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  • Bar at Milky Way's heart revealed

    08/16/2005 7:04:45 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 168 replies · 2,878+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 8/16/05 | Maggie McKee
    The Milky Way is not a perfect spiral galaxy but instead sports a long bar through its centre, according to new infrared observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Galaxies come in a wide variety of shapes usually thought to be produced by gravitational interactions with nearby objects. Some spiral galaxies look like pinwheels, with their arms curving out from a central bulge, while others have a straight bar at their centres. Radio telescopes detected gas that hinted at a bar at the heart of the Milky Way in the late 1980s. A decade later, observations with the near infrared survey...
  • Outcast Star Zooms Out of Milky Way Galaxy

    02/08/2005 10:16:16 PM PST · by anymouse · 43 replies · 1,787+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 8, 2005 | Deborah Zabarenko
    An outcast star is zooming out of the Milky Way, the first ever seen escaping the galaxy, astronomers reported on Tuesday. The star is heading for the emptiness of intergalactic space after being ejected from the heart of the Milky Way following a close encounter with a black hole, said Warren Brown, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The outcast is going so fast -- over 1.5 million mph -- that astronomers believe it was lobbed out of the galaxy by the tremendous force of a black hole thought to sit at the Milky Way's center. That speed...
  • Milky Way's Center Packed with Black Holes

    01/12/2005 9:07:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 951+ views
    Space.com ^ | 1/12/05 | Robert Ray Britt
    SAN DIEGO -- A new study reveals that the center of our Milky Way Galaxy is loaded with black holes, as astronomers have expected in recent years. The galactic center is dominated by one supermassive black hole. It packs a mass equal to about 3 million Suns. Around it, scientists have expected to find a high concentration of stellar black holes, the sort that result from the collapse of massive stars. Each can be a few to many times the mass of the Sun. Observations have hinted at the existence of many stellar black holes near the galactic center. But...
  • Second black hole found at the centre of our Galaxy

    11/09/2004 9:51:00 AM PST · by 4kevin · 38 replies · 1,367+ views
    Nature.com ^ | 11.09.04 | Mark Peplow
    Seven stars orbiting the region identify the invisible object. A second black hole lurks at the centre of our Galaxy, according to astronomers who have watched a cluster of stars spinning around it. Just three years ago, astronomers confirmed that the Milky Way revolves around a supermassive black hole, called Sagittarius A*, which is about 2.6 million times more massive than the Sun. But now a much smaller black hole, just 1,300 times our Sun's mass, has been found orbiting about three light years away from its supermassive cousin. Jean-Pierre Maillard, an astronomer from the Institute of Astrophysics in Paris,...
  • The picture of Michael Moore that comes back to haunt him

    11/04/2004 2:26:07 PM PST · by doug from upland · 101 replies · 6,344+ views
    11-3-04 | dfu
    John McCain called Michael Moore a "disingenuous filmmaker" at the Republican National Covention. He did not know that Lard*ss was in the house. So, Lard*ss smiled, stood up, and gave the "L" for Loser sign. Today, the disingenuous filmmaker is in hiding. Have fun mocking him. He is one of the most disgusting human beings to ever be involved in the political process. Thanks to flashbunny for adding the appropriate word to the photo.
  • Milky Way 'arm' found (50-year-old map of the Milky Way will have to be redrawn)

    05/07/2004 6:25:34 AM PDT · by dead · 73 replies · 634+ views
    A 50-year-old map of the Milky Way will have to be redrawn after Australian astronomers made the astonishing discovery that our spiral galaxy has a huge, outflung arm, New Scientist reports. The vast gassy limb comprises an arc of hydrogen 77,000 light years long and several thousand light years thick, running along the Milky Way's outermost edge and sweeping around the four main arms that swirl out from the galaxy's core. As it is not in the visible part of the light spectrum, it cannot be seen by telescope. Astronomers at the Australia National Telescope Facility in the Sydney suburb...
  • Most Distant Galaxy in Universe Detected

    03/01/2004 8:41:55 PM PST · by anymouse · 36 replies · 352+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mon Mar 1, 2004 | JOHN LEICESTER
    French and Swiss astronomers say they have detected the farthest galaxy ever observed, a glimmer that dates back to when the universe was still in its infancy. The galaxy, dubbed Abell 1835 IR1916, is 13.23 billion light-years from Earth — beating by a chunk another galaxy that until now was believed to be the farthest known object, said France's state-funded National Center for Scientific Research, a major European research organizations. Because light from the new find took 13.23 billion years to reach us across the vastness of space, astronomers are seeing the galaxy as it was back then. The universe,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 02-23-04

    02/23/2004 4:09:45 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 9 replies · 206+ views
    NASA ^ | 02-23-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 February 23 Heaven on Earth Credit & Copyright: Richard Payne (Arizona Astrophotography) Explanation: If sometimes it appears that the entire Milky Way Galaxy is raining down on your head, do not despair. It happens twice a day. As the Sun rises in the East, wonders of the night sky become less bright than the sunlight scattered by our own Earth's atmosphere, and so fade from view. They...
  • Milky Way stars may support 'advanced life'

    A tenth of the stars in the Milky Way may have planets that support advanced life, Australian scientists are planning to report in the journal Science. Astronomers have plotted a ring-shaped region of the galaxy where there might be Earth-like worlds old enough for life to have reached a high level of evolution. The Sun exists in this "Galactic Habitable Zone", which contains about 10 per cent of all the Milky Way's stars. Stars within the band have enough heavy elements to form Earth-like planets, are a safe distance from catastrophic supernova explosions, and have existed for at least four...
  • Milky Way's nearest neighbour revealed

    11/04/2003 11:45:24 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 30 replies · 549+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10/3/03 | Stuart Clark
    The nearest galaxy to our own Milky Way has been revealed. It is so close that the Milky Way is gradually consuming it by pulling in its stars. But it will be few billion years before it is entirely swallowed up. The previously unknown galaxy lies about 25,000 light years from Earth and 42,000 light years from the centre of the Milky Way, beyond the stars in the constellation Canis Major. It is twice as close to the centre of our galaxy than the previous record holder, the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy, which was discovered in 1994. Geraint Lewis, at the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 9-28-03

    09/28/2003 5:03:44 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 173+ views
    NASA ^ | 9-28-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 September 28 Our Galaxy in Stars, Gas, and Dust Credit & Copyright: John P. Gleason, Celestial Images Explanation: The disk of our Milky Way Galaxy is home to hot nebulae, cold dust, and billions of stars. The red nebulae visible in the above contrast-enhanced picture are primarily emission nebulae, glowing clouds of hydrogen gas heated by nearby, bright, young stars. The blue nebulae are primarily reflection nebulae,...
  • Milky Way Galaxy Cannibalizes Sagittarius

    09/24/2003 8:15:58 PM PDT · by anymouse · 57 replies · 1,070+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Sep 24, 2003 4:11 PM ET
    Our Milky Way galaxy is gobbling up its galactic neighbor, Sagittarius, and on Wednesday, scientists offered documentary proof of this continuing cosmic cannibalism. Astronomers have mapped the Sagittarius galaxy to show in detail how its debris wrap around and pass through the Milky Way, which contains Earth. On its way to oblivion, the dwarf Sagittarius -- which is about 10,000 times the mass of the Milky Way -- is getting stretched, torn apart and ultimately eaten, scientists at the University of Virginia and the University of Massachusetts reported. "It's clear who's the bully in the interaction," Steven Majewski of the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 8-25-03

    08/24/2003 11:05:23 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 10 replies · 538+ views
    NASA ^ | 8-25-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 August 25 The Northern Milky Way Credit & Copyright: Jerry Lodriguss (Astropix.com) Explanation: Many of the stars in our home Milky Way Galaxy appear together as a dim band on the sky that passes nearly over the Earth's north and south poles. Pictured above is the part of our Galaxy that passes closest over the north pole. Placing your cursor over the image will bring up the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 7-12-03

    07/11/2003 10:25:00 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 3 replies · 280+ views
    NASA ^ | 7-12-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 July 12 X-Ray Milky Way Credit: D. Wang (UMass) et al., CXC, NASA Explanation: If you had x-ray vision, the center regions of our Galaxy would not be hidden from view by the immense cosmic dust clouds opaque to visible light. Instead, the Milky Way toward Sagittarius might look something like this stunning mosaic of images from the orbiting Chandra Observatory. Pleasing to look at, the gorgeous...
  • Time To Caption Rosie 'O Donnell's 'Artwork' On Sale at the Mumford Gallery!

    06/10/2003 7:05:28 AM PDT · by ewing · 121 replies · 424+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 10, 2003 | Jeanette Walls
    Rosie O' Donnell is turning her 'talents' to the canvas.The former talk show host is selling some paintings-some inspired by September 11, 2001-online and giving the proceeds to charity.The Scoop is not an art critic and thus will not comment..
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-07-03

    03/06/2003 10:25:28 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 19 replies · 321+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-07-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured , along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 March 7 The Star Trails of Kilimanjaro Credit & Copyright: Dan Heller Explanation: The night had no moon, but the stars were out. And camped at 16,000 feet on Mt. Kilimanjaro, photographer Dan Heller recorded this marvelous 3 1/2 hour long exposure. Here the landscape is lit mostly by the stars. Flashlights give the tents an erie internal radiance while the greenish glow of distant city...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-04-03

    03/03/2003 11:40:24 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 9 replies · 322+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-04-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 March 4 In the Center of the Lagoon Nebula Credit: A. Caulet (ST-ECF, ESA), NASA Explanation: The center of the Lagoon Nebula is busy with the awesome spectacle of star formation. Visible in the lower left, at least two long funnel-shaped clouds, each roughly half a light-year long, have been formed by extreme stellar winds and intense energetic starlight. The tremendously bright nearby star, Hershel 36, lights...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 2-17-03

    02/17/2003 12:11:26 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 315+ views
    NASA ^ | 2-17-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 February 17 Universe Age from Microwave Background Credit: WMAP Science Team, NASA Explanation: The above sky map tells us the universe is 13.7 billion years old -- but how? At first look, one only sees the microwave glow of gas from our Milky Way Galaxy, coded red, and a spotty pattern of microwaves emitted from the early universe, coded in gray. The gray cosmic microwave background is...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 1-25-03

    01/24/2003 10:24:02 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 9 replies · 381+ views
    University College London mirror site ^ | 1-25-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 January 25 Palomar 13's Last Stand Credit: M. Siegel & S. Majewski (UVA), C. Gallart (Yale), K. Cudworth (Yerkes), M. Takamiya (Gemini), Las Campanas Observatory Explanation: Globular star cluster Palomar 13 has roamed the halo of our Milky Way Galaxy for the last 12 billion years. The apparently sparse cluster of stars just left of center in this composite color digital image, it is one of the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 1-08-03

    01/08/2003 3:59:33 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 11 replies · 421+ views
    NASA ^ | 1-08-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 January 8 X-Rays from the Galactic Core Credit: Fred Baganoff (MIT), Mark Morris (UCLA), et al., CXC, NASA Explanation: Using the orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have taken this long look at the core of our Milky Way galaxy, some 26,000 light-years away. The spectacular false-color view spans about 130 light-years. It reveals an energetic region rich in x-ray sources and high-lighted by the central source, Sagittarius...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 1-07-03

    01/07/2003 3:38:05 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 303+ views
    NASA ^ | 1-07-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 January 7 Open Star Cluster M38 Credit & Copyright: NOAO, AURA, NSF Explanation: Open cluster M38 can be seen with binoculars toward the constellation of Auriga. M38 is considered an intermediately rich open cluster of stars, each of which is about 200 million years old. Located in the disk of our Milky Way galaxy, M38 is still young enough to house many bright blue stars, although it's...
  • Milky Way's Star 'Doughnut'

    01/06/2003 4:01:02 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 510+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-6-2003
    Monday, 6 January, 2003, 17:58 GMTMilky Way's star 'doughnut' A ring of stars surrounds the Milky Way A vast, but previously unknown structure has been discovered around the edges of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The first large area surveys of the sky have revealed several hundred million stars surrounding the galaxy's main disc. The ring, which has the appearance of a giant doughnut, could be the remains of a satellite galaxy. Astronomers believe it could hold clues as to how the Milky Way and other galaxies evolved. Giant doughnutAn international team of astronomers looked at images of the Milky...
  • Top 10 Space Mysteries for 2003

    12/28/2002 4:46:38 AM PST · by The Raven · 70 replies · 981+ views
    Space.com ^ | dec 26, 2002 | Robert Roy Britt
    Dec. 26 — The funny thing about discoveries is that they often produce new mysteries, too. This year was no exception, as many remarkable space science findings generated puzzling problems for astronomers to look into. IN SOME CASES the puzzles are brand new. Other times a discovery merely confirms how little we knew. Either way, there’s plenty for astronomers to do. Here then are the Top 10 Space Mysteries that astronomers will be pondering in the New Year and beyond: 1. Dark energy: Nobody knows what the heck it is, but it is officially repulsive. And man, is it powerful!...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 12-23-02

    12/22/2002 9:53:31 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 266+ views
    NASA ^ | 12-23-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 December 23 Stars and Dust Through Baade's Window Credit & Copyright: David Malin (AAO), ROE, UKS Telescope Explanation: Billions of stars light up the direction toward the center of our Galaxy. The vast majority of these stars are themselves billions of years old, rivaling their home Milky Way Galaxy in raw age. These stars are much more faint and red than the occasional young blue stars that...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 11-09-02

    11/09/2002 5:26:37 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 2 replies · 227+ views
    NASA ^ | 11-09-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 November 9 A Cerro Tololo Sky Credit & Copyright: Roger Smith, AURA, NOAO, NSF Explanation: High atop a Chilean mountain lies one of the premier observatories of the southern sky: the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO). Pictured above is the dome surrounding one of the site's best known instruments, the 4-meter Blanco Telescope. Far behind the dome are thousands of individual stars and diffuse light from three...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 10-25-02

    10/24/2002 10:14:54 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 8 replies · 241+ views
    NASA ^ | 10-25-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 October 25 Journey to the Center of the Galaxy Credit: MSX, IPAC, NASA Explanation: In Jules Verne's science fiction classic A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Professor Hardwigg and his fellow explorers encounter many strange and exciting wonders. What wonders lie at the center of our Galaxy? Astronomers know of some of the bizarre objects which exist there, like vast cosmic dust clouds, bright star...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 10-18-02

    10/18/2002 5:02:21 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 17 replies · 349+ views
    NASA ^ | 10-18-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 October 18 At the Center of the Milky Way Credit: Rainer Schödel (MPE) et al., NACO, ESO Explanation: At the center of our Milky Way Galaxy lies a black hole with over 2 million times the mass of the Sun. Once a controversial claim, this astounding conclusion is now virtually inescapable and based on observations of stars orbiting very near the galactic center. Using one of the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 9-23-02

    09/22/2002 10:11:40 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 10 replies · 351+ views
    NASA ^ | 9-23-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 September 23 The Milky Way Over Mount Blanc Credit & Copyright: Marc Sylvestre (Universia) Explanation: Have you ever seen the band of our Milky Way Galaxy? Chances are you have never seen it like this -- nor could you. In a clear sky from a dark location at the right time, a faint band of light is visible across the sky. This band is the disk of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 9-18-02

    09/17/2002 10:54:37 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 13 replies · 326+ views
    NASA ^ | 9-18-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 September 18 A Sagittarius Starscape Credit & Copyright: David Malin (AAO), ROE, UKS Telescope Explanation: Many vast star fields in the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy are rich in clouds of stars, dust, and gas. First and foremost, visible in the above picture are millions of stars, many of which are similar to our Sun. Next huge filaments of dark interstellar dust run across the image...
  • Astonomy Picture of the Day 8/13/02

    08/12/2002 9:25:01 PM PDT · by sleavelessinseattle · 30 replies · 558+ views
    NASA ^ | 8/13/02 | Sebastian Gauthier Astrolab du Parc Du Mont-Megantic
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 August 13 Contemplating the Sky Credit & Copyright: Sebastien Gauthier (Astrolab du Parc du Mont-Megantic) Explanation: Have you contemplated your sky recently? Last night was a good one for midnight meditators at many northerly locations as meteors from the Perseid meteor shower frequently streaked through. The Perseid meteor shower has slowly been building to a crescendo but should continue to be rewarding tonight and into the week....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 7-19-02

    07/18/2002 10:45:37 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 13 replies · 251+ views
    NASA ^ | 7-19-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 July 19 Counting Stars in the Infrared Sky Credit: J. Carpenter, M. Skrutskie, R. Hurt, 2MASS Project, NSF, NASA Explanation: The bulging center of our Milky Way Galaxy, dark cosmic clouds, the thin galactic plane, and even nearby galaxies are easy to spot in this sky view. But each pixel in the digital image is actually based on star counts alone -- as derived from the Two...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 7-07-02

    07/06/2002 10:34:59 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 10 replies · 312+ views
    NASA ^ | 7-07-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 July 7 The Galactic Center Across the Infrared Credit: 2MASS Project, UMass, IPAC/Caltech, NSF, NASA Explanation: The center of our Galaxy is obscured in visible light by dark dust that rotates with the stars in the Galactic Plane. In this century, however, sensors have been developed that can detect light more red that humans can see - light called infrared. The above picture shows what the Galactic...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 5-21-02

    05/21/2002 8:05:50 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 9 replies · 295+ views
    NASA ^ | 5-21-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 May 21 The Galactic Center Radio Arc Credit: Farhad Yusef-Zadeh et al. (Northwestern), VLA, NRAO Explanation: What causes this unusual structure near the center of our Galaxy? The long parallel rays slanting across the top of the above radio image are known collectively as the Galactic Center Radio Arc and jut straight out from the Galactic plane. The Radio Arc is connected to the Galactic center by...
  • ESA finds a black-hole flywheel in the Milky Way

    04/26/2002 10:28:30 AM PDT · by callisto · 25 replies · 285+ views
    European Space Agency ^ | April 26, 2002 | European Space Agency
    XMM-Newton showed that energy can escape from a black hole Far away among the stars, in the Ara constellation of the southern sky, a small black hole is whirling space around it. If you tried to stay still in its vicinity, you couldn't. You'd be dragged around at high speed as if you were riding on a giant flywheel. In reality, gas falling into the black hole is whirled in that way. It radiates energy, in the form of X-rays, more intensely than it would do if space were still by tapping into the black hole's internal energy stream. ESA's...
  • 'Anti-freeze' chemical found in Milky Way

    04/15/2002 9:29:38 PM PDT · by LarryLied · 33 replies · 594+ views
    ABC.net.au ^ | 4/16/01 | staff
    United States National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) astronomers have discovered ethylene glycol, better known as the chemical commonly found in anti-freeze, in a massive interstellar dust cloud. NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre spokesperson Jan Hollis says the molecule was one of the five largest organic molecules discovered in space so far. "[The molecule] is associated with the formation of more complex sugar molecules that are necessary for life," Ms Hollis said. The discovery points to the fact that "more complex sugars, like ribose, may be occurring in interstellar clouds," she said. The molecules were found with the use of the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-10-02

    03/10/2002 11:48:26 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 236+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-10-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 March 10 A Southern Sky View Credit amp; Copyright: Gordon Garradd Explanation: On 1996 March 22, a Galaxy and a comet shared the southern sky. They were captured together, from horizon to horizon, in the night sky above Loomberah, New South Wales, Australia by astronomer Gordon Garradd. Garradd used a home made all-sky camera with a fisheye lens, resulting in a circular 200 degree field of view....