Royal Astronomical Society 23 Apr 2009, 10:11 UTC A team of astronomers from the Instituto Astrofisica Canarias (IAC) have found an interesting shadow cast by a forming star system. Team member Dr Basmah Riaz, an ER fellow for the Marie Curie CONSTELLATION network, will present the results of their work on Thursday 23rd April in a poster at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science conference at the University of Hertfordshire.
International Year of Astronomy Press Releases 23 Apr 2009, 10:00 UTC Keeping up-to-date with cutting-edge astronomy and space science breakthroughs has just become that much easier, thanks to the Portal To The Universe, the latest Cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). As a high-tech website embracing Web 2.0 technologies, the Portal to the Universe aims to become a one-stop-shop for astronomy news.
Royal Astronomical Society 23 Apr 2009, 09:51 UTC A process called ‘dark gulping’ may solve the mystery of the how supermassive black holes were able to form when the Universe was less than a billion years old. Dr Curtis Saxton will be presenting the study at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield.
Keck Observatory 23 Apr 2009, 05:00 UTC Astronomers using a suite of telescopes including the W. M. Keck Observatory have discovered a giant gas object that may be one of the earliest ancestors of a forming galaxy. This object, dubbed an extended Lyman-Alpha blob and identified as Himiko, sits nearly 13 billion light years from Earth and spans 55 thousand light years, a record for that early point in time. “Measuring the distance to this object with Keck’s instrumentation was fundamental to making this discovery,” says Taft Armandroff, director of the Keck Observatory. “The observations show that this gigantic gaseous object formed when the Universe was only…
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) 22 Apr 2009, 15:00 UTC Using the VLBA and the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, astronomers have solidified the link between the gamma-ray and radio emission from active galaxy nuclei...
ESO Top News 22 Apr 2009, 14:50 UTC ESO 16/09 - Science Release: A new study published in Nature this week reveals that asteroid surfaces age and redden much faster than previously thought - in less than a million years, the blink of an eye for an asteroid. This study has finally confirmed that the solar wind is the most likely cause of very rapid space weathering in asteroids. This fundamental result will help astronomers relate the appearance of an asteroid to its actual history and identify any after effects of a catastrophic impact with another asteroid.
ESA Top News 22 Apr 2009, 13:36 UTC About two weeks ago, Herschel was weighed to record its dry mass before the satellite was fuelled with 256 kg of liquid hydrazine. After switching it on to confirm normal function, engineers integrated the fuelled satellite with the Ariane 5 adapter.
Royal Astronomical Society 22 Apr 2009, 11:33 UTC Astronomers have found the most distant signs of water in the Universe to date. Dr John McKean of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) will be presenting the discovery at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Hatfield on Wednesday 22nd April.