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Electrifying Exoplanets With Stellar Winds
2013-06-04 11:10:37

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When scientists began seeking out planets outside of our solar system, they anticipated seeing systems much like our own. Small, rocky worlds orbiting a couple of astronomical units from the host star, with the gas giant planets orbiting farther out. After all, much effort had been given to explaining how a solar system such as ours would form. Only, this is not what has been found. Many solar systems are constructed...

Billion Year-Old Water Found On Earth May Hold Key To Finding Life On Mars
2013-05-16 10:31:00

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online How did life begin? This question has been the focus of intense research for centuries, and while we have made significant strides, the answer still eludes us. Understanding how the first proteins, amino acids, and other organic compounds came together to form the first living cells is vital in our search for finding potential life on other worlds. And we have long thought that the key to life, here on Earth anyway, is...

Moon's Water Supply Came From Earth, Not From Comet Impacts
2013-05-09 13:34:08

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Prior to the Apollo Moon missions, scientists conjectured that the Moon would be extremely dry, that even below the surface of the Magnificent Desolation little or no water would be present. But the rocks brought back by the lunar explorers revealed that the Moon, while still dry compared to Earth, contained a surprising amount of water. Furthermore, the composition of the Moon led scientists to the current Big Impact...

Scientists Unravel The Mysteries Of Large Gamma-Ray Bursts
2013-04-16 13:06:58

WATCH VIDEO: [Swift's Christmas Burst From Blue Supergiant Star Explosion] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers unwrapped a little more of the mystery surrounding a new type of powerful cosmic explosion, creating a new theory around the death of supergiant stars. These huge explosions create powerful blasts of high energy gamma rays, known as gamma-ray bursts. These larger blasts can last for several hours, compared to most gamma-ray bursts which...

2013-03-06 23:02:32

From a news release by NASA, dated February 28, 2013, the Birth of a Planet was observed from Earth through the Hubble Telescope that possibly showed a proto planet being born from a star. Kansas City, MI (PRWEB) March 06, 2013 For much of this century and the previous one, scientists have proposed and theorized about the origins of planets and moons and how they formed; most of the scientific community have settled on the “Accretion” hypothesis for planet formation; which...

Scientists Propose System For Eliminating Threat Of Asteroids, Meteors
2013-02-15 13:01:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A pair of California scientists unveiled a proposal this week for a system that could eliminate threatening asteroids or meteors, just as a meteor explodes over Russia and an asteroid grazes past Earth within a 24-hour span. Several online videos showing a meteorite streaking, then exploding over Russia, and reports describing the asteroid 2012 DA14 serve as timely reminders of just how crucial the system, dubbed DE-STAR, could be....

“The Search For Alien Life” With Guest Dr. Eric Mamajek (Part 3): Your Universe Today Podcasts
2013-01-14 14:57:21

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In this installment of our new podcast series Your Universe Today, redOrbit´s resident astronomer Dr. John Millis spoke with Dr. Eric Mamajek from the University of Rochester about the possibility of finding life beyond Earth. This is the final interview in a three-part series on the topic. If you haven´t already, be sure to listen to part 1 “How Planets Form” and part 2 “Planet Hunting.”...

Citizen Astronomers Discover 15 New Planet Candidates In The Habitable Zone
2013-01-07 13:44:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Volunteers affiliated with an Oxford University citizen astronomy project have discovered more than a dozen new potential planets orbiting in the habitable zones of other stars, officials from the UK-based educational institution announced on Monday. "Volunteers from the Planethunters.org website, part of the Oxford-led Zooniverse project, have discovered 15 new planet candidates orbiting in the habitable zones of other stars,"...

How Planets Form: Your Universe Today Podcasts
2012-12-31 09:56:42

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Starting in early 2013, redOrbit will be launching a new podcast series called Your Universe Today, where we interview leading scientists about cutting-edge research in everything from space travel to the origins of our Universe. But we´re in the holiday spirit and couldn´t wait until January to unveil our new podcast project, so we´ve decided to give you a sneak peak of what´s to come. In...

Top Science Stories of 2012
2012-12-27 07:16:59

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Every December the online world is replete with Top 10 lists, reminding us of the year´s best sports plays, TV moments, and blockbuster movies. These articles have become so popular, in fact, that many outlets publish their Best of the Year pieces months before the end of the year. Which is awfully presumptive. Most troubling, though, is that many of these types of articles lack any real content — nothing...


Latest The Universe Reference Libraries

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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