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The Allen Telescope Array The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is a “Large Number of Small Dishes” (LNSD) array designed to be highly effective for simultaneous surveys undertaken for SETI projects (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) at centimeter wavelengths. The initiative for building the ATA emerged from a series of workshops convened by the SETI Institute beginning in 1997. These workshops were charged with defining a path for future development of SETI technologies and search strategies. The relentless advance of computer and communications technologies made it clear that LNSD arrays were more efficient and less expensive than the large antennas traditionally constructed for radio astronomy and SETI. The final report of the workshop, “SETI 2020,” recommended the construction of a so-called One Hectare Telescope, having a collecting area commensurate with its name.

Planetary tilt could affect alien life Artist's rendition of the Milky Way's billions of planets. (credit: M. Kornmesser / ESO) An exciting announcement was made recently that suggests there could be billions of extraterrestrial-inhabited planets in our very own galaxy. According to MSNBC, a statistical analysis based on a survey of millions of stars suggests that there is at least one planet for every star in the sky, and probably more, adding up to approximately 160 billion planets in the Milky Way. A team of international scientists recently published findings in the journal Nature that conclude “stars are orbited by planets as a rule, rather than the exception,” and many of those are likely to be similar to Earth.

2012 July 11 - A Morning Line of Stars and Planets Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2012 July 11 Carl Boudreau – Astrology For Everyone – The Astrology Of July 2013, Approximately – Qauntum Leap – 28 June 2013 The Astrology of July 2013 Approximately Quantum Leap Recap – Toward a Deeper Understanding of the World The chart for the 2nd half of 2013 combines a Kite, a supportive configuration, and a Grand Square, a massive blocking aspect.

Skynet University - Use Our Telescopes From Anywhere! Star trails, including the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, over Skynet’s 32-inch diameter PROMPT-C7 telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in the Chilean Andes. Skynet is a global network of fully automated, or robotic, telescopes serving professional astronomers, students of all ages — graduate through elementary school — and the public over the internet. Headquartered at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and funded primarily by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and private donations, Skynet’s telescopes span four continents. Hubble snaps stunning barred spiral galaxy image 3 February 2012Last updated at 09:35 NGC 1073 lies in the Cetus (a sea monster in Greek mythology) constellation The Hubble space telescope has captured an image of a "barred spiral" galaxy that could help us better understand our own Milky Way. Most of the known spiral galaxies fall into this "barred" category - which are defined by the pronounced bar structure across their centres. The presence of this structure may be an indication of a galaxy's age. Two-thirds of nearby galaxies have the bar, while only a fifth of more distant spirals have it.

Flawless launch of Alphasat, Europe’s largest and most sophisticated telecom satellite / Alphasat / Telecommunications & Integrated Applications Ariane 5 liftoff with Alphasat Flawless launch of Alphasat, Europe’s largest and most sophisticated telecom satellite 25 July 2013 New "Super Earth" Found at Right Distance for Life A new planet—probably a rocky super-Earth—has been found squarely within its star's habitable zone, making it one of the best candidates yet to support life, its discoverers say. The planet, dubbed GJ 667Cc, orbits a red dwarf star 22 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Scorpio. A binary pair of orange dwarf stars are part of the same system. (Related: "'Tatooine' Planet With Two Suns Could Host Habitable Moon?")

Your Age on Other Worlds Want to melt those years away? Travel to an outer planet! <div class="js-required"><hr> This Page requires a Javascript capable browser <hr></div> Fill in your birthdate below in the space indicated. Hubble's Most Mind Expanding Photos of the Universe The just-turned-21 Hubble Space Telescope has spent its entire life taking photographs of such enormous, otherworldly things that words stop working. And the events in its photographs happened so long ago, notions of time stop working too. But don’t speak, and forget about the time. Here, in no particular order, are nine pretty big reminders that you are tiny, insignificant, and yet part of an awesome network of particles and forces that we’re only beginning to understand. Good thing we’ve had you Hubble, to help us think about this—and, of course, spruce up our computer desktop backgrounds.

Journal of Cosmology The long sought "grand theory of everything" must begin where there is no beginning and end where there is no ending: patterns which repeat themselves in nature and which give rise to infinite symmetry. Similar patterns are repeated from the micro-atomic to the macro-atomic, from snail shells to spiral galaxies. There is no reason to suspect these patterns end with individual galaxies. The symmetry and patterns exhibited by elementary particles, atoms, snail shells, sea shells, whirlpools, cyclones, solar systems, and spiral galaxies, should be applied to all galaxies, collectively, and to the cosmos.

NASA Spacecraft Captures Sun's Year-End Outburst on Video The sun closed out 2011 with a flurry of activity, and a keen-eyed NASA spacecraft captured the dramatic outburst on video. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) watched as our star erupted in dozens of storms during a 36-hour period on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30. The probe's stunning video, taken in extreme ultraviolet light, shows spouts of plasma and intense flashes of radiation blasting from the solar surface. Graphical timeline of the universe This more than 20-billion-year timeline of our universe shows the best estimates of major events from the universe's beginning to anticipated future events. Zero on the scale is the present day. A large step on the scale is one billion years; a small step, one hundred million years.

Kepler mission discovers first planet orbiting two stars Artist's concept illustrating Kepler-16b, the first planet known to definitively orbit two stars (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle) Image Gallery (2 images) In news that conjures up visions of Luke Skywalker looking wistfully at the twin sunset of Tatooine accompanied by a stirring John Williams score, NASA's Kepler mission has detected the first planet orbiting two stars. The circumbinary planet, dubbed Kepler-16b, is some 200 light-years from Earth and, though gaseous and not thought to harbor life, its discovery broadens the opportunities for life in our galaxy according to Kepler principal investigator William Boruckias, because most of the Milky Way's stars are part of binary systems. Although scientists have theorized for decades that circumbinary planets were possible and previous research had hinted at their existence, the discovery of Kepler 16b is the first time the theory could be confirmed.