Universe Today 2 Jul 2009, 21:48 UTC Astronomers working with the Subaru Telescope have released these new images of a "fireworks display" in a near-infrared image of the Helix Nebula, showing comet-shaped knots within.(...)Read the rest of Happy Fourth of July! (560 words) © anne for Universe Today, 2009. |Permalink |No comment |Add todel.icio.us Post tags: Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh Courtesy of the National Astronomical Observatory of JapanAstronomers working with the Subaru Telescope have released these new images of a "fireworks display" in a near-infrared image of the Helix Nebula, showing comet-shaped knots within.(...)Read the rest of Happy Fourth of July! (560 words) © anne for Universe Today, 2009. |Permalink |No comment |Add todel.icio.us Post tags: Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh
The Night Sky Guy 2 Jul 2009, 18:38 UTC According to the first findings from the Phoenix Mars Lander mission, snow and water-ice clouds play a crucial role in the exchange of water between the atmosphere and surface of Mars, which suggests that the Red Planet is even more like Earth than previously thought. The surprise discovery of Martian snow in 2008 by the Canadian-built weather station on NASA’s Phoenix Mars lander helps explain how the water cycle on Mars behaves, especially the seasonal increase of the Martian polar caps in winter and their consequent shrinking in summer.
Cosmic Diary 2 Jul 2009, 16:32 UTC For so many people, science is something hard to understand. Only genius who could understands math, physics and all science subject including astronomy. And those genius proof themselves as the best when they win a gold medal in science olympiads. We often heard.. young people in Indonesia are talented and we could compare them with other country since many of them win a medal in olympiads.
NASA Watch 2 Jul 2009, 16:20 UTC Last few days remaining to win a scholarship to attend IAC'09 in Korea through SGAC "Move An Asteroid 2009" Competition! "Move An Asteroid 2009" is an International Student and Young Professional Technical Paper Competition. The competition accepts individuals or team (maximum of 3 individuals) under the age of 33 to submit a 3-10 page technically detailed paper on a unique and innovative concept for deflecting an asteroid/comet with at least 50 metre of diameter.Please visitwww.spacegeneration.org/asteroid for more information. The deadline for entries is 26th July 2009. The winner will be sponored to attend IAC and SGC '09 in Daejeon, South Korea. The entries should be send to email@example.com"
Professor Astronomy 2 Jul 2009, 15:40 UTC When reading about scientific discoveries, it is always important to remember Professor Astronomy's Discovery Law: The last person to discover something gets the credit. Yesterday, a news story was released on a nice bit of research that is "the first solid evidence of a new class of medium-sized black holes." Only many other astronomers who have claimed to discover medium-sized black holes would argue that they had already discovered the first solid evidence of such things.
Universe Today 2 Jul 2009, 15:38 UTC Although current astronauts are Twittering and blogging from space, it's a cumbersome process as the ISS, shuttle and Soyuz do not have internet access. Instead, they have to downlink their information to mission control, where someone posts it to the web. But if future commercial space travelers or astronauts living on the Moon want to blog, Tweet and share their experiences real-time, will it be possible? Well, a group of engineers are working on applying the same wireless systems that keep our mobile phones, laptops and other devices connected to the web to a new generation of networked space hardware. They say that wireless technologies will likely be important part of future space exploration, not only for human communication but for transfer of data and commands.
Astrocast.TV Blog 2 Jul 2009, 13:53 UTC In a paper to be published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, available online now here, astronomers have announced the uncovering of new evidence in support of a very early sunspot cycle in the 18th century. The authors inform the community that this “brings the attention of the scientific community to the need of revisingthe sunspot series in the 18th century.”
Astrocast.TV Blog 2 Jul 2009, 13:37 UTC In a paper to appear in the Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, available online now here, astronomers review the state of the science of galactic scale star formation out of the material which constitutes the interstellar medium (ISM). Summarizing the results of some 20 years of research, the authors note that “evidence has been increasingly accumulating that there is a tight relation between the star formation rate surface density and the gas surface density on global (disk–averaged) scales in nearby galaxies.” After reviewing the latest results from a look at many galaxies in many different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum, the authors take a look at the future of this science, which not only effects stellar and galactic evolution studies, but even the astrobiologist’s Drake equation.
Galaxy Zoo Blog 2 Jul 2009, 10:12 UTC Sometimes in scientific research opportunities collide and lead to rather busy days. Yesterday I had such a day, and since it involved me giving two presentations about Galaxy Zoo I thought you might be interested to hear about it.In the morning I gave a talk “Galaxy Evolution in the Galaxy Zoo” at the “Unity of the Universe” conference in Portsmouth, a conference celebrating the opening of the new Dennis Sciama Building for the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG, where I and several other “Zoo Keepers” work). This talk was aimed at summarizing for astronomers and cosmologists at the meeting the exciting results on galaxy evolution which have come out of Galaxy Zoo. Many researchers in astronomy are aware of Galaxy Zoo, and in general are very interested in it, but they tend to think of it more an an opportunity for outreach with the interested general public and less in terms of the exciting science which can come out of it. The point of my talk was to say that it should in fact be viewed as both. It seemed to go over well.Over lunch I took a train to London where in the afternoon I was interviewed by ...