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Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe: The Origins of Life on Earth

Whether they agree with him or not, most scientists consider Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe a force to be reckoned with. His early career was marked by a string of honours – graduating in 1960 with a BSc First Class Honours in mathematics from the University of Ceylon, he went on to study at Trinity College and Jesus College, Cambridge, where he obtained his PhD and ScD degrees. 1,696 more words

Academics

Hi-ho! Astronomers discover seven dwarf galaxies with new telescope

Date: July 10, 2014 Source: Yale University Summary: Meet the seven new dwarf galaxies. Astronomers, using a new type of telescope made by stitching together telephoto lenses, recently discovered seven celestial surprises while probing a nearby spiral galaxy. 36 more words

Fogging Nozzle

V4641 Sgr

Black holes are one of the biggest mysteries of the universe.  V4641 Sgr was first discovered as a black hole in 1999. Astronomers actually thought it was a star. 359 more words

Something New

StarDate 7/9/2014: A Glittering Test Subject In The Summer Sky

FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS McDONALD OBSERVATORY, AS HEARD ON KCBS RADIO WEEKDAYS @ 9:52 A.M., 7:35 P.M. & 2:52 A.M.

STARDATE 7/9/2014: Over the decades, when astronomers wanted a subject for testing new techniques for studying the stars, they frequently turned to Vega, the brightest star of Lyra, the harp. 222 more words

Eye On The Bay

Hubble TAC

In the first week of June, I went once more to Charm City Baltimore to attend the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee meeting. This exclusive event takes place once a year at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), and is meant to sort the wheat from the chaff among the many, many applications for observing time on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). 240 more words

Astronomy