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Hubble shows farthest lensing galaxy yields clues to early universe

Science Daily - 10 hours 30 min ago
Astronomers have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass. Seen in a new image as it looked 9.6 billion years ago, this monster elliptical galaxy breaks the previous record holder by 200 million years.

Fossils could be discovered on the moon: Signs of ancient life may be littered across the moon

Science Daily - 11 hours 29 min ago
Physicists have tested what would happen if a piece of rock containing microscopic fossils from Earth was launched into space and hit the surface of the moon. The team turned fossil-filled rock into powder which was mixed with water and frozen to replicate a meteoroid.

Numerous unknown jets from young stars and planetary nebulae discovered

Science Daily - 11 hours 48 min ago
Preliminary research findings have identified hundreds of so far unknown jets from young stars, as well as numerous new planetary nebulae in the Galactic Plane.

Veins of Heaven

APOD - 14 hours 57 min ago

Veins of Heaven Veins of Heaven


M31: The Andromeda Galaxy

APOD - 14 hours 57 min ago

Andromeda is the nearest major Andromeda is the nearest major


A Sky Portal in New Zealand

APOD - 14 hours 57 min ago

To some, it may look like a portal into the distant universe. To some, it may look like a portal into the distant universe.


The Horsehead Nebula from Blue to Infrared

APOD - 14 hours 57 min ago

One of the most identifiable nebulae in the sky, One of the most identifiable nebulae in the sky,


Rho Ophiuchi Wide Field

APOD - 14 hours 57 min ago

The clouds surrounding the star system Rho Ophiuchi compose one of the closest star forming regions. The clouds surrounding the star system Rho Ophiuchi compose one of the closest star forming regions.


NGC 253: Dusty Island Universe

APOD - 14 hours 57 min ago

 Dusty Island Universe NGC 253: Dusty Island Universe


Cosmic Crab Nebula

APOD - 14 hours 57 min ago

The Crab Pulsar, a city-sized, magnetized The Crab Pulsar, a city-sized, magnetized


Beta Monocerotis

Astronomy Sketch of the Day - 18 hours 39 min ago
The multiple (triple) star system, Beta Monocerotis

The multiple (triple) star system, Beta Monocerotis

Hi Asod! Last night I observed Beta Monocerotis, which is called the most beautiful multiple star of our skies. I also loved it, so I decided to sketch the star with my dobsonian telescope 10” f/5. Seeing was not bad, so with 250x I could note easily all the components; but colours were not simple to note, all of them seem to me white, bluish and greenish…
Wonderful star!


Double star with weird and wild planet-forming discs

Science Daily - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:29
Astronomers have found wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around the two young stars in the binary system HK Tauri. These new observations provide the clearest picture ever of protoplanetary discs in a double star. The new result also helps to explain why so many exoplanets — unlike the planets in the Solar System — came to have strange, eccentric or inclined orbits.

Mercury's bizzare magnetic field tells scientists how its interior is different from Earth's

Science Daily - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 09:43
Mercury's interior is different from the Earth's interior in a way that explains Mercury's bizarre magnetic field, planetary physicists report. Measurements from NASA's Messenger spacecraft have revealed that Mercury's magnetic field is approximately three times stronger at its northern hemisphere than its southern one.

ALMA Milky Way

APOD - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:42

This alluring all-skyscape was taken 5,100 meters above sea level, This alluring all-skyscape was taken 5,100 meters above sea level,


Jupiter’s Ghost

Astronomy Sketch of the Day - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 03:00
NGC 3242, "Jupiter's Ghost" - Planetary nebula

NGC 3242, “Jupiter’s Ghost” – Planetary nebula

NGC 3242, "Jupiter's Ghost" - Planetary nebula (positive)

NGC 3242, “Jupiter’s Ghost” – Planetary nebula (positive)

NGC 3242 “Jupiters Ghost” Hydra
Instrument: 16″
360-522x; No Filter
Place: Kreuzleshöhe 1100m,Germany
Time: 14.4.2013
fst: 6m3; SQM 21,49

Link to the Obersation:
http://www.astromerk.de/logbuch/2013/172-14-4-2013.html

Lg Hajü Merk
www.astromerk.de


Revolutionary microshutter technology hurdles significant challenges

Science Daily - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:56
NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope.

NASA-funded X-ray instrument settles interstellar debate

Science Daily - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:56
New findings from a NASA-funded instrument have resolved a decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky. Thanks to refurbished detectors first flown on a NASA sounding rocket in the 1970s, astronomers have now confirmed the long-held suspicion that much of this glow stems from a region of million-degree interstellar plasma known as the local hot bubble, or LHB.

Weighing the Milky Way: Researchers devise precise method for calculating the mass of galaxies

Science Daily - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:49
Does the Milky Way look fat in this picture? Has Andromeda been taking skinny selfies? Using a new, more accurate method for measuring the mass of galaxies, and international group of researchers has shown that the Milky Way has half the Mass of the Andromeda Galaxy.

Earth gives the moon a soft centre

Star Stuff - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:26
Earth's gravity melts layer around Moon's core, suggests study. Also; the Milky Way galaxy a lot smaller than we thought, and scientists invent the blackest black ever.

The Veil with a pair of big binos

Astronomy Sketch of the Day - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 03:00
The Veil Nebula, NGC 6992 and NGC 6995

The Veil Nebula, NGC 6992 and NGC 6995

A pair of big binos are certainly complementary to a telescope and you’d be amazed at what they can reveal under a decent sky. Here’s how I saw the eastern Veil through my Nexus 100 binos under my Italian mountain sky, using a couple of 21mm Siebert Ultrawide eyepieces and a pair of UHC filters. According to my experience even a C8 would have a difficult time matching this, although obviously at only 24x the magnification was a lot lower. The field of view was cut slightly more than you’d expect with 80° eyepieces because it took me already about an hour and a half putting all this on paper (pencil on white paper) and given the very short eye relief of these eyepieces it was too tiring trying to scan the outer edges of the FOV every time. Well, I hope you like it…


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