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2011-05-26 07:25:00

A cataclysmic explosion of a huge star near the edge of the Universe may be the most distant object ever observed. Scientists believe the blast occurred about 520 million years after the Big Bang. This means its light has taken 13.14 billion years to reach Earth. Astronomers refer to the event, which was observed by using NASA's Swift space observatory, as GRB 090429B. The "GRB" stands for "gamma-ray burst", which is a sudden pulse of very high-energy light that the telescope is tuned to...

2011-05-20 14:29:00

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An international team, including NASA-funded researchers, using radio telescopes located throughout the Southern Hemisphere, has produced the most detailed image of particle jets erupting from a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "These jets arise as infalling matter approaches the black hole, but we don't yet know the details of how they form and maintain...

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2011-05-19 11:55:00

According to NASA, dark energy is driving our universe apart at an accelerated rate. Scientists performed a five-year survey of 200,000 galaxies to help add more evidence to the favored theory of how dark energy works.  This theory says dark energy works as a constant force, uniformly affecting the universe and propelling its runaway expansion.  "The action of dark energy is as if you threw a ball up in the air, and it kept speeding upward into the sky faster and faster," Chris...

2011-05-17 13:28:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The iconic Morgan Freeman returns to SCIENCE on Wednesday, June 8, at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) for a second season of the breakthrough series, THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN. Each of the ten world-premiere episodes poses an all-new question that spans space, science and the unknown - and peaks Freeman's insatiable curiosity. THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN breaks down the walls of conventional television to explore the puzzles...

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2011-04-10 06:35:00

A galaxy's core is a busy place, crowded with stars swarming around an enormous black hole. When galaxies collide, it gets even messier as the two black holes spiral toward each other, merging to make an even bigger gravitational monster. Once it is created, the monster goes on a rampage. The merger kicks the black hole into surrounding stars. There it finds a hearty meal, shredding and swallowing stars at a rapid clip. According to new research by Nick Stone and Avi Loeb (Harvard-Smithsonian...

2011-04-07 08:13:00

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Swift satellite, Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory have teamed up to study one of the most puzzling cosmic blasts ever observed. More than a week later, high-energy radiation continues to brighten and fade from its location. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Astronomers say they have never seen such a bright, variable, high-energy, long-lasting burst before. Usually, gamma-ray bursts...

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...

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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...

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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...


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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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