Astronomy

Solar system formation doesn’t mean a thing without that spin

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 04:00

New modeling shows that the supernova shock wave that helped form the Sun also could be responsible for the spin of our solar system.

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Dark Energy Survey finds more celestial neighbors

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:00
New dwarf galaxy candidates could mean our sky is more crowded than we thought.
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LADEE spacecraft finds neon in lunar atmosphere

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 04:00
The mission confirms that the Moon’s exosphere is made up of mostly helium, argon, and neon.
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First use of ISS astronaut pictures for light pollution studies

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 04:00
This study not only includes the well-known signatures of cities and streets, but also the effects of faint indirectly scattered light.
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Celestial firework marks nearest galaxy collision

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 04:00
The newly discovered ring galaxy, dubbed Kathryn’s Wheel, is seven times closer than anything similar found before.
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Hubble finds supernovae in "wrong place at wrong time"

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 04:00
In a complicated mystery of double star systems, merging galaxies, and twin black holes, astronomers are explaining a series of unusual supernovae found beyond the typical confines of their galaxies.
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Corrected sunspot history suggests climate change since the Industrial Revolution not due to natural solar trends

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:00
After uncovering a major calibration error, scientists show that the newly corrected sunspot numbers now provide a homogenous record of solar activity dating back some 400 years.
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Astronomers discover "young Jupiter" exoplanet

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 04:00
The new planet, discovered using the Gemini Planet Imager, is a million times fainter than its parent star and shows the strongest methane signature ever detected on an alien world.
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Oxymoronic black hole provides clues to growth

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 04:00
By studying the lightest supermassive black hole found to date, scientists hope to better understand of such objects of different sizes grow.
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Rosetta sees comet's fireworks display ahead of perihelion

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 17:30
The dramatic event on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was so powerful that it even pushed away the incoming solar wind.
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Astronomers discover a 10th transiting "Tatooine"

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 04:00
With the number of known circumbinary exoplanets now at 10, astronomers can begin to compare different systems and look for trends.
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Charting the slow death of the universe

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 04:00
Astronomers studying energy output in the nearby universe have confirmed that the energy produced today is only about half what it was 2 billion years ago.
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Salt flat indicates some of the last vestiges of surface water on Mars

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 04:00
Digital terrain mapping and mineralogical analysis of the features surrounding the deposit indicate that this one-time lakebed is no older than 3.6 billion years old.
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Gravitational constant appears universally constant, pulsar study suggests

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 18:00
The fact that scientists can see gravity perform the same in our solar system as it does in a distant star system helps confirm that the gravitational constant truly is universal.
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Hubble finds evidence of galaxy star birth regulated by black hole fountain

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 04:00
The discovery explains the mystery of why many elliptical galaxies in the present-day universe are not ablaze with a higher rate of star birth.
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From a million miles away, NASA camera shows Moon crossing face of Earth

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 13:30
The DSCOVR satellite's series of test images reveals the fully illuminated "dark side" of the Moon never visible from our planet.
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Cruise over Ceres in new video

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 04:00
A prominent mountain with bright streaks on its steep slopes is especially fascinating to scientists.
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