Thursday, April 08, 2010

MC2 Post 637: Astro Images of Mysterious Dark Object

Astronomers Take Close-Up Pictures of 
Mysterious Dark Object

For the first time, astronomers have directly observed the 

mysterious dark companion in a binary star system that 

has puzzled skywatchers since the 19th century.



Previously, on Science Daily:
Supermassive Black Holes: Hinting at 
the Nature of Dark Matter?

ScienceDaily (Mar. 22, 2010) — About 23 percent of the universe is 

made up of mysterious 'dark matter' -- invisible material only detected 

through its gravitational influence on its surroundings. Now two

astronomers based at the National Autonomous University of Mexico 

(UNAM) have found a hint of the way it behaves near black holes.

Even Farther Away is this Story from Science Daily:

Pleiedes Cluster (M45)    Spitzer Space Telescope:IRAC

Discovering A New Earth 430 Light 
Years Away Astronomers 

Spy Earth-like Planet Forming Around Distant Star

April 1, 2008 — Astrophysicists analyzing infrared images 

captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope

found indications of a dust cloud surrounding a relatively young star. 

The star is 10 to 16 million years old, and analysis of the dust 

cloud suggests that it may coalesce and become a rocky 

planet like earth. It is located at a distance from the star that it 

may build an atmosphere, collect liquid water, and

perhaps, in millions and millions of years, support life.


The latest Science Daily space_time Videos are at:


Updated Firefox to 3.6.3. You Know the one that Has 
Bing-like Headers, called:  Personas.


Wingman, Looking at the Stars


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