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Tuesday
Jul 28 2015
14:08 UTC

Pluto: ten things we now know about the dwarf planet

With the immediate excitement of the Pluto flyby behind us, here are the ten most important things we now know about this fascinating worldStuart Clark is the author of The Unknown Universe (Head of Zeus). He is teaching the Guardian Masterclass, How the Universe Works in September. Continue reading...

Posted by Across the universe

Thursday
Jul 23 2015
15:37 UTC

What's the Big Deal About the Pentaquark?

“Three quarks for Muster Mark!,” wrote James Joyce in his labyrinthine┬fable,┬Finnegan's Wake. By now, you may have heard┬this quote – the short, nonsensical sentence that eventually┬gave the name “quark”┬to┬the Universe's (as-yet-unsurpassed) most fundamental building blocks. Today's physicists believe that they understand the basics of how┬quarks combine; three join up┬to form baryons (everyday particles like the […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 22 2015
18:06 UTC

The Stars and Planets Ignite Our Dreams

And Make Us Think About What is Possible What price do you put on stimulating the imagination and scientific interest in someone? I don't know about you, but I think it's priceless. Certain events in our history are enough to get us dreaming about the infinite possibilities that lie out Continue readingThe post The Stars and Planets Ignite Our Dreams appeared first on .

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Saturday
Jul 18 2015
03:27 UTC

seeing the universe through spectroscopic eyes

... published this article at The Conversation last week, reproduced here for your enjoyment :) Original article link. Seeing the Universe Through Spectroscopic EyesWhen you look up on a clear night and see stars, what are you really looking at? A twinkling pinprick of light with a hint of colour?Imagine looking at a starry sky with eyes like prisms that separate the light from each star into its full rainbow of colour. Astronomers have built instruments to do just that, and spectroscopy is o

Posted by astropixie

Friday
Jul 17 2015
20:46 UTC

Youthful Frozen Plains Cover Pluto's Big Heart' — Spectacular New Images from New Horizons

... vast, craterless plain of Plutonian ice no more than 100 million years old and centered amidst Pluto's big heart' was unveiled in spectacular new imagery taken by NASA's resounding successful New Horizons mission, during its history making rapid transit through the Pluto-Charon binary planet system barely three days ago, on Tuesday, July 14. The […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 16 2015
16:37 UTC

Three-tailed Comet Q1 PanSTARRS Lights Up Southern Skies

Call it the comet that squeaked by most northern skywatchers. Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS┬barely made an appearance at dawn in mid-June when it crept a┬few degrees above the northeastern horizon at dawn. Only a few determined comet watchers spotted the creature. Two weeks later in early July it slipped into the evening and brightened to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 15 2015
03:32 UTC

New Horizons Phones Home, Flyby a Success

Watch┬Pluto grow in this series of photos taken during New Horizons' approach Whew! We're out of the woods. On schedule at 9 p. m. EDT, New Horizons phoned home telling the mission team and the rest of the on-edge world that all went well.┬The preprogrammed phone call ┬a 15-minute series of status messages beamed back […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 14 2015
03:47 UTC

discovering pluto

later today, the new horizons space craft will fly by pluto at a distance of only 12,500 km - its closest approach is about 1 earth away. that's incredible!this mission has already given us way better views of the dwarf planet than we've ever achieved (even with hubble). what will the new data tell us? what does the surface looks like? (are there craters? ice? cracks? plumes? mountains?) what is the atmosphere is made of? (methane, nitrogen, and what else?) does

Posted by astropixie

Saturday
Jul 11 2015
02:07 UTC

Scientists Captivated By Pluto's Emerging Geological Wonders

Bit by the Pluto bug?┬Day by day, new images appear showing┬an ever clearer view┬of a world we inexplicably love. Call it a dwarf planet. Call it a planet. It's the unknown, and we can't help but be drawn there. Pluto made history when it was discovered in 1930. In 2015, it's doing it all over […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 09 2015
15:24 UTC

Eight years and 8 billion years of cosmic history

Next up in our series of┬eight blog posts celebrating┬eight years of Galaxy Zoo is this post from Tom Melvin, who was the lead author of the the first publication from Galaxy Zoo: Hubble, which looked at how the fraction of barred disk galaxies has evolved over the last eight billion years. Tom is also the […]

Posted by Galaxy Zoo Blog

Thursday
Jul 09 2015
00:36 UTC

Pluto's Heart' Revealed as New Horizons Probe Starts Flyby Campaign: 5 Days Out

Emotions are rising exponentially with the rousing revelation that Pluto has a huge Heart' as revealed in stunning new imagery received just today (July 8) from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft – which has also officially started its intensive flyby campaign merely 5 days out from humanity's history making first encounter with the last unexplored planet […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 07 2015
15:57 UTC

Eight Years & the 8th Paper: Green Peas — Living Fossils of Galaxy Evolution

... discoveries of citizen science in Galaxy Zoo — the Green Pea galaxies. Volunteers on the forum first noted these galaxies due to their peculiar bright green color and small size. […]

Posted by Galaxy Zoo Blog

Monday
Jul 06 2015
17:29 UTC

No alien life on Philae comet

... sensational claim that ESA's Philae spacecraft has landed on a comet teeming with life doesn't hold waterThe Guardian's story Philae comet could be home to alien life, say scientists has been met with scepticism and outright dismissal by leading comet experts. The people behind the headline are Chandra Wickramasinghe, University of Buckingham, and Max Wallis, University of Cardiff. Today, the Daily Mirror reported Wickramasinghe as saying, Data from the comet seems to unequivocal

Posted by Across the universe

Monday
Jul 06 2015
15:46 UTC

Eight Years and the 8th Most Cited Paper from Galaxy Zoo

At Galaxy Zoo we're really proud of our publication record – 48 papers and counting, just from the team using your classifications. In academic research one of the most important numbers┬a published paper has is the number which counts how many citations that paper has – simply a count of the number of other academic […]

Posted by Galaxy Zoo Blog

Sunday
Jul 05 2015
15:14 UTC

NASA Loses Contact with New Horizons; Probe Now in Safe Mode

For a nail-biting hour and 20 minutes, NASA lost contact yesterday afternoon July 4 with the New Horizons spacecraft just 9 days before its encounter with Pluto. Communication has since been reestablished and the spacecraft is healthy.┬(...)Read the rest of NASA Loses Contact with New Horizons; Probe Now in Safe Mode (245 words) ┬ Bob […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 04 2015
16:01 UTC

Eight years, eight Hubble Voorwerpje targets

It's a week┬until the 8th anniversary of the launch of Galaxy Zoo. The Hubble Space Telescope observations of giant ionized Voorwerpje clouds near galaxies with active nuclei, many found for the first time though the effort of Galaxy Zoo participants gives us another 8 – one at the end of a long road of numbers. […]

Posted by Galaxy Zoo Blog

Friday
Jul 03 2015
15:55 UTC

River of Fire Smoke Darkens Sun and Moon

My eyes are burning. The morning Sun, already 40┬ high, glares a lemony-orange. It's meteorologically clear, but the sky looks like paste. What's going on here? Forest fires! Many in the Midwest, northern mountain states┬and Canadian provinces have been living under a dome of high altitude smoke the past few days reflected in┬the┬ruddy midday Sun […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 01 2015
15:52 UTC

A Galaxy Walks Into A Bar…

We are pleased to announce that a Galaxy Zoo project is one of the first projects built on the new Zooniverse! Several years ago we measured the lengths of galactic bars in relatively nearby galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and Ben Hoyle wrote an excellent paper presenting new an interesting results on how […]

Posted by Galaxy Zoo Blog

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