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Thursday
Jul 31 2014
21:18 UTC

Surprise! Classical Novae Produce Gamma Rays

In a classical nova, a white dwarf siphons material off a companion star, building up a layer on its surface until the temperature and pressure are so high (a process which can take tens of thousands of years) that its hydrogen begins to undergo nuclear fusion, triggering a runaway reaction that detonates the accumulated gas. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 31 2014
17:05 UTC

Numerous Jets Spied with New Sky Survey

Jets narrow beams of matter spat out at a high speed typically accompany the most enigmatic astronomical objects. We see them wherever gas accretes onto compact objects, such as newborn stars or black holes. But never before have astronomers detected so many at once. This remarkable discovery is expected to prompt significant changes […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 31 2014
16:50 UTC

[Article 6826]Rosetta's Sweaty Comet Gets Closer

Bi-lobed Comet Nucleus Tumbles Along in Its Orbit When the Rosetta mission planners selected┬Comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko (67P) as a rendezvous target, they probably didn't expect the tumbling, rubber ducky-shaped blob of ice and dust they're now seeing as the spacecraft gets closer to its August 6th arrival at the comet. The past few weeks have been […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Thursday
Jul 31 2014
12:33 UTC

Stargazing Timelapse Plus Apollo 14 Launch Soundtrack Is Pure Magic

It feels like a real stargazing session watching this video. You head out at dusk, waiting for the first few stars to emerge. Then there's a moment when — if you're in the right spot — whammo. The Milky Way pops out. The sky turns into a three-dimensional playground. Combine that feeling with the Apollo […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 30 2014
21:05 UTC

Early Tidal and Rotational Forces Helped Shape Moon

The shape of the moon deviates from a simple sphere in a way that scientists have struggled to explain. But new research shows that tidal forces during the moon's early history can explain most of its large-scale topography. As the moon cooled and solidified more than four billion years ago, the sculpting effects of tidal […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 30 2014
18:21 UTC

Mysterious Molecules in Space Named?

It's a well-kept secret that the vacuum of space is not technically speaking a vacuum. Strong winds generated from supernova explosions push material into the interstellar medium, tainting space with the heavier elements generated by nuclear fusion. These lonely molecules account for a significant amount of all the hydrogen, carbon, silicon, and other […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 30 2014
17:30 UTC

ALMA Observes Binary Star System with Wacky Disks

When it comes to exoplanets, we've discovered an array of extremes alien worlds that seem more like science fiction than reality. But there are few environments more extreme than a binary star system in which planet formation can occur. Powerful gravitational perturbations from the two stars can easily grind a planet to dust, let […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 29 2014
23:00 UTC

Milky Way Punier Than We Thought

The Milky Way looks less hefty, but just as beautiful as ever, this summer.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Tuesday
Jul 29 2014
17:51 UTC

GAIA is Go for Science After a few Minor Hiccups

In astronomy we throw around the term “light-year” seemingly as fast as light itself travels. And yet actually measuring this distance is incredibly tricky. A star's parallax its tiny apparent shift once a year caused by our moving viewpoint on Earth tells its distance more truly than any other method. Accurate parallaxes of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 29 2014
15:00 UTC

Astrophoto Heaven: Video Time-Lapse Shows Spectacular Sky Above Desert National Park

Channelling all U2 fans: this stunning timelapse above Joshua Tree National Park is a walking tourism brochure for astrophotographers. The pictures were taken in September and November 2012 (the latter during the Leonid meteor shower) and just put up on Vimeo a few days ago. Can you spot any famous astronomical objects? Read below to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 29 2014
13:30 UTC

X-ray Glow: Evidence of a Local Hot Bubble Carved by a Supernova

... spent this past weekend backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park, where although the snow-swept peaks and the dangerously close wildlife were staggering, the night sky stood in triumph. Without a fire, the stars, a few planets, and the surprisingly bright Milky Way provided the only light to guide our way. But the night sky […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 28 2014
22:34 UTC

Observing Alert — Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week

With the southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaking tomorrow morning, the summer meteor-watching season┬officially begins. While not a rich┬shower from mid-northern latitudes,┬pleasant weather and a chance to see the flaming remains of a comet seem motivation enough to go out for a look. With┬a rate┬10-15 per meteors an hour you're bound to catch a few.┬(...)Read […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 28 2014
22:28 UTC

101 Geysers Spotted Erupting From Saturn Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft team have numbered the plumes of Saturn's moon, Enceladus.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Jul 28 2014
20:42 UTC

The Little Rover that Could: Opportunity Reaches Odometer Milestone

NASA's Opportunity mars rover now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles of driving. Given that the rover has been roaming the Red Planet for over a decade, that's a travel speed of roughly 2. 5 miles per year, and it's one to be proud of. “Opportunity has driven farther than any other […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 28 2014
19:01 UTC

When Good Meteor Showers Go Bad: Prospects for the 2014 Perseids

It's that time of year again, when the most famous of all meteor showers puts on its best display. Why are the Perseids such an all round favorite of sky watchers?┬ Well, while it's true that other annual meteor showers such as the Quadrantids and Geminids can exceed the Perseids in maximum output, the Perseids┬do […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 28 2014
15:42 UTC

Annual Atlanta Star Party Coming Soon!

... speakers and help do astronomy research and education at the Annual Atlanta Star Party! What: Since 2009, this annual charity event celebrates science and space, and brings people together for a great cause. (...)Read the rest of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 28 2014
15:34 UTC

Carnival Of Space #364

This week's Carnival of Space is hosted by Joe Latrell at his┬Photos To Space blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #364 (...)Read the rest of Carnival Of Space #364 (89 words) ┬ susie for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Carnival of Space Feed enhanced by Better Feed […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 26 2014
21:08 UTC

Comet Jacques Makes a Questionable' Appearance

What an awesome photo! Italian amateur astronomer Rolando Ligustri nailed it earlier today using a remote telescope in New Mexico and wide-field 4-inch (106 mm) refractor. Currently the brightest comet in the sky at magnitude 6. 5, C/2014 E2 Jacques has been slowly climbing out of morning twilight into a darker sky over the last two […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 26 2014
17:03 UTC

James Webb Space Telescope's Giant Sunshield Test Unit Unfurled First Time

GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, MD – The huge Sunshield test unit for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been successfully unfurled for the first time in a key milestone ahead of the launch scheduled for October 2018. Engineers stacked and expanded the tennis-court sized Sunshield test unit last week inside the cleanroom at a […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 26 2014
16:31 UTC

NASA preps for Nail-biting Comet Flyby of Mars

As Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring inches closer to the Red Planet,┬NASA's taking steps to protect its fleet of orbiting Mars spacecraft. On October 19, the comet's icy nucleus will miss the planet by just┬82,000 miles (132,000 km). That's 17 times closer than the closest recorded Earth-approaching comet, Lexell's Comet in 1770.┬(...)Read the rest of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 25 2014
19:39 UTC

Having Fun with the Equation of Time

If you're like us, you might've looked at a globe of the Earth in elementary school long before the days of Google Earth and wondered just what that strange looking figure eight thing on its side was. (...)Read the rest of Having Fun with the Equation of Time (1,000 words) ┬ David Dickinson for Universe […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 25 2014
16:15 UTC

Video: Warp Into A Star Nursery 3,000 Light Years Away

Zoom! This video brings you up close to a region where a bunch of stars are being born. This new video from the European Southern Observatory shows a so-called an HII region made up of hydrogen gas, which is a common feature of nurseries. Another famous example is the Eagle Nebula's Pillars of Creation. (...)Read […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 25 2014
14:35 UTC

Mapping Dark Matter 4.5 Billion Light-years Away

The Milky Way measures 100 to 120 thousand light-years across, a distance that defies imagination. But clusters of galaxies, which comprise hundreds to thousands of galaxies swarming under a collective gravitational pull, can span tens of millions of light-years. These massive clusters are a complex interplay between colliding galaxies and dark matter. They seem impossible […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 25 2014
13:46 UTC

British MP Wants Astrology To Play A Part In Health Policy

<rant> Conservative MP David Tredinnick┬has recently spoken┬about his belief in astrology, and the fact that he thinks it should be integrated into UK health care. It's worth saying at the outset that astrology is bullshit. The MP for Bosworth, Mr Tredinnick, is well known for his whacky beliefs, so much so that he is often […]

Posted by Dark Sky Diary

Thursday
Jul 24 2014
13:29 UTC

Neck Of Rosetta's Rubby Duckie' Comet Shows A Bright Ring

Rosetta's “rubber duckie” comet appears to be wearing a collar! New images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from the spacecraft, which is speeding towards an orbit of the comet next month, show that the “neck” region of the nucleus appears to be brighter than the rest. Last week, images from the spacecraft revealed that the comet likely […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 23 2014
13:29 UTC

Weak' New Meteor Shower Due To Fragile Comet Dust

While the Camelopardalid shower only produced a few meteors, the lack of flashy disintegrations showed astronomers something new, a new study reveals: the dust from its parent comet (Comet 209P/Linear) was much more fragile than the usual. The reasons are still being investigated, but one theory is that after a century in space, there wasn't […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 23 2014
13:28 UTC

ESO's La Silla Observatory Reveals Beautiful Star Cluster Laboratory

Any human being knows the awe-inspiring wonder of a splash of stars against a dark backdrop. But it takes a skilled someone to truly appreciate a distant object viewed through an eyepiece. Your gut tightens as you realize that the tiny fuzzy blob is really thousands of light-years away. That wave of amazement is encouraged […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 22 2014
15:59 UTC

Cosmic Fireworks: A Supernova Feast And Google+ Hangout For Chandra's 15th Anniversary

It's well past the Fourth of July, but you can still easily find fireworks in the sky if you look around. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory has been doing just that for the past 15 years, revealing what the universe looks like in these longer wavelengths that are invisible to human eyes. Just in time for […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 22 2014
15:23 UTC

Lopsided' Ghostly Galactic Halo Has Some Starry Surprises

Centaurus A — that popular target for astrophotographers in the southern hemisphere — has a much wider halo than expected, astronomers revealed. Turns out the galaxy's ghostly glow is about eight times the apparent width of the full moon in the sky. Examining this halo in more detail could reveal much about how galaxies come […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 22 2014
14:36 UTC

Threatened Spitzer Telescope Gets NASA Nod For Extension, Subject To Congress Funding

After NASA recommended in May that Spitzer space telescope officials send in a revised budget or face possible termination of operations, in a turnaround, the agency's science mission directorate has now agreed to extend the mission for another two years. The news broke on Twitter yesterday when the NASA Spitzer account shared the news. An […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 22 2014
05:21 UTC

Some Thoughts about Apollo 11 and Beyond

History Was Made, Will it Be Made Again? We watched the whole Moon walk sequence last night and it's amazing what I remembered from the first time and what made a WHOLE lot more sense now. The thing that really surprised me was how much work the guys had to do in their 2+ hours […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Monday
Jul 21 2014
18:10 UTC

4 Sky Events This Week: Saturn Stands While Meteors Fly

Saturn, the true “Lord of the Rings,” dominates the evening sky this week, while the summer's first meteor shower gets under way. Saturn at full stop.┬On Monday, July 21, the ringed world will appear at a standstill in the sky, relative to the background stars in the zodiacal constellation Libra, the Scales. Astronomers call this…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Friday
Jul 18 2014
13:18 UTC

Distant Stellar Atmospheres Shed Light on How Jupiter-like Planets Form

It's likely that Jupiter-like planets' origins root back to either the rapid collapse of a dense cloud or small rocky cores that glom together until the body is massive enough to accrete a gaseous envelope. Although these two competing theories are both viable, astronomers have, for the first time, seen the latter core accretion theory […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 18 2014
12:39 UTC

Observing Challenge: 6 White Dwarf Stars to See in Your Backyard Telescope

Looking for something off beat to observe? Some examples of curious astronomical objects lie within the reach of the dedicated amateur armed with a moderate-sized backyard telescope. With a little skill and persistence, you just might be able to track down a white dwarf star.┬(...)Read the rest of Observing Challenge: 6 White Dwarf Stars to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 17 2014
22:27 UTC

Rosetta Zooms Toward an Extraordinary Comet

... thought the photos earlier this week were amazing. ┬This little movie, made of 36 ‘smoothed' or interpolated images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, takes it to the next level, showing the comet's complex shape even more clearly┬as Rosetta nudges ever closer to its target. Some have likened it to a duck, a boot and even a […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 17 2014
14:56 UTC

See Mars Map Landmarks for Yourself

... new Mars map makes a visual trip to the red planet possible for stargazers.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Wednesday
Jul 16 2014
12:58 UTC

Nasa's Curiosity rover finds large iron meteorite on Mars Stuart Clark

The iron meteorite discovered by the Curiosity rover must once have been at the heart of a growing planet that was shattered aeons agoThe meteorite is made of iron and about 2 metres long, which is about the width of the Nasa rover that found it. It is the first meteorite that Curiosity has found on Mars. Scientists have named it Lebanon presumably because of its shape. Meteorites are lumps of rock and metal that fall from space and impact the surface of a planet. They are time capsules, usually

Posted by Across the universe

Monday
Jul 14 2014
20:00 UTC

The Search for Alien Life Could Get A Boost From NASA's Next-Generation Rocket

In three years, NASA is planning to light the fuse on a huge rocket designed to bring humans further out into the solar system. We usually talk about SLS here in the context of the astronauts it will carry inside the Orion spacecraft, which will have its own test flight later in 2014. But today, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 14 2014
19:32 UTC

Watch Stunning 3-D View of Doomed Stars’ Last Gasp

NASA astronomers reveal a three-dimensional view of a storied stellar explosion.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Jul 14 2014
16:08 UTC

4 Sky Events This Week: Ice Giants and Deep Sky Jewels

The moon dances with the outer planets this week for sky-gazers.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Jul 14 2014
13:44 UTC

Into The Black? Maybe Radio Bursts Are From Outside The Galaxy After All, Study Says

Where are these radio bursts coming from? Astronomers have heard these signals from the sky several times, but always with the same telescope (Parkes Observatory in Australia). There was debate about whether these were coming from inside or outside the galaxy, or even from Earth itself (given only the one observatory was detecting them.) A […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 14 2014
12:34 UTC

from different countries

... have returned to australia after a recent round of travel to europe. this venture was scientifically productive, but another interesting sequence of events happened that i didnt realize until they were almost finished. of course, these events revolved around the world cup! throughout the course of this tournament, i watched an australia game while in australia, an england game while in england, a croatia game from croatia, and the swiss play their quarterfinal match from switzerlan

Posted by astropixie

Monday
Jul 14 2014
03:46 UTC

Lunar Landing Memories

45 Years Ago On June 16, 1969 the first people to actually set foot on the Moon strapped themselves into a tiny Apollo 11┬craft on top of a Saturn V rocket and blasted off. It seems hard to believe that all this time has passed, particularly for those of us who fully expected that within […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Saturday
Jul 12 2014
18:00 UTC

Comet Jacques Is Back! Joins Venus and Mercury at Dawn

Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques has returned! Before it disappeared┬in the solar glow this spring, the comet reached┬magnitude +6, the naked eye limit. Now it's back at dawn, rising higher each morning as it treks toward darker skies. Just days after its July 2 perihelion, the fuzzball will be in conjunction with the planet Venus tomorrow […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 12 2014
16:28 UTC

Hi, I’m back.

... pay much attention to astronomy, alas (and other hobbies too) but I've rewritten Astronomers' Map with Django framework (Python). […]

Posted by The Very Black Hole

Friday
Jul 11 2014
21:10 UTC

New VLT Observations Clear Up Dusty Mystery

The Universe is overflowing with cosmic dust. Planets form in swirling clouds of dust around a young star; Dust lanes hide more-distant stars in the Milky Way above us; And molecular hydrogen forms on the dust grains in interstellar space. Even the soot from a candle is very similar to cosmic carbon dust. Both consist […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 11 2014
15:33 UTC

Found! Seven Dwarfs Surround The Pinwheel Galaxy' Field Of View

Using a unique type of telescope that includes long-range lenses, astronomers at Yale University have found seven dwarf galaxies surrounding the well-known Pinwheel Galaxy, M101. It's unclear if the septuplets are actually orbiting the pinwheel, or just happen to be in the same field of view. But astronomers at Yale say that this shows the […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 11 2014
13:49 UTC

How to Tell the Age of a Sun-like Star? Try Gyrochronology'

There's no doubt the term Earth-like is a bit of a misnomer. It requires only that a planet is both Earth-size (less than 1. 25 times Earth's girth and less than twice Earth's mass) and circles its host star within the habitable zone. But defining a Sun-like star may be just as difficult. A solar twin […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 10 2014
22:48 UTC

Help Bring Astronomy to Children in East Africa

The international astronomy outreach group Astronomers Without Borders has launched a major crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, and they need your help. They are looking to raise $38,000 to fund a science center and observatory in East Africa to bring quality science education to the children of the area. It will be a game-changer for the […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 10 2014
22:16 UTC

Mars and the Silly Politician

The Silly Season is Upon Us Okay, I have been laughing about the Kentucky politician who decided that since Mars and Earth have the same temperature, there's no proof of global warming. It's better than crying about the fact that we have a political “leader” who is supposedly educated, living in the 21st century, who […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Thursday
Jul 10 2014
19:59 UTC

Flaming Space Junk Makes Jaws Drop in Australia

“It first looked like a plane with fire coming out of the tail.” – Aaron O. “I have never seen anything like it. Big, bright and moving gently across sky – slower than a plane, not falling at all but moving across.” –┬Shannon H. “Viewed from cockpit of aircraft at 37,000′. Was visible for two […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 09 2014
23:31 UTC

NameExoWorlds, an IAU Worldwide Contest to Name Alien Planets, Continues Controversy

The International Astronomical Union has unveiled a worldwide contest, NameExoWorlds, which gives the public a role in naming planets and their host stars beyond the solar system. It's the latest chapter in a years-long controversy over how celestial objects, including exoplanets, are classified and named.(...)Read the rest of NameExoWorlds, an IAU Worldwide Contest to Name […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 09 2014
18:16 UTC

Name That Planet! Alien Worlds Looking for Winning Names

Tired of this planet? How about voting on a name for a newly-discovered one.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Wednesday
Jul 09 2014
15:00 UTC

Something In Big Dipper Blob' Is Sending Out Cosmic Rays, Study Says

Behind the Big Dipper is something pumping out a lot of extremely high-energy cosmic rays, a new study says. And as astronomers try to learn more about the nature of these emanations — maybe black holes, maybe supernovas — newer work hints that it could be related to how the universe is structured. (...)Read the […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 09 2014
14:40 UTC

Supermassive Black Hole Blasting Molecular Hydrogen Solves Outstanding Mystery

The supermassive black holes in the cores of most massive galaxies wreak havoc on their immediate surroundings. During their most active phases when they ignite as luminous quasars they launch extremely powerful and high-velocity outflows of gas. These outflows can sweep up and heat material, playing a pivotal role in the formation and […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 09 2014
14:00 UTC

The Waters Of Mars: New Map Shows Something Unexpected

Where did the water on Mars come from, and where did it go? This plot (sort of) formed the basis of one of the best Doctor Who episodes of the modern era, but in all seriousness, it is also driving scientists to examine the Red Planet over and over again. This means revisiting older information […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 09 2014
13:39 UTC

Missing Light Crisis: The Universe Seems a Little Too Dark

There are few moments more breathtaking than standing beneath a brilliant starry sky. Thousands of small specks of light mark only the beginning of the vast cosmic arena, with its unimaginable vistas of time and space. The Milky Way, wrapping above in a cosmic sheet of colors and patterns, also hints that there's more than […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 08 2014
17:13 UTC

Would the Real SuperMoon' Please Stand Up?

Tis the season once again, when rogue Full Moons nearing perigee seem roam the summer skies to the breathless exhortations of many an astronomical neophyte at will. We know by now, you'd think that there'd be nothing new under the Sun (or in this case, the Moon) to write about the closest Full Moons of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 08 2014
16:10 UTC

The End of One Era

The Continuing of Another   Three years ago today, we watched the last space shuttle launch. Orbiter Atlantis roared up to space, thrilling and saddening all of us who had gathered at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (and beyond) to watch it. Several weeks before that, we had flown to Florida to watch the last launch […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Monday
Jul 07 2014
15:31 UTC

4 Sky Events This Week: Ringed Jewel and Cat’s Eye Sparkle

... Cat's Eye stares back at skywatchers in this week's star gazing showcase.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Jul 07 2014
00:46 UTC

Spectacular Southern Lights, Shooting Stars, Sahara Snapshots and more from ESA's Alexander Gerst aboard ISS

Spectacular snapshots of the Southern Lights, Shooting Stars, the Sahara Desert and much more are streaming back from space to Earth courtesy of Alexander Gerst, ESA's German astronaut currently serving aboard the International Space Station (ISS). See a gallery of Alex's stunning space-based views (sagenhafte Weltraum bilder) collected herein – starting with the auroral fireworks […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 05 2014
17:53 UTC

A Protostar's Age Gleaned Only From Sound Waves

... toughest plights in astronomy with only a few existing techniques. One method is to find a star with radioactive elements like uranium and thorium, whose half-lives are known and can be used to date […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 05 2014
14:27 UTC

Rare and Beautiful Noctilucent Clouds Wow Over Holland — Gallery

... trio of talented Dutch astrophotographers have captured a series of magnificent views of the rare and beautiful phenomena known as Noctilucent Clouds, or NLCs, during a spectacular outburst on the night of July 3, 2014 in the skies over southern Holland – coincidentally coinciding with the fireworks displays of the Dutch 2014 FIFA World […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 04 2014
15:24 UTC

Cannibal Galaxy Could Show How These Huge Structures Grow

There's a hungry galaxy on the loose about 62 million light-years away from us. Astronomers just revealed that the Umbrella Galaxy (NGC 4651) is busy gobbling up another galaxy, similar to how our own Milky Way Galaxy is eating the smaller Sagittarius. (...)Read the rest of Cannibal Galaxy Could Show How These Huge Structures Grow […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 04 2014
14:44 UTC

A Brief History Of Gliese 581d and 581g, The Planets That May Not Be

Two potentially habitable planets in the Gliese 581 system are just false signals arising out of starstuff, a new study said. Gliese 581d and 581g are (study authors said) instead indications of the star's activity and rotation. It's the latest twist in a long tale about the system as astronomers struggle to understand how many […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 04 2014
13:37 UTC

Chandra Image May Rival July 4th Fireworks

While Fourth of July festivities tonight may bring brilliant colors blazing across the night sky, only 23 million light-years away is another immense cosmic display, complete with a supermassive black hole, shock waves, and vast reservoirs of gas. The night sky never ceases to amaze. And NGC 4258, also known as Messier 106, is a […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 04 2014
03:59 UTC

Mars One Soliciting Your Research Ideas for 2018 Robotic Red Planet Lander

Would you like to send your great idea for a research experiment to Mars and are searching for a method of transport? The Mars One non-profit foundation that's seeking settlers for a one-way trip to establish a permanent human colony on the Red Planet starting in the mid-2020's, is now soliciting science and marketing proposals […]

Posted by Universe Today

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