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Thursday
Oct 23 2014
20:00 UTC

Asteroid 2014 SC324 Zips By Earth Friday Afternoon — Tips on How to See it

What a roller coaster week it's been. If partial eclipses and giant sunspots aren't your thing, how about a┬close flyby of an Earth-approaching asteroid? ┬(...)Read the rest of Asteroid 2014 SC324 Zips By Earth Friday Afternoon – Tips on How to See it (477 words) ┬ Bob King for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Oct 23 2014
19:21 UTC

Rosetta's Comet Springs Spectacular Leaks As It Gets Closer To The Sun

Jet! The comet that the Rosetta spacecraft is visiting is shedding more dust as machine and Solar System body get closer to the Sun. While activity was first seen at the “neck” of the rubber-duckie shaped comet a few weeks ago, now scientists are seeing jets spring from across the comet. (...)Read the rest of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Oct 23 2014
16:54 UTC

Comet and Mars Take Interplanetary Selfie with Hubble

Comet Siding Spring Meets the Red Planet One of the benefits of having an amazingly keen-eyed space telescope like Hubble orbiting Earth is that you get great scenes like this one ┬Comet C2013 A1 Siding Spring passing by the planet Mars on October 19th. Hubble Space Telescope is actually so sensitive that scientists had to […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Thursday
Oct 23 2014
15:49 UTC

Unusual Distribution of Organics Found in Titan's Atmosphere

... new mystery of Titan has been uncovered by astronomers using their latest asset in the high altitude desert of Chile. Using the now fully deployed Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile, astronomers moved from observing comets to Titan. A single 3 minute observation revealed organic molecules that are askew in the atmosphere […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Oct 23 2014
14:52 UTC

Two Comet Groups Discovered Around Beta Pictoris

Between the years 2003 and 2011, the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher – better known as HARPS – made more than a thousand observations of nearby star, Beta Pictoris. On board the ESO 3. 6-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, the sensitive instrument normally combs the sky nightly in search of exoplanets, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Oct 22 2014
19:43 UTC

Is Dark Matter Coming From The Sun?

For decades, astronomers and cosmologists have postulated that the Universe is filled with an invisible, mysterious mass known as “dark matter.” For decades, the search for this elusive matter has dominated the field of cosmology. Precise measurements were obtained over 20 years ago when dark matter was first mapped in galaxy halos. Only recently has […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Oct 22 2014
17:14 UTC

Comet Madness

Beta Pictoris has Comets The southern hemisphere star Beta Pictoris has been one of the great “go to” places for exoplanet stories in the years since it was discovered to have a ring of debris around it by the IRAS satellite in 1983. To be specific, IRAS found excess infrared emission around the star, which […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Wednesday
Oct 22 2014
16:18 UTC

X-Ray Telescope Cracks Open Archives, Comes Up With Gassy Black Hole Gem

What a gem! This huge black hole in the middle of Hercules A is making gas around it super-heated to millions of degrees, making it shine brightly in X-Rays. The Chandra X-Ray Telescope captured the scene and in a new data release this week, telescope officials cracked open the archives to give us gems such […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Oct 22 2014
02:23 UTC

Look at This Comet Nucleus

No Really, Look at It! You haven't ever seen anything quite like this in your life. This is one of a continuing series of very cool images taken by the Rosetta's NavCam imager from a distance of 9. 8 kilometers from the center of the comet. What you see here is a region on the “neck” […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Tuesday
Oct 21 2014
14:20 UTC

How to Take Great Photographs of the October 23rd Partial Solar Eclipse and More

Get those solar viewers out the final eclipse of 2014 occurs this Thursday on October 23rd, and most of North America has a front row seat. Though this solar eclipse will be an exclusively partial one as the Moon takes a bite' out the disk of the Sun, such an event is always fascinating to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Oct 20 2014
16:33 UTC

5 Sky Events This Week: Orion’s Meteors, Hidden Sun, and Zodiacal Light

October's skies delight the eyes, for stargazers this week.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Oct 20 2014
14:13 UTC

How to Safely Enjoy the October 23 Partial Solar Eclipse

2014 – a year rich in┬eclipses.┬The Moon dutifully slid into Earth's shadow in April and October gifting us with two total lunars.┬Now it's the Sun's turn. This Thursday October 23 skywatchers┬across much of the North America┬and Mexico will witness┬a partial solar eclipse. From the eastern U. S. the eclipse will reach maximum around the time of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Oct 20 2014
13:45 UTC

Opportunity Rover Spots Comet Siding Spring from the Surface of Mars!

It looks like NASA's hard-working Opportunity Rover nabbed our very first pictures of a comet seen from another world! ┬A study of raw images┬taken by the rover┬turned up a very promising fuzzy object. Only three night sky pictures were posted today, but two clearly show a fuzzy spot near the center of the field. Stars […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Oct 20 2014
02:28 UTC

watching comet siding spring approach mars

... interesting doer-of-all-astronomy-tech-things steve lee (of "Steve and the Stars" fame). over the last couple nights, as comet siding spring has rushed towards mars at 56 km/s, steve has been taking images using two of his own telescopes that live near siding spring observatory in new south wales, australia. the distant astronomical objects i study in the universe do not really change or move noticeably in the time that i've been studying them (or even over a human li

Posted by astropixie

Sunday
Oct 19 2014
12:46 UTC

A Compendium of Universe Today Comet Siding Spring Articles: January 2013 — October 2014

We present here a compendium of Universe Today articles on comet Siding Spring. Altogether 18 Universe Today stories and counting have represented our on-going coverage of a once in a lifetime event. The articles┬beginning in February 2013, just days after its discovery, lead to the comet's penultimate event – the flyby of Mars, October 19, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Sunday
Oct 19 2014
00:25 UTC

comet siding spring and mars

Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) will pass within 139,500 km (86,000 miles) of the surface of Mars at 5:51 tomorrow morning (Monday 20 Oct, Sydney time - or 19 October at 18:51 UTC). This means Comet Siding Spring will pass 10 times closer to Mars than any (recorded) comet has flown by Earth! But it will be traveling at 50 km/s which is too fast to be captured by Mars's gravitational pull. Comet Siding Spring was discovered by Rob NcNaught at Siding Spring Observatory in New South

Posted by astropixie

Friday
Oct 17 2014
15:44 UTC

Balloon launcher Zero2Infinity Sets Its Sights to the Stars

Clearly, the sky is not the limit for balloon launcher Zero2Infinity. Based in Barcelona, Spain, the company announced this week their plans to launch payloads to orbit using a balloon launch system. The Rockoon is a portmanteau, as Lewis Carroll would have said: the blend of the words rocket and balloon. The launch system announced […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Oct 17 2014
15:29 UTC

Hawking Radiation Replicated in a Laboratory?

Dr. Stephen Hawking delivered a disturbing theory in 1974 that claimed black holes evaporate. He said black holes are not absolutely black and cold but rather radiate energy and do not last forever. So-called “Hawking radiation” became one of the physicist's most famous theoretical predictions. Now, 40 years later, a researcher┬has announced the creation of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Oct 17 2014
14:15 UTC

A Ghastly Green Shade On The Space Station Evokes Hallowe'en Spirit

Woah, is that home to six people in space now some sort of a ghoul? Here is a video of the International Space Station in an odd shade of … green. And no, it's not because astronauts secretly painted the hull during their spacewalk this week. (...)Read the rest of A Ghastly Green Shade On […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Oct 17 2014
05:35 UTC

Stargazing in October

What's Up and Happening in our Skies Now that we've all enjoyed (if we could last week) the lunar eclipse, there's a partial solar eclipse coming up next week that will be visible to at least some observers around the world on October 23rd. It's partial because the Sun will only be partially blocked, which […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Thursday
Oct 16 2014
22:21 UTC

Distant Galaxies Reveal 3D Cosmic Web for the First Time

On the largest scales, networks of gaseous filaments span hundreds of millions of light-years, connecting massive galaxy clusters. But this gas is so rarified, it's impossible to see directly. For years, astronomers have used quasars brilliant galactic centers fueled by supermassive black holes rapidly accreting material to map the otherwise invisible matter. But […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Oct 16 2014
14:51 UTC

Moons of Confusion: Why Finding Extraterrestrial Life may be Harder than we Thought

Astronomers and planetary scientists thought they knew how to find evidence of life on planets beyond our Solar System. But, a new study indicates that the moons of extrasolar planets may produce false positives adding an inconvenient element of uncertainty to the search.(...)Read the rest of Moons of Confusion: Why Finding Extraterrestrial Life may be […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Oct 16 2014
13:30 UTC

MAVEN Spacecraft's First Look at Mars Hints at Promising Results

It's been less than a month since NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft slipped into orbit. But it's already provided mission scientists their first look at Mars' tenuous atmosphere. Everything is performing well so far, said Bruce Jakosky, the mission's principle investigator, in a news release. All the instruments are showing data quality […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Oct 16 2014
02:36 UTC

steve and the stars

i'm SO EXCITED to finally get to reveal this short film "steve and the stars" to everyone. i worked with the bluebottle group to produce it for the AAO. i think it captures the excitement and wonder, that cosmic vertigo that comes when thinking about our place in this unfathomably huge universe of ours. so lucky to be able to do this as my job! the official blurb and behind-the-scenes shots while filming in july 2014! Ever wonder what it's like to stay up all night using a world class 4

Posted by astropixie

Wednesday
Oct 15 2014
20:10 UTC

Old Equations Shed New Light on Quasars

There's nothing more out of this world than quasi-stellar objects or more simply –┬quasars. These are the┬most powerful and among the most distant objects in the Universe. At their center is a black hole with the mass of a million or more Suns. And these powerhouses are fairly compact – about the size of our […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Oct 15 2014
16:32 UTC

Retired Astronaut Chris Hadfield Releases Stunning Space Photos

Orbiting 200 miles above the Earth, Retired Astronaut Chris Hadfield could easily photograph the ridges of the Himalayan Mountains, the textures of the Sahara Desert and the shadows cast by the tallest buildings in Manhattan. The view of the world when you have it just right there through the visor of your helmet is overpoweringly […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Oct 15 2014
16:30 UTC

Lifting the Veil on the Early Universe

The Creation of a Galactic Metropolis From time to time astronomers give us a peek at the early universe and each time they do, they lift the veil on earlier and earlier time periods of our cosmic history. In recent years, they've shown us early “shreds” of galaxies and hints of the first stars to […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Wednesday
Oct 15 2014
14:15 UTC

Mars One Dustup: Founder Says Mission Won't Fail As MIT Study Predicts

How possible is it to land humans on Mars? And can Mars One, the organization proposing to start with sending four astronauts one way, capable of doing it by 2025 as it promises? A new study says that the Mars One concept could fail on several points: oxygen levels could skyrocket unsafely. Using the local […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Oct 15 2014
12:30 UTC

Comet A1 Siding Spring vs Mars: Views in Space and Time

Oh, to be a stranded astronaut on the surface of the planet Mars this week. ┬There's a great scene from Andy Weir's recent novel The Martian where chief protagonist Mark Watney uses the swift moving moons of Phobos and Deimos to roughly gauge his direction while travelling across the expansive Martian desert.(...)Read the rest of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Oct 15 2014
01:15 UTC

an eclipse triptych

for the three eclipse visible in australia this year, geoff sims (beneath beyond) managed to rush away from most clouds to film each event! he gorgeously captures australian landscapes, cloud motions, and lunar and solar eclipses in this time-lapse video. - Total Lunar Eclipse (April 15th) near Byron Bay- Partial Solar Eclipse (April 29th) on the edge of the Blue Mountains- Total Lunar Eclipse (October 8th) near Lithgow An Eclipse Triptych from Geoff Sims on Vimeo. the final eclipse shown, w

Posted by astropixie

Tuesday
Oct 14 2014
07:07 UTC

carrying a nobel prize through airport security

physics nobel prize winner brian schmidt told scientific american a funny story about what it's like to take a nobel prize medal through airport security! apparently solid gold shows up completely black through the x-ray machine. They're like, Sir, there's something in your bag.'I said, Yes, I think it's this box.'They said, What's in the box?'I said, a large gold medal,' as one does. So they opened it up and they said, What's it made out of?'I said

Posted by astropixie

Monday
Oct 13 2014
22:32 UTC

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Buzzes Beehive, Comet Barnstorms Mars

Sky-watchers enjoy parting views of Saturn, the “lord of the rings,” this week, along with the moon joining a star cluster and a historic encounter between the red planet and an icy interloper.┬ Sinking Saturn. Starting Tuesday, October 14, sky-watchers get their last chance to see Saturn as it quickly continues to sink in the…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Oct 13 2014
19:55 UTC

Get Ready for the Fireballs of October

On October 31st 2005, trick-or-treaters across the central U. S. eastern seaboard were treated to a brilliant fireball, a celestial spectacle that frequently graces October skies.(...)Read the rest of Get Ready for the Fireballs of October (911 words) ┬ David Dickinson for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: fireball season, october […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Oct 13 2014
19:18 UTC

A New Look at Dark Matter Is the Milky Way Less of a Behemoth Than Previously Thought?

Astronomy is notorious for raising more questions than it answers. Take the observation that the vast majority of matter is invisible. Although astronomers have gathered overwhelming evidence that dark matter makes up roughly 84 percent of the universe's matter providing straightforward explanations for the rotation of individual galaxies, the motions of distant galaxy clusters, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Sunday
Oct 12 2014
22:46 UTC

astrotweeps

in case any of you are of the twitter persuasion, i will be taking over the astrotweeps twitter account this week. here is a short bio that mentions several topics i will be talking about throughout the week, in addition to my general daily schedule and highlights from recent events. This week features Amanda Bauer. Amanda is a research astronomer and outreach officer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) based in Sydney, Australia. She started this 50/50 role one year ago and is still

Posted by astropixie

Sunday
Oct 12 2014
17:00 UTC

Volcanoes Reveal Lunar Eruptions Long-Lived

Lunar volcanoes look surprisingly long-lived to astronomers.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Saturday
Oct 11 2014
16:25 UTC

Watch the Blood Moon Eclipse from Mercury

Yes, it's another time-lapse of the October 8 lunar eclipse that was observed by skywatchers across half the Earth except that these images weren't captured from Earth at all; this was the view from Mercury! (...)Read the rest of Watch the “Blood Moon” Eclipse from Mercury (284 words) ┬ Jason Major for Universe Today, 2014. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Oct 10 2014
18:03 UTC

Nearby Galaxy Holds First Ultraluminous X-Ray Source that is a Pulsar

... research team led by Caltech astronomers of Pasadena California have discovered an┬ultraluminous X-ray (ULX) source that is pulsating. Their analysis concluded that the source in a nearby galaxy – M82 – is from a rotating neutron star, a pulsar. This is the first ULX source attributed to a pulsar. (...)Read the rest of Nearby […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Oct 10 2014
13:55 UTC

How to See Comet Siding Spring as it Encounters Mars

With excitement building as Comet Siding Spring rapidly approaches the Red Planet, we'll soon have the opportunity to spot it through our own telescopes. Dark skies return this week with the moon now past full and rising later each night. Until recently, the comet could only be seen by skywatchers living in southern latitudes. Now […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Oct 09 2014
19:54 UTC

Cheops on a Comet

Close-up of a Boulder Named Cheops┬ The Rosetta mission keeps slowly cranking out good images of features on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the latest being this close-up of a 45-meter-long boulder on the surface of the comet. The blocky chunk was first spotted in images taken in August, but it has taken the OSIRIS imaging team at […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Thursday
Oct 09 2014
19:34 UTC

Radio Telescopes Help Astronomers Tune In To Nova Generated Gamma Rays

Over two years ago, the Fermi-LAT Collaboration observed an “ear and eye opening” event – the exact location where a stellar explosion called a nova emitted one of the most energentic forms of electromagnetic waves… gamma rays. When it was first detected in 2012, it was something of a mystery, but the findings could very […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Oct 08 2014
19:06 UTC

Comet Siding Spring: Close Call for Mars, Wake Up Call for Earth?

It was 20 years ago this past July when images of Jupiter being pummeled by a comet caught the world's attention. Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 had flown too close to Jupiter. It was captured by the giant planet's gravity and torn into a string of beads. One by one the comet fragments impacted Jupiter — leaving […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Oct 07 2014
20:46 UTC

REAL Images of Eclipses Seen From Space

That ‘amazing astro-shot that isn't' is making the rounds of ‘ye ole web again. You know the one. See an Amazing Image of an Eclipse From SPACE!!! screams the breathless headline, with the all-too-perfect image of totality over the limb of the Earth, with the Milky Way thrown in behind it for good measure. (...)Read […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Oct 07 2014
14:32 UTC

How to Turn Your Phone Into A Cosmic Ray Detector

Quick, do you have an Android phone in your pocket? A few small changes and you could help physicists probe more of the curious nature of cosmic rays, high-energy particles that emanate from outside our solar system. Just download an app, cover up your phone's camera with duct tape, then place it somewhere (running idle) […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Oct 07 2014
13:43 UTC

Memory Problems Plague Martian Rover Opportunity As It Prepares To Watch A Comet Pass By

NASA's Opportunity rover is still experiencing frequent memory resets as it roams the Martian terrain near Endeavour Crater, even though the agency performed a reset a few weeks ago. Officials, however, say the rover is healthy otherwise and ready for its next science goals: reaching a small crater dubbed Ulysses, and watching a comet pass […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Oct 07 2014
02:51 UTC

Australian Astronomical Observatory on YouTube!

i've been working to launch an AAO YouTube channel and guess what - it finally happened! our first instalment is a new time-lapse video from AAO's Angel Lopez-Sanchez filmed at siding spring observatory. please enjoy "the sky over siding spring observatory" and subscribe to the AAO's YouTube channel to keep up to date with the video releases i'll be posting once a month or so. topics to be covered include: what is a spectrum, a short documentary about observing, how we

Posted by astropixie

Monday
Oct 06 2014
20:59 UTC

Sky Events This Week: Green Giant, Blood Moon, and Dragon Spits Fire

    Amid excitement over a total eclipse, stargazers also can look forward this week to some starry surprises and a minor meteor shower. As always, the skies offer plenty of sights worth staying up to see. Uranus Opposition. ┬ Uranus officially reaches opposition on Tuesday, October 7. That means the outer planet will be…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Oct 06 2014
12:50 UTC

Foom! Superflares' Erupt From Tiny Red Dwarf Star, Surprising Scientists

Don't get too close to this little star! In April, a red dwarf star sent out a series of explosions that peaked at 10,000 times as powerful as the largest solar flare ever recorded. The tiny star packs a powerful punch because its spin is so quick: it rotates in less than a day, or […]

Posted by Universe Today

Sunday
Oct 05 2014
00:36 UTC

The North West Astronomy Festival & Tour of the Universe

Just a quick heads up to say that I'll be appearing at two exciting events this month. The first, next weekend, is the 2014 North West Astronomy Festival in Runcorn, Cheshire. I'll be giving a talk on the Saturday (11 October) about the ‘Secrets of Celestial Light'. Here's the flyer: You can get tickets to […]

Posted by WillGater.com

Friday
Oct 03 2014
17:32 UTC

Red Moon Coming Your Way

Moon's Being Chased by an Earth Shadow There's another lunar eclipse coming up ┬the second total one this year ┬and┬people in most of North and South America, as well as parts of the Pacific, Oceania and Asia will see all or part of it. The sight of a red-colored moon is pretty amazing, and I […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Friday
Oct 03 2014
14:14 UTC

Rosetta's Comet in Thrilling 3-D

She's gonna blow! Rosetta's navigation camera recently grabbed┬our best view yet of the geyser-like jets spraying from the nucleus of┬Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. They┬were taken on┬September 26 as the spacecraft orbited┬the comet at┬a distance of just 16 miles (26 km)┬and┬show jets of water vapor and dust erupting from several discrete locations beneath the surface along the neck […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Oct 02 2014
19:25 UTC

Philae, You are Cleared for Landing on Runway J

Rosetta Scientists Set a Date for Philae's Comet Landing On November 12, 2014, the Philae lander will make its way from the Rosetta mother ship to the surface of Comet 67P/Churumov-Gerasimenko and make history at the same time. It will be the first soft landing on a comet, and if all works as planned, Rosetta […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Thursday
Oct 02 2014
13:10 UTC

Our Complete Guide to the October 8th Hunter's Moon Total Lunar Eclipse

October 2014 means eclipse season 2 of 2 for the year is upon us. Don't fear the Blood Moon' that's currently infecting the web, but if you find yourself on the correct moonward facing hemisphere of the planet, do get out and observe the total lunar eclipse coming right up on the morning of Wednesday, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Oct 01 2014
20:24 UTC

Making the Case for a Mission to the Martian Moon Phobos

Ask any space enthusiast, and almost anyone will say humankind's ultimate destination is Mars. But NASA is currently gearing up to go to an asteroid. While the space agency says its Asteroid Initiative will help in the eventual goal of putting people on Mars, what if instead of going to an asteroid, we went to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Oct 01 2014
10:00 UTC

Amazing Photo of Wild Duck Cluster

The Wild Duck Cluster takes flight, to stargazers' delight.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Sep 29 2014
21:09 UTC

Behold: 100 Planetary Nebulas

If you like planetary nebulas, you're in luck. Multimedia artist Judy Schmidt has put together an amazing collection of 100 of these colorful glowing shells of gas and plasma, all at apparent size relative to one another. There's even a giant-sized 10,000 pixel-wide version available on Flickr. How many of these planetary nebulae can you […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Sep 29 2014
19:05 UTC

6 Sky Events This Week: Cosmic Swan and Eagle Take Flight

... treasure trove of starry sights fill the night skies this week.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Sep 29 2014
17:31 UTC

Bad Storm Risin'

MOM Captures Mars Storm The Mars Orbiter Mission from the Indian Space Research Organization has started off its work at the Red Planet by storm. No, seriously ┬it captured a view of a regional dust storm over the┬northern part of Chryse Planitia (the regions of Mars where Viking 1 and the Pathfinder missions landed). ┬This […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Monday
Sep 29 2014
15:03 UTC

PanSTARRS K1, the Comet that Keeps Going and Going and Going

Thank you K1 PanSTARRS for hanging in there!┬┬Some comets crumble and fade away. Others linger a few months and move on. But after looping┬across the night sky for more than a year, this one is nowhere near quitting. Matter of fact, the best is yet to come.(...)Read the rest of PanSTARRS K1, the Comet that […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Sep 27 2014
15:08 UTC

ESA's Rosetta Mission sets November 12th as the Landing Date for Philae

ESA Rosetta mission planners have selected November 12th, one day later than initially planned, for the historic landing of Philae on a comet's surface. The landing on┬67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko will be especially challenging for the┬washing machine-sized lander. While mission scientists consider their choice┬of comet for the mission to be an incredibly good one for scientific investigation and […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Sep 26 2014
22:48 UTC

Astronomers Clue in to Why Binary Stars Are So Bountiful

Everyone needs some alone timeeven stars. Astronomers now think they have an explanation as to why so many stars are single or double stars. While most stars are born in clustered stellar nurseries, the great majority┬we see across the cosmos spend their lives as loners or double stars. ┬A new study published this week in…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Friday
Sep 26 2014
18:55 UTC

Weekly Space Hangout — Sept. 26, 2014: So Wait, Do Black Holes Exist or Not?!?

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter. org / @cosmic_chatter) Alessondra Springmann (@sondy) Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) Brian Koberlein (@briankoberlein) Jason Major (@JPMajor) (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – Sept. 26, 2014: So Wait, Do Black Holes Exist or Not?!? (140 words) ┬ Fraser for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Sep 26 2014
16:38 UTC

Have Astronomers Seen a Forming Planet in Action?

Huge disks of dust and gas encircle many young stars. Some contain circular gaps ┬likely the result of forming planets carving out cavities along their orbital paths that make the disks look more like ripples in a pond than flat pancakes. But astronomers know only a few examples, including the archetypal disk surrounding Beta […]

Posted by Universe Today

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