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Dyson Sphere Research Gets Grants
2012-10-06 09:25:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Their projects might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a pair of University of California, Berkeley scientists have been awarded grants to aid in their study of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations and alternate universes, the school announced on Friday. Astronomer Geoff Marcy, who intends to review information from the Kepler Space Telescope in the hopes that he can find evidence of otherworldly beings capable...

Artificial Intelligence Maps The Universe
2012-09-24 11:48:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have developed an algorithm that is able to chart and explain accurately the structure and dynamics of the universe. The team developed a new algorithm based on artificial intelligence which provides results that are close to the observed distribution of motion and galaxies. It has been hard for astronomers to explain the distribution of galaxies. Five percent of the universe is made of normal matter, making up the...

Spitzer And Hubble Telescopes Discover Furthest Galaxy Ever
2012-09-19 19:01:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, light took off, then traveled 13.2 billion light-years until it was finally picked up by NASA's telescopes. Astronomers have identified the furthest galaxy ever using NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes. The light captured by the telescope was from when the universe was just 500 million years old, according to NASA. "This galaxy is the most distant object we have ever...

Dark Energy Almost 100 Percent Proven?
2012-09-13 09:56:52

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Since the 1990's, dark energy has been the most accepted hypothesis to explain the expansion rate of the Universe. A hypothetical form of energy, dark energy is thought to permeate all of space and accounts for about 73% of the total mass-energy of the universe. According to a team of astronomers from the University of Portsmouth and LMU University Munich, dark energy isn't so theoretical anymore. They say, it is really there....

2012-09-10 23:03:19

Howard Bloom, who´s been called “the next Stephen Hawking” and the “Einstein, Newton, Darwin, and Freud of the 21st Century,” has written a monumental new tome for anyone curious about the beginning, middle, and end of the cosmos. Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) September 10, 2012 How does an inanimate universe manage the God-like feat of creating itself from absolutely nothing? And what enables it, after pulling itself up by its own cosmic bootstraps, to continue to...

Big Bang Tracked With Hydrogen Atoms
2012-09-06 12:43:42

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If the eyes are the windows to your soul, the stars are the windows to our galactic past because they can unveil the history of our Universe. The farther away a star is, the older it is. The Universe is estimated to be 14 billion years old, but our current telescopes can only see galaxies about 700 million years old and only then when the galaxy is unusually large or as the result of a big event like a stellar explosion. An...

Dark Matter Mystery Close To Being Solved
2012-09-05 05:25:36

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dark matter comprises a large portion of the Universe, filling the space between galaxies and stars. Since the prediction of dark matter some 70 years ago, researchers from a myriad of disciplines — astronomers, cosmologists, and even particle physicists — have been looking for answers to what dark matter could be. New observations from the Planck satellite may bring researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute closer than...

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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