Archive of 2016 December

16Dec2016

NASA Photographs White Storm On Jupiter Almost Big As Earth

Massive storms whirl their way across the surface of Jupiter, the planet so massive that its gravity pulls at the sun, affecting its orbit. The most famous of these is the mysterious Great Red Spot. (more…)

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16Dec2016

NASA Warns Earth Totally Unprepared For Surprise Asteroid Strike

NASA is certainly not in the business of spreading panic over asteroid strikes - every time one comes close, we see yet another press release warning of the potential dangers to our fragile planet. (more…)

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15Dec2016

The Top Ten Astronomy Fails

In this post  by Daniel Elijah he has decided to inject a bit of comedy and concentrate on some of the funny and embarrassing things that have happened to him or to others whilst trying (and sometimes failing) to do astronomy. (more…)

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14Dec2016

Telescope Raffle Winner Drawn

The raffle draw for the Dobsonian telescope package was made on Wednesday afternoon December 14. The first name drawn out from the many hundreds of entries was Hastings resident, Larry Kirkman. (more…)

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09Dec2016

Distant Galaxy Churning Out Stars At Remarkable Rate

Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes to show that a recently-discovered galaxy is undergoing an extraordinary boom of stellar construction. (more…)

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09Dec2016

Ancient Eclipse Records Revise Earth’s Spin Calculations

Observations of ancient astronomers from the time of the Babylonians reveal our modern days aren't getting quite as long as they should be. Scientists have long known the Earth's spin is slowing down and the days are getting longer. (more…)

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09Dec2016

Oh Great, So Alpha Centauri Isn’t Alpha Centauri Anymore

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) may have supervillain status among some sky enthusiasts for its decision to demote Pluto from planet to dwarf planet 10 years ago. (more…)

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09Dec2016

John Glenn, Last Remaining Mercury Astronaut, Dies at Age 95

John Glenn, a military vet turned space pioneer, has died at the age of 95.  After flying 59 combat missions in World War II, Glenn became an early recruit into NASA's Mercury program. (more…)

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08Dec2016

Black Holes Are Sending Quantum Messages In The Universe

 The black holes have sparked public imagination for almost 100 years. Spinning black holes are capable to implement complex quantum information processes with qubits encoded in the X-ray photons emitted by the accretion disc. (more…)

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04Dec2016

Earth-Like Extrasolar Planet Could Harbor Extraterrestrial Life

Researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the University of Tokyo, and the Astrobiology Center have nailed down an important property of a potentially Earth-like extrasolar planet while it was in transit. (more…)

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04Dec2016

CSIRO Covered Up Sexual Harassment/ Bullying At Astronomy Dept.

Senior astronomers have accused CSIRO of failing to address a culture of bullying and sexual harassment in its astronomy department. CSIRO has conducted 16 investigations into alleged professional misconduct since 2008. (more…)

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04Dec2016

Australian Telescope Joins $100 Million Search for Alien Life

A $100 million search for intelligent alien life just added a big arrow to its quiver. Breakthrough Listen has begun using the Aussie Parkes radio telescope to scan the heavens, representatives of the decade-long project announced Monday. (more…)

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04Dec2016

What Is The Davinci Glow?

If you go outside tonight to witness Venus and the crescent Moon, pay special attention to the Moon.  Cradled between the arms of the slender crescent is a display of light and shadow that puzzled sky watchers for thousands of years. (more…)

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04Dec2016

Hypersonic Planes – Humans To Space In Minutes Close To Reality

Flight times around the world would also be dramatically reduced, with the supersonic jet able to reach five times the speed of sound – approximately 1,716 metres per second – otherwise known as Mach 5. (more…)

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04Dec2016

This Black Hole Is The Size Of 20 Billion Suns

Ummm, Houston? We have a problem. An awesome problem. This video about black holes will crush your mind. Ever wonder what Einstein’s theory of relativity would look like when applied to black holes? (more…)

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04Dec2016

Major Supercluster Of Galaxies Hidden Found Hidden By Milky Way

Our galaxy is revealing its secrets all the time. An international team of astronomers has discovered a previously unknown major concentration of galaxies in the constellation Vela, which they have dubbed the Vela supercluster. (more…)

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