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An orbital period of 0.94 days

Posted by baffa on Sep 16, 2009 - 10:49 AM
Through monitoring by the WASP-South transit survey8, coupled with radial velocity observations from the Coralie spectrograph, an international group have discovered a 10-MJup planet transiting the star WASP-18 ( = HD 10069) every 0.94 days

Physicist Proposes Solution to Arrow-of-Time Paradox

Posted by baffa on Aug 27, 2009 - 05:48 PM

The Second International Celestial Reference Frame

Posted by baffa on Aug 24, 2009 - 12:09 PM
The XXVIIth General Assembly of the IAU voted for the adoption of Resolution B3, which establishes the ICRF2 as the fundamental realization of the International Celestial Reference System (ICRS) as of 1 January 2010.

Advanced spectrometers architecture and design

Posted by baffa on Aug 24, 2009 - 11:50 AM
CNR - INOA organizes a three day course, from the 2nd to the 4th of December 2009, concerning advanced spectrometers architecture and design.

AGILE Public Data Now Avalaible

Posted by baffa on Jun 15, 2009 - 03:40 PM
The AGILE-GRID public data release (v1.0) is available since June 10, 2009 from the ASDC Multi Mission Interactive Archive webpage:

First Earth-Sized Exoplanet Found?

Posted by baffa on Jan 25, 2009 - 06:00 PM
New Scientist is reporting the extrasolar planet MOA-2007-BLG-192L whose discovery was announced last summer may actually be the first truly Earth-sized exoplanet to be identified.

A model of Antikythera Device

Posted by baffa on Jan 16, 2009 - 04:54 PM
A new working model of the 2,100-year-old astronomical calculator, dubbed the Antikythera Device, has been presented, incorporating the most recent discoveries announced two years ago by an international team of researchers.

Dark Matter Discovered?

Posted by baffa on Dec 01, 2008 - 11:20 AM
Nature reports a potential discover of the decay products of dark matter coming from a source the vicinity of our solar system (around 1000 parsec).

First Image of a Planet Orbiting a Sun-Like Star

Posted by baffa on Sep 18, 2008 - 12:34 PM
The first-ever image of a planet orbiting a sun-like star has benn taken at the Magellan Telescope. The giant planet has the 8 Jupiter masses and orbits at 330AU from its star.

Life On Titan?

Posted by baffa on Sep 03, 2008 - 06:00 PM
Astrobiology Magazine reports on new research indicating extremophile microbes may be able to live on Titan, the sixth and largest moon of Saturn.

On water on Mars

Posted by baffa on Aug 17, 2008 - 05:09 PM
Nasa announced the pubblication on Nature od two studies based on data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter which have revealed that the Red Planet once hosted vast lakes, flowing rivers and a variety of other wet environments that had the potential to support life.

Lectures On the Frontiers of Physics Online

Posted by baffa on Jun 03, 2008 - 06:24 PM
The Outreach Department at Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics offers a wide array of online lecture playbacks examining hot topics in modern physics and beyond.

British "X-files" Released

Posted by baffa on May 19, 2008 - 07:00 PM
Britain's Ministry of Defence has released few files regarding investigations into UFO sightings between 1978 to 1987. Over the next three or four years, 160 files will be handed over to the National Archives.

Youngest supernova in the Milky Way

Posted by baffa on May 17, 2008 - 10:00 AM
The most recent (140 years) supernova in our Galaxy has been discovered by tracking the rapid expansion of its remains. This result was obtined using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and NRAO's Very Large Array (VLA).

Arthur C. Clarke Is Dead At 90

Posted by baffa on Mar 22, 2008 - 05:00 AM
The Astronomer and science fiction writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke has died in his adopted home of Sri Lanka at the age of 90.

First Detection of Reflected Light From an Exoplanet

Posted by baffa on Jan 21, 2008 - 05:09 PM
The first direct detection of an exoplanet in the visible polarized light has been reported by a team of astronomers from Switzerland and Finland.

A new Grand Unification theory?

Posted by baffa on Dec 19, 2007 - 08:00 AM
An independent researcher, A. Garrett Lisi, published a paper, proposing a grand-unification theory, outside the string model framework.

MIT's OpenCourseWare Program

Posted by baffa on Feb 06, 2007 - 04:31 PM
MIT has initiated the OpenCourseWare initiative, to share all of their educational resources with the public. This generous act is intended (in classical MIT style) to make knowledge free, open, and available.

The Astronomical Event Search Engine

Posted by baffa on Feb 02, 2007 - 09:10 AM
Google has signed on with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project that will construct a powerful telescope in Chile by 2013. Google's part will be to 'develop a search engine that can process, organize, and analyze the voluminous amounts of data coming from the instrument's data streams in real time. The engine will create "movie-like windows" for scientists to view significant space events. The telescope will generate 30 TB of data a night, for 10 years, from a 3-gigapixel CCD array.

Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism

Posted by baffa on Dec 14, 2006 - 10:47 AM
A large group of scientist published a virtual reconstruction of the ancient Antikythera Mechanism, reveling it was a tools to predict lunar and solar eclipses on the basis of Babylonian arithmetic-progression cycles, with, perhaps, a display of planetary positions. (A related news article is here)

Navier-Stocks equations half solved

Posted by baffa on Oct 30, 2006 - 12:40 PM
Penny Smith has posted an Arxiv paper entitled Immortal Smooth Solution of the Three Space Dimensional Navier-Stokes System which may prove the existence of a solution for Navier-Stokes equations under physically reasonable conditions.

Direct Proof of Dark Matter

Posted by baffa on Aug 28, 2006 - 06:15 PM
Hot gas detected by Chandra in X-rays gives a direct proof of dark matter existence, according to a NASA press release.

First data from UKIDSS

Posted by baffa on Aug 01, 2006 - 11:17 AM
British astronomers have released the first data from UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS). Access to the Data Release 1 is through the WFCAM Science Archive at WSA

New Crater On Moon Caught On Video

Posted by baffa on Jun 15, 2006 - 06:10 PM
NASA has released a video clip of a meteorite striking the surface of the Moon. From article: "Lunar impacts have been seen before, stuff hits the Moon all the time, but this is the best-ever recording of an explosion in progress"

Jupiter Gets New Red Spot

Posted by baffa on Mar 05, 2006 - 09:05 AM
Nasa released a notice revealing a new red spot is growing on Jupiter. From the article: 'The official name of this storm is Oval BA, but Red Jr. might be better. It's about half the size of the famous Great Red Spot and almost exactly the same color. Oval BA first appeared in the year 2000 when three smaller spots collided and merged.'
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