Archive: 10/19/2011

Youngest planet seen as it's forming

(PhysOrg.com) -- The first direct image of a planet in the process of forming around its star has been captured by astronomers who combined the power of the 10-meter Keck telescopes with a bit of optical sleight ...

Oct 19, 2011
4.3 / 5 (14) 13 | with audio podcast

The landing-site specialist

(PhysOrg.com) -- Gale crater has been sitting just below the equator of Mars, minding its own business, for at least three and half billion years. But in August 2012, a capsule is going to come screaming out ...

Oct 19, 2011
5 / 5 (1) 0 | with audio podcast

VISTA finds new globular star clusters

(PhysOrg.com) -- Two newly discovered globular clusters have been added to the total of just 158 known globular clusters in our Milky Way. They were found in new images from ESO’s VISTA survey telescope ...

Oct 19, 2011
not rated yet 0 | with audio podcast

Tiny battery is also a nanomotor

(PhysOrg.com) -- Measuring just 3.6 micrometers long, one of the smallest batteries ever made won’t be powering our electronic devices anytime soon, but it does serve as a self-powered nanomotor that ...

Oct 19, 2011 feature
4.6 / 5 (9) 0 | with audio podcast

Space Image: North American Nebula

This swirling landscape of stars is known as the North America Nebula. In visible light, the region resembles North America, but in this image infrared view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the continent ...

Oct 19, 2011
5 / 5 (1) 0

Explanation for glowing seas suggested

It has long been known that distinctive blue flashes -- a type of bioluminescence -- that are visible at night in some marine environments are caused by tiny, unicellular plankton known as dinoflagellates. ...

Oct 19, 2011
5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast