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Point guard Courtney Vandersloot set the WNBA record for highest assist average for a season (8.1), while Allie Quigley made her first All-Star team and won the league's 3-point contest. She was joined at the All-Star festivities by Stefanie Dolson, who came over from Washington in the Delle Donne trade.
Through a quirk of nature called “gravitational lensing,” it allowed the Hubble telescope to use distant galaxies like a cosmic magnifying glass to see what's beyond. NASA says the star is so far away, it has taken 9 billion years for its light to reach Earth. They named the star “Icarus,” after the Greek ...

A group of astronomers led by a researcher at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff found a rare yellow supergiant. The star was located in the Small Magellanic Cloud. Since it was seen speeding across the galaxy at 300,000 miles per hour, researcher Kathryn Neugent believes it is a runaway. "Stars in the ...
According to a report published by the Space Telescope Science Institute, which operates the Hubble, the star is so far away its light has taken 9 ... in 2020 NASA will launch Hubble's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, a more powerful observatory that will find other distant stars like this one.
Older galaxies have been spotted but their individual stars have been indiscernible. The scientists took advantage of a phenomenon called "gravitational lensing" to spot the star. It involves the bending of light by massive galaxy clusters in the line of sight, which magnifies more distant celestial objects.
We know because that's a photo of a what a star looked like nine billion years taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The star pointed to in the bottom right frame is an enormous blue one called Icarus, and it's the farthest individual star ever seen. Its official name is MACS J1149+2223 Lensed Star 1, and a team from the ...

The initial construction contract of just under $3 million has been enlarged to account for modifications and did not include a separate cost of about $225,000 for the telescope and another roughly $150,000 for the dome, Eckenroth said. The observatory was funded completely with city money.
So faint are the stars that comprise this star pattern, we might refer to Cancer as an empty space in the sky. Because it contains no star brighter ... Although the telescope was just coming into general use during Hevelius' time, he openly abandoned this relatively new invention. In his star atlas, he tucked a ...
"The galaxies are ablaze with dazzling regions of star formation: The bright blue fireworks are stellar nurseries, churning out hot infant stars," officials with the European Space Agency (ESA) wrote in a description of the image Thursday (March 8). (The Hubble project is a collaboration between NASA and ...
My name for it is “Orion and His Gang” because the constellations that surround the great hunter with his star-studded belt are nearly as dazzling as ... To really see it, you have to be out in the countryside, and even then it's a stretch of your eyesight and especially your imagination to see the celestial rabbit.
A space rock slammed into Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday night (March 7), putting on a brief but brilliant sky show, according to media reports. The fireball ... Meteor showers can be awesome night sky sights, but how well do you know your shooting star facts? Find out here ...
Maggie Hennessy has a new love and its name is S.K.Y. Chef Stephen Gillanders “wows with craveable, Asian-inflected dishes,” such as golden fried chicken that's been “imbued with garlic and Korean chili flake.” It's presented on a bed of sweet creamed corn with housemade hot sauce and the result is a ...
Today's study, led by Kevin Stovall (National Radio Astronomy Observatory), goes to show that these surveys are doing a great job so far! Yet another double-neutron-star binary, PSR J1946+2052, has now been discovered as part of the Arecibo L-Band Feed Array pulsar (PALFA) survey. This one is ...
It all began when data taken by NASA's Kepler spacecraft revealed that a white dwarf named KIC 08626021, the “corpse” of a star not unlike the sun, was ... Dedicated in 1969 and named after Bart Bok, who was director of the UA's Steward Observatory at the time, the Bok Telescope has pointed its 90-inch ...
In the early stages of exoplanet science, it was easy to assume that all systems around other stars would be similar to our own solar system: rocky worlds close in, gas giants further out — and all with co-planar, low-eccentricity orbits. As we observed the first exoplanets and learned about their properties, ...
A long-ago encounter between our galaxy and an orbiting dwarf might have ejected some of the Milky Way's stars. ... Institute for Astronomy, Germany) and colleagues have explored stars in two stellar populations known as the Triangulum-Andromeda (TriAnd for short) and A13 using the Keck I telescope in ...
“A light spectrum taken with the William Herschel Telescope on La Palma in the Canary Islands suggested that its atmosphere contained only helium and no hydrogen,” says Elizabeth Green, an associate astronomer at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory who helped decipher the star's true ...

The universe's first stars were similarly huge, they think, though these distant objects lie beyond the reach of even our most powerful telescopes. .... TKF: A survey called the Palomar Transient Factory found this strange supernova, and then the Las Cumbres Observatory, a global telescope network, ...
They will then will air weekly for the next six weeks as well as being available on Sky's video on demand service. All episodes will drop on NOW TV in one go after the first episode's initial broadcast. Head of drama at Sky Atlantic Anne Mensah said the channel has received a warm response from viewers ...
A simple experiment has detected a signal from the first stars forming just 180 million years after the Big Bang. ... Now, Judd Bowman (Arizona State University), Alan Rogers (MIT Haystack Observatory), and their colleagues have tuned in to the infant universe at even lower frequencies, between 50 and ...
When the time-traveling orbital observatory known as the James Webb Space Telescope reaches its orbit around the Earth (which NASA hopes will happen sometime in ... James Webb is built to see the universe as it was at a point “really close to when the universe first became lit with stars,” Conti says.
Pulsations observed by the NuSTAR, Chandra, and XMM-Newton X-ray observatories have provided evidence that at least some ULXs are powered not by black holes at all but by neutron stars. Most recently, a new kind of measurement has added a fourth object to the list of neutron star ULXs.
In real life, this huge moon was a diva so bright that only the strongest, brightest stars could even try to make an appearance. In my attempt to spend more time with the night sky in all its splendor, I had revealed how little I knew about even the most basic celestial rhythms. The planets and stars and I have ...
In the early stages of exoplanet science, it was easy to assume that all systems around other stars would be similar to our own solar system: rocky worlds close in, gas giants further out — and all with co-planar, low-eccentricity orbits. As we observed the first exoplanets and learned about their properties, ...
The star rises soon after and slightly south of the constellation Orion. Canis Major itself is a fine constellation composed of a number of bright stars, three of which form a very distinct triangle that marks this celestial canine's hindquarters. It is said to be one of two dogs — the other being Canis Minor, the ...
Erkenwald is a land of mountains, forests and glaciers; it is home to polar bears, eagles, whales and wolves, as well as to the Fur, Feather and Tusk tribes. In Elphinstone's well-orchestrated mythology, the North Star, a Sky God “carved from stardust”, breathed life into the land that still retains traces of the ...
This association with springtime came about because the stars of Taurus became prominent in the sky around the vernal (spring) equinox from about 4500 B.C. to 2000 B.C. During this ... A composite view of the famous Crab Nebula, from the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA's flying telescope, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, is particularly well-suited for studying the pre-natal stage of stellar development in star-forming regions, such as the Tarantula Nebula, a giant mass of gas and dust located within the Large Magellanic Cloud, or LMC.
The spacecraft, known as the Star-Planet Activity Research CubeSat, or SPARCS for short, is a new NASA-funded space telescope. The mission, including spacecraft design, integration and resulting science, is led by Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE). "This is a ...
A Nasa telescope housed on a converted jumbo jet has yielded important insights into how stars are born from collapsing gas and dust. Measurements by the Sofia observatory underline the importance of magnetic fields for star formation. Astronomers used an instrument on Sofia to study one of the closest ...
Wilson studied metallicity's effect on planet formation using data from the exoplanet-hunting Kepler mission, a space telescope that imaged a field of stars, looking for the momentary dips in brightness that signal an exoplanet's crossing. Kepler has found more than 2,500 confirmed planets to date.
So you got a new telescope for Christmas. While it's fun for some sightseeing in the night sky you can also use your telescope to learn about the physics universe. Michael J.I. Brown reports.
For an easy-to-use constellation guide covering the whole evening sky, use the big monthly map in the center of each issue of Sky & Telescope, the essential guide to ... The Pocket Sky Atlas plots 30,796 stars to magnitude 7.6, and hundreds of telescopic galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae among them.
Don't expect Rashida “Rah” Ali to ever get invited to a Sean “Diddy” Combs event ever again. The former Love & Hip Hop star deemed the “black carpet” at Diddy's NYE bash as good a place as any to bless her rival, Black Ink Crew's Sky, with a proper fade. You knew Rah was up to something when she ...
From one star's ashes, another is born. Astronomers have long known that most of the elements in the periodic table are synthesized within the nuclear furnaces that shine in the night sky. Then, when those stars meet their end, they fling that material outward — seeding the cosmos with heavier elements ...
Boogla Nights Productions will present the World Premiere of June Daniel White's new comedy DELTA IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS or Maybe Not at Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios from January 25th through February 10th. Directed by Michael Padden, the darkly romantic play stars beloved veteran actor ...
Meet the Newly Named 86 Stars of the Night Sky ... As Tony Flanders at Sky & Telescope reports, it all has to do with exoplanets. ... So in 2016, the IAU's Working Group on Star Names relented, officially recognizing 207 traditionally used names for stars visible to the naked eye along with Proxima Centauri, ...
Rah Ali tried to exact vengeance against her archenemy and reality TV foe, Sky, in a sneak attack at Diddy's New Year's Eve "Black Excellence" party ... but Sky quickly caught on. TMZ has obtained video of a fight between VH1's 'Love & Hip Hop' star and "Black Ink Crew" bruiser Sunday night at Diddy's ...
Rah Ali may no longer be a member of the Love & Hip Hop family but rest assured that she is still stirring up drama in 2018, and she wants you to know that. The former reality starlet took to Instagram Live recently to share that she beat up Black Ink Crew star Sky at Diddy's New Year's Eve party and felt the ...
The moon is our closest celestial companion, and it provides ample opportunity for fairy tale, fantasy and actual exploration. The moon is associated with urban legends of increased emergency room visits and crime and is even being considered as a launching pad for future, manned space missions to ...
Face the eastern sky in the late evening of January 4 and check out the waning gibbous moon perched just above the star Regulus. This brilliant blue-white star is the brightest member of the constellation Leo, the lion. The celestial pair will appear to be dramatically close together at less than one degree ...
Following up on last year's list of 227 official star names, the International Astronomical Union has standardized names for 85 more naked-eye stars and one very ... Another one of those is Navi, for Gamma Cassiopeiae, the brightest star north of the celestial equator with no current IAU-approved name.
For an easy-to-use constellation guide covering the whole evening sky, use the big monthly map in the center of each issue of Sky & Telescope, the essential guide to ... The Pocket Sky Atlas plots 30,796 stars to magnitude 7.6, and hundreds of telescopic galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae among them.
A new study found more massive stars than expected in an intensely star-forming region. The results beg the question whether the process of star formation really is universal. The Tarantula Nebula, a luminous hub of giant stars-to-be in the Southern Hemisphere sky, sits more than 160,000 light-years away ...
Most of the bright stars around midnight will be especially congregated in the southern half of the celestial dome, where Orion the Hunter and his gang of other bright ... That's Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky and the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, Orion's loyal hunting dog. You won't ...
Photos and timelapse video show the green hues beautifully cast against the half moon sky with stars twinkling above. Here are some of our ...
Manchester City star Sergio Aguero injured in Amsterdam taxi crash ... Fans have expressed surprise that their star striker was at a gig abroad ...
The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources has approved the application for a permit to build the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna ...
RANTOUL — Rantoul Public Library will sponsor a star party, weather ... about 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the CDR observatory in rural Rantoul.
As the stars come out in late twilight, look high above the Moon for Altair. ... That's Eta Cassiopeiae, magnitude 3.4, a Sun-like star just 19 light-years ... center of each issue of Sky & Telescope, the essential guide to astronomy.


 

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