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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...

Doppler Techniques Could Help Predict Solar Storms
2012-07-04 04:12:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are using Doppler techniques that may be able to take predicting space weather to a new level and understanding. An international team of researchers have combined Doppler techniques with images and data from a space-based telescope to observe loops of 1,800,000-degree Fahrenheit plasma flowing up from the sun's surface at more than 12 miles per second. These loops arch over the sun, and may be the first signs of trouble...

Privately-Funded Deep Space Mission Planned
2012-06-30 05:59:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Former astronauts are making plans to build and launch their own space telescope to track down dangerous asteroids. The B612 Foundation, which is made up of former NASA astronauts and U.S. scientists, said it plans to launch the first privately funded deep space mission. The company said that its Sentinel mission would see that a space telescope be placed in orbit around the sun. Ed Lu, a former NASA astronaut who flew aboard...

Milky Way
2012-06-29 04:45:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers from Canada and the U.S. have found that the Milky Way galaxy may have recently had an encounter with one of its surrounding smaller satellite galaxies. “We have found evidence that our Milky Way had an encounter with a small galaxy or massive dark matter structure perhaps as recently as 100 million years ago,” Larry Widrow, professor at Queen´s University in Canada, said in a press release. “We...

Researching And Reaching Between Stars
2012-06-27 10:24:09

University of Texas astronomers use Lonestar supercomputer to explore role of dark matter in galaxy formation From Earth, observers use telescopes to look and learn about the distant luminous spheres. But the telescope often isn't the only instrument used. Karl Gebhardt, professor of astrophysics at The University of Texas at Austin and one of the principal investigators for the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) project, makes revolutionary discoveries about dark...

Will We Ever Make It To Outer Space?
2012-06-25 05:34:07

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com There was a lot of talk this weekend in Santa Clara, California about not only the possibility of taking trips to outer space, but how we might get there as well. Looking outward, astrobiologists, astronauts,  space experts and a number of enthusiasts gathered together at this year´s SETIcon II to discuss all things cosmic. Two of the aforementioned experts at SETIcon were Bill Nye (the Science Guy) and Dr. Mae Jemison (the first woman of color...

NuSTAR To Help Scientists Solve Supernova Explosion Mystery
2012-06-18 04:01:37

[ Watch the Video ] Somewhere in the Milky Way, a massive old star is about to die a spectacular death. As its nuclear fuel runs out, the star begins to collapse under its own tremendous weight. Crushing pressure triggers new nuclear reactions, setting the stage for a terrifying blast. And then... nothing happens. At least that's what supercomputers have been telling astrophysicists for decades. Many of the best computer models of supernovas fail to produce an explosion. At the end of...

2012-06-02 11:30:29

Students from across Europe have been selected as the winners of the ESA´s ℠Explore the high-energy Universe´ competition. Secondary school students were invited to choose from four projects relating to ESA´s Integral gamma-ray observatory in which they were challenged to Observe, Research, Design, or Build. To participate, students took on the roles of engineers, scientists, and astronomers to explore the extreme and ever-changing high-energy Universe, including...

Some Sun-like Stars Put Off Superflares
2012-05-17 13:32:04

New research shows that other sun-like stars in the universe can send off flares much larger than those seen on our sun. Solar flares are the result of broken magnetic-field loops as they pass through sunspots. As these loops become twisted and contorted, the flares occur, sending enormous amounts of charged particles, energy and radiation outward. So far, the largest solar flare ever measured on our sun happened on September 1, 1859, by British astronomer Richard Carrington. He simply...

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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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Word of the Day
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.