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El Diseñador de Telescopios de ESO, Raymond Wilson, gana el prestigioso Premio Kavli de Astrofísica
Viernes, 4 Junio, 2010 Astronomía

Las pioneras investigaciones ópticas desarrolladas por Raymond Wilson en ESO, que hicieron posibles los telescopios gigantes de hoy con tecnología de 'óptica activa', le hicieron merecedor del Premio Kavli de Astrofísica 2010. Wilson, fundador y líder original del Grupo de Telescopios y Óptica en...

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JUPITER IMPACT!
Viernes, 4 Junio, 2010 Astronomía

Amateur astronomers Anthony Wesley of Australia and Christopher Go of the Philippines have independently observed an impact event on Jupiter. The strike occurred at 20:31 UT on June 3rd and produced a bright flash of light in the giant planet's cloudtops.

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Un zoológico cósmico en la Gran Nube de Magallanes
Martes, 1 Junio, 2010 Astronomía

En su intento por comprender el Universo, los astrónomos a menudo apuntan sus telescopios hacia la Gran Nube de Magallanes (GNM), una de las galaxias más cercanas a nuestra Vía Láctea. En esta espectacular nueva fotografía tomada por el instrumento Wide Field Imager (WFI), instalado en el...

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Post-mortem of a Comet
Viernes, 28 Mayo, 2010 Astronomía

Scientists put the Comet Wild 2 under the microscope Researchers at the University of Leicester are examining extraterrestrial material from a comet to assess the origins of our Solar System. For the first time ever, material samples from a comet were collected in the Stardust Mission. It was the...

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NASA's Airborne Infrared Observatory Sees The "First Light"
Viernes, 28 Mayo, 2010 Astronomía

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a joint program by NASA and the German Aerospace Center, achieved a major milestone May 26, with its first in-flight night observations.

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Desde el próximo 1 de junio y durante todo el verano el Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos abre su periodo de visitas
Jueves, 27 Mayo, 2010 Astronomía

En grupos de un máximo de 25 personas podrán visitarse todos los días, en horario de mañana, diferentes telescopios del Observatorio. El Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), en colaboración de las Instituciones Usuarias del Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos ha habilitado a partir del...

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Astronomers Discover Clue to Origin of Milky Way Gas Clouds
Miércoles, 26 Mayo, 2010 Astronomía

A surprising discovery that hydrogen gas clouds found in abundance in and above our Milky Way Galaxy have preferred locations has given astronomers a key clue about the origin of such clouds, which play an important part in galaxy evolution.

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NASA Spacecraft Penetrates Mysteries Of Martian Ice Cap
Miércoles, 26 Mayo, 2010 Astronomía

Data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have helped scientists solve a pair of mysteries dating back four decades and provided new information about climate change on the Red Planet. The Shallow Radar, or SHARAD, instrument aboard MRO revealed subsurface geology allowing scientists to...

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NASA's Swift Survey finds 'Smoking Gun' of Black Hole Activation
Miércoles, 26 Mayo, 2010 Astronomía

Data from an ongoing survey by NASA's Swift satellite have helped astronomers solve a decades-long mystery about why a small percentage of black holes emit vast amounts of energy. Only about one percent of supermassive black holes exhibit this behavior. The new findings confirm that black holes...

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Astronomers Discover New Star-Forming Regions in Milky Way
Miércoles, 26 Mayo, 2010 Astronomía

Astronomers studying the Milky Way have discovered a large number of previously-unknown regions where massive stars are being formed. Their discovery provides important new information about the structure of our home Galaxy and promises to yield new clues about the chemical composition of the...

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Supermassive Black Holes May Frequently Roam Galaxy Centers
Martes, 25 Mayo, 2010 Astronomía

A team of astronomy researchers at Florida Institute of Technology and Rochester Institute of Technology in the United States and University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, find that the supermassive black hole (SMBH) at the center of the most massive local galaxy (M87) is not where it was...

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Descubren los hidrocarburos más complejos que se han detectado en el espacio interestelar
Martes, 25 Mayo, 2010 Astronomía

Investigadores españoles detectan antraceno en el medio interestelar Un equipo de científicos liderado por el Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) ha logrado identificar una de las moléculas orgánicas más complejas que se han detectado hasta la fecha en el medio interestelar. El...

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N49: Stellar Shrapnel Seen in Aftermath of Explosion
Lunes, 24 Mayo, 2010 Astronomía

A new long observation from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory reveals evidence for a bullet-shaped object being blown out of a debris field left over from an exploded star.

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Martian meteorite may hold clues to water on the Red Planet
Lunes, 24 Mayo, 2010 Astronomía

Scientists are examining fragments of a Martian meteorite to try to establish when water was freely flowing on the red planet. Using powerful electron microscopes, Dr Martin Lee and colleagues at the University of Glasgow are painstakingly scanning a tiny chunk of a meteorite called Nakhla, which...

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Probing the dark side of the universe
Domingo, 23 Mayo, 2010 Astronomía

Advancing into the next frontier in astrophysics and cosmology depends on our ability to detect the presence of a particular type of wave in space, a primordial gravitational wave. Much like ripples moving across a pond, these waves stretch the fabric of space itself as they pass by. If detected,...

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