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Dawn Space Probe Resumes Sending Images of Dwarf Planet Ceres

Dawn Space Probe Resumes Sending Images of Dwarf Planet Ceres

It was an arrival and a farewell at the same time: On 6 March of this year, when NASA’s Dawn space probe finally arrived at Ceres after a two-and-a-half-year flight through the asteroid belt, the spherical dwarf planet initially disappeared into the darkness. As the space probe was approaching its destination from the dark side, the onboard scientific camera system was unable to take any new pictures. For five long weeks. Now, Ceres has come into view again. Photos from mid-April afford a first glimpse of the north pole of the dwarf planet. [More]
EPS Honors SLAC and Stanford Theoretical Physicist with 2015 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize

EPS Honors SLAC and Stanford Theoretical Physicist with 2015 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize

James D. Bjorken, a theoretical physicist and professor emeritus at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and at Stanford University, has been awarded the 2015 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the European Physical Society (EPS). Along with four other scientists, he was honored for theoretical work that revolutionized our understanding of the internal structure of the proton. [More]
Direct Evidence of Pulsing Quasar Could Substantiate Existence of Black Hole Binaries

Direct Evidence of Pulsing Quasar Could Substantiate Existence of Black Hole Binaries

As two galaxies enter the final stages of merging, scientists have theorized that the galaxies' supermassive black holes will form a "binary," or two black holes in such close orbit they are gravitationally bound to one another. In a new study, astronomers at the University of Maryland present direct evidence of a pulsing quasar, which may substantiate the existence of black hole binaries. [More]
Supermassive Black Hole Exists in Dwarf Starburst Galaxy

Supermassive Black Hole Exists in Dwarf Starburst Galaxy

Dartmouth astrophysicists and their colleagues have not only proven that a supermassive black hole exists in a place where it isn't supposed to be, but in doing so have opened a new door to what things were like in the early universe. [More]
Asteroid Vesta was well on its Way in Developing into a Planet

Asteroid Vesta was well on its Way in Developing into a Planet

Only around 60 million kilometres closer to the Sun than Ceres, another large rock is orbiting in the remote asteroid belt: Vesta. Although its diameter of approximately 530 kilometres makes it a bit too small to be counted as a dwarf planet, it is nevertheless big enough to be the second heaviest and third largest body in this region between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. [More]
LSST Telescope Construction Begins at Cerro Pachón Site in Chilean Andes

LSST Telescope Construction Begins at Cerro Pachón Site in Chilean Andes

The first stone of the future LSST telescope was laid on 14 April 2015 by the Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, at the Cerro Pachón site in the Chilean Andes. The LSST is the result of a public-private partnership involving several research institutions worldwide, and will be equipped with the most powerful digital camera ever built, partly developed in CNRS laboratories. The 8.4-meter-diameter telescope will shed light on the nature of dark energy, which accelerates the expansion of the Universe. [More]
Possible Explanation for Existence of the Cold Spot in Eridanus Constellation

Possible Explanation for Existence of the Cold Spot in Eridanus Constellation

In 2004, astronomers examining a map of the radiation leftover from the Big Bang (the cosmic microwave background, or CMB) discovered the Cold Spot, a larger-than-expected unusually cold area of the sky. The physics surrounding the Big Bang theory predicts warmer and cooler spots of various sizes in the infant universe, but a spot this large and this cold was unexpected. [More]
First Results from New LBT Exozodi Exoplanet Common Hunt Survey

First Results from New LBT Exozodi Exoplanet Common Hunt Survey

Astronomers have probed deeper than before into a planetary system 130 light-years from Earth. The observations mark the first results of a new exoplanet survey called LEECH (LBT Exozodi Exoplanet Common Hunt), and are published today in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. [More]
Special Activities to Mark Hubble Space Telescope’s 25 Years

Special Activities to Mark Hubble Space Telescope’s 25 Years

The Hubble Space Telescope — one of mankind’s most successful scientific creations — will turn 25 years on Friday, April 24. To celebrate, the Physics and Astronomy Department at UC Riverside will be holding special activities the week from April 20 to April 24. All activities are free and open to the public. [More]
NASA MESSENGER Spacecraft to Study Mercury Will Impact the Planet’s Surface

NASA MESSENGER Spacecraft to Study Mercury Will Impact the Planet’s Surface

After extraordinary science findings and technological innovations, a NASA spacecraft launched in 2004 to study Mercury will impact the planet’s surface, most likely on April 30, after it runs out of propellant. [More]
Dawn Spacecraft Captures Several Views of Dwarf Planet Ceres’ Sunlit North Pole

Dawn Spacecraft Captures Several Views of Dwarf Planet Ceres’ Sunlit North Pole

After spending more than a month in orbit on the dark side of dwarf planet Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has captured several views of the sunlit north pole of this intriguing world. These images were taken on April 10 from a distance of 21,000 miles (33,000 kilometers), and they represent the highest-resolution views of Ceres to date. [More]
University of Vienna Professor to Deliver Robert Hofstadter Memorial Lectures

University of Vienna Professor to Deliver Robert Hofstadter Memorial Lectures

It may be too early for Halloween. But later this month a lauded scientist will come to Stanford to discuss an observation Albert Einstein once described as "spooky." [More]
New Quantum Engineering Technology Labs at University of Bristol

New Quantum Engineering Technology Labs at University of Bristol

The University of Bristol has today launched its new state-of-the-art Quantum Engineering Technology (QET) Labs. The QET Labs will provide unique world-leading facilities, bringing together industrial and academic collaborators to build devices that span numerous areas of quantum technology development from the nano-fabrication of quantum devices to a city-scale Quantum Key Distribution network. [More]
QD Vision Introduces 2mm Wide Quantum Dot Optical Component

QD Vision Introduces 2mm Wide Quantum Dot Optical Component

QD Vision has introduced a 2mm wide quantum dot optic, expanding the market for the industry’s best color to ultra-slim displays such as LCD monitors, all-in-one computers and televisions. The new Color IQ™ optical component represents a 33% width reduction from the 3mm optic, making it the thinnest quantum dot, full-gamut color solution available today. [More]
Researchers Calculate Physical Properties of Neutrinos Measured at the South Pole

Researchers Calculate Physical Properties of Neutrinos Measured at the South Pole

Neutrinos are a type of particle that pass through just about everything in their path from even the most distant regions of the universe. The Earth is constantly bombarded by billions of neutrinos, which zip right through the entire globe, houses, animals, people - everything. Only very rarely do they react with matter, but the giant IceCube experiment at the South Pole can detect when there is a collision between neutrinos and atoms in the ice using a network of detectors. [More]

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