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Gravitational Lensing Used To Seek Out Most Distant, Active Star Forming Galaxies
2013-05-29 04:53:02

Scientists working with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered the most distant and active star forming galaxies in our universe.

NASA X-Ray Observatory Reveals Magnetars More Common Than Thought
2013-05-24 14:42:15

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed that some of the most extreme objects in the universe may be more common than previously thought.

Blowing Bubbles: The Evolution And Disappearance Of Foamy Bubbles
2013-05-10 05:46:28

Researchers have mathematically described the successive stages in the complex evolution and disappearance of foamy bubbles, something that could help in modeling industrial processes in which liquids mix, or in the formation of solid foams such as those used to cushion bicycle helmets.

Pear Shaped Atomic Nuclei
2013-05-09 11:28:49

A team of international scientists has found the first ever direct evidence of pear-shaped atomic nuclei, a discovery that could shed light on some of the deepest mysteries of the universe.

Evolution Of Black Holes Compared To Evolution Of Flight
2013-05-07 06:19:35

Scientists have debated the merits of the anthropic principle – the notion that the universe is somehow fine-tuned for life, or vice versa – and its variants for decades. The search to understand the nature and evolution of the universe is what plagues the fields of cosmology and astrophysics.

New Image Of Betelgeuse Reveals Hot Spots
2013-04-24 19:23:35

Astronomers have snapped a very detailed image of the outer atmosphere of the red supergiant Betelgeuse.

Black Holes Can Help Determine The Universe's Rate Of Expansion
2013-04-23 04:48:33

In 2011, the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to a trio of researchers. Adam Riess, Saul Perlmutter and Brian Schmidt were able to determine that the speed and scope of the expansion of the universe is not so uniform as once believed.


Latest Universe Reference Libraries

Cosmology
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...

Physics
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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.