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Astronomy News

Op-Ed: First extra solar particles discovered

Sydney - A NASA spacecraft called Stardust brought back particles from space which are now believed to be the first particles to be identified as originating from outside the solar system.
In the Media by Paul Wallis

South Korea's only astronaut quits and ends their space program

Yi So-yeon quit her job as an astronaut to focus on interactions between science and business. As South Korea's first and only astronaut this ends the program for the country at this time.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

NASA's Mars 2020 rover to unlock more Martian secrets

Washington - NASA’s successor to the Mars Curiosity rover will head to the red planet in 2020 carrying a payload of scientific instruments that will explore Mars as never before.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Scientific discovery changes how we view the moon

Most of our readers probably think of the moon as a circle, or perhaps as a "big pizza pie" as one song puts it. Researchers have now found that it is actually shaped like a lemon.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

NASA tests robotics and laser-powered drills for Europa mission

Anchorage - Jupiter's icy moon Europa is the next target for some NASA scientists. Scientists are testing a robot equipped with a drill powered by laser energy carried through a fiber-optic wire.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Astronomy: Most precise measurement of exoplanet to date

Pasadena - Aided by two NASA telescopes, astronomers have made the most precise calculation yet of the size of an exoplanet — a planet outwith our solar system.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Oceans crucial as search for alien life gathers pace

Norwich - New research published Monday on the role of oceans could help determine whether other planets outwith our solar system are capable of developing and sustaining life.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Scientist wants to use LED light to grow plants on other planets

Ontario - Researcher Mike Dixon with the University of Guelph in Canada has some big plans to amplify Light-Emitting Diode (LED) energy. If these work they could provide an energy source for plants to grow on Mars and other planets throughout the solar system.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

Nearby planet has atmosphere very similar to Earth

A new planet may be our best evidence yet that habitable worlds exist near Earth. New findings show that a "super-Earth" may be our ticket to the colonization of this galaxy.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

Remarkable discovery of 'Earth-sized diamond' white dwarf star

Charlottesville - A team of US-based astronomers has identified an ancient stellar remnant, a white dwarf star so cool that it’s caused carbon to crystallize effectively producing an Earth-sized diamond in space.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Molecule essential for water found in dying stars

New evidence suggests that some dying stars contain OH+ which can be used as a building block for water. This lends more credibility to the argument for additional life in the universe.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Scientists may have found first TZO

Polish Astrophysicist Anna Zytkow believes she may have found the first evidence of a theoretical star type, the Thorne-Zytkow object (TZO).
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Scientists discover massive earth-like planet

A recent news release from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center announced the discovery of a planet similar to but massively larger than the earth. This amazing find is shaking up the scientific world.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 1 comment

New radar images reveal what lies beneath Moon's surface

Charlottesville - A joint effort using the resources of two of the world’s largest radio telescopes has revealed previously unseen features deep below the surface of the Moon.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 3 comments

Astronomy: Sun's ‘long-lost brother' found, more siblings sought

Austin - Researchers have identified what they say is a close relative of our Sun — the first “sibling” of our own star — born out of the same cloud of gas and dust.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Fireball meteor explodes above Ontario and New York State

Peterborough - From Ontario to New York State, last Sunday, many people reported seeing a possible meteor streaking across the sky before exploding in a blinding fireball near Toronto.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 3 comments

Astronomers discover freezing cold star in Earth’s backyard

Pasadena - The recent discovery of a brown dwarf star by astronomers using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope is remarkable in two respects.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

First Earth-sized planet found in 'habitable zone': NASA

Washington - The hunt for potential life in outer space has taken a step forward -- an international team of researchers has discovered the first Earth-sized planet within the "habitable zone" of another star.
In the Media by Naomi Seck (AFP) - 1 comment

Early risers can catch spectacular 'Blood Moon' lunar eclipse

Sky watchers across much of North America will get the chance to witness a total lunar eclipse for several hours on Tuesday, April 15 — but only if they rise early.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Former 'Star Trek' actress to voice film promoting geocentrism

Kate Mulgrew, who portrayed Captain Kathryn Janeway on 'Star Trek: Voyager,' is narrating a film that promotes the long disproven notion that the sun revolves around the earth.
In the Media by Sean Fraser

Norwegian skydiver narrowly dodges meteorite

Oslo - A Norwegian skydiver narrowly escaped a meteorite that passed only metres away from him while jumping over Norway, according to a video aired by public broadcaster NRK.
In the Media by AFP

Astronomers solve decades old celestial archaeology mystery

Leicester - New research from an international team of astronomers from the UK's University of Leicester and the University of Arizona sheds light on how stars reaching the end of their useful life and collapsing in on themselves become polluted.
In the Media by Robert Myles

Astronomers ring in startling asteroid find

Paris - Astonished astronomers said Wednesday they had found rings around an asteroid, the smallest object known to have this feature and only the fifth after Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.The twin rings around a rock called Chariklo were spotted in June...
In the Media by Mariette Le Roux (AFP)

Comet-probing robot to wake from hibernation

Paris - A fridge-sized robot lab hurtling through the Solar System aboard a European probe is about to wake from hibernation and prepare for the first-ever landing by a spacecraft on a comet.
In the Media by Véronique Martinache (AFP)

Space rock craze hits South Korea after meteor shower

Seoul - A corner of South Korea is in the grip of a frenzied hunt for valuable space souvenirs, following a rare meteor shower there last week.Hundreds of people have been scouring hills and rice paddies for meteorites near the southeastern city of Jinju after...
In the Media by AFP

Mercury getting smaller, say scientists

The smallest planet in the solar system is getting even smaller, according to findings by planetary geologists led by Paul Byrne of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.
In the Media by Gene Kosowan - 1 comment

Planet X myth debunked

Washington - It was an elusive planet that for 200 years appeared to explain Uranus's wobbly orbit.
In the Media by Jean-Louis Santini (AFP)

Astronomers reveal 'largest yellow star ever'

Washington - Astronomers have spotted the largest yellow star ever observed in our galaxy and 1,300 times larger than the sun.The yellow hypergiant star HR 5171 A is also in the top-10 of the largest stars known and about one million times brighter than the sun, Ol...
In the Media by AFP

NASA cries planetary 'bonanza' with 715 new worlds

Washington - NASA on Wednesday announced a torrent of new planet discoveries, hailing a "bonanza" of 715 worlds now known outside the solar system thanks to the Kepler space telescope's planet-hunting mission.A new method for verifying potential planets led to the ...
In the Media by Kerry Sheridan (AFP)

IRIS eye on the sun spots biggest solar flare since 2013 launch

Greenbelt - At end January, NASA’s IRIS mission, which gathers data on the sun’s atmosphere, spotted its strongest solar flare since IRIS launched in summer 2013.
In the Media by Robert Myles
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A variety of factors  including orbit  dictate whether a planet can be colonized.
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A variety of factors, including orbit, dictate whether a planet can be colonized.
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Artist s impression of the ESA s Euclid space telescope scheduled for a 2020 launch
European Space Agency - ESA Press
Artist's impression of the ESA's Euclid space telescope scheduled for a 2020 launch
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Artist’s conception of HIP 13044 and its exoplanet. A previously discovered metal-poor planetary s...
ESO/L. Calçada
Artist’s conception of HIP 13044 and its exoplanet. A previously discovered metal-poor planetary system, it was formed in another galaxy that our own galaxy engulfed.
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Michael C. Hall entertains the guests in between speakers
Joe Crimmings Photography
Michael C. Hall entertains the guests in between speakers
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Bridging Cities of Galaxies: Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters...
NSA/JPL Sunyaev–Zel’dovich effect: ESA Planck Collaboration; optical image: STScI Digitized Sky
Bridging Cities of Galaxies: Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas that connects galaxy clusters Abell 399 (lower center) & Abell 401 (top left). The galaxy pair is located about a billion light-years from Earth. The gas bridge extends approximately 10 million light-years between them. The image shows the 2 galaxy clusters as seen at optical wavelengths with ground-based telescopes & through the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect (in orange) with the Planck satellite.
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Artist s impression of a white dwarf star in orbit with pulsar PSR J2222-0137. It may be the coolest...
B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF)
Artist's impression of a white dwarf star in orbit with pulsar PSR J2222-0137. It may be the coolest and dimmest white dwarf ever identified.
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An artist s impression of exoplanet GJ 1214b. Researchers used the Hubble Space Telescope to reveal ...
NASA, ESA, & G. Bacon/STScI, STScI-PRC14-06
An artist's impression of exoplanet GJ 1214b. Researchers used the Hubble Space Telescope to reveal cloudy weather on alien world.
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There were several breaks throughout the day  giving attendees time to network meaningfully.
Joe Crimmings Photography
There were several breaks throughout the day, giving attendees time to network meaningfully.
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Bridging Cities of Galaxies: Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas connecting galaxy clusters Ab...
NASA/JPL
Bridging Cities of Galaxies: Planck has discovered a bridge of hot gas connecting galaxy clusters Abell 399 (lower center) & Abell 401 (top left). The galaxy pair is located about a billion light-years from Earth. The gas bridge extends approximately 10 million light-years between them. The image shows the two galaxy clusters as seen at optical wavelengths with ground-based telescopes & through the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect (in orange) with the Planck satellite.
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The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope  formerly GLAST  detects a NOVA as it develops on the constellat...
NASA
The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly GLAST, detects a NOVA as it develops on the constellation Cygnus, V407 Cyg.
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A false-color image from NASA s Cassini mission highlights the storms at Saturn s north pole. The ey...
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI
A false-color image from NASA's Cassini mission highlights the storms at Saturn's north pole. The eye of a hurricane-like storm appears dark red while the fast-moving hexagonal jet stream framing it is a yellowish green.
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Europa has a unique composition of ice that intrigues scientists.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Europa has a unique composition of ice that intrigues scientists.
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A slice through a computer simulation of the cosmic web  showing a region almost a billion light yea...
Image courtesy of Klaus Dolag, Universitäts-Sternwarte München, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität M
A slice through a computer simulation of the cosmic web, showing a region almost a billion light years across. The brighter and redder regions are the densest, and are where galaxy clusters tend to form.
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Artist s Impression of Debris around a White Dwarf Star - what our solar system might look like bill...
NASA, ESA, STScI, and G. Bacon (STScI)
Artist's Impression of Debris around a White Dwarf Star - what our solar system might look like billions of years hence after the Sun has exhausted its store of hydrogen and become a white dwarf.
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Aligning his camera on the same star for nine successive exposures  Sky & Telescope contributing pho...
Sky & Telescope / Akira Fujii
Aligning his camera on the same star for nine successive exposures, Sky & Telescope contributing photographer Akira Fujii captured this record of the Moon’s progress dead center through the Earth’s shadow in July 2000. Credit: Sky & Telescope / Akira Fujii
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Artist s impression of the newly discovered star WISE J085510.83-071442.5  the coldest known brown d...
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Penn State University
Artist's impression of the newly discovered star WISE J085510.83-071442.5, the coldest known brown dwarf star. Brown dwarfs are dim star-like bodies that lack the mass to burn nuclear fuel as other stars do.The new star is the fourth closest to our Sun, at 7.2 light-years from Earth.
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Artist s conception of HIP-11952 and its two orbiting exoplanets.
Timotheos Samartzidis
Artist's conception of HIP-11952 and its two orbiting exoplanets.
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The faces of Iowa s next generation of leaders shine with hope on the Silicon Prairie
Joe Crimmings Photography
The faces of Iowa's next generation of leaders shine with hope on the Silicon Prairie
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