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How Do You Define a Planet? Pluto Gets a Boost

As NASA's New Horizons probe closes in on its rendezvous with Pluto , astronomers revisited the dwarf planet — not physically, but conceptually. Experts discussed the International Astronomical Union's decision in 2006 to take the icy world out of the ... [Published NBCNews.com - 3 hours ago]
First reported 8 hours ago - Updated 8 hours ago - 1 reports

Debate on "What Is a Planet?" to Be Webcast on 18 September

In 2006, when the International Astronomical Union (IAU) voted on the definition of a “planet” and booted Pluto out of the club, confusion resulted. Was a “dwarf planet” a small planet or something else? Was a “dwarf fruit tree” a small tree or something ... [Published SpaceRef - 8 hours ago]
First reported 13 hours ago - Updated 13 hours ago - 1 reports

This Exoplanet Has Prematurely Aged its Star

Optical and X-ray images of the star WASP 18. X-ray Credit: NASA / CXC / SAO / I.Pillitteri et al; Optical Credit: DSS; Illustration Credit: NASA / CXC / M.WeissHot young stars are wildly active, emitting huge eruptions of charged particles form their ... [Published Universe Today - 13 hours ago]
First reported 13 hours ago - Updated 13 hours ago - 1 reports

Is Pluto a Planet? Definition Takes Center Stage in Webcast Tonight

If you're confused about what exactly a planet is, don't feel bad: Astronomers are still arguing over the term eight years after the International Astronomical Union (IAU) came up with a controversial new definition that demoted Pluto to "dwarf planet" ... [Published DailyMe.Com - 13 hours ago]
First reported Sep 15 2014 - Updated Sep 15 2014 - 1 reports

Savor what’s left of summer

Autumnal Equinox arrives at 10:29 pm Monday, 9/22. Since it takes quite a bit of time for water to heat up, it also takes a long time for it to cool so the ocean at the shore is still pretty warm even though the season’s changed and the air temps are ... [Published News Works - Sep 15 2014]
First reported Sep 11 2014 - Updated Sep 11 2014 - 1 reports

Philip Sadler Receives IPS Technology & Innovation Award (9/10/14)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 10 -- The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics issued the following news release:Dr. Philip M. Sadler of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has been awarded the 2014 Technology and Innovation Award from ... [Published Targeted News Service - Sep 11 2014]
First reported Sep 04 2014 - Updated Sep 04 2014 - 1 reports

Volunteers needed to preserve astronomical history and promote discovery

17:06, Astronomy & Space/AstronomyThe Horsehead Nebula was discovered on this photographic plate in 1888. It is the dark smudge near the center of the image. The three brightest stars in the field are overexposed, creating the surrounding rings and other ... [Published PhysOrg.com - Sep 04 2014]
First reported Aug 22 2014 - Updated Aug 22 2014 - 2 reports

Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution : The Two-Way : NPR

In this artist's conception, the atmosphere of an Earthlike planet displays a brownish haze — the result of widespread pollution. Christine Pulliam/Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics hide caption itoggle caption Christine Pulliam/Harvard-Smithsonian ... [Published DailyMe.Com - Aug 22 2014]
First reported Aug 20 2014 - Updated Aug 20 2014 - 1 reports

How Watching 13 Billion Years Of Cosmic Growth Links To Storytelling

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter[embedded content]How do you show off 13 billion years of cosmic growth? One way that astronomers can figure that out is through visualizations — such as this one from the Harvard-Smithsonian ... [Published Universe Today - Aug 20 2014]
First reported Aug 15 2014 - Updated Aug 16 2014 - 2 reports

NASA’s Chandra Observatory searches for trigger of nearby supernova

Photograph courtesy of NASA/SAO/CXC/R. Margutti et alNASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is helping determine what caused SN 2014J, one of the closest supernovas discovered in decades. By comparing X-ray data taken before and after the stellar explosion, ... [Published Aerotech News and Review - Aug 15 2014]
First reported Jul 23 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 4 reports

Can we find aliens by looking for their pollution?

In this artist’s conception, the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet displays a brownish haze – the result of widespread pollution. New research shows that the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope potentially could detect certain pollutants, specifically ... [Published EarthSky - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jun 02 2014 - Updated Jun 03 2014 - 8 reports

Introducing the ‘Mega-Earth’

Building public interest in deep space is a long-term goal for most of us in the interstellar community, and the release of the film Interstellar this fall may set off a new round of discussion among reviewers and movie fans alike. Also helpful is ... [Published Centauri Dreams - Jun 03 2014]

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...When a straw vote was taken at the end, Sasselov's definition won out — and so did Pluto. Here's a condensed version of Sasselov's definition: "A planet is the smallest spherical lump of matter than formed around stars or stellar remnants. Pluto IS a planet." Does that do it for you? Check out the archived webcast for the blow-by-blow
...After the presentations, the audience at Phillips Auditorium will vote on what a planet is or isn't, and whether Pluto is in or out. "And just like the IAU, you have to be present to cast your ballot" the Center for Astrophysics says. Results will be announced Friday
Yes. They're basically spying on the same things they kept an eye on during the Cold War, said John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org. "Deployed hardware, airplanes, ships, tanks, factories, new intelligence facilities, all that stuff" he said
These observation results were published in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement (August 2014) as Ueda et al. "Cold Molecular Gas in Merger Remnants. I Formation of Molecular Gas Discs"

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How Do You Define a Planet? Pluto Gets a Boost [Published NBCNews.com - 3 hours ago]
How Do You Define a Planet? Debaters Revisit Pluto [Published NBCNews.com - 8 hours ago]
Debate on "What Is a Planet?" to Be Webcast on ... [Published SpaceRef - 8 hours ago]
This Exoplanet Has Prematurely Aged its Star [Published Universe Today - 13 hours ago]
Is Pluto a Planet? Definition Takes Center Stag... [Published DailyMe.Com - 13 hours ago]
What will NASA’s $6.8 billion space taxi contra... [Published Christian Science Monitor - Sep 17 2014]
U.S. experts say a Russian spy satellite was sp... [Published National Post - Top Stories - Sep 17 2014]
Experts: Mystery fireball was Russian satellite [Published Greenfield Daily Reporter - Sep 17 2014]
Violent origins of disc galaxies probed by ALMA [Published EurekAlert! - Sep 17 2014]
Savor what’s left of summer [Published News Works - Sep 15 2014]
Philip Sadler Receives IPS Technology & Innovat... [Published Targeted News Service - Sep 11 2014]
When Will Betelgeuse Explode? [Published Slate Magazine - Sep 08 2014]
Supermoon Dates 2014: Date and Peak Time for La... [Published Epoch Times - Sep 08 2014]
Volunteers needed to preserve astronomical hist... [Published PhysOrg.com - Sep 04 2014]
Evidence of forming planet discovered 335 light... [Published Clemson University - Sep 04 2014]
‘Reach for the Stars at Cresco Public Library’ ... [Published Cresco Times - Sep 03 2014]
Yale's cool molecules [Published Space Daily - Sep 03 2014]
Local professor helps discover our galaxy's mos... [Published Philly.com - Sep 03 2014]
Researchers awarded $1.5 million to develop sof... [Published EurekAlert! - Sep 02 2014]
Chilly Molecules Pave Way for ‘Ultracold’ Science [Published Epoch Times - Aug 30 2014]
The Closest Known Exoplanet? Maybe… [Published Slate Magazine - Aug 29 2014]
Radio telescopes settle controversy over distan... [Published PhysOrg.com - Aug 28 2014]
Best View Yet Of Merging Galaxies In Distant Un... [Published Photonics Online - Aug 28 2014]
What Makes a Supernova Blow? [Published Discovery Channel - Aug 27 2014]
Best View Yet of Merging Galaxies in Distant Un... [Published Newswise - Aug 26 2014]
Dramatic Antarctic Freeze Up…Iciest Decade Ever... [Published No Tricks Zone - Aug 23 2014]
Galileo Launch, Initially Hailed as Success, Is... [Published Space News - Aug 23 2014]
European navigation craft launched into wrong o... [Published Spaceflight Now - Aug 23 2014]
Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution : ... [Published DailyMe.Com - Aug 22 2014]
Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution [Published NPR - Aug 22 2014]
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U.S. experts say a Russian spy satellite was sp... [Published National Post - Top Stories - Sep 17 2014]
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — People from New Mexico to Montana saw the bright object break apart as it moved slowly northward across the night sky. Witnesses described it as three “rocks” with glowing red and orange streaks. But the fireball that blazed over the ...
Stepping Up the Search for ET [Published TechNewsWorld - Aug 11 2014]
Atmospheric pollution may not be among mankind's proudest achievements, but it's an incontrovertible sign that we are here. Could something similar help us find civilizations on other planets? That's the premise behind one of several recently announced ...
‘Hot Jupiters’: Drier Than Expected [Published Centauri Dreams - Jul 29 2014]
Be aware of Open Source, a radio show on Boston’s WBUR that last week did a show about exoplanets and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Earth 2.0 is available online, featuring David Latham (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Dimitar ...
Tight Measurement of Exoplanet Radius [Published Centauri Dreams - Jul 28 2014]
Both the Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes had a role to play in recent work on the planet Kepler-93b, whose size is now known to an uncertainty of a mere 120 kilometers on either side of the planet. What we have here is the most precise measurement ...
[tt] NYT: More Eyes on the Skies [Published TranshumanTech - Jul 25 2014]
More Eyes on the Skies http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/science/space/more-eyes-on-the-skies.html By DENNIS OVERBYEThe future, it is often said, belongs to those who plan for it. Andastronomers have been busy working the proverbial smoke-filled room ...
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