- via SPACE.comThere has been a lot of interest recently in an upcoming series of lunar eclipses that begins April 15. These are usually described as "Four Blood Moons" and taken by some to prophesy upcoming disasters.
- Slate Magazine (blog)
Exoplanets Will Air Next Week
Slate Magazine (blog)
My apologies, everyone: After we put up this week's episode of Crash Course Astronomy (about exoplanets), we found an error in one of the animations that got past us. In some cases where a mistake is found we can simply annotate the video and move on.
- CTV News
Astronomy conference comes to Hawaii amid ongoing telescope tensions
HONOLULU - Thousands of astronomers from around the world are meeting in Honolulu at a time when telescope construction is a sensitive issue in the state. Protests are happening at telescopes atop two mountains held sacred by many Native Hawaiians, ...
International astronomy conference comes to Hawaii amid telescope tensionsGlobalnews.caall 147 news articles »
- Astronomy Magazine
Telescopes team up to find distant Uranus-sized planet through microlensing
The microlensing technique can find more distant and colder planets in long-period orbits that other methods cannot detect. By STScl, Baltimore, Maryland | Published: Friday, July 31, 2015. RELATED TOPICS: EXOPLANETS | GRAVITATIONAL LENSING.
Astronomers Confirm Failed-Jupiter Exoplanet around Distant StarSci-News.comall 28 news articles »
- Astronomy Magazine
Philae lander finds ingredients for life
The European Space Agency's Philae lander has discovered complex organic molecules on the surface of Comet 67P. By ESA, Noordwijk, Netherlands | Published: Friday, July 31, 2015. RELATED TOPICS: SOLAR SYSTEM | COMET 67P | PHILAE | ...and more »
Mission To Explain Everything: UCLA Professor Talks About Astronomy At Santa ... - Santa Monica MirrorSanta Monica Mirror
Mission To Explain Everything: UCLA Professor Talks About Astronomy At Santa ...
Santa Monica Mirror
Four decades after Apollo 17 astronauts shot the â€śBlue Marble,â€ť the first complete true-color image of the entire Earth, NASA released the updated version earlier this month of the fully sunlit Earth from one million miles away. To view Earth in its ...and more »
- Blue Moon early Friday has astronomy buffs looking to the sky
San Jose Mercury News
Break out your lawn chairs, a blue sweater and a cold Blue Moon brew and prepare to gaze up at the galaxies -- the first Blue Moon of the year will arrive early Friday morning and stick around through Friday night. The phenomenon -- which happens every ...and more »
- Organic molecules never previously observed in comets, a relatively varied structure on the surface but a fairly homogeneous interior, organic compounds forming agglomerates rather than being dispersed in the ice: these are just some of first results provided by Philae on the surface of comet Churi. These in situ findings, which contain a wealth of completely new information, reveal several differences in comparison with previous observations of comets and current models.
- Lake Expo
Astronomy Club To Host Blue Moon Party
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. â€” Look to the sky on Friday night, and you'll see something that happens only once in a blue moon. It's the second full moon in a calendar month, and such an occurrenceâ€”known as a â€śblue moonâ€ťâ€”only happens about every 2.7 ...
- Astronomers have teased out a secret planetary system hiding in the arms of Cassiopea, just 21 light years away from us. The remarkable system, named HD219134, hosts one outer giant planet and three inner super-Earths, one of which transits in front of the star. The transiting super-Earth has a density similar to the Earth. It is by far the closest transiting planet known today. It provides the ideal candidate for follow-up studies and a deeper understanding of planetary formation, internal comp
- Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko poses new riddles: Surface material measurements performed by the Philae landing module indicate that the near surface material might have changed since its formation. Up to now, many researchers had assumed that it has remained in virtually the same state since its formation about 4.5 billion years ago.
- Astronomy Magazine
Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet
Dubbed HD 219134b, this exoplanet, which orbits too close to its star to sustain life, is a mere 21 light-years away. By Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. | Published: Thursday, July 30, 2015. RELATED ...
31 July 2015 in News: The closest rocky, transiting exoplanet found in CassiopeiaAstronomy Now Onlineall 219 news articles »
- Researchers have created a new map of the Milky Way that shows nearly a third of the stars have dramatically changed their orbits.
- Astronomers have confirmed the existence of a Uranus-sized exoplanet orbiting far from its central star, discovered through a technique called gravitational microlensing.
- Some of the most breathtaking views in the Universe are created by nebulae -- hot, glowing clouds of gas. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the center of the Lagoon Nebula, an object with a deceptively tranquil name. The region is filled with intense winds from hot stars, churning funnels of gas, and energetic star formation, all embedded within an intricate haze of gas and pitch-dark dust.
- From Quarks to Quasars
Astronomy Photo of the Day: 7/30/15 â€” Comet Lovejoy Shines
From Quarks to Quasars
C/2011 W3â€”most commonly known as Comet Lovejoy, named after its discoverer, Terry Lovejoyâ€”is perhaps one of the most well-studied comet to make an appearance in recent times (excluding ISON, of course, which met the Sun back in 2013).
- Astronomy Magazine
Astronomers discover powerful aurora beyond solar system
The scientists found the aurora not from a planet, but from a low-mass star at the boundary between stars and brown dwarfs. By NRAO, Socorro, New Mexico | Published: Wednesday, July 29, 2015. RELATED TOPICS: SPACE PHYSICS | AURORAE.
30 July 2015 in News: â€śFailed starsâ€ť host powerful auroral displaysAstronomy Now Online
Brown Dwarfs Host Powerful Aurora Displays, Astronomers SaySci-News.comall 123
- By observing a brown dwarf 20 light-years away using both radio and optical telescopes, astronomers have found that such so-called failed stars host powerful auroras near their magnetic poles -- additional evidence that brown dwarfs are more like giant planets than small stars.
- The merger of two black holes is one of the most sought-after observations of modern astronomy. The first observatories capable of directly detecting gravitational waves -- ripples in the fabric of spacetime predicted by Albert Einstein -- will begin observing the universe later this year. When these waves rolling in from space are detected on Earth for the first time, astrophysicists predict astronomers will 'hear,' through these waves, five times more colliding black holes than previously expe
- Telescope spies early galaxy's birth
Astronomers have spotted the glow from one of the most distant galaxies ever seen in the early Universe. Roberto Maiolino at the University of Cambridge, UK, and his colleagues used the high-resolution Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA ...
- Voice of America
Lithium Find in Exploding Star Could Help Solve Astronomy Puzzle
Voice of America
SANTIAGO, CHILEâ€”. Astronomers have discovered lithium in a type of stellar explosion known as a nova for the first time, a find that helps clear up a longstanding mystery in astrophysics about the quantity of the element that has been observed in stars.
First detection of lithium from an exploding starAstronomy Magazineall 95 news articles »
- 29 July 2015 in News: The heart of Pluto in high-resolution
Astronomy Now Online
The icy plains of Pluto resolved by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft stretch as wide as Texas, enveloping mountain ranges and bizarre hilly outcrops in a mosaic revealing one lobe of the distant world's heart-shaped reservoir of exotic frozen carbon ...and more »
- Physicists have revealed a new understanding of nucleosynthesis in stars, providing insight into the role massive stars play in the evolution of the Milky Way and the origins of the Solar System.
- Imiloa Astronomy Center to host Aloha Art Festival Sunday (Aug 2)
Hawaii 24/7 (press release)
'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i will host The Aloha Art Festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, 2015. There will be art creation stations, keiki activities, star talks, educational booths, and guest speakers. The festival includes an art ...and more »
- The chemical element lithium has been found for the first time in material ejected by a nova. Observations of Nova Centauri 2013 made using telescopes at ESO's La Silla Observatory, and near Santiago in Chile, help to explain the mystery of why many young stars seem to have more of this chemical element than expected.
- Astronomy Magazine
Dense galaxies hiding in plain sight
Undergraduates discovered two tiny galaxies crammed with stars at more than 10,000 times the density of the Milky Way. By NOAO, Tucson, Arizona | Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2015. RELATED TOPICS: GALAXIES · ultra-dense galaxies. Two ultra-dense ...and more »
- Astronomy Magazine
Ceres gets new maps, new names
Now with detailed topography and official feature names from the IAU, these maps of asteroid Ceres are worth exploring. By NASA/JPL | Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2015. RELATED TOPICS: CERES | DAWN | DWARF PLANETS | SOLAR SYSTEM.
29 July 2015 in News: New names and insights at dwarf planet CeresAstronomy Now Onlineall 44 news articles »
- via Recent PostsTo serve our members better, the AAS is implementing a significant upgrade to our association management system.Â Unavoidably, we will have periods of downtime on Tuesday and Wednesday, 28 and 29 July.
Beginning around 6 pm EDT on Tuesday, 28 July,Â our members-only site (members.aas.org)Â will be offline. Members will not be able to update their records, renew their membership, or make donations online until the system comes back online on Wednesday, 29 July.
Online registration for open meeti
- Patheos (blog)
Of Christ, Monasticism and Radio Astronomy
[I stumbled upon this post in my archives, and upon re-reading it, realized that there is more to say, and that -- if my email is any indicator -- reposting this might be helpful for many. Originally from July 13, 2012 - ES]. Radio Astronomy & Space ...
- A group of scientists have described developing and launching their imager, which centers on "Lobster-Eye optics," as well as its capabilities and future applications in space exploration.
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