Astronomy

First sightings of solar flare phenomena confirm 3-D models of space weather

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 04:00
A video of magnetic field lines “slipping reconnection” bring scientists a step closer to predicting when and where large flares will occur.
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Rosetta sets sights on destination comet

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:00
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft has caught its first glimpse of its destination comet after waking up from deep-space hibernation on January 20. Rosetta took the "first light" images March 20 and 21 using the Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS). These pictures are part of six weeks of activities dedicated to preparing the spacecraft’s science instruments for close-up study of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. OSIRIS, developed under the l
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope spots Mars-bound comet sprout multiple jets

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 04:00
The observation of Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) should allow astronomer to measure the direction of the nucleus' pole and axis of rotation.
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The search for seeds of black holes

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 19:30
The discovery of dwarf galaxy black holes that are bigger than expected suggests that galaxy mergers are not necessary to create black holes.
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Scientists solve riddle of celestial archaeology

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:00
Researchers have discovered that many white dwarfs show signs of contamination by rocky material, the leftovers from a planetary system.
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Asteroid Chariklo found to have two rings

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:00
This is the smallest object by far found to have rings and only the fifth body in the solar system to have this feature.
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Major new dwarf planet discovered

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 04:00
Scientists report the discovery of a distant dwarf planet, called 2012 VP113, which was found in the hypothesized inner Oort Cloud.
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Mars rover's next stop has sandstone variations

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 17:00
Curiosity is approaching a site called “the Kimberley,” where there are four types of terrain with different rock textures.
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A close look at the nearest “standard candle” supernova

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 04:00
The proximity of Supernova 2014J in M82 has allowed researchers to study a type Ia supernova over a wide range of wavelengths.
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Space sunflower may help snap pictures of planets

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 04:00
Scientists and engineers are developing a prototype deployable structure, called a starshade, that would block a parent star’s light in order to better image an exoplanet.
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Spitzer telescope brings 360° view of galaxy to our fingertips

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 04:00
The star-studded panorama of our galaxy is constructed from more than 2 million infrared snapshots.
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Hardy star survives supernova blast

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 17:30
If confirmed, this would be only the third binary containing both a massive star and a neutron star or black hole ever found in a supernova’s aftermath.
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NASA orbiter finds new gully channel on Mars

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 04:00
Images show that material flowing down from an alcove at the head of a gully broke out of an older route and eroded a new channel.
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Fierce 2012 magnetic storm barely missed Earth

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 04:00
According to scientists, a rapid succession of coronal mass ejections sent a pulse of magnetized plasma barreling into space and through Earth’s orbit.
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NASA releases first interactive mosaic of lunar north pole

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 04:00
Scientists have created the largest high-resolution mosaic of our Moon’s north polar region.
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Herschel completes largest survey of cosmic dust in local universe

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 18:00
Cosmic dust grains are a minor but fundamental ingredient in the recipe of gas and dust for creating stars and planets.
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