The Universe is Alive “Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery When you look out into the Universe, what is it that you typically think of? The Daily Galaxy - Great Discoveries Channel -Your Daily Dose of Massive Earth-like planets that have both continents and oceans may be better at harboring extraterrestrial life than those that are water-only worlds. A new study gives hope for the possibility that many super-Earth planets orbiting distant stars have exposed continents rather than just water-covered surfaces. Continue reading "SuperEarths with Exposed Continents Boost Chances for Extraterrestrial Life" » In 1980 and 1981 NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 space probes passed for the first time over the planet Saturn, located 1,500 million km from the Sun. Among their numerous discoveries they observed a strange, hexagon-shaped structure in the planet's uppermost clouds surrounding its north pole.
amusing planet Deep within the inaccessible jungle of the southeast Indonesian province of Papua, about 150 kilometres inland from the Arafura Sea, lives the Korowai tribe – a clan totally isolated from the rest of the world. They are hunter-gatherers living in a small society of traditional family ties who need to share all they have in order to survive. Until their discovery by a Dutch missionary in 1974, the Korowai had hardly any contact with the outside world. The Korowai people live in tree houses ranging in height from 6 to 12 meters, but some are as high as 35 meters above the ground.
The Discovery Channel Telescope First Light We obtained first light images with Lowell's Discovery Channel Telescope in mid-2012, in time for unveiling at our First Light Gala on July 21, 2012. Over 700 people attended the celebration, which featured a keynote address by Neil Armstrong, making what would be his last public appearance. We were honored by his presence at this turning point in Lowell's history. See our First Light Gala page for photographs and desktop versions of the first light images. Commissioning Images
Lawrence Krauss: Life, the Universe and Nothing Video Log in Get Smart Cynthia Yildirim The Planet's Most Powerful Digital Camera Captures Its First Images of the Universe - Megan Garber The device could help astronomers figure out why the expansion of the universe is accelerating. Zoomed-in image from the Dark Energy Camera of the center of the globular star cluster 47 Tucanae, which lies about 17,000 light years from Earth (Dark Energy Survey Collaboration) The Dark Energy Camera is the world's most powerful digital camera. Acting like ants: Tips for teamwork [VIDEO] Ants are tiny. From our perspective, we have to squint to even notice one of the little bugs skittering across the sidewalk. Although small, these bugs are a remarkable example of working together. Each tiny ant labors diligently in constructing its colony. One ant makes a big difference.
3.5m Observatory - One Degree Imager The ODI project is partially funded through the NSF Telescope System Instrumentation Program (TSIP). The One Degree Imager The One Degree Imager (ODI) is the flagship of the WIYN Consortium's new instrument initiatives. The combination of its large size and ability for electronic image stabilization make ODI a unique and very competitive instrument. ODI is sensitive to visible light and features a one thousand mega-pixel camera, an impressive number compared to the average digital camera at eight mega-pixels. The camera will cover a one-square-degree field of view which will allow ODI to capture vast areas of sky, greater than four times the area of the full moon, in a single image.
2012 Skywatching Events Guide & 2012 Venus Transit This story was updated on Jan. 2. As the year 2011 comes to a close, some might wonder what is looming sky-wise for 2012? What celestial events might we look forward to seeing? I've selected what I consider to be the top 12 "skylights" for this coming year, and list them here in chronological order. Not all these events will be visible from any one locality … for the eclipses, for instance, you'll probably have to do some traveling … but many can be observed from the comfort of your backyard.
The Elegant Universe: Series ... The Elegant Universe: Part 3 PBS Airdate: November 4, 2003 NARRATOR: Now, on NOVA, take a thrill ride into a world stranger than science fiction, where you play the game by breaking some rules, where a new view of the universe pushes you beyond the limits of your wildest imagination. Public Library of Science: Open Access The Case for Open Access Open Access (OA) stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse. Here’s why that matters. Most publishers own the rights to the articles in their journals. Anyone who wants to read the articles must pay to access them. Anyone who wants to use the articles in any way must obtain permission from the publisher and is often required to pay an additional fee.