Archive for January 9, 2013

Rogue Planet Like Nibiru Found By Hubble Space Telescope

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This diagram shows the orbit of the exoplanet Fomalhaut b as calculated from recent Hubble Space Telescope observations. The planet follows a highly elliptical orbit that carries it across a wide belt of debris encircling the bright star Fomalhaut. hs-2013-01-e-web_printThe planet swings as close to its star as 4.6 billion miles, and the outermost point of its orbit is 27 billion miles away from the star. The orbital period is approximately 2,000 years.

Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)

Newly released NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of a vast debris disk encircling the nearby star Fomalhaut and a mysterious planet circling it may provide forensic evidence of a titanic planetary disruption in the system.

Astronomers are surprised to find the debris belt is wider than previously known, spanning a Read more…

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Australia is so hot they had to add new colors to the weather map

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As scorching temperatures persist across Australia, the country’s Bureau of Meteorology added a new color to its weather forecasting map, extending the range to 54ºC, or 129ºF, from the previous cap of 50ºC, or 122ºF.

The new, deeper purple “dome of heat” swirls above South Australia, indicating temperatures above 50ºC in some areas.

Bureau of Meteorology

Bureau of Meteorology

The previous all-time temperature record was 50.7ºC, reached in South Australia in 1960.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says this is the first time Australia has ever recorded five consecutive days of temperatures above 39ºC (102ºF). Nationwide average temperatures on each of the first six days of 2013 were among the top 20 hottest days on record.

This is also the year with the most record days in Australia since 1910, when national records began


China, Russia pledge closer security ties ahead of BRICS meet

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Beijing, Jan 9:

Ahead of the key BRICS security meet in New Delhi tomorrow, China and Russia today pledged to deepen security cooperation and make new contributions to their comprehensive strategic partnership.

China’s State Councilor Dai Bingguo, who would be attending the two-day BRICS senior representatives on security issues, held talks with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev here.

They held in-depth discussions on China-Russia relations, as well as the current international and regional situation, according a statement issued for the 8th China-Russia strategic security consultation.

“Both countries should maintain frequent high-level interactions and deepen pragmatic cooperation,” the statement said, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.

The two sides pledged to support each Read more…

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SOFIA Spots Recent Starburst in the Milky Way Galaxy’s Center

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Researchers using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) have captured new images of a ring of gas and dust seven light-years in diameter surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, and of a neighboring cluster of extremely luminous young stars embedded in dust cocoons.

The images of our galaxy’s circumnuclear ring (CNR) and its neighboring quintuplet cluster (QC) are the subjects of two posters presented this week during the American Astronomical Society’s meeting in Long Beach, Calif. Ryan Lau of Cornell University and his collaborators studied the CNR. Matt Hankins of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway is lead author of the other paper, regarding the QC.

SOFIA/FORCAST mid-infrared image of the Milky Way galaxy’s nucleus showing the Circumnuclear Ring (CNR) of gas and dust clouds orbiting Read more…
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