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I felt as if God spoke to me as a child through the marvels of nature, and astronomy in particular. That inspired me to pursue a path I've remained committed to ever since. The universe is a phenomenally expansive place, and that we're able to understand a small part of it, and ask why we are here and how ...
On this week's 51%, we learn about women's major contributions to astronomy, hear from a project manager of one of the largest bridge projects in the country and listen to an essay on body positivity. I'm Allison Dunne and this is 51%. In the mid-19th century, the field of astronomy was rapidly advancing.

UT's astronomy Club provides a space for students to delve deeper into the interstellar world. In the fall semester of 2016, former students of Sean Lindsay, UT astronomy Coordinator, lecturer and astronomy Club advisor, began to express their passion to learn more about astronomy and outer space.
By the way, it's also the first stellar-mass black hole ever found based on its gravitational pull. By Jake Parks | Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018. BHimage. Using the ESO's MUSE instrument on the Very Large telescope in Chile, Astronomers discovered a star zipping around the heart of the globular cluster NGC ...
KETCHUM -- The Sawtooth Botanical garden will present a four-part astronomy series, "astronomy in the Garden." Each program will start at 7 p.m. at the garden, 11 Gimlet Road, four miles south of Ketchum. Topics include: January 23 -- Finding your way with telescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes ...
The galaxy SDSS J1354+1327 (just below the center of the image) hosts a supermassive black hole that has let out two "burps" in the past 100,000 years. The older burp can be seen to the lower left of the galaxy as a diffuse, blue-green glow. The more recent burp appears as a bright blue-white arc to the ...

Researchers recently proved that spacecraft can use narrow beams of radiation from pulsars to run a very accurate, GPS-like navigational system. By Amber Jorgenson | Published: Monday, January 15, 2018. NICER uses its mirror assemblies to concentrate X-rays and examine pulsars, a part of a neutron star's internal ...
The Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared astronomy (Sofia) is an 80/20 partnership project of NASA and The German Aerospace Center that is managed by our very own Universities Space Research Association (USRA) headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with an office in D.C. I will have a story in ...
Rogers State University students enrolled in his astronomy course this semester start class on Jan. 16, just in time for a viewing session of what Walcott called "a truly spectacular trilogy." Students will have the opportunity to study all three lunar events and do some research into when events lined up in this ...
Hickory Public Library and Catawba science Center staff will be heading up family activities such as crafts and experiments related to astronomy. Attendees ranging from professional Astronomers to those who simply have an interest in astronomy are welcome. Anyone looking into astronomy as a hobby is ...
astronomy Magazine · ScreenShot20180103at12.44.40PM · SUBSCRIBE · RENEW · DIGITAL EDITIONS · GIVE A GIFT. Login or Register |. Customer Service. Tonight's Sky. --. Search By Name Enter coordinates. Use current location. SUN & MOON mercury & VENUS MARS, JUPITER & SATURN. Sun.
A new study finds that prolonged periods of weightlessness can cause persistent fevers in astronauts and significantly increases their body temperatures during exercise. By Amber Jorgenson | Published: Monday, January 08, 2018. NASAISS. Research shows slow but steady increases in astronauts' core body ...
Other discussions and presentations at the conference will address the biggest astronomy events of 2017, including the Great American solar Eclipse, the discovery of gravitational waves coming from two merging neutron stars, and the damage Hurricane Maria inflicted on Puerto Rico's Arecibo ...
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 ...
Artist's concept of the New Horizons spacecraft's flyby of 2014 MU69. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied physics laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Steve Gribben. The final days before NASA's New Horizons probe barrels in on its next destination on Jan. 1, 2019, should prove eventful, ...
One of the leading minds behind the blockbuster film "Interstellar" drew a large crowd to the Keck Observatory astronomy Talk on Hawaii Island Friday night. Over 750 people attended Dr. Kip Thorne's presentation at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel to get an inside look at the science behind the 2014 film. Thorne ...
This is a huge milestone for astronomy. It was the first time an object orbiting another planet was seen. It was a fundamental step in disproving the geocentric theory in which everything orbits around Earth. It was almost proof that there were objects in space that could not be seen by the naked eye.

astronomy Magazine · ScreenShot20180103at12.44.40PM · SUBSCRIBE · RENEW · DIGITAL EDITIONS · GIVE A GIFT. Login or Register |. Customer Service. Tonight's Sky. --. Search By Name Enter coordinates. Use current location. SUN & MOON mercury & VENUS MARS, JUPITER & SATURN. Sun.
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson recently became the first person ever to collect unknown organisms from the ISS and sequence their DNA entirely while in space. By Jake Parks | Published: Thursday, January 04, 2018. peggywhitson. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson works inside the international space station's ...
Instead, the solution is much more mundane: "Dust is most likely the reason why the star's light appears to dim and brighten," Tabetha Boyajian, an assistant professor in physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University and the star's discoverer, said in a press release. The data, collected between 2015 ...
It is a level of lunar lunacy that happens only once in a super blue blood moon. More than 15,000 people have registered their interest for a Perth astronomy event on January 31 that was expected to attract 500 at the most. Staff at the Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin decided to organise their first event in ...
This looping animation depicts the naked-eye view to the south-southeast as seen from the heart of the British Isles at 7:15am GMT from 4 to 14 January 2018. mercury, the solar System's innermost planet, is visible very close to the southeast horizon until about 10 January for UK observers. Mars passes ...
A team of more than 100 researchers, led by LSU Department of physics & astronomy Assistant Professor Tabetha Boyajian, is one step closer to solving the mystery behind the "most mysterious star in the universe." KIC 8462852, or "Tabby's Star," nicknamed after Boyajian, is otherwise an average star.
The March for science drew thousands of science supporters, but the science event of the year was the Great American Eclipse, with millions of viewers highlighting an unexpected enthusiasm. Missions to Jupiter and Saturn also grabbed headlines. Gravitational wave researchers scored a Nobel prize, ...
One of the toughest choices we made last year was to not write a full astronomy guide for 2018. We've done this in one iteration or another now for about a decade, but an ongoing project (also astronomical in nature) has consumed most of our writing hours… but we recently realized that we can still take ...
In a study published December 20 in the journal astronomy & Astrophysics, researchers calculated that the habitable zone -- the region around a star where liquid water can exist -- for an exoplanet around a pulsar could be as large as the orbit of Earth around the sun. However, the researchers stressed ...
The Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes combined forces to photograph a small, distant galaxy amplified by gravitational lensing. By Amber Jorgenson | Published: Friday, January 12, 2018. PIA2207916. NASA was able to get this clear image of SPT0615-JD thanks to a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing, which ...
Invisible to the naked eye, radio frequency interference is no less detrimental to astronomy than optical light pollution. For Astronomers who observe the universe through radio waves generated by stars and galaxies, interference from an Earth-based source can easily drown out any far-off signal.
Observations of a nearby stellar nursery reveal an "astonishing" overabundance of gigantic stars with masses up to 200 times that of the sun. By Jake Parks | Published: Friday, January 05, 2018. tarantulanebula. Astronomers have discovered an excess of high-mass stars in the Tarantula Nebula (30 Doradus), shown here ...
Everyone makes New Year's resolutions. Most of us want to do simple things like lose weight, quit smoking, or call our family more often. However, scientists have resolutions too, and some of them focus on their work! These are only a handful of the launches that are set to take place in 2018. Just imagine if ...
The first precise measurements of a black hole's magnetic field find it lacking the power to launch material at near-light speed. By Alison Klesman | Published: Friday, December 29, 2017. 31673. black holes are envisioned with intense magnetic fields, depicted by the curved lines in this artist's rendition. Material in the disk ...
Get ready to see amazing eclipses, a comet encounter, planetary pairings, and more celestial wonders. picture of moon during a lunar eclipse. View Images. A shadow falls across the face of the moon during a lunar eclipse. Photograph by Jason Edwards, National Geographic Creative. By Andrew Fazekas.
Image of the quasar host galaxy from the UC San Diego research team's data. The distance to this quasar galaxy is ~9.3 billion light years. The four-color image shows findings from use of the Keck Observatory and ALMA. As seen from Keck Observatory, the green colors highlight the energetic gas across ...
As part of the new Gravity Assist podcast, NASA's Director of Planetary science Jim Green interviewed David Grinspoon of the Planetary Science Institute in Arizona about the planet Venus and what makes the second world from the sun so hellish compared to Earth. Jim Green: Although Venus is about the ...
Astronomers using ESO's Very Large telescope have directly observed granulation patterns on the surface of a star outside the solar System -- the ageing red giant π1 Gruis. This remarkable new image from the PIONIER instrument reveals the convective cells that make up the surface of this huge star.
Everyone makes New Year's resolutions. Most of us want to do simple things like lose weight, quit smoking, or call our family more often. However, scientists have resolutions too, and some of them focus on their work! These are only a handful of the launches that are set to take place in 2018. Just imagine if ...
It has been an exciting year in the field of astronomy with asteroid showers, scientific discoveries and an eclipse seen around the country. Here are the top astronomy stories of the year from AccuWeather. The Geminid Meteor Shower lit up the night sky in December with a reported rate of 160 meteors per ...
The observatory was able to reestablish radio astronomy observations within a few days of the storm, but radar technology wasn't up and running until commercial power was restored in early December. With fully functional radar at the Arecibo Observatory, NASA's will be able to track and monitor asteroids ...
Some images take us on a billion-year journey back in time. Others bring the blue marble of our home planet into view. And from the ground, we can follow companies and governments on their quests to reach the stars. The year 2017 brought some of the most astounding space and astronomy images to ...
Unexpectedly complex microbes found in a nearly 3.5-billion-year-old rock imply that life can begin and evolve more quickly than previously thought. By Jake Parks | Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017. fossils. These microorganisms were discovered in a sample of rock collected from the Apex chert in western ...
The discovery of gravitational waves last year sent ripples through the entire field of physics. They confirmed that space does indeed behave as a substance, which can be stretched and squeezed, as predicted by Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity. They also ushered in a new era of astronomy.
One of the most unique, however, is the Informatics and Statistics science Collaboration (ISSC) which, unlike other teams, doesn't focus on a specific astronomy topic but cuts across them all. New methods will be needed to handle heavy computational loads, to optimize data representations, and to guide ...
Photographers will tell you that bigger cameras see better in the dark and that's why scientists say the biggest camera ever made will soon show us things about the night sky that we've never seen before. KGO. By Jonathan Bloom. Wednesday, December 13, 2017 07:18PM. MENLO PARK, Calif. (KGO) --. Photographers ...
"Quasars are among the brightest and most-distant known celestial objects and are crucial to understanding the early universe," said Bram Venemans of the Max Planck Institute for astronomy in Germany in a press release. Venemans studied the host galaxy and is the first author of the Letters paper.
satellites orbiting Earth are not maintained or refueled, limiting their capabilities and potentially wasting money and materials. But what if we could fix them in orbit? U.S. Air Force photo. When the multi-million-dollar satellites running our communications, GPS, radio and television services malfunction or ...
Step outside after dark this week and you can watch chunks of an asteroid burn up in Earth's atmosphere. Behold, the Geminid meteor shower, which is renowned as the year's best. At peak Geminids, you could catch a shooting star every minute, and this year the moon won't be bright enough to foul the ...
The stars in this Hubble image, which resembles a swirling snowstorm in a snow globe, are residents of the globular star cluster Messier 79 (m79), located 41,000 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Lepus. The cluster is also known as NGC 1904. NASA/ESA/S. Djorgovski (Caltech)/F. Ferraro ...
The Geminid meteor shower is active from 4--17 December, but predicted to peak around 06:30 UT (6:30am GMT) on Thursday, 14th. The night of 13--14 December is largely free of moonlight since the 25-day-old waning lunar crescent doesn't rise until shortly before 4am GMT in the UK. This year's ...
"Imagine fingerspelling out 'electromagnetic spectrum,'" Kate Meredith, Director of education Outreach at Yerkes Observatory in Chicago who works on projects making astronomy more accessible to underserved communities but isn't directly involved in the IAU project, told Newsweek. "There's a lot of ...
Created using data from the Hubble space telescope, the 3-D nebula won't officially be released until January 2018 at the American astronomy Society in Washington DC. However, opening day visitors will get a preliminary look at the model in a vibrant, high-resolution experience. In addition to the new ...


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