Deep Space

  • Inference and Red Corn
    Mathematical astronomer, Simon Newcomb, describes the limits of life on Earth and endeavors to ask the right questions about what might be required to discover life elsewhere.
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  • Search for Life in the Universe I
    In this two-part essay, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson, reflects on the scientific and cultural implications of finding life elsewhere in the cosmos.
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  • Galactic Baby Boomers
    By combining results from the Hubble Telescope in visible light and the Chandra Telescope in x-rays, astronomers have plotted the evolution of galaxies. From 13.7 billion years ago, a decided birth rate boom and bust cycle is observable.
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  • Analogies of Nature
    Mathematical astronomer, Simon Newcomb, describes the limits of life on Earth and endeavors to ask the right questions about what might be required to discover life elsewhere.
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  • Celestial Birthing Grounds: Wild Places
    A University of Florida sky survey has doubled the number of planet forming disks in a cluster of young stars, and suggests that planets may pop up within the first 3 million years of a star's life.
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  • Dirtside Simulation
    What would the future hold for a society where reputation was all that mattered? Astrobiology magazine reviews award-winning science-fiction from Cory Doctorow, Outreach Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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  • A Perfect World II: Richardson
    "Name two things you hope will be true about the world in fifty years. Now paint a picture of your ideal world." That is what author Debra Trione asked over fifty of the world's most powerful and influential leaders in America to
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  • A Perfect World I: Tyson
    "Name two things you hope will be true about the world in fifty years. Tell me about an environment in which you personally thrive. Now paint a picture of your ideal world."
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  • Eureka, The New World
    Planet-finding scientist, Geoff Marcy, describes just how it feels to find a new world. The UC Berkeley researcher describes the challenges and thrills of modern sky searches.
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  • Hot New Eclipsing World Discovered
    Planet finding scientists have logged more than a hundred discoveries of new 'worlds' since the middle 1990s, but only two probable candidates have been found from changes in the parent star's brightness. Akin to a distant eclipse, this method is called a transit search.
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  • Telescopic Time Travel
    Set for launch at the end of April, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer will enable astromers to witness ten billion years of cosmic history.
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  • HabStars: Speeding Up In the Zone
    When the Allen Telescope Array comes online in a few years, its thousand-fold better radio search capabilities would soon exhaust previously cataloged stars with potentially habitable planets. So Margaret Turnbull and Jill Tarter have a new list, called HabCat: A Catalog of Nearby Habitable
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  • Infrared Eyes Set For the Sky
    A new Sun-circling telescope will reveal the universe with infrared eyes. Unlike what the Hubble Space Telescope shows in visible light, this Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) will look for heat.
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  • New Planet Found, Big Dog Constellation
    A new planet has been found orbitting a Sun-like star in the southern constellation, Canis Major. The planet is about twice the size of Jupiter, and orbits so close that its annual 'season' is over in just two and half days.
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  • Hypernova Blast
    The light from a massive explosion 2 billion years ago just arrived March 29th on Earth, thus setting off a global flurry of robotic telescopes to track what turned out to be 100 times more intense than any previously studied supernova events.
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