- Video: Hubble Shows Dying Stars Going Out In Style
These NASA Hubble Space Telescope images reveal how the glowing gas ejected by dying Sun-like stars evolves dramatically over time. These gaseous clouds, called planetary nebulae, are created when stars in the last stages of life cast off their outer layer ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 11 2007 - 3:40pm
- V 391 Pegasi B Gives Us A Clue Of Earth's Future
An international team of astronomers has announced the first discovery of a planet orbiting a star near the end of its life. The announcement, culminating seven years of research, will be published in the Sept. 13 issue of the journal Nature. The news prov ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 12 2007 - 3:48pm
- Cannibals In Space: SWIFT J1756.9-2508 Is The Most Bizarre Planet-Mass Object Ever
Astronomers have discovered one of the most bizarre planet-mass objects ever found. The object’s minimum mass is only about 7 times the mass of Jupiter. But instead of orbiting a normal star, this low-mass body orbits a rapidly spinning pulsar. It orbits t ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 12 2007 - 4:32pm
- Galaxy Hunting Made Easy
Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope have discovered in a single pass about a dozen otherwise invisible galaxies halfway across the Universe. The discovery, based on a technique that exploits a first-class instrument, represents a major breakt ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 14 2007 - 11:17am
- RX J0524+42 Is The Missing Link In The Evolution Of Magnetic CV Stars
An international team of astronomers might have discovered the missing link in the evolution of the so-called magnetic cataclysmic variable stars. They determined the spin and orbital periods of the binary star Paloma. They found that the Paloma system has ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 15 2007 - 9:26am
- Physics Upheaval: New Insight Into The Neutron's Electrical Properties
For two generations of physicists, it has been a standard belief that the neutron, an electrically neutral elementary particle and a primary component of an atom, actually carries a positive charge at its center and an offsetting negative charge at its out ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 18 2007 - 12:49am
- Tropical Vacation At The South Pole? Yes, As Long As It's On Neptune
An international team of astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope has discovered that the south pole of Neptune is much hotter than the rest of the planet. This is consistent with the fact that it is late southern summer and this region has been i ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 18 2007 - 10:04am
- Don Quijote- Preventing Asteroid Collisions Before We Need To Worry
Every now and then a space rock hits the world's media – sometimes almost literally. Threatening asteroids that zoom past the Earth, fireballs in the sky seen by hundreds of people and mysterious craters which may have been caused by impacting meteori ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 20 2007 - 12:00pm
- XTE J1810-197 Magnetar's Magnetic Field Strength Is 600,000,000,000,000 Times That Of Earth
Magnetars are small neutron stars that occasionally suffer extraordinarily powerful outbursts which shine X-rays across the galaxy. In 2003, astronomers saw a neutron star brighten to around 100 times its usual faint luminosity. This outburst allowed them ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 21 2007 - 12:15am
- ESO 137-001 Galaxy's Tail Contains 'Orphan' Stars Forming
Astronomers have found evidence that stars have been forming in a long tail of gas that extends well outside its parent galaxy. This discovery suggests that such "orphan" stars may be much more prevalent than previously thought. The comet-like ta ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 21 2007 - 1:02am