September 22, 2014

May 2009 News & Notes.

Vanth.

Vanth & Orcus. (Artists’ Impression).

And the Winner is: It’s official; after much debating and furious blog commenting, the newly discovered moon of the Plutoid Orcus (remember, the anti-Pluto?) is… drum roll… Vanth! Loyal followers of this space and Astronomy Picture of the Day will remember a few weeks ago, when astronomer Mike Brown put out a call to name the tiny object and give a good reason why. [Read more...]

2008: The Year in Science.

Toolbag.

Dude…that’s my Tool bag! (Credit: NASA-TV).

It’s been a wild and wacky year in the realm of science and astronomy. Phoenix hailed a return to Mars surface science, the Hubble hobbled along, and CERN started up and humanity survived. All in the backdrop of a heated election year! [Read more...]

December 2008: News & Notes.

Gamma Ray burst.

A gamma ray burst is born. (Credit: Nicole Ranger Fuller/NSF).

Mysterious Missing Gamma Rays: Gamma rays have been “hot” (pun intended) in the news as of late. Now, decades after their initial discovery, scientists are asking themselves; where are they? Specifically, long term bursts, those lasting seconds or more seem to be missing from the universes’ earliest epochs. [Read more...]

October 2008: News & Notes.

(Newsflash- NASA announced recently that STS-125, the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, will be delayed indefinitely due to a failure of the telescopes’ main control unit. Engineers are looking at options to restart a backup unit. That also scrubs Astroguyz’s mission to cover the launch live! click here for more info!)  

exoplanet.

 First Exoplanet Pic? (Credit: Gemini North Telescope).

First Image of an Exo-Planet: Astronomers utilizing the Gemini North telescope have produced what may be the first image ever of an exo-planet. The three person team from the University of Toronto used the adaptive optics of the enormous telescope to image the object in the glare of 1RXS J160929.1-210524, about 500 light years distant. [Read more...]

July 08 News & Notes.

Eris. 

Eris, Xena, or Plutoid? Note tiny Dysnomia to the right. (Credit, APOD & NASA).

Attack of the Plutoids? On June 11th, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) handed down yet another definition  for trans-Neptunian objects; a new class of planetary bodies, now classified as Plutoids, have sprung into existence. [Read more...]