Rachel Ward, who is in the final year of her PhD studies in astrophysics at McMaster University will give a talk on: A Star is Born: Uncovering the True Nature of Molecular Clouds Giant molecular clouds are the birthplace of stars; however, the true nature of these clouds remains a great mystery. The first step towards achieving a greater understanding of star formation is exploring the structure and evolution of the clouds in which they form. Learn how powerful supercomputers are used to visualize both simulated and observed star-forming clouds to help solve several major unanswered questions in star formation. … Continue reading
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- Hubble Spots a Lensed Supernova March 5, 2015For the first time, astronomers are watching as a supernova’s light bends around a massive galaxy on its way to Earth. The post Hubble Spots a Lensed Supernova appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
- New Stars at the Edge of the Milky Way March 5, 2015Astronomers have found two just-born star clusters an incredible 16,000 light-years above the plane of the Milky Way galaxy. The post New Stars at the Edge of the Milky Way appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
- Hubble Spots a Lensed Supernova March 5, 2015
- Book Review: Space Architecture March 5, 2015Have you ever had one of those days when you just couldn’t complete another Fourier Transform no matter how many chocolate covered cacao nibs you consumed? You need to perk yourself up, maybe imagine something a little more exotic than a Volkswagen diesel scooting down a gravel road. Well then, pull up a chair and […]Mark Mortimer
- Watch the Aurora Shimmer and Dance in Real Time March 4, 2015I for one have never witnessed the northern lights in person, and like many people I experience them vicariously through the photography and videos of more well-traveled (or more polar-bound) individuals. Typically these are either single-shot photos or time-lapses made up of many somewhat long-exposure images. As beautiful as these are, they don’t accurately capture […]Jason Major
- What Your Breakfast has in Common with Ceres March 4, 2015On March 6, the Dawn spacecraft will ease into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres. This is the visit to a dwarf planet (New Horizons will flyby Pluto later this year) and scientists are eager to see its surface in detail. But did you know that Ceres got its name from the ancient Roman goddess […]Nancy Atkinson
- Bright Spots on Ceres Likely Ice, Not Cryovolcanoes March 3, 2015As the Dawn spacecraft prepares to enter orbit around Ceres on March 6, the science team provided the latest images and a mission preview during a briefing on March 2. The images released yesterday show more of those unusual bright spots and lots of craters, and feature two new global views of Ceres: one spinning […]Nancy Atkinson
- Book Review: Emigrating Beyond Earth March 3, 2015Do you believe that humans are the ultimate species and that we have a destiny to rule? Perhaps you’re being optimistic according to Cameron Smith and Evan Davies. Their book “Emigrating Beyond Earth: Human Adaptation and Space Colonization” provides an anthropologist’s view that splashes a certain amount of chagrin on the hubris of our culture. […]Mark Mortimer
- Book Review: Space Architecture March 5, 2015