For the first time catching a Comet death

Kreutz comet vaporized as it flew too close to the Sun

For the first time, a death-diving comet, from a group known as the Kreutz comets, has been observed as it vaporized as it flew too close to the Sun.

By |January 21, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Wrinkled Moon

Apollo 15 orbital metric camera, oblique image of the Sea of Rains

Wrinkle ridges have been seen on the surface of the Moon for over a century. Studies of these interesting features began as early as 1885, with telescopic photographs, and continued beyond the Apollo era, with satellite and lander observations. Scientists thought they understood them, but the latest images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC) suggest we may not know the whole story.   via universetodayby Irene Antonenko

By |January 20, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

New view of the Helix Nebula (video)

Helix Nebula from ESO’s VISTA telescope in infrared light

A striking new image of the Helix Nebula from ESO’s VISTA telescope (image top), at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. This picture, taken in infrared light, reveals strands of cold nebular gas that are invisible in images taken in visible light (image below), as well as bringing to light a rich background of stars and galaxies.

By |January 20, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Dione, Epimetheus and Prometheus

Saturn's moon

Flying past Saturn’s moon Dione (left), Cassini captured this view with two smaller moons, Epimetheus and Prometheus, near the planet’s rings. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.

By |January 19, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Kepler finds two more Exoplanets orbiting Binary Stars

Kepler-34 b orbits two sun-like stars

Using data from NASA’s Kepler Mission, San Diego State University astronomers announced the discovery of two new transiting “circumbinary” planet systems — planets that orbit two stars.

By |January 16, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Solar corona in total eclipse

total solar eclipse

During this total solar eclipse in 2008, the solar corona can be seen with naked eye.

By |January 15, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

World’s Biggest Telescope by China and India

World's Biggest Telescope

China and India are joining forces for a project to build the Thirty Meter Telescope, the world’s largest telescope, being built at the summit of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii.

By |January 14, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Billions of habitable planets in Milky Way

Exoplanets in Milky Way

This artist’s illustration gives an impression of how common planets are around the stars in a region of the Milky Way. The viewer is able to see the planets orbiting the stars and is based off scientific data over the past six years.   Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser (ESO)

By |January 13, 2012|Categories: Astronomy

Mercedes Benz DICE (video)

Mercedes Presents DICE Architecture At CES

Mercedes Benz has officially debut DICE (Dynamic and Intuitive Control Experience) at CES. An augmented reality-based interface that allows users to control various aspects of their vehicle through simple hand movements.

By |January 13, 2012|Categories: Astronomy, Computers

Kepler mission finds three Smallest Exoplanets

Three Smallest Exoplanets

Astronomers announced today that they found three new planets outside our solar system, that they are the smallest exoplanets yet discovered—each of them tinier than Earth.

By |January 13, 2012|Categories: Astronomy