Astronomy

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Good news for sufferers of osteoporosis. There is more calcium in the universe than theoretical physicists had predicted: According to Jelle de Plaa, space researcher at SRON, many answers can be found in distant clusters of galaxies. “Clusters are in many ways the big cities of the universe”, he says. “They consist of hundreds of…

So Pluto is no longer a planet (totally destroying everything I learned in elementary school), and I get the feeling the little guy is bummed out about it. I have a list of suggestions of things Pluto can do to raise it’s self esteem: 1) Become a free agent and join another solar system 2)…

Planetary Idol: Is Pluto a Planet?

Scientists meet in Prague to discuss whether Pluto is a planet: Nearly 2,500 astronomers from 75 countries gathered in Prague Monday to come up with a universal definition of what qualifies as a planet and possibly decide whether Pluto should keep its planet status. For decades, the solar system has consisted of nine planets, even…

Why do we lose all the good ones? Physicist James A. Van Allen, a leader in space exploration who discovered the radiation belts surrounding the Earth that now bear his name, died Wednesday. He was 91. The University of Iowa, where he taught for years, announced the death in a statement on its Web site.…

It’s all the lying that really gets me: The universe could be 2 billion years older than thought, according to a new report by an international team of astronomers. The scientists have found that a nearby galaxy is 15% farther away than previous results suggested. That could mean the age of the universe is off…