NASA has announced that it will award the Distinguished Public Service Medal, its highest honor, to astronomer Yervant Terzian, the Tisch Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Professor…
With the help of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope astronomers discovered a fourth moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The tiny, new satellite, temporarily designated P4, was uncovered in a Hubble survey searching for rings around the dwarf planet. The new moon is the smallest discovered around PlutoView More Pluto’s New Fourth Moon
Astronomers have discovered that one of the planets in binary star system 55 Cancri is potentially habitable.The study’s authors, Kaspar von Braun of the California Institute of Technology and his colleagues describe the properties of the binary star system 55 in the constellation of Cancer, called 55 Cancri f.View More New Exoplanet 55 Cancri f
Astronomers have discovered the origin of a mysterious pattern on the surface of Lapetus, Saturn’s moon, bright white on one side and the coal-black on the other side. The mystery of the two-color pattern has long worried scientists, but researchers at Cornell University have managed to expand itView More Saturn Moon is Covered With Dust
More recently, scientists announced the discovery of new planets near the triple star HD 132 563.The main star, HD 132563A, is binary. The study conducted by a team of scientists led by Silvano Desidera of the Astronomical Observatory of Padua, Italy. The new planet moves on the orbit of the second star in the system HD 132563B. As in the binary component of the main star, the new planet was detected by spectral analysis.View More New Planet Near the Triple Star HD 132 563
The large icy world Neptune first opened to the human eyes 164.79 years ago in September 23, 1846. Because the Neptune it took 164.79 earthly years to make a revolution around the Sun, only now he finishes a complete revolution in its orbit.The discovery of Neptune was the turning point in astronomy. Planet was detected not by observation and with the help of mathematical calculations.View More Neptune Made its First Revolution Around the Sun in July 11, 2011
Juno probe, which NASA plans to launch on August 5, 2011, will study the internal structure of Jupiter and will help scientists find out “the ingredient list” from which emerged the planets and other bodies of the Solar System.Juno which will be the farthest vehicle from the Sun at solar-powered device will reach Jupiter in 2016 and will orbit around the planet about one year.It’s planned that Juno will lead to space launch vehicle Atlas-5.View More Juno Probe will Study the Internal Structure of Jupiter
Astronomer Eric Karkoshka at University of Arizona was able to most accurately determine the duration of Neptun’s days.He found that the gas giant makes one revolution around its axis in 15 hours 57 minutes and 59 seconds.It is very difficult to study Neptune, a radio signal from the planet to the Earth does not get because of the solar wind and noise, created by other planets.View More Scientists Could Find the Exact Length of the Day on Neptune
NASA scientists are found new evidence that suggests traces of water on Mars are under a thin varnish of iron oxide, or rust, similar to conditions found on desert rocks in California’s Mojave Desert.It is believed that one consequence of the presence of water is the formation of specific minerals, so called carbonates.
Mars could be spotted with many more patches of carbonates than originally suspected.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captures Images and sounds of big Saturn storm. So scientists analyzing data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft now have the first-ever, up-close details of a Saturn storm that is approximately 6,200 miles (10,000 kilometers) wide, nearly as wide as Earth, and has a tail of white clouds that encircles all of Saturn.View More Saturns Powerful Storm