Category Archives: Astronomy

Meteor Activity Outlook for April 23-29, 2016

During this period the moon wanes from its full phase to nearly one-half illuminated. This is the worst time of the month to try and view meteor activity as the bright moonlight will obscure all but the brightest meteors. The … Continue reading

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New Study Shows Earth’s Tilt Big Player in Climate Change

New research identifies how Earth’s tilt effects climate. For the first time, researchers show a connection between Earth’s tilt called ‘obliquity’, which shifts every 40,000 years, and the movement of a low pressure band of clouds named Intertropical Convergence Zone, or … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS: Gamma Ray Burst Now Identified to Have a Rhythmic Cycle

Astronomers using data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected hints of periodic changes in the brightness of a so-called “active” galaxy, whose emissions are powered by a supersized black hole. If confirmed, the discovery would mark the first … Continue reading

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Mars Dried Out Because Its Magnetic Field Is So Weak

We finally have an understanding of how Mars transformed from a once habitable, Earth-like planet into the dry world we see today. NASA researchers have just announced that Mars’ once rich atmosphere was stripped away by solar winds in the … Continue reading

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Observed Cosmic Rays May Have Come from Two-Million-Year-Old Supernova

High-energy protons, nuclei, and other particles are constantly showering down on Earth’s atmosphere from space, but the origins of these cosmic rays is unknown. One possibility is that the cosmic rays come from supernovae, although the evidence for this claim … Continue reading

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Black Hole Awakens After 26 Years

On 15 June 2015, V404 Cygni (V404 Cyg), a binary system comprising a Sun-like star orbiting a black hole, woke up. A huge outburst of energy across the electromagnetic spectrum ‘lit up’ the sky. The last such outburst was 1989. … Continue reading

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New Component in Milky Way Discovered

A team of astronomers while mapping a class of stars called ‘vista’, they discovered an entirely new feature in the Milky Way – a thin disc of young stars across the galactic bulge. This new component to our home galaxy … Continue reading

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