‘Mega-Earth’ And Doomed Planets Top Today’s Exoplanet Finds

by Elizabeth Howell June 2, 2014

Can you imagine a world that is 17 times as massive as Earth, but still rocky? Or two planets that are doomed to be swallowed up by their parent star in just a blink of astronomical time? While these scenarios sound like science fiction, these are real-life finds released today (June 2) at the American […]

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Weekly Space Hangout – January 10, 2014: Wake Up, Rosetta! & Top Stories from AAS

by Fraser Cain January 10, 2014

Host: Fraser Cain Guests: David Dickinson, Amy Shira Teitel, Scott Lewis, Brian Koberlein, special guest Ruth McAvinia from the ESA This week’s stories: Ruth: Wake up, Rosetta! Facebook link to contest David: AAS-Gamma Ray Gravitational Lens AAS-Death by Black Hole Antares Launch Remote Deployment of Cubesats Venus at Inferior Conjunction Scott: Learning tools for visually […]

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Astronomers Witness a Web of Dark Matter

by Jason Major January 9, 2012

We can’t see it, we can’t feel it, we can’t even interact with it… but dark matter may very well be one of the most fundamental physical components of our Universe. The sheer quantity of the stuff – whatever it is – is what physicists have suspected helps gives galaxies their mass, structure, and motion, […]

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Want Astronomy Apps? There’s a Catalog for That

by Nancy Atkinson December 29, 2011

With the plethora of mobile apps now available for astronomy applications, it’s hard to keep track of them all. Thanks to astronomer Andy Fraknoi and the American Astronomical Society there’s now a catalog for that. “This catalog is a first attempt to make a list of those of particular interest to astronomy educators,” wrote Fraknoi. […]

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Hubble Finds “Oddball” Stars in Milky Way Hub

by Jason Major May 25, 2011

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope to peer deep into the central bulge of our galaxy have found a population of rare and unusual stars. Dubbed “blue stragglers”, these stars seem to defy the aging process, appearing to be much younger than they should be considering where they are located. Previously known to exist within […]

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