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Thales Alenia Space Leads Euclid Construction
2013-07-08 11:23:02

The construction of ESA’s Euclid space mission to explore the ‘dark Universe’ will be led by Italy’s Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor, beginning the full industrial phase of the project.

Nature's Constants Not Constant
2013-07-05 08:29:31

Researchers recently studied a distant white dwarf star to measure the strength of the electromagnetic force, one of the four fundamental forces that shape the universe as we know it. They hoped to determine whether the laws of physics were constant throughout the universe.

Bursts Of Cosmic Radio Waves May Be From The Beginning Of The Universe
2013-07-05 05:13:51

Astronomers writing in the journal Science say they recently discovered mysterious bursts of radio waves originating from billions of light-years away.

Hubble And VLT Data Reveals Details Of An Early Galaxy
2013-07-03 04:39:20

Researchers have published details, including size, mass and content of elements, of an early galaxy in the scientific journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Pulsating White Dwarf Discovered By UT Astronomers
2013-06-20 12:47:40

A group of astronomers have discovered pulsations from the crystallized remnant of a burnt-out white dwarf star.

Evidence Of New Phase In Neutron Stars Discovered
2013-06-14 13:48:03

Scientists say they have detected what may be the first observational evidence of existence of a new exotic phase of matter in what is known as the "inner crust" of neutron stars, or pulsars.

Nearby Flare Star Gives Burst Of Light
2013-06-14 12:17:36

Within a span of three minutes, a star in the Usra Major constellation less than 16 light-years from Earth gave off a massive flare, making the object 15 times brighter than normal, according to a new report in the journal Astrophysics.

Project Maps Detailed Motions Of Universe
2013-06-14 11:35:29

An international team of researchers has created a map of the Universe near the Milky Way that better represents the physical dimensions of space. To accomplish this, the team created a video that allows for the perception of depth by rotating, zooming, and panning across the map space.

Data Supports Cold Model Dark Matter
2013-06-13 15:54:45

Researchers found that the density of the dark matter was greater near the center of the galaxy clusters, on average, gradually becoming more diffuse moving out towards the cluster’s edge. This is consistent with a cold dark matter model, which, along with other evidence, has been the leading candidate theory for some years.

Latest Universe Reference Libraries

2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: The Hubble Extreme Deep Field (XDF) was completed in September 2012 and shows the farthest galaxies ever photographed by humans. Each speck of light in the photo is an individual galaxy, some of them as old as 13.2 billion years; the observable universe is estimated to contain more than 200 billion galaxies. Credit: NASA/Wikipedia What is Cosmology? I once commented to an acquaintance that I was fascinated by the field of Cosmology, and mused that if I had more time, I...

2014-01-12 00:00:00

Physics is a natural science involving the study of matter and its motion through space-time, along with related concepts such as energy and force. On a broader scale, it also involves the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves. Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines, perhaps the oldest through its inclusion of astronomy. Physics was part of natural philosophy until the Scientific Revolution in the 16th century, when the natural...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Lyra Constellation -- Lyra (the lyre) is a prominent, although fairly small, northern constellation. It was one of Ptolemy's 48 constellations, and also counts among the modern 88 constellations. Its brightest star is Vega (Alpha Lyrae), which together with Altair (Alpha Aquilae) and Deneb (Alpha Cygni) forms the large asterism known as the Summer Triangle. Beta Lyr is a half separated (i.e. one of the stars reached its Rochevolume) eclipsing binary of a cream-white colour. The...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cygnus Constellation -- Cygnus (the swan) is a northern constellation. It was one of Ptolemy's 48 constellations, and is also one of the 88 modern constellations. Because of the pattern of its main stars, it is sometimes called the Northern Cross (in contrast to the Southern Cross). The bird extends over the summer Milky Way, appearing to fly south. Notable features Cygnus contains several bright stars. Deneb, α Cygni, is an extremely brilliant star, very prominent despite...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

Centaurus Constellation -- Centaurus (the centaur) was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and counts also among the 88 modern constellations. A constellation of the southern hemisphere, mentioned by Eudoxus (4th century B.C.) and Aratus (3rd century B.C.), Ptolemy catalogued thirty-seven stars in it. It contains Proxima Centauri, the red dwarf that is the nearest known star (other than the Sun) to Earth, as well as Alpha Centauri, which is a double star to which Proxima...

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