Hanging At The Solar System’s End!

November 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, late night studies, public debate, science and technology, web gossip) (, , , , )

The outer regions of our solar system are being examined now with increasing interest and enthusiasm!  What once may have been thought of as a distant and dull region of space now is being enlivened due to recent research and discoveries.  Indeed, what appears to be an entirely exotic and spectacular scene is appearing within an area once believed to be the empty backyard of our cosmic neighborhood!

I still think that if Pluto at all was to be concerned about Earth’s opinion of it’s status within our solar system, the world quickly would give a dismissive laugh!  The probable truth is that there is so much happening within the general Pluto neighborhood.  It likely could be perceived that the dwarf planet would not have the time to bother with what Earth has decided about it’s stance within space!

Pluto is one of five dwarf planets within our solar system that are being acknowledged, at this point.  Most of them exist beyond Pluto’s orbit, likely recognized as members of The Kuiper Belt.  These are the most-distant, known objects of our solar system.  It is the dwarf planet Ceres, sometimes designated as an asteroid, which is located within The Asteroid Belt.

As well, there is The Oort Cloud!  Located at about one light year from The Sun, 4.6 trillion miles, this has been called “the icy shell” of our solar system.  It’s actual existence is in debate within the scientific community, as some do, and some do not want to state that The Oort Cloud really is out there!  Current studies are showing that the asteroids, comets, and planetesimals of this region were formed in an area of the solar system nearer to The Sun.  Yet, the gravitational forces of the inner planets, along with the extreme force exerted by Jupiter, slung these objects to the furthest areas of the solar system, just held in place by the gravitational power of The Sun.

Past The Oort Cloud is true interstellar space!  Yet, the cloud itself consists of asteroids, along with many bodies of ice and rock, which surround the solar system.  From this region, rocky objects often are ejected, then flung inward to become comets.  It is when these objects interact with other bodies in-toward The Sun that they can become dangerous items that may be on courses to strike the planets, even Earth!




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Lookin’ WAAAAAAAY Back!

November 17, 2012 at 9:36 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

This is some place to which we will never, NEVER, get, not even with satellites, so do not even bother!  Yet, it does not hurt to imagine, to look, and to study in the event that something observable out there could serve as useful on some level that has not yet been recognized.  Plus, it always is a good thing to collect details for study and review purposes!

Astronomers and other scientific researchers have succeeded in locating what is believed to be the farthest-known object within our known universe.  At a distance of roughly 13.3 billion light years away from Earth, a view has been caught of the location now designated as MACS0647-JD.  Through the use of the powerful Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientifc researchers have been able to capture images of this galaxy, which is being seen as it existed merely 420 years after The Big  Bang!

The image of this galaxy that has been viewed shows it as it existed at three percent of it’s current age.  The research is stating that the universe itself was little more than 420 million years old.  The galaxy, MACS0647-JD, seems to exist at nearly 2.5 times smaller than our Milky Way.  The observing astronomers believe that it will merge with smaller galaxies that are near to it, thus assembling into a cosmic collection of greater scale!

MACS0647-JD was discovered by The CLASH Survey.  This program works with The Advanced Camera For Surveys, and The Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide-Field Camera 3.  Through the uses of these tools of cosmic information collection, this ancient galaxy, along with twenty-five galactic clusters are being studied.

The observations made by Hubble Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 and it’s Advanced Camera for Surveys initially located MACS0647-JD.  Confirmations of the galaxy’s actual distance were made by The Spitzer Space Telescope.   Additionally, a the use of a naturally-occurring celestial phenomenon called a gravitational lens was used to get a clear view of the galaxy.  The phenomenon actually is a collection of galaxies itself which produces this area through which light can pass due to the warping of spacetime through the collective gravitational forces emitted by these objects!

Farthest Known Galaxy in the Universe Discovered


The Galaxy

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The Mayans Were A Year Off, and Earth Is NOT In Danger!

October 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

So, if the Mayan prophets had been just slightly more accurate, they would have seen that the actual calamity was not to occur during 2012, but within the following year.  Actual research is showing that it is during 2013 when events of deep-space spectacle will happen.  Studies are proving that an event of seemingly disastrous nature will occur during next year, although Earth will not be affected!

Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the core of our Milky Way Galaxy, will pass uncomfortably close to a plasma cloud.  Close, in the terms of astronomers viewing the event, is roughly 24 million miles.  So, in conjunction with distances throughout spacetime, that likely is pretty close!

This gathering of plasma apparently has been increasing it’s speed, as it currently is racing at a rate of over 4.9 million miles per hour!  This speed has doubled over the past seven years.  Meanwhile, Sagittarius A* already is ripping at the cloud, as astronomers have observed that it’s edges are being shredded by the powerful gravitational forces of the supermassive black hole.

Sagittarius A* ultimately will vacuum the plasma cloud into it’s core, stretching it out into something similar to a lengthy noodle!  Scientists do not know when the final result will occur, as it only is being seen that the plasma cloud is shredding.  They intend to use the studies of this event to understand how black holes work with the ways they operate in the consumptions and destructions of other objects that get caught within their intense gravitational forces!



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Another World Nearby and NOT of The Sun!

October 18, 2012 at 10:12 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

A seemingly similar world has been spotted right next door!  Exciting!  It seems that astronomers whom have been making recent and detailed observations of the night skies have succeeded in locating what must be the nearest planet that is orbiting a star which is not The Sun.  It possibly is where many would have expected it to be located, yet now there is the verification of it’s existence.

Right next door (at 4.3 light years, or 25,278,089,104,689.51 miles away), a new world has been discovered!  It appears to have a likeness to our Earth, in that it is a mere amount more than the mass of our world.  This makes the newly-discovered exoplanet the lightest world outside of our solar system to be identified, thus far!

La Silla Paranal Observatory at Chile is where this discovery was made.  Through the use of the powerful HARPS Instrument, precise peerings into nearby regions of our Milky Way have allowed us to see more of what is sitting right next door.  Alpha Centauri, the ternary stellar system which is the nearest star system to our own, hosts an Earth-like world around one of it’s stars!

The observations are preliminary, but what has been revealed is that a planet with some possible likenesses to our Earth is in orbit of Alpha Centauri B.  It is not immediately akin to Earth, as it is much closer to it’s star.  Floating at an average range of three million miles away from Alpha Centauri B, it is practically in the face of it’s star!  This world is closer to Alpha Centauri B than Mercury is to The SunThis world is on fire!

Currently, the planet has been designated as Alpha Centauri Bb.  It’s host star, Alpha Centauri B, is a part of the three-star system, which is the closest star system to our own solar system within our Milky Way Galaxy.  This system contains Alpha Centauri B, along with Alpha Centauri A, and Proxima Centauri.









Flaming Sun

This world is ON FIRE!!!

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….and You Thought It Was Hot In Your Hood!

October 15, 2012 at 5:50 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Studies of outer space continue to be so captivating because of the continuous levels of awe and inspiration that accompany every image that is captured!  I was looking through some prior notes and online clips on some of the recent presentations, which took me to one of the possibly strangest planetary objects within our Milky Way Galaxy!

It was during 2008 that the talented team working with The Hubble Space Telescope identified particular stars within The Auriga Constellation.  This is a grouping of stars that is visible from the northern hemisphere of our planet.  Designated as M32, major stars within Auriga include Capella, Hasseleh, Hoedus 1, Hoedus 11, and Menkalinan.  Capella, formally entitled Alpha Auriga, is the sixth-brightest star in the sky!

Eight of the stars within Auriga are known to have planets.  WASP-12 is the major star of this constellation, which is a yellow dwarf, akin to our Sun.  It’s orbiting world, WASP-12b, orbits exeptionally close to WASP-12.  The distance has been calculated to be one-fortieth of the distance that separates Earth from The Sun!  This lack of area is at a point that the planet’s atmosphere is sucked off by the heat of WASP-12at a level of 189 quadrillion tons, annually!

SuperWASP has been working to identify extrasolar planets in transit of their host stars since the beginning of the 21st century.  It was during September of 2006 when the group located WASP-1b and WASP-2b.  There is at least one uncomfirmed world, GD 66 b, which was first identified during 2008.  It orbits GD 66, a white dwarf star that also is a pulsar, which is 170 light years away from us!

Auriga Constellation



Tatooine has been found!!!

You surely would feel the heat on WASP 12b!

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Hubble’s Continued and Unparalleled Images!

September 30, 2012 at 11:58 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Following and learning about the continuing studies of space-time is always exciting!  I am reading these recent releases about what The Hubble Space Telescope has been doing, specifically regarding it’s latest images of outer space.  It’s latest work has to be near the top of the list of the most fascinating discoveries ever!

The Hubble Space Telescope has been taking images of the universe, peering into distances that are not readily understood by any viewer.  It has been focusing on a region designated as Hubble Deep Field, which then has peered into Hubble eXtreme Deep Field (I guess…).  All of this distant observation of ancient space-time equates to something nearly 80, 240, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000 miles from Earth!

The recent telescopic images of Hubble have gathered images that equate to their existence during the time of the cosmos some 13.2 billion years ago.  One image is of a galaxy labeled as UDFj-39546284 (no, clever nicknames did not make the cut….).  This galaxy has been imaged as it existed roughly 450 million years after The Big Bang.  That is young, in terms of the cosmos, and merely five percent of the current age of the known universe.  This galaxy itself supposedly no longer exists, and it has taken so many years for it’s light to be visible by our instruments!

These current pictures of the cosmos have captured images of roughly 5,500 galaxies.  The Hubble Space Telescope spent roughly fifty days taking these photographs, adding them to the collection of images stored from Hubble Ultra Deep Field.  This is an area of the cosmos, located within the constellation Fornax, a constellation visible from the southern hemisphere.  It is situated between the constellations Cetus and Eridanus.  Fornax is a part of The Fornax Cluster, a grouping of galaxies and dwarf galaxies that are roughly 500,000 light years away!










Galaxy Galaxy Galore

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