Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Center

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First reported Apr 17 2014 - Updated 16 hours ago - 1 reports

Scientists find Earth-sized world in orbit friendly to life

By Irene KlotzCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. April 17 (Reuters) - For the first time, scientists have found an Earth-sized world orbiting in a life-friendly zone around a distant star.The discovery, announced on Thursday, is the closest scientists have come so ... [Published TrustMedia - Apr 17 2014]
First reported Apr 17 2014 - Updated Apr 18 2014 - 1 reports

Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

astroengine (1577233) writes "About 500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus lives a star, which, though smaller and redder than the sun, has a planet that may look awfully familiar . With a diameter just 10 percent bigger than Earth's, the newly ... [Published Slashdot - Apr 17 2014]
First reported Apr 16 2014 - Updated Apr 16 2014 - 1 reports

2013 Comet Awards Announced (4/15/14)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 15 -- The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics issued the following news release:The Minor Planet Center, located at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) in Cambridge, Mass., has announced the recipients of the ... [Published Targeted News Service - Apr 16 2014]
First reported Apr 15 2014 - Updated Apr 15 2014 - 1 reports

Why the Origins of the Universe Matter Today

A few weeks ago, a team of astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics made huge strides toward confirming a pretty major hypothesis. In 1979, the physicist Alan Guth conceived of a force that essentially facilitated the Big Bang, allowing ... [Published Pacific Standard - Apr 15 2014]
First reported Apr 14 2014 - Updated Apr 14 2014 - 2 reports

Killing Einstein's God | Amir Aczel

The discovery of gravitational waves[1] by the BICEP research group[2], announced at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics on March 17, is still rocking the world of science. If corroborated by further studies, the finding would signify several ... [Published DailyMe.Com - Apr 14 2014]
First reported Apr 14 2014 - Updated Apr 14 2014 - 1 reports

Human Settlement in Space: Bases in Near Space

Category : Aeronautics and AstronauticsEvent Format : PanelDate : April 17, 2014Location : Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, SW, Washington, DC 20003, USMankind has long dreamed of settling on celestial bodies - the moon, other planets and ... [Published SpaceRef - Apr 14 2014]
First reported Apr 12 2014 - Updated Apr 12 2014 - 1 reports

Why is science so alien to us?

Aliens are coming! It’s only a matter of time!It’s quite bizarre we have to sex-up science in this manner, yet – we’re told – it’s the reality of the modern media.The announcement last month that astronomers working at the South Pole had ''99.9 per cent” ... [Published WA Today - Apr 12 2014]
First reported Apr 02 2014 - Updated Apr 03 2014 - 2 reports

Smithsonian Channel Sets Malaysia 370 Special For Sunday (UPDATED)

Hour-Long Special About ‘The Plane That Vanished’ Examines Hard EvidenceHour-Long Special About ‘The Plane That Vanished’ Examines Hard EvidenceMCN StaffSmithsonian Channel is venturing into CNN territory Sunday night with a primetime special about the ... [Published Multichannel Online - Apr 02 2014]
First reported Mar 25 2014 - Updated Mar 25 2014 - 1 reports

The multiverse is looking more likely

Or so I am told: …those gravitational wave results point to a particularly prolific and potent kind of “inflation” of the early universe, an exponential expansion of the dimensions of space to many times the size of our own cosmos in the first fraction ... [Published Marginal Revolution - Mar 25 2014]
First reported Mar 22 2014 - Updated Mar 22 2014 - 1 reports

Other views Ripples of Big Bang open new questions

Scientists, from left, Clem Pryke, Jamie Bock, Chao-Lin Kuo and John Kovac smile during a news conference at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., Monday, March 17, ... ... [Published Big News Network - Mar 22 2014]
First reported Mar 21 2014 - Updated Mar 22 2014 - 1 reports

US scientists claim they know the way our universe burst into existence

Experts with the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics used two radio telescopes at the South Pole to analyze cosmic microwave background, or weak noise radio signals left over from the early universe. The signal is detected in the millimeter range ... [Published Voice of Russia - Mar 21 2014]
First reported Mar 20 2014 - Updated Mar 20 2014 - 1 reports

Big Bang! New-wave discovery backs Einstein's relativity theory

:In a significant development that may have profound implications on understanding the origin of the universe, astronomers have identified an echo of so-called gravitational waves - reinforcing Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. Einstein was the ... [Published ProKerala.com - Mar 20 2014]

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...After finding the planet known as Kepler-186f, "we can infer that other ones are likely to exist." Locating them, he said, will be "the job of future missions."
"The past year has seen a lot of progress in the search for Earth-like planets. Kepler-168f is significant because it is the first exoplanet that is the same temperature and is (almost) the same size as Earth" astronomer David Charbonneau, with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, wrote in an email to Reuters news agency
"The past year has seen a lot of progress in the search for Earth-like planets" astronomer David Charbonneau from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics wrote in an email
astroengine (1577233) writes "About 500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus lives a star, which, though smaller and redder than the sun, has a planet that may look awfully familiar With a diameter just 10 percent bigger than Earth's, the newly found world is the first of its size found basking in the benign temperature region around a parent star where water, if it exists, could pool in liquid form. Scientists on the hunt for Earth's twin are focused on worlds that could support liquid surface water, which may be necessary to brew the chemistry of life. "Kepler-186f is significant because it is the first exoplanet that is the same temperature and the same size (well, ALMOST!) as the Earth," David Charbonneau, with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, wrote in an email to Discovery News. "Previously, the exoplanet most like Earth was Kepler-62f, but Kepler-186f is significantly smaller. Now we can point to a star and say, 'There lies an Earth-like planet.'""

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Meet Kepler-186f: First exoplanet found to be '... [Published thestar.com.my - 7 hours ago]
New Earth-size planet found [Published Journal-Gazette - Apr 18 2014]
Earth-sized planet found orbiting in a habitabl... [Published Los Angeles Times - Apr 18 2014]
Astronomers discover Earth-like planet [Published Al Jazeera - Apr 18 2014]
Astronomers Announced the Discovery of an Earth... [Published The Guardian Express - Apr 18 2014]
US scientists discover 'Earth-like' planet Kepl... [Published ABC Online - Apr 18 2014]
Earth-Likenesses: Have We Discovered Earth 2.0? [Published Discovery Channel - Apr 17 2014]
Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Disc... [Published Slashdot - Apr 17 2014]
Earth-size, ‘Goldilocks-zone’ planet found in d... [Published Washington Post - Apr 17 2014]
Almost Earth: A Newly Discovered Planet Could B... [Published Time - Apr 17 2014]
Meet Kepler-186f, the most 'Earth-like' planet ... [Published Los Angeles Times - Apr 17 2014]
Scientists find Earth-sized world in orbit frie... [Published TrustMedia - Apr 17 2014]
Almost Earth: A Newly Discovered Planet Could B... [Published TIME.com - Apr 17 2014]
Feeling the pulse of the space-time continuum [Published The Hindu - Apr 17 2014]
Hard-to-Kill Star Survives Nearby Supernova Exp... [Published Yahoo! UK and Ireland - Apr 16 2014]
2013 Comet Awards Announced (4/15/14) [Published Targeted News Service - Apr 16 2014]
Why the Origins of the Universe Matter Today [Published Pacific Standard - Apr 15 2014]
Scientists find echoes of Big Bang [Published WA Today - Apr 15 2014]
Killing Einstein's God | Amir Aczel [Published DailyMe.Com - Apr 14 2014]
Killing Einstein's God [Published Huffington Post - Apr 14 2014]
Human Settlement in Space: Bases in Near Space [Published SpaceRef - Apr 14 2014]
Why is science so alien to us? [Published WA Today - Apr 12 2014]
Hard-to-kill star survives nearby supernova exp... [Published Sott.net - Apr 10 2014]
Fermi Data Tantalize With New Clues to Dark Matter [Published Scientific Computing - Apr 09 2014]
Inside the News: The Big Bang [Published Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Apr 08 2014]
How The Earth Inflated During The Big Bang [Published Deccan Herald - Apr 08 2014]
Scientist explores 'vast' universe in Delta visit [Published Midland Daily News - Apr 07 2014]
Gamma-Ray Light From Milky Way’s Galaxy May Hol... [Published International Business Times - Apr 05 2014]
Researchers Claim Compelling Signals for Dark M... [Published French Tribune - Apr 05 2014]
Gamma-Ray Emissions Reveal Dark Matter at the C... [Published Softpedia - Apr 05 2014]
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Almost Earth: A Newly Discovered Planet Could B... [Published TIME.com - Apr 17 2014]
When a faulty aiming device crippled the Kepler space telescope last year, NASA officials reluctantly declared the orbiting observatory’s planet-hunting days over—but they also said that Kepler would keep finding planets . That’s not as crazy as it ...
Galactic Center Gamma Rays May Be A Clue To Dar... [Published Scientific Blogging - Apr 05 2014]
A new study of gamma-ray light may lead to evidence of dark matter, a hypothetical blanket term for whatever must make up most of the material universe. Using publicly available data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, scholars at the Fermi ...
Ripples From the Big Bang [Published 3quarksdaily - Mar 25 2014]
Dennis Overbye in The New York Times: When scientists jubilantly announced last week that a telescope at the South Pole had detected ripples in space from the very beginning of time, the reverberations went far beyond the potential validation ...
The multiverse is looking more likely [Published Marginal Revolution - Mar 25 2014]
Or so I am told: …those gravitational wave results point to a particularly prolific and potent kind of “inflation” of the early universe, an exponential expansion of the dimensions of space to many times the size of our own cosmos in the first fraction ...
BICEP2: the announcement (1-hour video) [Published The Reference Frame - Mar 21 2014]
Most of us had at least partial problems while watching the BICEP2 press conference on Monday. I urge the dear readers to find some time and watch these 60 minutes again (or for the first time):It was very smoothly recorded and posted by the Harvard-Smithsonian ...
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