Posted: January 10th, 2016 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Astronomy, Astronomy, Cankler Science News | Tags: astronomy-space, curtin-university-of-technology-6102, earth-sciences, perth-6000, science, science-and-technology, university-and-further-education | Comments Off on Meteorite Older Than Earth Found at Australia’s Lake Eyre
A meteorite estimated to be 4.5 billion years old has been recovered by Perth researchers from a remote part of Lake Eyre in outback South Australia. In a race against time, the geologists dug the 1.7-kilogram meteorite out just hours before heavy rains would have wiped away any trace of it.
The team from Curtin University had been trying to track the fall site since the meteorite was spotted by locals and five remote cameras in late November in the William Creek and Marree areas. But on New Year’s Eve, as heavy rains brewed a downpour, the team found their needle in a haystack. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 20th, 2011 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Astronomy, Cankler Science News | Tags: Cerro Armazones, E-ELT, ESO, European Extremely Large Telescope | Comments Off on European Extremely Large Telescope Gets Funding Approval
The governing body of the European Southern Observatory, the ESO Council, has approved ESO’s budget for 2012. This includes preparatory work on the road to the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) site at Cerro Armazones and the start of development of some very challenging optical components for the telescope. With several ESO Member States now having committed their part of the required additional funding, the final approval for the whole E-ELT programme is expected in mid-2012. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 15th, 2011 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Astronomy, Cankler Science News | Tags: Chile, ESO, European Organisation for Astronomical Research, European Southern Observatory, NGC 253, Paranal, The Silver Coin Galaxy, Very Large Survey Telescope, VST | Comments Off on NGC253: Europes New Southern Hemisphere Telescope Captures Silver Coin Galaxy
Europe’s state-of-the-art Very Large Survey Telescope – VST – in Paranal, Chile, has captured some of the most detailed images ever taken of a spiral galaxy. The Silver Coin Galaxy, known to scientists as NGC 253, gleams about 11.5 million light years away in the southern constellation of Sculptor.
One light year is the distance that light travels in 365 Earth days, about 9.46 trillion kilometres or 5.87 trillion miles. NGC 253 is labelled a “starbust” galaxy because it is a stellar nursery where super-hot young stars have ignited, forming what look like bright clumps dotting its spiral.
The radiation streaming from these giant blue-white babies makes the surrounding hydrogen gas clouds glow green in the images captured by the telescope, the European Southern Observatory – ESO – said in a statement. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 14th, 2011 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Applied Science, Astronomy, Cankler Science News | Tags: ESO, eso0846, MPE, Sagittarius A, Sgr A, Very Large Telescope, VLT | Comments Off on ESO Watches As Block Hole Eats Gas Cloud
Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have discovered a gas cloud with several times the mass of the Earth accelerating fast towards the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. This is the first time ever that the approach of such a doomed cloud to a supermassive black hole has been observed. The results will be published in the 5 January 2012 issue of the journal Nature.
During a 20-year programme using ESO telescopes to monitor the movement of stars around the supermassive black hole – eso0846, formally known as Sgr A*  Sagittarius A – at the centre of our galaxy, a team of astronomers led by Reinhard Genzel at the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics – MPE – in Garching, Germany, has discovered a unique new object fast approaching the black hole.
Over the last seven years, the speed of this object has nearly doubled, reaching more than 8 million km/h. It is on a very elongated orbit  and in mid-2013 it will pass at a distance of only about 40 billion kilometres from the event horizon of the black hole, a distance of about 36 light-hours . This is an extremely close encounter with a supermassive black hole in astronomical terms. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 10th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Astronomy, Cankler Science News | Tags: Hawaii, James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, JCMT, Joint Astronomy Centre, Mauna Kea, SCUBA, SCUBA-2, submillimeter, Submillimeter Common User Bolometer Array, submillimetre, Submillimetre Common User Bolometer Array | Comments Off on Worlds Largest Wide-field Sub-millimetre Camera Set to Probe Space
In the world of Cosmology and Astronomy, SCUBA  was doubtlessly one of the most important instruments ever built. SCUBA has served the scientific community well, it seems however Astronomers have outgrown her.
SCUBA is mounted on what is the world’s largest submillimetre telescope at the Joint Astronomy Centre on the island of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, move over SCUBA, SCUBA 2 Read the full article »»»»