Ceres Bright Spots ID’d as E.T. research base

May 22, 2015

“There [on Ceres] is a research base of a race from Aldebarans which also decided to leave the base highlighted to disturb your scientists, like our Mantuk base on Pluto that will be highlighted as requested upon arrival of your probe there,…” -Mythi

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Where in the World is this?

May 17, 2015

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Kepler K2 now searching for planets in Pleiades and Hyades regions

May 12, 2015

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Mission Manager Update: K2 in Campaign 4

From Feb. 7 to April 24, the fourth campaign of the K2 mission will include observations of nearly 16,000 target stars and two notable open star clusters—Pleiades and Hyades.
Credits: NASA Ames and SETI Institute/F Mullally

Now in its fourth observing campaign, the Kepler spacecraft continues to operate wonderfully since beginning its new K2 mission in May 2014. Data collected for Campaigns 0, 1 and 2 have been made available to the public through the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST). Campaign 3 data will be processed with a scheduled delivery to MAST in June 2015.

K2 began its fourth campaign on Feb. 8. The Campaign 4 target set includes nearly 16,000 target stars, which can be searched for exoplanets and examined for an array of astrophysical phenomena. This field includes two notable open star clusters—Pleiades and Hyades, the nearest open cluster to our solar system. Both are located in the constellation of Taurus.

As expected, the team continues to make improvements in the spacecraft’s K2 operations, improving the pointing performance, conserving fuel, extending the observation periods and increasing the number of observed targets. The team currently estimates that the onboard fuel should last until at least December 2017.

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To learn more about the K2 mission visit the Kepler Science Center website.

While data collection has concluded for the prime Kepler mission, the team continues to analyze the full four years of Kepler data. To-date the Kepler team, together with the global science community, has identified more than 4,000 candidates and verified 1,023 as exoplanets, planets that orbit other stars. For the latest Kepler exoplanet and candidate statistics, visit the NASA Exoplanet Archive.

At the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in January 2015, the Kepler team made two noteworthy announcements:

  • Dr. Fergal Mullally described the delivery of the sixth Kepler catalog, including 554 new Kepler candidate planets, bringing the total number of Kepler candidates to 4,175. He also announced eight new small, habitable zone candidates – six around sun-like stars.
  • Dr. Douglas Caldwell announced eight newly validated planets – marking Kepler’s 1000th verified exoplanet. Among these were three small planets securely in the habitable zone, two of those likely to be rocky.
Ames Fellow William Borucki
Kepler visionary William Borucki inducted as a NASA Ames Research Center Fellow. Borucki is only the 12th person to receive the center’s highest honor in Ames’ 75-year history.
Credits: NASA Ames/D Hart

In late February, William Borucki, visionary and science principal investigator of the Kepler mission, was inducted as a NASA Ames Research Center Fellow. The Ames program recognizes a distinguished few for their national and international reputation of scientific or engineering excellence to NASA. Borucki is only the 12th person to receive the center’s highest honor in Ames’ 75-year history.

On March 25, the Kepler team was honored by the presentation of the 2015 National Air and Space Museum Trophy for current achievement at a ceremony in Washington. For a full listing of previous awardees, along with a video about Kepler’s award, visit the museum’s trophy award page.

In March the team achieved another milestone—this time in the realm of data processing. Using the first uniform processing of the four-year Kepler data set, the first uniformly vetted catalog of planetary candidates and false positives was delivered to the NASA Exoplanet Archive. Since this catalog was generated by automated software, the detectability of each planet candidate can be quantified, thus enabling reliable occurrence rate calculations to be made over the full range of period and radius for the first time. The data was made available on April 1.

The following are highlights of recent research using Kepler and K2 data that have been accepted by a peer-review journal:

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Understanding The Effects Of Stellar Multiplicity On The Derived Planet Radii From Transit Surveys: Implications for Kepler, K2, and TESS (Ciardi et al., 2015) – The paper presents the effect of undetected companion stars on the measured radii of the Kepler planet candidates. On average, the planetary radii may be underestimated by as much as 50 percent.

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Charlie

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Latest Ceres Spots

May 12, 2015

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source and animated .gif: http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/weird-spots-on-dwarf-planet-ceres-start-to-come-into-focus/

Are You a Suspicious Observer?

May 10, 2015

NASA cuts video as object approaches ISS

May 4, 2015

A Word To Mankind (2001)

May 1, 2015

Originally posted on Beam of Light:

An article from “Stimme der Wassermannzeit Nr.107″.

  1. As never before in the long history of Earth and its people, wars and crimes, as well as manifold brutalities prevail, which constantly increase in step with the overpopulation.
  2. The old venerable relationships between planet and man have changed drastically for the worse, especially since the middle of the nineteenth century and the trend is continuing noticeably.
  3. Not only has mankind sunk into an abyss of boundless depravity, but it has also brought this decay to the planet and the entire animal world and nature as a whole.
  4. All governments and those responsible and the majority of the population have become the keepers of evil.
  5. While they talk of peace and better quality of life as well as of better interpersonal relationships, aid for the hungry, environmental protection and many other good things, the governments and responsible people secretly re-arm and prepare deadly…

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Robotic Telescope Spots 3 Super-Earths In Our Neighborhood

April 29, 2015
 A robotic telescope detected three planets orbiting a nearby star that appear to be “super-sized Earths.”

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Artist’s impression of a view from the HD 7924 planetary system looking back toward our sun. (Photo : Art by Karen Teramura & BJ Fulton, UH IfA.)

“The three planets are unlike anything in our solar system, with masses seven to eight times the mass of Earth and orbits very close to their host star,” said UC Berkeley graduate student Lauren Weiss.

Most planets that have been discovered outside of our solar system have been around the size of Neptune (17 times the mass of Earth) or larger, and most are gaseous. These newly-discovered planets are much smaller, and invisible to the naked eye. They were discovered through observations of their “wobble,” which is created by the gravity of their host star.

“We initially used the APF like a regular telescope, staying up all night searching star to star. But the idea of letting a computer take the graveyard shift was more appealing after months of little sleep. So we wrote software to replace ourselves with a robot,” said University of Hawaii at Manoa graduate student Benjamin “BJ” Fulton.

All three orbiting super-Earths at distance that is closer than Mercury orbits our own Sun, they complete their orbits in only five, 15, and 24 days. The planets are about 54 light-years away from Earth, meaning they are close enough to be considered our neighbors.

The observations of the star, dubbed HD 7924, are the beginning of a systematic survey for super-Earth planets near our own. The research will take place over a period of two years, and will hopefully produce some fascinating discoveries.

“When the survey is complete we will have a census of small planets orbiting sun-like stars within approximately 100 light-years of Earth,” Fulton said.

The findings were published in a recent edition of the Astrophysical Journal.

By Rebekah Marcarelli r.marcarelli@hngn.com | Apr 28, 2015 07:16 PM EDT

source: http://www.hngn.com/articles/88124/20150428/robotic-telescope-spots-3-super-earths-in-our-neighborhood.htm

Visible Light Spectrum from Alien Planet Measured for 1st Time

April 22, 2015

Astronomers have detected an exoplanet’s visible-light spectrum directly for the first time ever, a milestone that could help bring many other alien worlds into clearer focus down the road.

Wide-field view of the sky around the star 51 Pegasi

Image showing the sky around the star 51 Pegasi in the northern constellation of Pegasus. This image was created from photographic material forming part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2. Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2
(editor’s note: I believe the planet is to the left of the star in the center)

The scientists used the HARPS instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s 3.6-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile to study the spectrum of visible light reflected off the exoplanet 51 Pegasi b, which lies about 50 light-years from Earth in the constellation Pegasus.

51 Pegasi b, a “hot Jupiter” gas giant that orbits close to its parent star, was spotted in 1995, when it became the first alien world ever discovered around a sunlike star. (The first exoplanets of any type were found in 1992 around a superdense, rotating stellar corpse called a pulsar.)

Researchers most often study exoplanet atmospheres by analyzing the starlight that passes through them when worlds cross their stars’ faces from Earth’s perspective. This method, known as transit spectroscopy, is restricted to use on systems in which the stars and planets align.

 

The new strategy used with 51 Pegasi b, on the other hand, does not depend on planetary transits and could thus find broader applicability, researchers said.

The technique offers other scientific advantages as well.

“This type of detection technique is of great scientific importance, as it allows us to measure the planet’s real mass and orbital inclination, which is essential to more fully understand the system,” study lead author Jorge Martins, of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) and the Universidade do Porto in Portugal, said in a statement.

“It also allows us to estimate the planet’s reflectivity, or albedo, which can be used to infer the composition of both the planet’s surface and atmosphere,” Martins added.

The new data suggest that 51 Pegasi b is highly reflective, a bit larger in diameter than Jupiter and about half as massive as our solar system’s biggest planet, researchers said.

The new observations by HARPS (which is short for High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher) provide a vital proof of concept for the new technique, which could really come into its own when employed with instruments on bigger telescopes, such as the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), researchers said.

“We are now eagerly awaiting first light of the ESPRESSO spectrograph on the VLT so that we can do more detailed studies of this and other planetary systems,” said co-author Nuno Santos, also of the IA and Universidade do Porto.

The new study was published today (April 22) in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Loch Ness monster and her family

April 22, 2015

Originally posted on Beam of Light:

CR 230/569

Billy
We spoke once about the Ness Sea, therefore Loch Ness in Scotland, in connection with so-called Nessie, whereby it is supposed to deal with a saurian, for which, however, up until now, no proof of existence could be brought forth.
But you have said that such an animal does actually exist in Loch Ness and that all that, therefore, it is not about a fairy tale.
I would like to see the beast.
Can you take me to it sometime?
Quetzal
109. Actually, two parent animals and a young do exist.
110. It thereby deals with an aquatic predatory saurian, therefore about Plesiosaurus which have sustained themselves for many generations.
111. However, proving their existence will be very difficult, because the animals themselves only seldom make their way into the higher waters, or even to the waters’ surface in such a way that they can be sighted.

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