Laurel Nendza is the owner and creator of Stellar Eyes.
"Philosophy [nature] is written in that great book whichever is before our eyes -- I mean the universe -- but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols in which it is written. The book is written in mathematical language, and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it; without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth."
"The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do."
― Galileo Galilei
Australian astronomers announced an astonoshing new discovery this week. A team led by astronomers at The Australian National University has discovered the oldest known star in the Universe, which formed shortly after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago.
The discovery has allowed astronomers for the first time to study the chemistry of the first stars, giving scientists a clearer idea of what the Universe was like in its infancy.
We see it on every astronomy site we go to "Join your local astronomy club to get involved in star parties and astronomy in your area." I think "My area, what astronomy club?" Last year I drove almost two hours to Alachua County Florida to enjoy a star party the Alachua Astronomy Club had put together. I was not disappointed. As soon as I got out of my car my eyes were fixed upward where tears of joy overwhelmed me as I gazed upon billions of stars I could never see where I live. Telescopes were lined up with lines of people waiting to get a glimpse of the cosmos. As I listened to conversations around me I felt as if every thought in my head got out and became the people around me. Every conversation was filled with deep questions about the universe.
2013 was a great year for astronomy. I want to thank our two admins Vaibhav Stargazer and Pavlína Fryszová for putting together each week This Week in Astronomy. Together we want to share our favorite astronomy news stories from each month of 2013. What new wonders will we discover in the next year? What amazing cosmic journeys are waiting to happen? Happy New Year from Stellar Eyes!
"Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known!" -Carl Sagan
Scientists from around the world are gathered this week at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., for the second Kepler Science Conference, where they will discuss the latest findings resulting from the analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data.
Included in these findings is the discovery of 833 new candidate planets, which will be announced today by the Kepler team. Ten of these candidates are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun's habitable zone, which is defined as the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet may be suitable for liquid water.
ASTRONOMY THIS WEEK – 26 OCT TO 1 NOV, 2013
•Cosmologist Larry Krauss scorns 'hatred of science'
•Major X-Class Solar Flares Unleashed by Sun
•Saharan Star Dunes
•Gaia Satellite Sent into Space to Monitor the Galaxy
•United Nations to Spearhead Asteroid Deflection Plan
•Cassini Gets New Views of Titan's Land of Lakes
•Chilean President Announces Transfer Of Land For The European Extremely Large Telescope
•Europe's huge 'Albert Einstein' cargo ship leaves space station
•Russian Scientists Discover Asteroid That Could Hit Us in 2065
•Scientists Discover the First Earth-Sized Rocky Planet
ASTRONAUTS IN SPACE
•Fyodor Yurchikhina, Commander: 156 Days in Space
•Karen Nyberg, Flight Engineer: 156 Days in Space
•Luca Parmitano, Flight Engineer: 156 Days in Space
•Oleg Kotov, Soyuz, Commander: 36 Days in Space
•Mike Hopkins, Flight Engineer: 36 Days in Space
•Sergey Ryazanskiy, Flight Engineer: 36 Days in Space
ASTRONOMY FREE EBOOK OF THE WEEK
•Astronomy Demystified by Gibilisco. To Download - http://is.gd/5hI2O6
ASTRONOMY LINK OF THE WEEK
•Indexes for the Non-Messier Objects in this Database, Deep Space Objects - http://is.gd/C6t3I7
Astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet outside the solar system that has a rocky composition like that of Earth. Kepler-78b whizzes around its host star every 8.5 hours, making it a blazing inferno and not suitable for life as we know it. The results are published in two papers in the journal Nature.
Here it comes! Excitement has been growing about what everyone hopes to be the biggest night sky event of the year, or as some might say, the century. All eyes are on comet ISON as it zooms through the solar system and makes it's way closer to the Sun. It should become visible to the naked eye in the next two months. The stage is set as astronomers all over are tracking it's every move, hoping for a spectacular show.
As we sit on our hunk of rock somewhere in the outskirts of the Milky Way, we have no way to see ourselves from the outside. The Triangulum Galaxy helps us to imagine what we could look like. It is the third-largest member of the Local Group of galaxies, which includes the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy and about 30 other smaller galaxies. This galactic wonder is one of the most distant permanent objects that can be viewed with the naked eye.
In July, Earthlings were asked to wave at Saturn and we did all the while taking photos of ourselves. For the first time humans came together in a moment in time and posed collectively for a camera 9 million miles away orbiting a distant alien world. People gathered together and waved, but not only that, they engaged in conversations and people learned more about Saturn. Many people, young and old, viewed the ring giant with their own eyes through a telescope that night for the first time.
Carolyn Porco, leader of the Cassini mission, conceived of the concept "The Day The Earth Smiled", a worldwide celebration of humans' place in the cosmos and of life on Earth the moment the picture was taken. NASA put all of your photos into an incredible picture collage of Earth.