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ALMA Sees Super Stellar Nurseries at Heart of Sculptor Galaxy

Starburst galaxies transmute gas into new stars at a dizzying pace – up to 1,000 times faster than typical spiral galaxies like the Milky Way. To help understand why some galaxies “burst” while others do not, an international team of astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to dissect a cluster of star-forming clouds at the heart of NGC 253, one of the nearest starburst galaxies to the Milky Way. 754 more words


February 22 - Adolphe Quetelet

Today we wish a belated happy birthday to Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, mathematician, statistician, sociologist, criminologist, meteorologist, and the man who persuaded King William I to found the Royal Observatory of Belgium at Saint-Josse-ten-Noode (a region of Brussels). 89 more words

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February 19 - Two Discoverers Launched (kind of)


Discoverer 10 was one of the USA’s shortest-lived spy satellites.  The aim of the Discoverer program was basically to watch the Russians to see how quickly they were developing their long-range bombing and missile launching capability.   207 more words

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'Super Saturn' located 400 Light Years away from Earth

Astronomers Dr. Erik Mamajek, a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester, and Dr. Matthew Kenworthy, of the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands discovered the ‘Super Saturn’ in 2012, but have completed and published a detailed analysis of their data. 363 more words


My.Daily.Distraction ~ Post 112: Noble Work

Several years back I watched a television series called ‘The Astronomers’ hosted by veteran T.V. actor Richard Chamberlain.

There was one episode which I never forgot and still think about. 221 more words


February 07 - Al Worden

Today is the 83rd birthday of Alfred (Al) Worden, a member of one of humankind’s most exclusive clubs.  You can probably tell which club I’m talking about by glancing at the photograph.   204 more words

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From Non-Life to Life??

From Non-Life to Life?

Mathematicians and astronomers who are researching how life began in our universe continue to expend considerable time and other resources to find out how all this began in our universe outside of Intelligent Design. 282 more words