Astronomy

Images of the Lunar Eclipse Dec. 10

Lunar Eclipse at Phoenix, Ariz

Total lunar eclipse Dec. 10 from Phoenix, Ariz.  Photographer Charles R. Jones

By |December 12, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

First Supernova companion Star found

double star system with an exploded supernova

In 2004, an international team of astronomers had, for the first time, observed a stellar “survivor” emerge from a double star system involving an exploded supernova.

By |December 10, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

Total Lunar Eclipse on December 10th

Total Lunar Eclipse

Waking up before sunrise can be tough to do, especially on a weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 10th, you might be glad you did. A total eclipse of the Moon will be visible in the early morning skies of western Northern America.

By |December 9, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

Black Holes 10 billion times bigger than the Sun discovered

Giant Black Hole

Astronomers report that they have discovered the most gigantic black holes ever found in the universe, an abyss 10 times the size of our solar system, encompassing regions or “event horizons” about five times the distance from the sun to Pluto or about 2,500 times as massive as the black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

By |December 7, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

First Alien Planet In Habitable zone

Kepler-22b

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. The planet is 2.4 times the size of Earth, making it the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star like our sun.

By |December 6, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

Crescent Moon and airliner

Moon and airplane

This slender crescent Moon was recorded at a tender age of 34 hours and 18 minutes. Well, OK … when calculating the lunar age during a lunation or complete cycle of phases – from New Moon to Full Moon and back to New Moon again – the Moon never gets more than around 29.5 days old. Photographer Stefan Seip.

By |December 5, 2011|Categories: Astronomy, Natural phenomena

Space weather warning services

watch on our seething Sun

Our Sun is more active now than it has been for the past four years. Increasingly, energetic particles and radiation are being ejected toward the Earth, posing significant hazards for our spaceborne and ground-based infrastructure. Next year will see the start of ESA’s precursor space weather warning services under the SSA Preparatory Programme. Credits: ESA

By |December 5, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

A glimpse of CLIMSO

Christian Latouche Imageur Solaire

A tantalizing glimpse inside this dome was captured after sunset at the mountain top Pic Du Midi Observatory in the French Pyrenees. But while most are just beginning their work at sunset, this observatory’s day was done. Photographer Alain Sallez

By |December 4, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

Young Moon meets Evening Star

Venus and Moon

Now appearing as planet Earth’s evening star, brilliant Venus shines in western skies at twilight. Standing above a rugged horizon and warm sunset colors, the twilight’s celestial beacon was joined last Saturday by a Moon 35 hours young in this gorgeous skyscape. The close pairing of Venus and Moon is known as a conjunction. Photographer Benjamim Ribeiro

By |December 3, 2011|Categories: Astronomy

A Galaxy full of Surprises

NGC 3621

This image, from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), shows a truly remarkable galaxy known as NGC 3621. However this galaxy is bulgeless but has three central black holes.

By |December 2, 2011|Categories: Astronomy
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