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"A Look to the Heavens"

“Our Milky Way Galaxy arcs over a desolate landscape in this fantastic panoramic night skyview. The otherworldly scene looks across the arid, eroded terrain of the Valle de la Luna in the Chilean Atacama desert. Just along the horizon are lights fr...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Jul 16, 2016

Surface composition determines temperature, habitability of a planet

KU Leuven astronomers have shown that the interaction between the surface and the atmosphere of an exoplanet has major consequences for the temperature on the planet. This temperature, in turn, is a crucial element in the quest for habitable planets...
by The Archaeology News Network on Jul 16, 2016

NASA's Juno spacecraft sends first in-orbit view

The JunoCam camera aboard NASA's Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft's July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno's visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine and placed itself into orbit arou...
by The Archaeology News Network on Jul 16, 2016

Stellar outburst brings water snowline into view

A violent outburst by the young star V883 Orionis has given astronomers their first view of a water "snowline" in a protoplanetary disk -- the transition point around the star where the temperature and pressure are low enough for water ice to form.
by The Archaeology News Network on Jul 16, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

"Moving from top to bottom in the frame near the center of this sharply detailed color composite, thin, bright, braided filaments are actually long ripples in a cosmic sheet of glowing gas seen almost edge-on. The shock wave plows through interstella...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Jul 15, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Blu...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Jul 14, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Blu...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Jul 14, 2016

Behind the scenes of protostellar disk formation

For a long time the formation of protostellar disks – a prerequisite to the formation of planetary system around stars – has defied theoretical astrophysicists: In a dense, collapsing cloud of gas and dust, the magnetic field would be dragged to...
by The Archaeology News Network on Jul 13, 2016

Ancient supernovae buffeted Earth's biology with radiation dose, researcher says

Research published in April provided "slam dunk" evidence of two prehistoric supernovae exploding about 300 light years from Earth. Now, a follow-up investigation based on computer modeling shows those supernovae likely exposed biology on our planet...
by The Archaeology News Network on Jul 13, 2016

Astronomers discover new distant dwarf planet beyond Neptune

An international team of astronomers including researchers from the University of British Columbia has discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in the disk of small icy worlds beyond Neptune. An international team of astronomers have discovered a new...
by The Archaeology News Network on Jul 13, 2016

If life can make it here, it can make it anywhere

If the origin of life is common on other worlds, the universe should be a cosmic zoo full of complex multicellular organisms. This artist’s impression shows a sunset as seen from an exoplanet in another solar system – super-Earth Gliese 667 Cc,&...
by The Archaeology News Network on Jul 13, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“Moving left to right near the center of this beautifully detailed color composite, the thin, bright, braided filaments are actually long ripples in a sheet of glowing gas seen almost edge on. The interstellar shock wave plows through space at over...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Jul 12, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

"About 40,000 light-years across, pretty, irregular galaxy NGC 3239 lies near the center of this lovely field of galaxies in the galaxy rich constellation Leo. At a distance of only 25 million light-years it dominates the frame, sporting a peculiar a...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Jul 12, 2016

Researchers find the new 'Dark Vortex' in the Neptune

More recently, astronomers claim to have found the black spot or more often called dark vortex at the Neptune. According to experts, the black vortex is a high pressure system, which is usually accompanied by a cloud 'companion', high above the plane...
by Trussty Jasmine on Jul 11, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

"What surrounds the florid Rosette nebula? To better picture this area of the sky, the famous flowery emission nebula on the far right has been captured recently in a deep and dramatic wide field image that features several other sky highlights. Desi...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Jul 10, 2016

Bonding with the Universe

Bonding with the Universe - As parents, we often worry about what our children are getting excited about.  We hope we can guide them to “bond” with healthy things like a love of learning, of family and of healthy social activities.  But we also...
by Skipper Article on Jul 10, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“This wide, sharp telescopic view reveals galaxies scattered beyond the stars and faint dust nebulae of the Milky Way at the northern boundary of the high-flying constellation Pegasus. Prominent at the upper right is NGC 7331. Click image for...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Jul 9, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“What is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy? Andromeda. In fact, our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by th...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Jul 8, 2016

"A Look to the Heavens"

“That's not lightning, and it did not strike between those mountains. The diagonal band is actually the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy, while the twin peaks are actually called the Spanish Peaks- but located in Colorado, USA. Although each Sp...
by Running 'Cause I Can't Fly on Jul 7, 2016

Astronomy Beyond the Naked Eye

Astronomy Beyond the Naked Eye - It’s hard to say when in our lives each of us become aware of this thing called “astronomy”.  But it is safe to say that at some point on our lives, each and every one of us has that moment when we are suddenly...
by Skipper Article on Jul 7, 2016


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