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TW Hydrae’s Snow Line Offers Insight Into Solar System Formation
2013-07-18 18:16:42

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope have announced the discovery of a distant solar system's "snow line" about 175 light years away, according to a report in Science Express. On Earth, a snow line can be seen at high altitudes, where a mountain's snowcap ends. The concept is similar in space, where a snow line forms at a certain distance from a star. Water, which has one of highest freezing...

Hubble Captures Planet Formation 7.5 Billion Miles From Host Star
2013-06-13 15:09:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope say they have discovered evidence of a planet forming 7.5 billion miles away from its host star. The exoplanet is under construction about 176 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Hydra the Sea Serpent. The suspected planet is orbiting the diminutive red dwarf TW Hydrae. "It's so intriguing to see a system like this," said John Debes of the Space Telescope Science...

The Sun Was A 'Feisty' Character In Its Younger Days
2013-06-06 12:57:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers said during a press conference at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society that when our Sun was in its infancy, it was active and "feisty." The team said that when the Sun was young it was growing in fits and burping out bursts of X-rays. They came to this conclusion after studying another young star in our galaxy known as TW Hydrae, which sits about 190 light-years away in the southern constellation Hydra the...

TW Hydrae Protoplanetary Disk Weighed With Unprecedented Accuracy
2013-01-30 13:26:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers recently reported in the journal Nature that they have determined the mass of the planetary nursery surrounding the star TW Hydrae with unprecedented accuracy. TW Hydrae lies roughly 176 light-years away from Earth and is one of the most frequently observed protoplanetary disks in space. The young star is surrounded with a disk of dense gas and dust, in which larger objects begin to turn into planets. Our Solar System...

2012-02-18 01:41:16

ALMA and Jansky VLA enabling forefront research at frontiers of astrophysics Two new and powerful research tools are helping astronomers gain key insights needed to transform our understanding of important processes across the breadth of astrophysics. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), and the newly-expanded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) offer scientists vastly improved and unprecedented capabilities for frontier research. The cutting-edge research enabled...

Image 1 - Astronomers Detect Water-Covered Planets
2011-10-20 13:44:37

The Herschel Space Observatory has helped astronomers detect water-covered planets like Earth around a young star. The astronomers used data from Herschel to detect cold water vapor enveloping a dusty disk around the young star.  This is the first time scientists have found evidence of vast quantities of water extending out into the cooler, far reaches of disks where comets take shape.  The more water available in disks for icy comets to form, the greater the chances that...

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2005-06-24 10:24:01

Cambridge, MA -- Interstellar travelers might want to detour around the star system TW Hydrae to avoid a messy planetary construction site. Astronomer David Wilner of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and his colleagues have discovered that the gaseous protoplanetary disk surrounding TW Hydrae holds vast swaths of pebbles extending outward for at least 1 billion miles. These rocky chunks should continue to grow in size as they collide and stick together until they...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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