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2012-08-15 22:06:34

Watch the Video: Recreating a Slice of the Universe Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have found a way to accurately follow the birth and evolution of thousands of galaxies over billions of years. For the first time, scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and their colleagues at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) have made it possible to build a universe from scratch that brims with galaxies like we...

Crowd Funding Needed For Space Exploration, Education
2012-08-10 14:22:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers and scientists have gotten together to create applications that both make space education fun, and help create income to fund research and development projects. Uwingu (which means “sky” in Swahili and is pronounced “oo-wing-oo) is a company made up of astronomers, planetary scientists, former space-program executives, and educators. The company has announced plans to launch a series of projects to help...

X-ray Signal Detected During Black Hole's Destruction Of Passing Star
2012-08-03 15:48:00

[Watch Video] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers have identified an X-ray signal that followed an observation made last year of a quiescent black hole in a distant galaxy. The black hole discovered by the team last year was seen erupting after shredding and consuming a passing star. Astronomers then witnessed days following the observation a distinctive X-ray signal that comes from matter on the verge of falling into the black hole. This...

Vaporizing Super-Earth Helps Characterize Exoplanet Attributes
2012-08-03 14:45:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists collaborated recently to produce simulations of Earth-like planets being vaporized in order to help astronomers have a better grasp of what to look for in the atmosphere of candidate super-Earths. Super-Earths are rocky exoplanets that are more massive than Earth, but less massive than Neptune. Most of those that have been found so far orbit very close to their stars. Scientists writing in The Astrophysical Journal show...

Augmented Reality The Topic Of Creepy, New Video
2012-07-30 05:13:42

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Based on the amount of announcements, patent filings and prototypes, it´s easy to assume that some of the world´s largest companies have seen the future, and the future is AR, or Augmented Reality. It´s a very cool technology, placing a computer between yourself and the real world to display images or provide extra information. For example, iOS app “Star Walk” works with the iPhone´s camera and GPS...

New research using data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope has revealed that the hottest and brightest stars, which are known as O stars, are often found in close pairs. Many of such binaries transfer mass from one star to another, a kind of stellar vampirism depicted in this artist’s impression. Credi
2012-07-26 21:17:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The brightest stars in the universe apparently do not like to live alone, according to a new study using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT). Nearly three-quarters of the brightest, high mass stars are found to have a close companion star, which is far more than previous thought. Most of these pairs of stars are also experiencing disruptive interactions, like mass transfer from one star to the other. Another third of them are expected...

Time-Lapse Video Captures Beauty On Earth And In The Sky
2012-07-24 05:09:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There is a sensation that I may never be able to experience in my life, but one video showing off images taken from the International Space Station (ISS) gets me just a little closer to being in space. Photographer Knate Myers pieced together images taken from the ISS and created a beautiful time lapse photography video of what it´s like to circle around this wonderful globe. The video starts with a simple view of our rotating...

Black Holes Need Diet Rich In Stars To Grow
2012-07-20 12:21:35

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from several American institutes and agencies have developed a new model showing how an elusive type of black hole can be formed in the gas surrounding their supermassive counterparts. The scientists, from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), the City University of New York (CUNY), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for...

NASA Mission Set To Study Plasma
2012-07-18 14:36:34

[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new NASA mission set to launch in August 2012 called the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) will keep its eye focused on plasma. Ninety-nine percent of the universe is made of this electrified gas, but when it comes to the Earth it is more absent than present. There are two giant donuts of plasma surrounding Earth trapped within a region known as the Van Allen Radiation Belts. The belts are close to...

Sifting Through Starlight To Find New Planets
2012-07-06 05:42:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The first images from a new project are demonstrating a new technique that creates precise "dark holes" around stars of interest. Dark holes are extremely difficult to see directly in an image because the light that stars emit is tens of millions to billions of times brighter than the light given off by planets. However, astronomers working on Project 1640 presented findings of dark holes at the International Society for Optics and...


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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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