astronomy

Forensic Astronomy determines exact date and time Monet painted “Sunset” masterpiece

Forensic Astronomy determines exact date and time Monet painted “Sunset” masterpiece

Monet was one of the most famous artiest to ever put brush to canvas. His body of work has some of the most identifiable pieces of art ever created and over the years more than a few people have looked at his art and wondered exactly when and where the artist captured the landscapes he is famous for. One of these landscape masterpieces is called "Sunset."

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Supernova explodes in nearby galaxy, was discovered by students

Supernova explodes in nearby galaxy, was discovered by students

Recently a group of astronomy students at the University College London made an incredible discovery in the night sky. The students discovered the closest supernova to the Earth seen in the last 20 years. The supernova light made its way to Earth in only the last few days.

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Gaia satellite launches, will chart 1 billion stars 70 times over 5 years

Gaia satellite launches, will chart 1 billion stars 70 times over 5 years

The European Space Agency last week launched Gaia, a star-charting satellite that will repeatedly survey a billion stars over the course of five years. It is en route to a virtual orbit point called "L2", 1.5 million km further from the sun than the planet Earth orbits. It will measure the position, brightness, temperature and chemical composition of each star 70 times.

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China’s robot moon landing mission sends back selfies

China’s robot moon landing mission sends back selfies

China's Chang'e-3 lander and Jade Rabbit rover launched Dec. 1 and landed on the moon yesterday without incident, and now we're getting footage of the event. The photos and videos show the moon up close and personal. We're also seeing shots of both robots on the moon, apparently in full working order.

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China’s Chang’e-3 lander and Jade Rabbit rover land on moon

China’s Chang’e-3 lander and Jade Rabbit rover land on moon

China's "Long March to the Moon" has placed a lander and a rover on the moon. The Chang'e-3 lander and her accompanying Yutu or "Jade Rabbit" rover arrived inside the right eye of the "Man in the Moon" this evening at 9:00PM Beijing time. This marks the first time in more than 40 years anyone has performed a soft lunar landing. All sources point to a successful deployment for the robot visitors.

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Comet ISON declared dead by scientists

Comet ISON declared dead by scientists

Astronomers and sky watchers around the world watched in anticipation in late November and early December as comet ISON made its close pass around the sun. The prediction was that if the comet survived its close encounter with the sun, it would be one of the brightest comets in centuries. Sadly, when the comet went behind the sun, it didn’t emerge as hoped.

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Gigantic exoplanet defies planet and star formation theory

Gigantic exoplanet defies planet and star formation theory

A planet eleven times as big as Jupiter has been discovered orbiting a star at a distance of 650 astronomical units. That's 650 times as far from its star as Earth is from our own star. Never have we discovered a planet to be orbiting a star at so nearly great a distance.

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NASA Van Allen probes confirm Earth as giant particle accelerator

NASA Van Allen probes confirm Earth as giant particle accelerator

The NASA Van Allen twin probes launched last year have revealed that the Earth is a giant particle accelerator. Recently it was reported that particles in the magnetosphere sometimes accelerate across distances of a few hundred meters. But the newer discovery shows the acceleration can occur across hundreds of thousands of kilometers. The data will be helpful to to scientists helping satellite operators and the International Space Station to predict and prepare for the destructive tendencies of the seemingly random fluctuations that can occur in the magnetosphere.

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Comet ISON now visible with the naked eye

Comet ISON now visible with the naked eye

If you have been following the comet ISON as it makes its trip towards the sun, it has reached a very interesting phase. The comet has continued to brighten as it hurtles through the solar system and has so far remained intact. The comet began to brighten rapidly a few days ago.

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Comet ISON is now visible with high-powered binoculars

Comet ISON is now visible with high-powered binoculars

We've been following the comet ISON since it was first discovered. The comet is making its way towards the sun and putting on quite a light show as it does. The comet will reach its closest approach to the sun around Thanksgiving day, assuming it doesn't break apart before then.

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Comet ISON begins to brighten on its trip towards the sun

Comet ISON begins to brighten on its trip towards the sun

Comet ISON has the potential be one of the brightest comets to fly past the Earth in many years. However, so far the brightness of the comet has been rather disappointing to astronomers and amateur skywatchers. The lack of brightness from the comet had led some to believe that it might not be as spectacular as previously hoped.

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GOCE gravity-measuring satellite gives in to gravity

GOCE gravity-measuring satellite gives in to gravity

The GOCE satellite we reported to be falling to Earth has finally succumbed to gravity entirely, breaking up into dozens of remnants weighing 20-25% of its original one ton, reports the BBC. It didn't strike any populated areas as it showered down this Sunday afternoon. Interestingly, the extremely low-orbiting observation satellite was designed in 2009 to run out of orbit-maintaining fuel right about now and fall, just, you know, anywhere. No big deal.

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