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Monday
Apr 14 2014
17:58 UTC

5 Sky Events This Week: Full Lunar Eclipse and Lord of the Rings

This is a big week even for the most amateur of sky-watchers, with a rare full lunar eclipse and Mars getting as close as it ever does to Earth. Moon shadow play. The moon will appear to be orange-red late Monday night and early Tuesday morning as it undergoes a total eclipse, the first visible…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Friday
Apr 11 2014
13:26 UTC

Supernova Sweeps Away Rubbish In New Composite Image

Shining 24,000 light-years from Earth is an expanding leftover of a supernova that is doing a great cleanup job in its neighborhood. As this new composite image from NASA reveals,¬G352. 7-0. 1 (G352 for short) is more efficient than expected, picking up debris equivalent to about 45 times the mass of the Sun. (...)Read the rest of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Apr 10 2014
22:30 UTC

How CERN's Discovery of Exotic Particles May Affect Astrophysics

You may have heard that CERN announced the discovery of a strange particle known as¬Z(4430). ¬A paper summarizing the results has been published on the physics arxiv, which is a repository for preprint (not yet peer reviewed) physics papers. ¬The new particle is about 4 times more massive than a proton, has a negative charge, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Apr 10 2014
22:09 UTC

Sea Serpent Eats Cosmic Diamond Ring

... ¬cosmic diamond ring is the best way to describe the haunting beauty of a distant star in its final moments of life. Located some 2,500 light-years from Earth within the belly of a mythical water snake, Abell 33 (also known as PK238+34. 1) represents the final remains of a sunlike star that has thrown its…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Thursday
Apr 10 2014
14:33 UTC

Two Observing Challenges: Catch Venus Passing Neptune And Occulting a Bright Star

¬Have you been following the planet Venus this season? 2014 sees the brightest planet in our Earthly skies spend a majority of its time in the dawn. Shining at magnitude -3. 8, it's hard to miss in the morning twilight. But dazzling Venus is visiting two unique celestial objects over the next week, and both present […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Apr 08 2014
19:05 UTC

Linking stellar age, rotation, and magnetic activity

We have repeatedly seen how Kepler goes above and beyond its original mission of finding exoplanets. Today's paper is no exception.

Posted by astrobites

Tuesday
Apr 08 2014
10:35 UTC

April Night Sky Wonders

We could call April The month of the Hairy Beasts' as we'll encounter more than a few as we leapfrog across the constellations over the next few weeks! And will […]

Posted by Astronotes

Monday
Apr 07 2014
17:14 UTC

Quasars Tell The Story Of How Fast The Young Universe Expanded

For those who saw the Cosmos episode on William Herschel describing telescopes as time machines, here is a clear example of that. By examining 140,000 objects called quasars¬(galaxies with an active black hole at their centers), astronomers have charted the expansion rate of the universe — not now, but 10. 8 billion years ago. This is […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Apr 07 2014
15:06 UTC

5 Sky Events This Week: Lunar Wall, Mars Up-Close, and a Blue Giant

Fantastic fault lines and planetary close encounters this week¬offer sky-watchers some¬impressive cosmic views of the heavens. The lunar wall.¬The first quarter moon, which comes into view on Monday, April 7, offers the best moment this month to view, in small telescopes, an amazing lunar feature called the lunar wall, or Rupes Recta (sometimes called the…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Tuesday
Apr 01 2014
21:04 UTC

Global Star Party Kicks Off Astronomy Month

Get up close and personal with the cosmos. The world's largest event dedicated to sharing the wonders of the universe kicks off an exciting series of events for space geeks throughout April. This year's Global Astronomy Month (GAM2014) brings together astronomy enthusiasts and organizations worldwide to share the passion for the night sky with everyone,…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Tuesday
Apr 01 2014
15:45 UTC

Starquake! How Super-Suns Swing, And What It Could Look Like

... other properties of stars that are similar to our own. But how do […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Apr 01 2014
13:52 UTC

Possible Nova Pops in Cygnus

... newly-discovered star of magnitude +10. 9 has flared to life in the constellation Cygnus the Swan.¬Koichi Nishiyama and¬Fujio Kabashima, both of Japan, made their discovery yesterday March 31 with a 105mm f/4 camera lens and electronic camera. They quickly confirmed the observation with additional photos taken with a¬0. 40-m (16-inch) reflector. Nothing was seen down to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Mar 31 2014
18:03 UTC

Observing Alert: Watch the Moon Cross the Hyades This Week

... photogenic grouping greets evening sky watchers this week providing a fine teaser leading up to a spectacular eclipse. On the evening of Thursday, April 3rd headed into the morning of the 4th, the waxing crescent Moon crosses in front of the Hyades open star cluster. ¬This is the V-shaped asterism that marks the head […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Mar 31 2014
15:17 UTC

How Far Can You See in the Universe?

When you look into the night sky, you're seeing tremendous distances away, even with your bare eyeball. But what's the most distant object you can see with the unaided eye? And what if you get help with a pair of binoculars, a telescope, or even with the Hubble Space Telescope. (...)Read the rest of How […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Mar 27 2014
19:54 UTC

Stunning 3D Tours of Two Well-Known Nebulae

Two videos recently released by the Hubble team take us on a tour of two famous and intriguing cosmic objects: the stellar wind-blown¬“celestial snow angel” Sharpless 2-106 and the uncannily equine Horsehead Nebula, imaged in infrared wavelengths by the HST. Using Hubble imagery complemented with data from the Subaru Infrared Telescope and ESO's Visible and […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Mar 24 2014
15:36 UTC

4 Sky Events This Week: Ghostly Glows and Rocky Worlds

Ethereal apparitions from the dusty inner solar system this week seem¬certain to delight sky-watchers.¬ Zodiacal lights. Starting Monday, March 24, and continuing through the week, keen-eyed sky-watchers in the mid-northern latitudes will witness the ghostly glow of the zodiacal lights, which will appear about one to two hours after local dusk in the western sky.…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Wednesday
Mar 19 2014
19:40 UTC

Watch Asteroid Eclipse Star Tonight

Late tonight, millions living around New York City may witness the best stellar disappearing act ever seen in North America. Lucky sky-watchers with clear skies across parts of the Northeast will observe a bright star momentarily wink out early Thursday morning. Beginning at 2:07 a. m. EDT, the 45-mile-wide (72-kilometer-wide) asteroid named 163 Erigone will slip…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Tuesday
Mar 18 2014
14:20 UTC

Dusty Galaxies Shine Across The Universe In New Herschel Survey

While dust is easy to ignore in small quantities (says the writer looking at her desk), across vast reaches of space this substance plays an important role. Stick enough grains together, the theory goes, and you'll start to form rocks and eventually planets. On a galaxy-size scale, dust may even effect how the galaxy evolves. […]

Posted by Universe Today

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