mysterious-infant-star-strobe-light-lrll-54361-lgSTELLAR CHEMISTRY
NASA Telescopes Discover Strobe-Like Flashes in Young Stars
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 12, 2013 – Two of NASA’s great observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, have teamed up to uncover a mysterious infant star that behaves like a strobe light. Every 25.34 days, the object, designated LRLL 54361, unleashes a burst of light. Although a similar phenomenon has been observed in two other young stellar objects, this is the most powerful such beacon seen to date. The hear … more

DEEP IMPACT
New evidence suggests comet or asteroid impact was last straw for dinosaurs
Berkeley CA (SPX) Feb 12, 2013 – he demise of the dinosaurs is the world’s ultimate whodunit. Was it a comet or asteroid impact? Volcanic eruptions? Climate change? In an attempt to resolve the issue, scientists at the Berkeley Geochronology Center (BGC), the University of California, Berkeley, and universities in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have now determined the most precise dates yet for the dinosaur extinc … more

SPACE SCOPES
Hubble captures strobe flashes from a young star
Baltimore MD (SPX) Feb 12, 2013 – The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced a time-lapse movie of a mysterious protostar that behaves like a flashing light. Every 25.34 days, the object, designated LRLL 54361, unleashes a burst of light which propagates through the surrounding dust and gas. This is only the third time this phenomenon has been observed, and it is the most powerful such beacon seen to date. It is also … more

SPACE SCOPES
Hubble Catches a Side-on Spiral Streak
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 11, 2013 – This thin, glittering streak of stars is the spiral galaxy ESO 121-6, which lies in the southern constellation of Pictor (The Painter’s Easel). Viewed almost exactly side-on, the intricate structure of the swirling arms is hidden, but the full length of the galaxy can be seen – including the intense glow from the central bulge, a dense region of tightly packed young stars sitting at the ce … more