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17 Sep 14 - Science Astronomy News

Ideas for Citizen Science in Astronomy
We review the relatively new, internet-enabled, and rapidly-evolving field of citizen science, focusing on research projects in stellar, extragalactic and solar system astronomy that have benefited from the participation of members of the public, often ...

Armageddon vs Deep Impact: Astronomer Picks Holes In Blockbuster Science
Phil Plait, who also writes a column for called Bad Astronomy, spoke at HawaiiCon (via, a science, sci-fi and fantasy convention on the US tropical isle. During one of his talks, he showed a clip from Bay's film in which ...

Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy to be opened with 'a big bang'
Smoot's public lecture - scheduled for Wednesday 24 September from 7.00pm - 9.00pm at Valletta Campus - will be a befitting postlude to the inauguration of Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy (ISSA) during an event which will also feature opening ...

Nevada stargazing: Reno offers resources for astronomy
Dan Ruby, Associate Director of the Planetarium put it this way, "we're excited about our continued mission to educate students and the public in astronomy, Earth and space science, aerospace engineering, and technology. As a public face of the ...

Astronomers Spot Birth of Giant Exoplanet around HD 100546
An artist's conception of the young massive star HD100546 and its surrounding disk. A planet forming in the disk has cleared the disk within 13 astronomical units of the star, a distance comparable to that of Saturn from our Sun. As gas and dust flows ...

1833 Meteor Storm Started Citizen Science
Astronomers have increasingly turned to “citizen science” in the Internet era, setting up everyday folks to look for everything from alien worlds to the Milky Way's galactic gas bubbles.

Astronomers solve 20-year-old quasar mystery
These scientists say that most observed quasar phenomena can be unified with two simple quantities: how efficiently the central black hole is being fed and the viewing orientation of the astronomer. The journal Nature published this work on September ...

Volunteers needed to preserve astronomical history and promote discovery
“Digitizing the ~500,000 glass plate images covering the full sky will foster new scientific discoveries for the currently 'hot' field of studying variability of astronomical objects, or Time Domain Astronomy, as we bring to light these long-hidden ...

New Map Locates Milky Way in Neighborhood of 100000 Galaxies
"Seeing a map gives you a sense of place," says University of Hawaii astronomer Brent Tully, an author of the study describing the supercluster, published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature. "For me, having that sense of place and seeing the ...

Astronomers Discover Signature of First-Generation Very-Massive Star
... the process of creating new atomic nuclei (nucleosynthesis) in a first-generation very-massive star. According to their paper published in the journal Science, SDSS J0018-093939 is a low-mass, second-generation star with a mass about half that of ...

97 Percent, 97 Hours, 97 Climate Scientists
To raise both ratios, the wonderful website Skeptical Science has started a great campaign: “97 Hours of Consensus.” Every hour, for just over four days, a cartoon caricature of a different climate scientist will be posted along with a short, pithy ...

NROA astronomers pin down distance to Pleiades stars
Astronomers at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory have used a worldwide network of radio telescopes to find the distance to the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters.

Hubble Helps Astronomers Solve Mystery of Supernova SN 1993J
... definitively showing that the star is present,” the scientists said. _____. Ori D. Fox et al. 2014. Uncovering the Putative B-star Binary Companion of the SN 1993J Progenitor.

Astronomers map Milky Way's location in 100000 galaxy Laniakea supercluster
The universe is a staggeringly big place, but astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have just succeeded in adding some context to the scale of the universe.

Astronomy festival's tenth anniversaryin Herstmonceux
Gary Walker, managing director of Pulsar Observatories, said: “I visited the science centre back in 2002, to assist with upgrades to one of the observatory telescopes.

Scientists find evidence of “diving” tectonic plates on Jupiter's moon Europa
Scientists have found evidence of plate tectonics on Jupiter's moon Europa. This conceptual illustration of the subduction process - where one plate is forced under another - shows how a cold, brittle outer portion of Europa's 10–20 mile (20–30 ...

Physicist puts time on timeless Monet painting
This was far from Olson's first bout of applying science to art. He and his research team have linked the luridly orange sky of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" with drifting emissions from the Krakatoa volcanic eruption, and dated a Monet depiction of a ...

September Astronomy: Enjoy Equinox and Watch Celestial Rivals in the Sky
According to the astronomy weblog The Space Reporter, Saturn appears yellow through a telescope and its rings are tipped 22 degrees from edge on.

Researchers Awarded $1.5 Million to Develop Software to Process Solar ...
Newswise - ATLANTA—Researchers in Georgia State University's new Astroinformatics program have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to develop software tools that can process large sets of solar astronomy data and allow ...

Smallest known galaxy with a supermassive black hole
The study - conducted by Seth and 13 other astronomers - was funded by the National Science Foundation in the U.S., the German Research Foundation and the Gemini Observatory partnership, which includes the NSF and scientific agencies in Canada, ...

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