351908-1366x768-PleiadesDistant planetary system is a super-sized solar system
Toronto, ON (SPX) Mar 18, 2013 – A team of astronomers, including Quinn Konopacky of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto, has made the most detailed examination yet of the atmosphere of a Jupiter-like planet beyond our Solar System. According to Konopacky, “We have been able to observe this planet in unprecedented detail because of the advanced instrumentation we are using on the Kec … more

NASA’s Swift, Chandra Explore a Youthful ‘Star Wreck’
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 18, 2013 – While performing an extensive X-ray survey of our galaxy’s central regions, NASA’s Swift satellite has uncovered the previously unknown remains of a shattered star. Designated G306.3-0.9 after the coordinates of its sky position, the new object ranks among the youngest-known supernova remnants in our Milky Way galaxy. “Astronomers have previously cataloged more than 300 supernova remnants … more

Earth-Directed Coronal Mass Ejection From the Sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 18, 2013 – On March 15, 2013, at 2:54 a.m. EDT, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME), a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space and can reach Earth one to three days later and affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground. Experimental NASA research models, based on observations from the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observ … more