jun 032012
 
Two Stars with One Orbiting Planet: New Measurements

  A team of Penn State University astronomers has obtained very precise measurements of a pair of stars that are orbited by a planet. The orbits of the stars and planet in the system, named Kepler-16, are aligned so that they eclipse or transit each other when observed from Earth. These new measurements will aid [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]