mrt 082013
 
The Age of Oldest Known Star Determined

  A team of astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken an important step closer to finding the birth certificate of a star that’s been around for a very long time. This is an illustration of the oldest star ever found in our solar neighborhood. The aging star, cataloged as HD 140283, lies 190.1 [continue reading]

sep 152012
 
Planets Found Around Sun-Like Stars in a Cluster

  NASA-funded astronomers have, for the first time, spotted planets orbiting Sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars. The findings offer the best evidence yet that planets can sprout up in dense stellar environments. Although the newfound planets are not habitable, their skies would be starrier than what we see from Earth. Astronomers have [continue reading]

aug 302012
 
Record -Breaking Supernova  Helps Understand Distant Galaxy

  Nature hath no fury like a dying star – and astronomers couldn’t be happier…   An international research team, led by Edo Berger of Harvard University, made the most of a dying star’s fury to probe a distant galaxy some 9.5 billion light-years distant. The dying star, which lit the galactic scene, is the [continue reading]

aug 172012
 
Magnesium Plays an Important Role in Planet Formation

  An international team, led by EXOEarths researchers of the Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP), proposes that metals like Magnesium might have an important role in the formation of low mass planets. A swirling disk of planet-building dust. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC) The team, lead by CAUP researcher Vardan Zh. Adibekyan, [continue reading]

aug 042012
 
Supernovae Show Clumpy Structure

  A research group led by Dr. Masaomi Tanaka (NAOJ), Dr. Koji Kawabata (Hiroshima University), Dr. Takashi Hattori (NAOJ), and Dr. Keiichi Maeda (University of Tokyo, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe) used the Faint Object Camera and Spectrograph (FOCAS) on the Subaru Telescope to conduct observations that revealed a clumpy [continue reading]

jul 102012
 
Astronomer on Cloud Nine over Universe Discovery

  The mysteries of the evolution of the universe since the Big Bang are one step closer to being solved, thanks to research from The Australian National University. A dwarf galaxy, some 48 million light years away. The orange blobs are hydrogen gas clouds, the faint blue background around them, are young hot stars. The [continue reading]