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University student maps plasma tubes in the sky

1 hour agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope in the Western Australia desert, a Sydney University student, Cleo Loi, has discovered enormous plasma pipes in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Thought to be responsible for possible...Show More Summary

Young Solar System Observed Around a Nearby Star

The discovery of the bright ring of orbiting the star HD 115600 changes everything, said Thayne Currie of the Subaru Telescope, a Subaru Project Fellow research astronomer. "It's kind of like looking at our solar system when it was ...

Astronomers discover a young solar system around a nearby star

An international team led by Thayne Currie of the Subaru Telescope and using the Gemini South telescope, has discovered a young planetary system that shares remarkable similarities to our own early solar system. Their images reveal a ring-like disk of debris surrounding a Sun-like star, in a birth environment similar to the Sun's. Show More Summary

Decision made on future of telescopes at Hawaiian mountain

After protests, officials at the University of Hawaii have made plans to decommision some of the telescopes on Mauna Kea

June 2015 Skywatch: Video Guide

Want to know what night sky objects to look for through your telescope in June? This video guide highlights the events you'll want to see

Herschel images present a stunning insight into the distribution of matter in our galaxy

Three stunning new images from ESA's Herschel Space Observatory are providing new insights into how matter is distributed in our galaxy. Observations made by the orbital telescope have led astronomers to conclude that our galaxy is threaded...Show More Summary

Seeing tubular plasma structures in inner layers of magnetosphere surrounding Earth

Astronomers have creatively used a radio telescope to see in 3-D, allowing them to detect the existence of tubular plasma structures in the inner layers of the magnetosphere surrounding the Earth.

3D Glow In The Dark Solar System

So you want to explore the cosmos, but telescopes are expensive. Plus maybe it’s cold outside. No need to leave the comfort of your home to look at planets. The 3D Glow In The Dark Solar System will let you look at them while sitting on your couch. Just hang all 8 planets (and Pluto) […]

Six Million Dollar Man's Bionic Eye Becomes Reality

Science fiction is inching closer to reality as researchers unveil a revolutionary contact lens that allows telescopic vision with the wink of an eye.

The Milky Way's Densest Star Cluster Looks Like A Dazzling Glitter Bomb

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of the Arches Cluster, thought to be the densest star cluster in the Milky Way. This visually striking cluster is about 25,000 light years from earth, and is a relative youngster, astronomy-wise, at two to four million years old. Read more...

Mountains, Stars, Conflict

You’ll forgive, I hope, the self promotion here, but I want to draw attention to an essay I have in The Boston Globe today. It’s about the controversy over the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) that is beginning to be constructed at the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Mauna Kea is [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.

"Observing 20 Billion Galaxies" --The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

"Dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the universe and ripping it apart," said Murayama, the Director of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) at the University of Tokyo and a professor at...

Colossal Flare Observed on Closest Red Giant Star --"Impacts the Milky Way's Ecosystem"

Super-sharp observations with the telescope Alma have revealed what seems to be a gigantic flare on the surface of Mira, one of the closest and most famous red giant stars in the sky, with its 13-light-year long tail. Activity like....

Sharp-eyed Alma spots a gigantic flare on famous red giant star

Super-sharp observations with the telescope Alma have revealed what seems to be a gigantic flare on the surface of Mira, one of the closest and most famous red giant stars in the sky. Activity like this in red giants - similar to what we see in the Sun – comes as a surprise to astronomers. Show More Summary

Black Hole Shoots One Piece Of Matter Into Another Piece Of Matter

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

We’ve been using the Hubble Space Telescope to watch a jet of material coming out of galaxy NGC 3862 for over twenty years. Only recently, after piecing together a string of pictures, have we seen what’s really happening. Read more....

"Our Invisible Universe" --The Foamy Structure of Spacetime

A new study combining data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope, and the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array (VERITAS) in Arizona is helping scientists set limits on the quantum nature of space-time on extremely tiny scales....

Hawaii Governor Approves Massively Powerful Telescope as Protests Press On

Construction of a massive telescope near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii has been given the go ahead, and activists are already planning for their arrests as they continue attempts to block it.

The Controversial Thirty Meter Telescope Will Resume Construction

After months of protests, Hawaii governor David Y. Ige has publicly announced his support for resumed construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) atop Mauna Kea’s summit. With its massive primary mirror, the TMT will be able to study alien worlds, the early universe, and many other exotic targets in unprecedented detail. Show More Summary

The Dragonfly Telescope Use Ten Canon 400mm f/2.8 Lenses to Detect Faint Galaxies

While telescopes do a great job gathering light and obtaining images of ridiculously distant objects, even the largest and most advanced units are assumed to be unable to detect certain faint structures due scattered light which may be hiding them. An awkward looking, multi-lens array was built to solve the problem – the Dragonfly Telephoto [...]Show More Summary

King Henry's Mound in Richmond, United Kingdom

Rising out of the lush surrounds of London's Richmond Park, the ancient barrow now known as King Henry's Mound is home to telescope, the view through which is a historically protected sightline. The highest point in the park, the mound itself is believed to date back to neolithic times, probably created as a burial mound. Show More Summary

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