okt 072012
Our Galaxy is Bigger and has More Dark Matter than Thought

  A research team, led by Associate Professor Mareki Honma from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), has succeeded in precisely determining the astronomical yardstick for the Milky Way galaxy based upon the precise distance measurements with VERA from NAOJ and other advanced radio telescopes. The new findings are that the distance from the [continue reading]

jun 152012
Distant Starburst Galaxy Pinpointed... and it has Companions

  An international team of astronomers led by Fabian Walter of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy has managed for the first time to determine the distance of the galaxy HDF850.1, well-known among astronomers as being one of the most productive star-forming galaxies in the observable universe. The galaxy is at a distance of 12.5 [continue reading]

mei 252012
OSIRIS-REx Scientists Measure Yarkovsky Effect

  Scientists with the asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx *), have measured the mass and orbit of their destination asteroid, 1999 RQ36, with great accuracy. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will visit asteroid 1999 RQ36 and take a sample of pristine material and return it to Earth for analysis in 2023. Scientists with the University of Arizona-led asteroid [continue reading]

mei 142012
The Coming Transit of Venus was Predicted by Edmond Haley

  In the first week of June we will be the last people living today to witness one of the rarest astronomical events: the transit of Venus. A pelican and fishermen go about their routine on the Flagler Beach Pier while Venus creeps slowly across the rising sun. If it’s not cloudy, we need do [continue reading]