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  • Hubble Captures Striking New Image of Grand Design Spiral Galaxy Messier 100

    12/11/2018 8:51:35 AM PST · by ETL · 17 replies ^ | Dec 10, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    Messier 100, also known as M100, NGC 4321 and LEDA 40153, is located approximately 50 million light-years away in the constellation of Coma Berenices.This galaxy is one of the brightest members of the Virgo Cluster, a group of about 1,300 (and possibly up to 2,000) galaxies.Its apparent magnitude of 10.1 means that, while it can be seen through small telescopes, it will appear only as a faint patch of light. Larger telescopes can resolve more details of the galaxy.The galaxy was discovered on March 15, 1781 by the French astronomer Pierre Méchain, Charles Messier’s fellow comet hunter who discovered eight...
  • Weird star system has double binary stars and wonky planetary nursery

    01/15/2019 7:52:07 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | 14 January 2019 | Chelsea Whyte
    There is a star system 146 light years from Earth that is quite strange. At its centre is a set of binary stars, and around that loops another binary pair. In between is a ring of dust and gas that’s set at a very odd angle. The dust and gas of this system, which is called HD 98800, are part of a disc that may be forming planets in a kind of cosmic nursery. Instead of lying on the same plane as the central stars, this disc’s orbit is perpendicular to that. The full system is even more confusing (see...
  • Flat Earther & Sovereign Citizen Meets Veteran Cop

    01/12/2019 8:10:17 PM PST · by NRx · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-13-2018 | Inside The Badge Channel
    If stupidity were a virtue this guy would become the first man to be declared a saint while still alive.
  • Mysterious radio signals from deep space detected

    01/10/2019 6:35:36 AM PST · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    BBC ^ | 9 January 2019 | By Helen Briggs
    Astronomers have revealed details of mysterious signals emanating from a distant galaxy, picked up by a telescope in Canada. The precise nature and origin of the blasts of radio waves is unknown. Among the 13 fast radio bursts, known as FRBs, was a very unusual repeating signal, coming from the same source about 1.5 billion light years away. Such an event has only been reported once before, by a different telescope. "Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there," said Ingrid Stairs, an astrophysicist from the University of British Columbia (UBC). "And with more repeaters...
  • Thousands of stars turning into crystals

    01/10/2019 3:33:27 AM PST · by zeestephen · 22 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 09 January 2019 | University of Warwick
    Dr. Tremblay said: "This is the first direct evidence that white dwarfs crystallise, or transition from liquid to solid. It was predicted fifty years ago that we should observe a pile-up in the number of white dwarfs at certain luminosities and colours due to crystallisation and only now this has been observed....The Sun itself will become a crystal white dwarf in about 10 billion years."
  • Bevy of Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts Spotted by Canadian Telescope

    01/09/2019 7:23:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    scientificamerican ^ | January 8, 2019 | Alexandra Witze, Nature magazine
    First spotted in 2007, FRBs are one of the most intriguing mysteries in astrophysics. They appear all over the sky, and astronomers aren’t sure what causes them. n early testing during July and August, before it began full operations, CHIME spotted 13 FRBs. Prior to this, astronomers had between 50 and 60 examples. The more FRBs that astronomers find, the greater the chance they can start to pin down their origin. CHIME also detected only the second known FRB that repeats, meaning that the radio flashes re-appear at the same point in the sky. It saw the repeater pop up...
  • It's Beyond Us ( Multiverse versus Panspermia versus ID )

    01/09/2019 10:29:31 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 15 replies ^ | Winter 2018 | R. Nicoll
    Extraordinary Claims Need an Extraordinary Cosmos. Today the thoughtful scientist finds himself embroiled in an internal war between his devotion to naturalism and his realization that the universe is, as physicist Steven Weinberg put it, "one fine-tuning that seems to be extreme, far beyond what you could imagine just having to accept as a mere accident." ...The latest explanation, trotted out by Columbia astrophysicist Caleb Scharf, is that an early, advanced, non-biological civilization "decided to tinker with the expansion" of the universe in a way that made it amenable to the evolution of biological life. In a critique of intelligent...
  • NASA Receives Signal From New Horizons Spacecraft After Historic Flyby 4 Billion Miles From Earth

    01/01/2019 11:41:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 96 replies
    KTLA ^ | 01/01/2018
    Although the flyby occurred at 12:33 a.m. ET on Tuesday, the spacecraft is so far from Earth that the “phone-home” signal didn’t reach us until about 10:30 a.m. ET. Mission scientists were relieved about the success because there was only one chance to get it right as New Horizons screamed past Ultima at 31,500 miles per hour. This incredible feat was possible because thousands of operations on the spacecraft worked in sync. “We’ve just accomplished the most distant flyby,” mission operations manager Alice Bowman said. “This science will help us understand the origins of our solar system.” New Horizons has...
  • NASA spaceship set for New Year flyby of Ultima Thule, farthest world to be photographed

    12/31/2018 1:32:54 PM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    This artist's illustration obtained from NASA on December 21, 2018 shows the New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69 - nicknamed 'Ultima Thule' - a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles beyond Pluto. (Photo: AFP/HO) ______________________________________________________________ TAMPA: A NASA spaceship is zooming toward the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever photographed by humankind, a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule about 6.4 billion km away. The US space agency will ring in the New Year with a live online broadcast to mark historic flyby of the mysterious object in a dark and frigid region of space...
  • NASA Spacecraft Detects Weird Anomaly Days Ahead of Ultima Thule Flyby

    12/23/2018 5:19:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 33 replies ^ | 23:08 23.12.2018
    Only a week before its expected meeting with Kuiper Belt object (KBO) Ultima Thule on New Year's Day, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has not been able to detect the predictable and consistent variations in reflectivity — or ‘light curve' in the jargon of astronomers — that accompany all celestial objects in orbit near a bright star. "It's really a puzzle," agreed Alan Stern, NASA's New Horizons principal investigator, cited by Gizmodo. Southwest Research Institute mission scientist Marc Buie suggested that the rotational point of Ultima Thule could currently be aligned directly toward the NASA spacecraft as it approaches. From that...
  • New Horizons Will Spend New Years Exploring Ultima Thule, a Billion Miles Past Pluto

    12/19/2018 6:36:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | December 19, 2018 | David Grossman
    At the furthest reaches of the solar system, 2019 will start off with exploration. NASA has given the final green light to its New Horizons spacecraft for a January 1st flyby of Ultima Thule, an object in the Kuiper Belt around a billion miles beyond Pluto. It will be the most distant planetary flyby in human history. Before giving the okay, NASA wanted to make sure that it wasn't passing up any other opportunities for either study or disaster in the area—rings, small moons, and anything else that a probe like New Horizons might want to observe. Pushing through the...
  • Ultima Thule in Sight! New Horizons Probe Snaps New Photo of Its Target

    12/10/2018 8:00:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | December 10, 2018 03:07pm ET | y Mike Wall,
    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has beamed home another glimpse of the distant, icy body it will zoom past just three weeks from now. The small object Ultima Thule swims amid a sea of distant stars in the new composite photo, which New Horizons snapped with its Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera at around midnight EST (0500 GMT) on Dec. 1. At the time, the probe was 24 million miles (38.7 million kilometers) from Ultima and more than 4 billion miles (6.4 billion km) from Earth New Horizons took the picture 33 hours before performing a record-setting engine burn to...
  • SETI Astronomers Find No Evidence for Artificial Transmitters on Oumuamua

    12/09/2018 9:53:48 AM PST · by ETL · 36 replies ^ | Dec 7, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    Following its discovery in October 2017, ‘Oumuamua was the subject of popular speculation about a possible non-natural origin. Its highly elongated shape and the fact that no coma was observed strengthened this hypothesis for some, as these are uncharacteristic of asteroids and comets.A recent paper by Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics researchers Dr. Shmuel Bialy and Professor Abraham Loeb has also suggested the possibility that ‘Oumuamua is a deliberate construction.The scientists argued that the slight, unexpected acceleration observed for this object could be caused by pressure from sunlight as ‘Oumumua swung around the Sun. Their hypothesis is that the object...
  • Scientists Now Say Interstellar Object May Have Been Alien Probe

    11/07/2018 2:49:51 PM PST · by Candor7 · 59 replies
    Gaia ^ | Nov. 7th, 2018 | Gaia Staff
    Harvard scientists reexamined the bizarre, interstellar space object known as “Oumuamua,” which rocketed through our solar system late last year, resurrecting the possibility that it may be an alien probe. Academics and scientists were quick to write off the cigar-shaped object as a previously unknown type of bolide – a comet or asteroid – propelled in a highly unusual manner, but their observations are once again, being challenged. Oumuamua, which means “a messenger sent to reach out in advance,” was first observed by Robert Weryk at the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii. He measured the object to be several hundred...
  • Interstellar asteroid update [guess]: It’s a comet!

    06/28/2018 10:33:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies ^ | June 28, 2018 | Deborah Byrd
    `Oumuamua, pronounced oh-MOO-ah-MOO-ah – is moving away from the sun faster than expected. The Hubble Space Telescope made the discovery, in cooperation with ground-based telescopes... The measured gain in ‘Oumuamua’s speed is tiny, these astronomers said. Plus, our sun is still trying to drag `Oumuamua back; that is, the sun’s gravity is still slowing down the object, though not as fast as predicted by celestial mechanics. Marco Micheli of the European Space Agency led the team that explored several scenarios to explain ‘Oumuamua’s faster-than-predicted speed. The most likely explanation is that `Oumuamua is venting material from its surface due to...
  • ESO Observations Show First Interstellar Asteroid is Like Nothing Seen Before

    11/20/2017 3:26:38 PM PST · by C210N · 21 replies
    "... It appears to be a dark, reddish, highly-elongated rocky..." "varies dramatically in brightness by a factor of ten as it spins on its axis every 7.3 hours."
  • First interstellar asteroid is like nothing seen before

    11/20/2017 10:52:40 AM PST · by epluribus_2 · 54 replies
    Full title: ESO observations show first interstellar asteroid is like nothing seen before. For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. Observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile and other observatories around the world show that this unique object was traveling through space for millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system. It appears to be a dark, reddish, highly-elongated rocky or high-metal-content object. The new results appear in the journal Nature on 20 November 2017.
  • Has an alien probe entered our solar system? Cigar-shaped interstellar 'comet' ...

    12/12/2017 6:59:57 AM PST · by Red Badger · 101 replies ^ | Updated: 06:33 EST, 12 December 2017 | By Harry Pettit For Mailonline
    Astronomers are set to scan an 'alien' comet for signs of extraterrestrial signals The cigar-shaped object, named 'Oumuamua, sailed past Earth last month The mysterious comet is the first interstellar object seen in the solar system Now a team of alien-hunting scientists led by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner is scanning the object for radio signals Astronomers are set to scan an 'alien' comet for signs of extraterrestrial technology. The cigar-shaped asteroid, named 'Oumuamua by its discoverers, sailed past Earth last month and is the first interstellar object seen in the solar system. A team of alien-hunting scientists, led by Russian...
  • Project Lyra, a Mission to Chase Down that Interstellar Asteroid

    11/24/2017 9:23:07 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 23 Nov , 2017
    To recap, when `Oumuamua was first observed on October 19th, 2017, by astronomers using the University of Hawaii’s Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS), the object (then known as C/2017 U1) was initially believed to be a comet. However, subsequent observations revealed that it was actually an asteroid and it was renamed 1I/2017 U1 (or 1I/`Oumuamua). Follow-up observations made using the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) were able to place constraints on the asteroid’s size, brightness, composition, color and orbit. These revealed that `Oumuamua measured some 400 meters (1312 feet) long, is very elongated, and spins on its axis...
  • This mystery object may be our first visitor from another solar system

    10/27/2017 2:50:50 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 5:41 PM ET, Fri October 27, 2017 | By Amanda Barnett
    Astronomers around the world are trying to track down a small, fast-moving object that is zipping through our solar system. Is a comet? An asteroid? NASA's not sure. The space agency doesn't even know where it came from, but it's not behaving like the local space rocks and that means it may not be from our solar system. If that's confirmed, NASA says "it would be the first interstellar object to be observed and confirmed by astronomers." NASA says astronomers are pointing telescopes on the ground and in space at the object to get that data. For now, the object...