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News: March 2009

100 hours of astronomy

Another exciting Cornerstone Project of the International Year of Astronomy kicks off this week with 100 Hours of Astronomy - the largest single science public outreach event ever organised.

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Scientists fine-tune Hubble from the ground

A scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology has expanded the Hubble Space Telescope's capability without the need for new technology, by recalibrating existing instruments.

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Mud volcanoes could bubble up life on Mars

According to scientists presenting their research at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference this week, mud volcanism on Mars could provide a unique window into the astrobiological exploration of the red planet.

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World's first Dark Sky Discovery Sites announced in Scotland

As part of International Year of Astronomy celebrations, the world's first two Dark Sky Discovery Sites have been announced in Scotland.

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Erratic black hole

regulates itself

New analysis based on Chandra observations suggests that a special class of black hole may have a mechanism for shutting off their high speed jets and thus regulate the rate at which they grow.

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Surprise recovery of meteorites from

Sudan fireball

Nearly 280 meteorite fragments from the high altitude explosion of asteroid 2008 TC3 have been recovered from the Nubian Desert, the first time meteorites have been directly connected to an asteroid observed to strike

the Earth.

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Home computers to search for new pulsars

First there was SETI@Home, now there is Einstein@Home, an initiative that calls on the general public to donate computational time to searching for gravitational wave data that could help detect new pulsars.

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Moon shadows signal approach of Saturn equinox

For the first time, Cassini has captured the shadows of the planet's moons on Saturn's broad expanse of rings as the majestic planet approaches equinox.

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The latest theory-defying supernova

A star one hundred solar masses and one million times brighter than our Sun before it exploded, should not have self-destructed so early in its life, according to the fundamental theories of stellar evolution.

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Giant waves twisting in solar atmosphere

For the first time scientists have detected giant waves twisting in the Sun's lower atmosphere, shedding light on the mystery of why the solar corona is hotter than the Sun's visible surface.

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Another piece in the puzzle of Mars climate

According to new analysis of an eroded crater, a large scale depositional process has been at work in the equatorial regions of Mars that has implications for the climatic history of the planet.

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Armada of telescopes capture blazar together

By taking advantage of telescopes in space and on the ground, astronomers have uncovered surprising changes in radiation emitted by an active galaxy.

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Local She's an Astronomer event success

AN's website editor Emily Baldwin joined solar physicist Lucie Green and rocket scientist Mini Saaj at Surrey University to share their experiences as women in astronomy related careers to aspiring students.

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Planck and Herschel Exclusive Interviews

Astronomy Now talks to the scientists and engineers behind the Herschel and Planck missions, from Nobel Prize winner Robert Wilson, to ESA's David Southwood and Goran Pilbratt.

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Evidence for liquid water on Mars today

Droplets of salty liquid water mixed with mud have been detected on a leg of the Mars Phoenix Lander, according to a new analysis that will be discussed at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston next week.

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Carbon and oxygen found around galactic bulge stars

The Spitzer Space Telescope has detected rare evidence for both carbon and oxygen in the dust surrounding stars in the centre of the Milky Way.

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Unique 3D view of

distant galaxies

Using observations from the Hubble Space Telescope and ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have obtained unique three-dimensional views of distant galaxies.

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New evidence for dark matter around small galaxies

Astronomers studying the Perseus galaxy cluster with the Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered a new line of evidence that suggests galaxies are embedded in halos of dark matter.

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Keck and Kepler to

join forces

Two of astronomy's most powerful planet hunters will join forces this summer to scrutinize distant Earths.

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Mapping the Earth's gravity as never before

The most sophisticated Earth observation satellite will launch next week to map our planet's gravitational field with unprecedented resolution and accuracy.

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Exclusive Interview:

David Koch

Astronomy Now's Keith Cooper talks in-depth to the deputy principal investigator of the Kepler mission to find out just how the spacecraft will go about the ambitious task of detecting Earth-like planets.

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Kepler ready for launch

NASA's Kepler mission to seek out other Earth-like planets is on the launch pad and ready for liftoff from Cape Canaveral tonight.

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Binary black hole

system identified

Astronomers from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) in Arizona have found the best evidence yet for a pair of massive black holes orbiting around each other in a distant galaxy.

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Saturn's newfound moon could be source of G ring

Discovered within Saturn's outer G ring is a faint moonlet, thought to be responsible for maintaining the ring and its single ring arc.

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VLT reveals details of Pluto's atmosphere

A thin envelope of nitrogen and methane cloaks the dwarf planet Pluto in an atmosphere that is 50 degrees warmer than the surface, according to observations made with ESO's Very Large Telescope.

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Geriatric pulsar still kicking

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has spotted the oldest, most isolated pulsar ever detected in X-rays.

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2010 Yearbook
Our latest 132-page Astronomy Now special edition is an extravaganza of astronomy for the year ahead, with a complete 30-page guide to observing the planets, moon, meteor showers, two solar eclipses, and the deep sky in 2010.
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Take the tour!
A 100-page special edition from the creators of Astronomy Now magazine, The Grand Tour of the Universe takes readers from one end of the Universe to the other and, in doing so, asks the question "just how big is the Universe?"
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Infinity Rising
This special publication features the photography of British astro-imager Nik Szymanek and covers a range of photographic methods from basic to advanced. Beautiful pictures of the night sky can be obtained with a simple camera and tripod before tackling more difficult projects, such as guided astrophotography through the telescope and CCD imaging.
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Guide to the Constellations
Astronomy Now presents this 100-page, full-colour guide to the 68 constellations visible from the British Isles by Neil Bone, the respected amateur astronomer and writer.
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Exploring Mars
Astronomy Now is pleased to announce the publication of Exploring Mars. The very best images of Mars taken by orbiting spacecraft and NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers fill up the 98 glossy pages of this special edition!
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