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Thursday
Dec 18 2014
23:13 UTC

Philosophising Update of the Master Variety

…*Prod*…*Prod*…*Poke*…*Thwack!* ┬Wake up Lawrence! Gaahh!… First of all “ouch!”, and secondly, I've been too busy to update this blog as often as I'd have liked to, so I'm sincerely sorry for me being pretty much a useless fool. However I'm … Continue reading →

Posted by The Observational Astronomer

Thursday
Dec 18 2014
19:11 UTC

Where DID Earth's Water Come From?

The Answer May Involve Several Sources In my last posting, I talked about the news that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko carries water that is isotopically different from Earth water, and the implication that this has for cometary water delivery to early Earth's oceans. In other words, based on the Rosetta mission's study of that comet, it's not […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Thursday
Dec 18 2014
17:32 UTC

Holiday Lights So Bright You Can See em from Space

Call it holiday light creep. A NASA satellite has been tracking the spread of Christmas lighting from 512 miles up for the past three years and according to the data, nighttime lights around many major U. S. cities shine 20 to 50 percent brighter during Christmas and New Year's when compared to light output during the […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Dec 18 2014
16:14 UTC

Kepler K2 Finds First Exoplanet, A Super-Earth', While Surfing Sun's Pressure Wave For Control

It's alive! NASA's Kepler space telescope had to stop planet-hunting during Earth's northern-hemisphere summer 2013 when a second of its four pointing devices (reaction wheels) failed. But using a new technique that takes advantage of the solar wind, Kepler has found its first exoplanet since the K2 mission was publicly proposed in November 2013. And […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Dec 18 2014
14:24 UTC

Comet Finlay in Bright Outburst, Visible in Small Telescopes

Short-period comet 15P/Finlay, which had been plunking along at a dim┬magnitude +11, has suddenly brightened in the past couple days to +8. 7, bright enough to see in 10×50 or larger binoculars. Czech comet observer Jakub Cerny and his team photographed the comet on December 16th and discovered the sudden surge.┬Wonderful news! While comets┬generally┬brighten as they […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Dec 17 2014
18:01 UTC

The Universe's Tour Guide

The hazy, white horizon lifts away slowly, giving way to the blue and green, cloud-swept marble we call home. I take in a deep breath, astonished by the Earth's staggering beauty in stark contrast to the sprinkled backdrop. People are still shuffling into the 429-seat Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, their […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Dec 17 2014
17:13 UTC

NASA's Curiosity Rover detects Methane, Organics on Mars

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, NASA scientists attending the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco announced the detection of organic compounds on Mars. The announcement represents the discovery of the missing ingredient that is necessary for the existence — past or present — of life on Mars. Indeed, the extraordinary claim required extraordinary […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Dec 17 2014
14:17 UTC

Astro-Challenge: Taming the Pup-Can You Glimpse Sirius B?

Astronomy is all about thinking big, both in time and space. The Earth turns on its axis, the Moon passes through its phases, and the planets come into opposition and solar conjunction on a routine basis.(...)Read the rest of Astro-Challenge: Taming the Pup-Can You Glimpse Sirius B? (1,048 words) ┬ David Dickinson for Universe Today, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Dec 16 2014
19:05 UTC

What's Next for the Large Hadron Collider?

The world's most powerful particle collider is waking up from a well-earned rest. After roughly two years of heavy maintenance, scientists have nearly doubled the power of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in preparation for its next run. Now, it's being cooled to just 1. 9 degrees above absolute zero. We have unfinished business with understanding […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Dec 15 2014
19:10 UTC

Pluto-like Objects Turn to Dust Around a Nearby Young Star

... planetary system's early days readily tell of turmoil. Giant planets are swept from distant birthplaces into sizzling orbits close to their host star. Others are blasted away from their star into the darkness of space. And smaller bodies, like asteroids and comets, are being traded around constantly. Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Dec 15 2014
15:56 UTC

Martian Teardrop: Here's How The Sun Moves Over A Red Planet Year

Stand in the same spot every day. Take a picture of the Sun. What happens? Slowly, you see our closest star shifting positions in the sky. That motion over an entire year is called an analemma. The Opportunity rover on Mars even captured one on the Red Planet, which you can see above, and it's […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Dec 15 2014
14:58 UTC

New Signal May Be Evidence of Dark Matter, Say Researchers

Dark matter is the architect of large-scale cosmic structure and the engine behind proper rotation of galaxies. It's an indispensable┬part of the physics of our Universe┬–┬and yet scientists┬still don't know what it's made of.┬The latest data from Planck suggest that the mysterious substance comprises 26. 2% of the cosmos, making it┬nearly┬five and a half times more […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Dec 15 2014
13:00 UTC

Just in Time for the Holidays — Galactic Encounter Puts on Stunning Display

At this time of year, festive displays of light are to be expected. This tradition has clearly not been lost on the galaxies NHC 2207 and IC 2163. Just in time for the holidays, these colliding galaxies, which are located within the Canis Major constellation (some 130 million light-years from Earth,) were seen putting on […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Dec 15 2014
07:30 UTC

Searching for life on Mars: ESA narrows choice of ExoMars landing sites

The European Space Agency's ExoMars rover is due to land on Mars sometime towards the end of this decade. Dr Peter Grindrod at Birkbeck, University of London, brings us up to date on the search for a safe, scientifically interesting landing siteRound two. This time it's geological. It's been nine months since the last workshop about where Europe's ExoMars rover will land on Mars. Over the summer the proposed eight landing sites for the ExoMars rover were officially reduced to four. We wer

Posted by Across the universe

Friday
Dec 12 2014
00:33 UTC

Earth's Water Likely Not from Comets

Water, Earth, and Comets: Science Tells Us How Things Are The latest news from the Rosetta mission is that comet 67P's water is different from Earth's water shows is changing a long-held idea that comets could have supplied most of the water in our oceans, lakes, and rivers. The proof comes from measurements of an […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Friday
Dec 12 2014
00:33 UTC

Earth's Water Likely Not All From Comets

Water, Earth, and Comets: Science Tells Us How Things Are The latest news from the Rosetta mission is that comet 67P's water is different from Earth's water. This is challenging a long-held idea that comets supplied most of the water in our oceans, lakes, and rivers. The latest proof comes from measurements of an isotope […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Thursday
Dec 11 2014
23:43 UTC

Rosetta's Instruments Direct Scientists to Look Elsewhere for the Source of Earth's Water

Where did all of our water come from? What might seem like a simple question has challenged and intrigued planetary scientists for decades. So results just released by Rosetta mission scientists have been much anticipated and the observations of the Rosetta spacecraft instruments are telling us to look elsewhere. The water of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko does […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Dec 11 2014
18:29 UTC

Gamma Ray Bursts Limit The Habitability of Certain Galaxies, Says Study

Gamma ray bursts (GRBs) are some of the brightest, most dramatic events in the Universe. These cosmic tempests are characterized by a spectacular explosion of photons with energies 1,000,000 times greater than the most energetic light our eyes can detect. Due to their explosive power, long-lasting GRBs are predicted to have catastrophic consequences for life […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Dec 11 2014
16:59 UTC

The Curious History of the Geminid Meteors

UPDATE: Tune in this Sunday as the good folks over at the Virtual Telescope Project feature a live webcast covering the Geminid meteor shower this Sunday on December 14th at 2:00 UT. This weekend presents a good reason to brave the cold, as the Geminid meteor shower peaks on the morning of Sunday, December 14th. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Dec 11 2014
12:00 UTC

NASA's RoboSimian And Surrogate Robots

Since they were first announced in 2012, NASA has been a major contender in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). This competition – which involves robots navigating obstacle courses using tools and vehicles – was first conceived by DARPA to see just how capable robots could be at handling disaster response. The Finals for this challenge […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Dec 09 2014
23:45 UTC

classic astronomy question

... did a live radio show tonight, welcoming callers to ask any space-related question they wanted. the first caller was an 8 year old girl who asked "are stars made of gas?" (yes.) then she said her brother was with her and wanted to ask a question and was that ok? (sure.) the brother grabbed the phone, took an audible breath, and TOTALLY snuck in "how big is uranus?" LIVE ON AIR! haha! props, kid! what would your answer have been?

Posted by astropixie

Tuesday
Dec 09 2014
19:44 UTC

How Low Can You Go? Take the Great Square Challenge

Cast your gaze up, up, up on the next dark, moonless night and stare into the Great Square of Pegasus. How many stars do you see? Zero? Two? Twenty? If you'd like to find out how dark your sky is, read on.┬(...)Read the rest of How Low Can You Go? Take the Great Square Challenge […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Dec 09 2014
15:05 UTC

Don't Miss the Geminids this Weekend, Best Meteor Shower of the Year

Wouldn't it be nice if a meteor shower peaked on┬a weekend instead of 3 a. m. Monday┬morning? Maybe even showed good activity in the evening hours, so we could get our fill and still get to bed at a decent hour. Wait a minute┬– this year's Geminids will do exactly that!(...)Read the rest of Don't Miss […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Dec 08 2014
15:52 UTC

New Research Suggests Better Ways To Seek Out Pale Blue Dots

The search for worlds beyond our own is one of humankind's greatest quests. Scientists have found thousands of exoplanets orbiting other stars in the Milky Way, but are still ironing out the details of what factors truly make a planet habitable. But thanks to researchers at Cornell University, their search may become a little easier. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Dec 08 2014
15:52 UTC

C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy — A Binocular Comet in Time for Christmas

Hmmm. Something┬with a long white beard is making an appearance in northern skies this week. Could it be Santa Claus? No, a bit early for the jolly guy yet, but comet watchers will soon find a┬special present under the tree this season.┬ Get ready to unwrap Comet Lovejoy Q2, now┬bright enough to spot in a […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Dec 08 2014
15:00 UTC

Workaholic Hubble Telescope Will Eventually Burn To Death: Report

The Hubble Space Telescope has delivered an amazing near quarter-century of science from all over the universe. Even this year, it's delivered results to think about: the shrinking Great Red Spot on Jupiter (see picture below), helping New Horizons hunt for flyby targets after Pluto, and enhancing our view of deep space. But that didn't […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Dec 08 2014
03:00 UTC

Regaining NASA's Human Spaceflight

Orion's Launch was MORE than a Test Flight I don't know about all of you, but watching the Orion test flight last week was (for me) like a blast to the past, even as it blasted NASA and its contractors into the future. I remembered watching similar kinds of launches for the Apollo missions. After […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Saturday
Dec 06 2014
20:34 UTC

173 — Assoc Prof Brad Carter — Space Weather

In today's episode, I speak to Associate Professor Brad Carter from the University of Southern Queensland about Space Weather. What is it? How do we measure it? And what does it mean for the formation of life? Download MP3 of Ep 173 This episode is supported by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics .

Posted by Brains Matter

Saturday
Dec 06 2014
00:55 UTC

Name the Biggest Unnamed Crater on Mars

Catch the Action on an eBay Auction to Benefit the National Space Society Okay, now this one's pretty amazing. There's a huge and anonymous crater on maps of Mars that's just crying out for a name. In true entrepreneurial fashion,┬Uwingu and eBay are partnering to auction off the right to name this big crater on […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Friday
Dec 05 2014
15:00 UTC

This Drone Took Amazing Astronomical Observatory Video In Wisconsin

... to do many types of astronomy in the daylight, so that can be a good time to do a different kind of observing — enjoying the architecture of the telescope! This new video shot by a drone shows off Yerkes Observatory in snowy Williams Bay, Wisconsin. The video was uploaded by Adam Novak. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Dec 05 2014
14:00 UTC

Stretch! Moon's Divots And Darkness Collide In Pleasing Panorama

While space explorers often set their sights far out in the Solar System — or even beyond — we can't forget the majesty of our next-door neighbor. The Moon, a mere three days' flight away from Earth during the Apollo years, is an easy beacon in the darkness for anybody to observe. Even without a […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Dec 04 2014
20:22 UTC

New Horizons to Pluto and Beyond

... Wake-up Call for Solar System Studies The wake-up call to the New Horizons spacecraft this week marks a major milestone in our study of the solar system ┬particularly the outer solar system. No other spacecraft has been sent specifically to study Pluto and the worlds that lay out in the Kuiper Belt (which stretches […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Thursday
Dec 04 2014
17:46 UTC

Cosmos' TV Show Could Come Back For A Second Season

This spring, space fans had a virtual campfire to flock to: the new Cosmos series, which aired on Fox and National Geographic for 13 science-filled episodes. The series attracted at least three million viewers a week, generated discussions (positive and negative) on social media, brought host Neil deGrasse Tyson to even higher heights of fame, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Dec 04 2014
16:53 UTC

Yes, You Can Find Exoplanets With A Simple Camera And Telephoto Lens

If you think exoplanet detections are only in the realm of professional planet-hunting telescopes such as Kepler, take a look at the video above. David Schneider, a senior editor for IEEE Spectrum, explains that it takes little more than a DSLR camera and a camera lens to catch a glimpse. Schneider told Universe Today that […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Dec 04 2014
10:46 UTC

Orion Unveiled for Maiden Launch Today

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – The inaugural blastoff of NASA's new Orion capsule is now just hours away. We are counting down to NASA's new generation of human spaceflight vehicles that starts humanity on the road to Mars.(...)Read the rest of Orion Unveiled for Maiden Launch Today (358 words) ┬ Ken Kremer for Universe Today, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Dec 03 2014
20:35 UTC

Rise of the Mega Rockets: Comparing Heavy Lift Launch Systems

... new generation of space rockets ready to lift new and exciting payloads spaceward is coming to a sky near you. Tomorrow, a Delta IV Heavy rocket will boost the Orion space capsule on a two orbit journey around the Earth that will test key systems. And though tomorrow's launch is uncrewed, the Orion Command […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Dec 03 2014
20:00 UTC

Soar with the Aurora in this Breathtaking Real-time Video

“Soaring” by Ole Salomonsen We've posted many beautiful aurora photos and videos over the years here at Universe Today, but this one about stopped my heart.┬Titled “Soaring”, it was all shot in real time┬by┬Ole Salomonsen, a landscape photographer based in┬Troms, Norway. Salomonsen has been shooting spectacular stills and videos of the northern lights for years. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Dec 03 2014
18:03 UTC

More Cosmic Gift Ideas

... project to help fund astronomy and space science research and education by inviting people to spend a few dollars on a Mars crater name. […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Wednesday
Dec 03 2014
15:49 UTC

Planets Could Travel Along with Rogue Hypervelocity' Stars, Spreading Life Throughout the Universe

Back in 1988, astronomer Jack Hills predicted a type of “rogue”star might exist that is not bound to any particular galaxy. These stars, he reasoned, were periodically ejected from their host galaxy by some sort of mechanism to begin traveling through interstellar space. Since that time, astronomers have made numerous discoveries that indicate these rogue, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Dec 03 2014
14:43 UTC

New Cosmological Theory Goes Inflation-Free

The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation is one of the greatest discoveries of modern cosmology. Astrophysicist George Smoot once likened its existence to seeing the face of God. In recent years, however, scientists have begun to question some of the attributes of the CMB. Peculiar patterns have emerged in the images taken by satellites such […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Dec 02 2014
20:22 UTC

Light at Night

What are Its Effects? Light pollution is an ever-present but eminently fixable problem around the globe. ┬It happens when people don't use shielded lighting, overuse their lighting, and shine lights UP to the sky (thereby washing out the view of the stars). The nature of lighting is changing, and many places are making efforts to […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Tuesday
Dec 02 2014
17:00 UTC

Famous Hubble Star Explosion Is Expanding, New Animation Reveals

Wow! One of the most famous star explosions captured by the Hubble Space Telescope — several times — shows clear evidence of expansion in this new animation. You can see here the Homunculus Nebula getting bigger and bigger between 1995 and 2008, when Hubble took pictures of the Eta Carinae star system. More details from […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Dec 02 2014
15:47 UTC

Observing Challenge: How to See Asteroid Hebe, Mother of Mucho Meteorites

In the reeds that line┬the banks of the┬celestial river Eridanus, you'll find Hebe on the prowl this month.┬Discovered in 1847 by German amateur astronomer Karl Ludwig Hencke , the asteroid may hold the key to the origin of ┬the H-chondrites, a large class of metal-rich stony meteorites found┬in numerous amateur and professional collections around the […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Dec 02 2014
15:25 UTC

Shooting Color in the Blackness of Space

If NASA is so advanced, why are their pictures in black and white? It's a question that I've heard, in one form or another, for almost as long as I've been talking with the public about space. And, to be fair, it's not a terrible inquiry. After all, the smartphone in my pocket can shoot […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Dec 01 2014
17:54 UTC

Watch Asteroids Whiz by the Earth-Moon System This Week as First Steps Toward Asteroid Exploration Leave the Launch Pad

It's a dangerous universe out there, for a budding young space-faring species. Killer comets, planet sterilizing gamma ray bursts, and death rocks from above are all potential hazards that an adolescent civilization has to watch out for.(...)Read the rest of Watch Asteroids Whiz by the Earth-Moon System This Week as First Steps Toward Asteroid Exploration […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Dec 01 2014
14:15 UTC

Communicating Across the Cosmos 4: The Quest for a Rosetta Stone

On television and in the movies, it's so easy. Aliens almost always speak English (at least in America they do). If it's explained at all, we are typically told that they learned it by intercepting communications with our astronauts, or tapping into our television broadcasts. A universal translator device instantly abolishes communication difficulties. Hollywood aliens […]

Posted by Universe Today

Sunday
Nov 30 2014
17:38 UTC

Sail Past Orion to the Outer Limits of the Milky Way

Several nights ago the chill of interstellar space refrigerated the countryside as temperatures fell well below zero. That didn't discourage the likes of Orion and his seasonal friends Gemini, Perseus and Auriga. They only seemed to grow┬brighter as the air grew sharper.┬(...)Read the rest of Sail Past Orion to the Outer Limits of the Milky […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Nov 29 2014
14:20 UTC

Astronomers Poised to Capture Image of Supermassive Milky Way Black Hole

Scientists have long suspected that supermassive black holes (SMBH) reside at the center of every large galaxy in our universe. These can be billions of times more massive than our sun, and are so powerful that activity at their boundaries can ripple throughout their host galaxies. In the case of the Milky Way galaxy, this […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Nov 28 2014
15:34 UTC

Eye of Sauron Galaxy Used For New Method of Galactic Surveying

Determining the distance of galaxies from our Solar System is a tricky business. Knowing just how far other galaxies are in relation to our own is not only key to understanding the size of the universe, but its age as well. In the past, this process relied on finding stars in other galaxies whose absolute […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Nov 28 2014
13:12 UTC

Here's Your Sign: Are You an Ophiuchian?

... happens to all lovers of astronomy sooner or later. I once had a friend who was excited about an upcoming conjunction of Saturn and Venus. They were passing closer than the apparent diameter of the Full Moon in the dawn sky, and you could fit em both in the same telescopic field of view. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Nov 27 2014
23:29 UTC

Astronomers Poised to Capture Image of Supermassive Milky Way Black Hole

Scientists have long suspected that supermassive black holes (SMBH) reside at the center of every large galaxy in our universe. These can be billions of times more massive than our sun, and are so powerful that activity at their boundaries can ripple throughout their host galaxies. In the case of the Milky Way galaxy, this […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Nov 26 2014
16:00 UTC

NASA Airship Could Watch The Stars Without The Need Of a Rocket

Dreams of space are often tied to jet engines or solar sails or taking a ride on a rocketship. But it's often quite efficient to do research from Earth, especially from the high reaches of the atmosphere where there are few molecules to get in the way of observations. NASA wants to do more of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Nov 26 2014
14:15 UTC

New Analysis Sets a Space & Time Zone for Complex Life

If too close to an environment harboring complex life, a gamma ray burst could spell doom for that life. But could GRBs be the reason we haven't yet found evidence of other civilizations in the cosmos? To help answer the big question of “where is everybody?” physicists from Spain and Israel have narrowed the time […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Nov 25 2014
15:06 UTC

Communicating Across the Cosmos, Part 3: Bridging the Vast Gulf

If extraterrestrial civilizations exist, the nearest is probably at least hundreds or thousands of light years away. Still, the greatest gulf that we will have to bridge to communicate with extraterrestrials is not such distances, but the gulf between human and alien minds. In mid-November, the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California sponsored an academic […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Nov 25 2014
14:41 UTC

Astronomers Discover First Mulitiple-image Gravitationally-lensed Supernova

How about┬four supernovae for the price of one? Using the Hubble Space Telescope, Dr. Patrick Kelly of the University of California-Berkeley along with the GLASS (Grism Lens Amplified Survey from Space) and Hubble Frontier Fields┬teams,┬discovered a remote supernova lensed into four copies of itself by the powerful gravity of a foreground galaxy cluster.┬Dubbed SN Refsdal, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Nov 24 2014
17:31 UTC

What is it about Mars?

Our Fascination Dates Back through History This Friday, November 28th, about 90,000 messages sent from the people of┬Earth will make their way┬to the planet Mars. They're part of the “Beam Me to Mars” effort put together by Uwingu. com to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA's Mariner 4 mission in 1964. This spacecraft was the first […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Monday
Nov 24 2014
14:50 UTC

Searching for Alien Worlds and Gravitational Lenses from the Arctic

The quest for optimal sites to carry out astronomical observations has taken┬scientists to the frigid Arctic. ┬Eric┬Steinbring, who led┬a team of┬National Research Council Canada experts, noted┬that a high Arctic site can, “offer excellent image quality that is maintained during many clear, calm, dark periods that can last 100 hours or more.”┬ The new article by […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Nov 24 2014
14:15 UTC

Flash! Iridium Flares Captured in Real Time by Thierry Legault

There are so many fun sights to see in the sky that are pure astronomical magic. And then there are the spectacular human-created sights. One of those sights is watching satellites from the Iridium constellation that — because of their odd shape — produce spectacular flares that can be brighter than the planet Venus. Because […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Nov 21 2014
15:19 UTC

Communicating Across the Cosmos, Part 2: Petabytes from the Stars?

Since it was founded in 1984, the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, California, has been a principal American venue for scientific efforts to discover evidence of extraterrestrial civilizations. In mid-November, the institute sponsored a conference, “Communicating across the Cosmos”, on the problems of devising and understanding messages from other worlds. The […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Nov 21 2014
14:38 UTC

Subaru Telescope Spots Galaxies From The Early Universe

It's an amazing thing, staring into deep space with the help of a high-powered telescope. In addition to being able to through the vast reaches of space, one is also able to effectively see through time. Using the Subaru Telescope's Suprime-Cam, a team of astronomers has done just that. In short, they looked back 13 […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Nov 21 2014
14:20 UTC

New Simulation Offers Stunning Images of Black Hole Merger

... black hole is an extraordinarily┬massive, improbably dense┬knot of spacetime┬that makes a living swallowing or slinging away┬any morsel of energy that strays too close to its dark, twisted core. Anyone fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to directly observe one of these beasts in the wild would immediately notice the way its colossal┬gravitational field warps all of […]

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