Category Archives: Astronomy

The oldest extant star chart

http://irfu.cea.fr/Sap/Phocea/Vie_des_labos/Ast/ast.php?t=actu&id_ast=2615 A complete star atlas The scientific analysis was initiated in 2004 when the chart was on display at the British Library [2] and has benefited from the help of the International Dunhuang Project, a multi-country program to digitise and … Continue reading

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The oldest extant star chart

http://irfu.cea.fr/Sap/en/Phocea/Vie_des_labos/Ast/ast.php?t=actu&id_ast=2615 A spectacular document relating to the history of astronomy is brought back to light by a recent study from a group of scholars led by Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud from the CEA Astrophysical Department [1]. The document, called the Dunhuang chart, … Continue reading

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Glowing, Green Space Blob Forming New Stars, Hubble Shows

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/01/110110-glowing-green-blob-hannys-voorwerp-science-space-american-picture/ The Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the eerie, green-glowing gas highlighted by a recently deceased quasar. The Milky-Way-sized object, located about 730 million light-years away, surrounds a supermassive black hole that was once the heart of a galaxy. The … Continue reading

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Hubble Snaps Sharpest-Ever Photo of Dead Green Quasar | Wired Science | Wired.com

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/01/hannys-voorwerp-quasar-hubble The voorwerp does not contain any stars and has a huge central hole over 16,000 light years across. A picture of it appeared on the Astronomy Picture of the Day website[2] in data taken by Dan Smith (Liverpool John … Continue reading

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Technology News: Space: Astronomers Chart Distance to Farthest-Away Galaxy Known

http://www.technewsworld.com/rsstory/71082.html?wlc=1287709586 Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have measured the distance to the most remote galaxy so far, UDFy-38135539 (the faint object shown in the excerpt on the left), which we see as it was when the universe was only … Continue reading

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World Briefing – Europe – Italy – Galileo’s Body Parts to Be on Display – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/21/world/europe/21briefs-Galileo.html Two fingers and a tooth removed from Galileo Galilei’s corpse in the 18th century and given up for lost have been found again and will soon be put on display, a Florence museum said Friday. Paolo Galluzzi, director of … Continue reading

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Now in Sight – Far-Off Planets – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/14/science/space/14planet.html?bl&ex=1226898000&en=034c0d653216eb42&ei=5087 A little more of the universe has been pried out of the shadows. Two groups of astronomers have taken the first pictures of what they say — and other astronomers agree — are most likely planets going around other … Continue reading

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