Astronomy

Brief history of earth imaging

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 04:00
This Earth Day, we can remember one of the catalysts: an image of the entire Earth taken from above.
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Cosmic beacons reveal the Milky Way’s ancient core

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 04:00
Astronomers have discovered that the central 2,000 light-years within the Milky Way Galaxy hosts an ancient population of stars.
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Researchers Spy Traces of a Supernova In Earth-bound Cosmic Rays

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 17:00
Cosmic rays pelting the upper atmosphere are evidence of a recent supernova in the cosmic neighborhood.
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Lone planetary-mass object found in family of stars

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 04:00
Scientists have identified a free-floating planetary-mass object within a young star family, called the TW Hydrae association.
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NASA missions measure solar flare from 2 spots in space

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 04:00
Scientists want to pin down the processes that create solar flares and even some day predict them before our communications can be interrupted.
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ESA Finds a Frigid Surprise Hiding at Venus' Poles

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 04:00

Venus may be boiling hot, but its poles are very, very cold.

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Comets in the “X”-treme

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 04:00
Scientists have determined that comets produce X-ray emission when particles in the solar wind strike the atmosphere of the comet.
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Saturn spacecraft samples interstellar dust

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 04:00
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected the faint but distinct signature of dust coming from beyond our solar system.
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Dwarf dark galaxy hidden in ALMA gravitational lens image

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 04:00
This discovery paves the way for ALMA to find many more such objects and could help astronomers address important questions on the nature of dark matter.
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New hypervelocity binary star challenges dark matter, stellar acceleration models

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 04:00
While all previous hypervelocity stars are single, PB 3877 is the first wide binary star found to travel at such a high speed.
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Kepler recovered from emergency and stable

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 04:00
Mission operations engineers have successfully recovered the Kepler spacecraft from Emergency Mode.
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Prepare for an explosion of gravitational wave detections

Astronomy Magazine - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 04:00
Based on the signals seen so far and the sensitivity of LIGO's detectors, scientists estimate that they'll see between 10 and 100 black hole mergers during the instrument's next observing run, which begins in late summer.
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Black holes mysteriously align

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 04:00
Deep radio imaging has revealed that supermassive black holes in a region of the distant universe are all spinning out radio jets in the same direction.
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Saturn spacecraft not affected by hypothetical planet 9

Astronomy Magazine - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 04:00
While the proposed planet’s existence may eventually be confirmed by other means, mission navigators have observed no unexplained deviations in the spacecraft’s orbit.
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Searching for Far Out and Wandering Worlds

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 17:30
NASA's Kepler mission will begin a search for planets orbiting far from their stars by using gravitational lensing.
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An artificial comet holds secrets to Earths life

Astronomy Magazine - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:00
By simulating the evolution of the interstellar ice making up comets, French research teams have successfully obtained ribose, a key step in understanding the origin of RNA — and therefore of life.
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