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Refractor

Private Foundations Fund New Astronomy Tool

The W. M. Keck Observatory has been awarded two major grants to help build a $4 million laser system as the next leap forward in a technology which already enables ground-based telescopes to exceed the observational power of telescopes in space....
Ghost_Galaxies

Hubble Unmasks Ghost Galaxies

Astronomers have puzzled over why some puny, extremely faint dwarf galaxies spotted in our Milky Way Galaxy’s backyard contain so few stars. These ghost-like galaxies are thought to be some of the tiniest, oldest, and most pristine galaxies...
Transit-of-Venus

Astronomy Buffs Enjoy Long-Awaited ‘Venus Transit’

East Norriton: They came from far and wide to set up their telescopes, put on their safety glasses and keep their fingers crossed that Mother Nature would cooperate with fair skies on Tuesday evening. The extraordinary event in the sky that...
Venus transit Images

Astronomy Fans in Asia Watch Rare Venus Transit

Singapore: Astronomy fans in many parts of Asia gathered in open spaces on Wednesday morning to witness the transit of Venus, one of the rarest astronomical sights. In Singapore, more than 1,000 people gathered at a field at the National University...
solar-eclipse

Rare “ring of fire” Solar Eclipse Dims Skies

The sun and moon aligned over the Earth in a rare astronomical event on Sunday - an annular eclipse that dimmed the skies over parts of Asia and North America, briefly turning the sun into a blazing ring of fire. As the eclipse reached...
comet

Best Night-Sky Pictures of 2012 Named

A stargazer stands in awe as comet Lovejoy skims across the night sky over Australia last December. Officially known as C/2011 W3, the comet was predicted to dive into the sun and be destroyed. Instead the icy body survived its solar encounter...
universe

Astronomical Overload: How Will We Study New Data On Universe

The amount of data we have on the universe is doubling every year thanks to new telescopes and better detection. According to Alberto Conti, innovation scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, we can expect to have more data on our universe...
Black-Holes

Johns Hopkins Astronomer Discovers How Black Holes Work

Baltimore - Johns Hopkins is again at the center of groundbreaking research. One of their astronomers had a simple idea, and as Mike Schuh reports, it led to a once in a lifetime discovery about black holes. Black holes are out there sucking...
Stardust Recycling

Curtains Lifted on ‘Stardust Recycling’ Mystery

A long-standing mystery about how dying stars spew out the material of future planets has now been solved, scientists have claimed. While stars like our Sun are known to eject much of their mass in their final years, it has remained unclear...
Astronomer

Astronomer Finds Planetary System Larger Than Our Own

An astronomer has found evidence that points to a planetary system larger than our own solar system, around the star named HD 10180. Originally reported in 2010 to be orbited by seven planets, re-analysed data from the HARPS (High Accuracy Radial...
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