Fastest Rotating Star found

Star  VFTS 102 in Large Magellanic Cloud

This artist’s concept pictures the fastest rotating star found to date. The massive, bright young star, called VFTS 102, rotates at a million miles per hour, or 100 times faster than our sun does.

By |January 2, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Best of Astronomy 2011

The year of exoplanets. The Kepler space observatory to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. The spacecraft, named in honor of the 17th-century German astronomer Johannes Kepler,was launched in March 2009.

Kepler-22b, First Alien Planet In Habitable zone

First Alien Planet In Habitable zone

This artist’s conception illustrates Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. It is the first planet that NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed to orbit in a star’s habitable zone — the region around a star where liquid water, a requirement for life on Earth, could persist

By |December 31, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

Orange and Blue Hazes

Saturn's largest moon, Titan

This view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft looks toward the south polar region of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, and shows a depression within the moon’s orange and blue haze layers near the south pole.

By |December 31, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

Ring of Fire

spiral galaxy NGC 4151

This composite image shows the central region of the spiral galaxy NGC 4151. X-rays (blue) from the Chandra X-ray Observatory are combined with optical data (yellow) showing positively charged hydrogen (H II) from observations with the 1-meter Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope on La Palma.

By |December 28, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

Comet Lovejoy from International Space Station (video)

Comet Lovejoy near Earth’s horizon

Comet Lovejoy on 22 Dec. 2011 from the International Space Station. Comet Lovejoy is visible near Earth’s horizon in this nighttime image photographed by NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, Expedition 30 commander, on board the International Space Station on Dec. 22, 2011. Credit: NASA/Dan Burbank

By |December 27, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

Searching for Meteorites in Antarctica

Meteorites in South Pole

Where is the best place on Earth to find meteorites? Although meteors fall all over the world, they usually just sink to the bottom of an ocean, are buried by shifting terrain, or are easily confused with terrestrial rocks.

By |December 26, 2011|Categories: Astronomy, Natural phenomena

Titan and Dione

Saturn's moons

Saturn’s third-largest moon Dione can be seen through the haze of its largest moon, Titan, in this view of the two posing before the planet and its rings from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

By |December 24, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

Sleigh ride over Mars

Take a virtual sleigh ride over the real landscapes of Mars, courtesy of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

By |December 24, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

‘Rose’ made of Galaxies

spiral galaxies UGC 1810

In celebration of the twenty-first anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s deployment in April 2011, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute pointed Hubble’s eye to an especially photogenic group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273.

By |December 23, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

Comet Lovejoy over Western Australia (video)

Comet Lovejoy (2011 W3)

Not getting much sleep but hey who needs sleep?! Had another lovely view of the comet last night wandering the shore of the Estuary. It’s quite unique down there.  Photograph and video by Colin Legg

By |December 23, 2011|Categories: Astronomy
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