust formation was found around the carbon star MAG 29, located 280,000 light years away...

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2009-01-16 00:45:00

ITHACA, N.Y. "“ A Cornell-led team of astronomers has observed dust forming around a dying star in a nearby galaxy, giving a glimpse into the early universe and enlivening a debate about the origins of all cosmic dust. The findings are reported in the Jan. 16 issue of the journal Science (Vol. 323, No. 5912). Cornell research associate Greg Sloan led the study, which was based on observations with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The researchers used Spitzer's Infrared Spectrograph,...

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2009-01-13 14:44:07

A team of University of Hertfordshire astronomers led by Dr David Pinfield of the Centre for Astrophysics Research is leading a major new European collaboration to search for and study planets around other stars (extra-solar planets). Funded with £2.75 million from the European Commission, this research and technology network will focus on the search for rocky planets around cool stars and the development of future space-based technology to study extra-solar planets. Cool stars are much...

2009-01-08 11:53:24

A mysterious extra-loud radio noise permeates the universe, preventing astronomers from observing heat from the first stars, U.S. scientists at NASA said. The noise, picked up by a balloon-borne instrument, makes no sense, based on science's current understanding of the cosmos, the scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. The universe really threw us a curve, said astrophysicist Alan Kogut of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Instead of the...

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2009-01-07 16:35:00

Listening to the early universe just got harder. A team led by Alan Kogut of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., today announced the discovery of cosmic radio noise that booms six times louder than expected. The finding comes from a balloon-borne instrument named ARCADE, which stands for the Absolute Radiometer for Cosmology, Astrophysics, and Diffuse Emission. In July 2006, the instrument launched from NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas, and...

2009-01-06 14:21:00

GREENBELT, Md., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An ongoing X-ray survey undertaken by NASA's Swift spacecraft is revealing differences between nearby active galaxies and those located about halfway across the universe. Understanding these differences will help clarify the relationship between a galaxy and its central black hole. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "There's a lot we don't know about the workings of supermassive black holes," says Richard...

2008-12-16 12:29:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time, astronomers have clearly seen the effects of "dark energy" on the most massive collapsed objects in the universe using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. By tracking how dark energy has stifled the growth of galaxy clusters and combining this with previous studies, scientists have obtained the best clues yet about what dark energy is and what the destiny of the universe could be. (Logo:...


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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...

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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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