Stop the Presses!….we have a wonderful change in speakers for tomorrow night’s Monthly meeting. Dr. Paul Delaney, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at York University has graciously accepted our invitation to speak at tomorrow night’s meeting. His Topic “Update on Recent Exoplanetary Research” “In excess of 4000 exoplanets have been discovered to date and they grow in numbers on a daily and hourly basis. Great advances have occurred in atmospheric determination and the existence of water on some of these planets. We will be discussing the latest results from the Kepler Telescope, which is designed to survey a portion of … Continue reading
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- BICEP’s Big Bang Finding Reduced to Dust January 30, 2015Yes, it was too good to be true. The cosmic "discovery of the century" last March has officially blown up. Or will blow up next week when a new analysis of polarization in the cosmic microwave background is officially released. The excitement burst onto the world 10 months ago when the BICEP microwave background team, […]
- Tour February’s Sky: Two Conjunctions January 30, 2015Some of the prettiest nighttime sights involve the close pairing of two solar-system bodies, and February features events with the Moon and Jupiter, then Venus and Mars.The post Tour February’s Sky: Two Conjunctions appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
- BICEP’s Big Bang Finding Reduced to Dust January 30, 2015
- Moroccan Meteorite May Be a 4.4-Billion-Year-Old Chunk of Dark Martian Crust January 31, 2015Mars is often referred to as the Red Planet. But its signature color is only skin-deep – or, I should say, dust-deep. Beneath its rusty regolith Mars has many other hues and shades as well, from pale greys like those found inside holes drilled by Curiosity to large dark regions that are the result of ancient lava […]Jason Major
- NASA Launches Revolutionary Earth Science Satellite Measuring Soil Moisture Cycle January 31, 2015At dawn this morning (Jan. 31) NASA launched an advanced Earth science satellite aimed at making measurements of our planet’s surface soil moisture and freeze/thaw states from space that will revolutionize our understanding of the water, energy, and carbon cycles driving all life on Earth, aid weather forecasting and improve climate change models. NASA’s new […]Ken Kremer
- Awesome New Radar Images of Asteroid 2004 BL86 January 31, 2015New video of 2004 BL86 and its moon Newly processed images of asteroid 2004 BL86 made during its brush with Earth Monday night reveal fresh details of its lumpy surface and orbiting moon. We’ve learned from both optical and radar data that Alpha, the main body, spins once every 2.6 hours. Beta (the moon) spins more slowly. The images […]Bob King
- It Looks Like an Asteroid Strike Can’t Cause a Worldwide, Dinosaur-Killing Firestorm January 30, 2015For decades, scientists have debated the cause of the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs and other life 65 million years ago. While the majority of researchers agree that a massive asteroid impact at Chicxulub, Mexico is the culprit, there have been some dissenters. Now, new research is questioning just a portion of the […]Nancy Atkinson
- Weekly Space Hangout – Jan. 30, 2015: Paul Hildebrandt Fights for Space! January 30, 2015Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) Dave Dickinson (@astroguyz / www.astroguyz.com) Special Guest: Paul Hildebrandt from Fight For Space (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – Jan. 30, 2015: Paul Hildebrandt Fights for Space! (337 words) © Fraser for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: 2004 BL86, […]Fraser Cain
- Moroccan Meteorite May Be a 4.4-Billion-Year-Old Chunk of Dark Martian Crust January 31, 2015
- Meteorite may represent 'bulk background' of Mars' battered crust January 30, 2015NWA 7034, a meteorite found a few years ago in the Moroccan desert, is like no other rock ever found on Earth. It's been shown to be a 4.4 billion-year-old chunk of the Martian crust, and according to a new analysis, rocks just like it may cover vast swaths of Mars.
- Heat waves becoming more prominent in urban areas, research reveals January 30, 2015The world's urban areas have experienced significant increases in heat waves over the past 40 years, according to new research. These prolonged periods of extreme hot days have significantly increased in over 200 urban areas across the globe between 1973 and 2012, and have been most prominent in the most recent years on record.
- Why do zebras have stripes? Temperature counts January 30, 2015One of nature's fascinating questions is how zebras got their stripes. A team of life scientists has found at least part of the answer: The amount and intensity of striping can be best predicted by the temperature of the environment in which zebras live.
- Crystal light: New family of light-converting materials points to cheaper, more efficient solar power and LEDs January 29, 2015Engineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear the way for cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs. The materials, called perovskites, are particularly good at absorbing visible light, but had never been thoroughly studied in their purest form: as perfect single crystals. Using a new technique, […]
- Privacy challenges: Just four vague pieces of info can identify you, and your credit card January 29, 2015Just four fairly vague pieces of information -- the dates and locations of four purchases -- are enough to identify 90 percent of the people in a data set recording three months of credit-card transactions by 1.1 million users. If someone had copies of just three of your recent receipts -- or one receipt, one […]
- Meteorite may represent 'bulk background' of Mars' battered crust January 30, 2015