Citations with the tag: ASTRONOMY
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- Heavenly questions and answers.
// World Almanac for Kids; 1996, p160
Gives information about specific terms relating to astronomy and the universe. Galaxies including the Milky Way; Information about light travel and light years; Details about meteorites and shooting stars; How black holes are formed; The Big Bang theory regarding the origin of the universe.
- Northern lights.
Dennis, J. // Country Living; Nov90, Vol. 13 Issue 11, p88
Surveys several myths and theories about the beautiful phenomenon known as the Northern Lights. Author's memories of seeing them in childhood; Viewing the Northern Lights.
- Newest constellation: data.
Spotts, Peter N. // Christian Science Monitor; 3/22/2001, Vol. 93 Issue 81, p17
Discusses the development of the National Virtual Observatory, which will examine data from astronomical archives.
- Heavenly signs.
Schaefer, B. // New Scientist; 12/28/91, Vol. 132 Issue 1800/1801, p48
Investigates the origins of the star and crescent symbol, one of the most common astronomical symbols in the world. Hypotheses of its origin; How it has been used throughout history; Astronomical claims to its origin are false.
- Supernova debris broadcasts its latest hit.
Gribbin, J. // New Scientist; 1/18/92, Vol. 133 Issue 1804, p19
Reports that the remnant of supernova 1987A has come back on the air at radio frequencies. Located in the Large Magellanic Cloud; Wavelengths at which it can be detected; Hope to still find a pulsar created by the explosion.
- Eccentric test for pulsar's planets.
Croswell, K. // New Scientist; 1/25/92, Vol. 133 Issue 1805, p27
Reports on a way scientists have devised to confirm that the two planets recently claimed to be orbiting the pulsar known as PSR 1257+12 are real. Length of time it takes for them to orbit; Prediction of the alteration in the planets' orbits.
- Bright gas jet reveals twin black holes...
Schilling, G. // New Scientist; 3/7/92, Vol. 133 Issue 1811, p18
Reports on research by astronomers from Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands on the binary black holes they believe are contained within quasars and galaxies. They used existing observations of the quasar 3C273 and galaxy M87; Findings.
- Bursting through to dark matter.
Croswell, K. // New Scientist; 3/21/92, Vol. 133 Issue 1813, p19
Reports how gamma-ray bursters may be used to help identify the dark matter of the universe. Description of the gamma-ray bursters; How they would be used.
- The sky down under.
Apfel, N.H. // Odyssey; Feb90, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p14
Describes how different the night sky looks to people from the northern and southern hemispheres. Moon; Constellations; Sun; Stars.
Vogt, G.L. // Odyssey; May90, Vol. 12 Issue 5, p33
Recounts the experiences of a team of astronomers in Chile who detected a strange pulsar-like signal in the region of a supernova. Research on the signal; Discovery that they had actually picked up signals from a television camera.
- Circles and serpents.
Marston, E. // Odyssey; Sep90, Vol. 12 Issue 9, p4
Discusses the new field of archaeoastronomy, the study of ancient observatories. Examples of ancient Native American observatories; Benefits of understanding how peoples of the past observed the skies; Different types of ancient observatories, such as medicine wheels, circles and squares, sun...
- Build your own ancient observatory.
Walz-Chojnacki, G. // Odyssey; Sep90, Vol. 12 Issue 9, p26
Explains how to build an observatory similar to those of ancient peoples. Materials needed; Setup; Observing the fall equinox.
Algozin, M.; Riverwest, P. // Odyssey; Oct90, Vol. 12 Issue 10, p20
Relates the Chinese legend of the constellation known as Cepheus. Finding Cepheus in the October sky.
- Build a moon phaser.
Reddy, F. // Odyssey; Jan91, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p16
Explains how to build a Moon Phaser to determine the phase of the Moon before an astronomical viewing. Materials; Assembly; How it works; Tips on use.
- Make a starfinder.
Reddy, F. // Odyssey; Apr91, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p18
Explains how to make a constellation finder to help observe the night sky. Materials; Directions; Using the starfinder.
- The wounded bear.
Algozin, M. // Odyssey; Apr91, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p28
Recounts a legend about the Big Dipper constellation. Describes the star cluster as a wounded bear, with three hunters in pursuit.
- A brush with disaster.
Vogt, G.L. // Odyssey; Apr91, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p35
Comments on the recent visit to Earth of 1991 BA, a small asteroid discovered by astronomer David Rabinowitz. How the asteroid came extremely close to Earth; Estimated damage if it had actually hit the Earth.
- Maui's catch.
Algozin, M. // Odyssey; Jul/Aug91, Vol. 13 Issue 7, p26
Recounts the Maori legend of stars in the constellation of Scorpius. Focus on the magic fishhook of a Maori hero known as Maui; Finding Maui's hook in the sky.
- Debris you can see.
Sullivan, S. // Odyssey; Dec91, Vol. 13 Issue 11, p18
Features three orbiting satellites visible in the night sky. Space shuttle `Atlantis'; Compton Observatory, formerly the Gamma Ray Observatory, which was deployed from `Atlantis'; Rocket body (RB) of the `Cosmos 206,' a Soviet weather satellite launched in 1968; How to spot the satellites; How...
- Fire & ice.
Gerard, J. // Odyssey; Mar92, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p36
Comments on scientists' discovery of ice caps on Mercury. How they found evidence for ice on the hot planet; Implications for plans to explore the moon and make it habitable.
- Star cards.
G.C. // Odyssey; Jun93, Vol. 2 Issue 5, p38
Presents the last in the `Odyssey' magazine series of Star Cards, cards to help students identify constellations easily. Description of Ursa Major; How to find Ursa Major.
- Ask Uly.
G.C. // Odyssey; Jun93, Vol. 2 Issue 5, p42
Answers `Odyssey' magazine readers' questions about outer space, by Ulysses 4-11, the robot editorial assistant. What is Planet X; Nearly all claims of unidentified flying objects fakes or cases of mistaken identity; Newton's Law of Gravity.
- Counting the heavens.
Goguen, Jay D. // Odyssey; Feb94, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p10
Looks at how the science of astronomy attempts to describe our universe. The use of scientific notation when working with huge numbers; How to convert a number into scientific notation; Applying scientific notation to two questions (answers provided).
- Ask Uly.
Silverstein, Tim // Odyssey; Feb94, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p43
Responds to a reader's question on possible side effects to Earth when Jupiter is struck by pieces of a comet. The comet discovered by Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy in 1993 that was shattered when it came close to Jupiter; What will happen when the comet pieces enter Jupiter's...
- Name that crater!
Carroll, Michael // Odyssey; Nov95, Vol. 4 Issue 8, p12
Focuses on the naming of new discoveries in space. Historical background; Landmarks; Suggestions of scientists.
- ...and the show goes on!
Schnick, Jeffrey W. // Odyssey; Nov95, Vol. 4 Issue 8, p34
Focuses on the planets' position in November 1995. Backyard observations; Changes in positions; Globular cluster.
- Brrr...winter's here!
Schnick, Jeffrey W. // Odyssey; Dec95, Vol. 4 Issue 9, p34
Presents events related to astronomy for the month of December. Winter solstice; Stars visible on December; Shooting stars called Geminids.
- Eclipsed again!
Schnick, Jeffrey W. // Odyssey; Oct96, Vol. 5 Issue 7, p34
Presents information related to the field of astronomy. Chart showing the sky at 7:30 in the evening on October 15, 1996; Illustration of a solar eclipse; Colors of the constellation Cygnus. INSETS: Backyard observations.;Planet watch..
- Gamma gazer.
Stover, D. // Popular Science; May92, Vol. 240 Issue 5, p27
States that NASA's Gamma Ray Observatory, launched a year ago and later renamed the Compton Observatory, has located distant quasars that are emitting intensely energetic gamma rays. Sources for gamma rays; Instruments used for recording them.
- Seeing stars.
Stover, Dawn // Popular Science; Oct92, Vol. 241 Issue 4, p28
Reports that researchers at Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta are jointly designing an astronomical observatory that will be able to see in detail 5,000 times finer than any existing ground-based telescope. Details on the Center for High Angular...
- Hail Bopp!
Jueneman, Fred // R&D Magazine; June97, Vol. 39 Issue 7, p15
Opinion. Focuses on the conference `Planetary Violence in Human History,' a conference about astronomical events in the history of mankind. Various speakers at the event; Range of topics discussed.
- Starry messengers.
Baumgartner, F.J. // Sciences; Jan/Feb92, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p38
Explains how supernovas, comets and sunspots heralded the scientific revolution. Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe's writings of a new star in the constellation Cassiopeia, sighted in 1572; Polish astronomer Copernicus' proposal that planets revolvearound the sun; Problem of parallax, or apparent...
- Planetary pulses.
Fitzgerald, K. // Sciences; Mar/Apr92, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p8
Discusses the efforts of astronomers to search for planets in other parts of the galaxy, and the announcement in January that they had found good evidence for planets in the environment of a neutron star. Details of the discovery; Findings of Alexander Wolszczan and his coworkers at the Cornell...
- The halo men.
Fitzgerald, K. // Sciences; Nov/Dec92, Vol. 32 Issue 6, p7
Discusses the new interpretation of the results of NASA's Burst and Transient Source Experiment (BATSE) which may bear a profound mystery: the composition of dark matter, that invisible stuff widely thought to make up as much as 90 percent of the ass of the universe. Gamma-ray bursts; The...
- STARRY NIGHTS.
Bruno, Tara // Science World; 2/4/2008, Vol. 64 Issue 9, p7
The article provides information on the Deerlick Astronomy Village in Georgia.
Levy, D.H. // Sky & Telescope; May92, Vol. 83 Issue 5, p575
Looks at amateurs' contributions to astronomy during 1991, according to the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) `Circulars' which announces worldwide astronomical discoveries. Comet hunter Howard Brewington's discoveries; Comets found by observers Masaru Arai and Tsutomu Seki, both of...
- Deep-sky wonders.
Houston, W.S. // Sky & Telescope; May92, Vol. 83 Issue 5, p583
Lists several of the objects that can be found in the area around the Bowl of the Big Dipper. Overhead position in May; Giant spiral galaxy M81; Unusual galaxy M82; Planetary nebula M97; Spiral galaxy M108; More challenging search for objects.
- Observer's notebook.
Houston, W.S. // Sky & Telescope; May92, Vol. 83 Issue 5, p586
Discusses information from amateur astronomy observers including sounds heard in conjunction with northern lights, reports on the Geminid meteor shower on December 14, 1991 and a -8-magnitude fireball reported in southern Indiana on February 9, 1991.
- The bow-shock nebula: A mystery solved.
Houston, W.S. // Sky & Telescope; Jun92, Vol. 83 Issue 6, p608
Announces that an unusual parabola-shaped nebula discovered in Camelopardalis in 1984 is caused by a bow shock. Previous theories about nebula's shape; How nebula was formed.
- Galaxies through a red giant.
Keel, W.C. // Sky & Telescope; Jun92, Vol. 83 Issue 6, p626
Describes the author's experiences observing interacting galaxies at the Special Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, located in the Caucasus Mountains. Benefits for smaller observatories; Description of the SAO's Bolshoi Teleskop Azimutal'ny (BTA); Observing...
- Aristotle and a star hidden by Jupiter.
Cohen, S.M. // Sky & Telescope; Jun92, Vol. 83 Issue 6, p676
Discusses the author's computer study of a conjunction of Jupiter and the star 1 Geminorum. Aristotle's observation of the conjunction; Time Aristotle most likely observed the conjunction.
- Somber impressions.
Ortega, T. // Sky & Telescope; Jul92, Vol. 84 Issue 1, p4
Discusses the reasons astronomy is seen as boring to beginners, and gives advice on ways to change that perception. Attitudes of seasoned amateur astronomers; Perception of astronomy as hard work; Role of telescope makers in negative perceptions; Advice to experienced amateurs who want to help...
- An observer's guide to open clusters--II.
Harrington, P. // Sky & Telescope; Jul92, Vol. 84 Issue 1, p104
Discusses a search for open clusters in the summer sky, beginning near the southern horizon. NGC 6321; M6 and M7; NGC 6281; NGC 6520; M24 and NGC 6603; Collinder 399.
- Summer's horizon huggers.
Lovi, George // Sky & Telescope; Aug92, Vol. 84 Issue 2, p179
Discusses two constellations, Scorpius and Sagittarius, that are found low in the southern sky in August. Scorpion and Archer images; Teapot image; Corona Australis; Finding constellations at different times and in different seasons.
- Regards from the moon.
Lowman Jr., Paul D. // Sky & Telescope; Sep92, Vol. 84 Issue 3, p259
Presents a hypothetical letter written by an astronomer making observations from a lunar observatory in the year 2017. Round-the-clock observations; Observatory's site; Typical lunar life; Typical working day; Work at Farside; Benefits of working on the moon.
- More horizon huggers.
Lovi, George // Sky & Telescope; Sep92, Vol. 84 Issue 3, p299
Looks at a number of constellations that can be found near the southern horizon. Ancient constellation groups; Role of constellations in Age of Exploration; Keyzer-Houtman groups; Lacaille patterns; `Gap filler' constellations.
- Astronomical directory 1992-93.
Lovi, George // Sky & Telescope; Sep92, Vol. 84 Issue 3, following p298
Lists the museums and planetariums, observatories, astronomy clubs and special-interest groups in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Computer bulletin boards, telephone hotlines and dealers and manufacturers are also listed.
- Exploring the Herschel catalogue.
di Cicco, Dennis; Mullaney, James // Sky & Telescope; Sep92, Vol. 84 Issue 3, p340
Presents brief descriptions of a number of the deep-sky objects listed in the Herschel catalogue, prepared by English observer and telescope maker Sir William Herschel around the end of the 18th century. Classification of objects; How Herschel surveyed the sky; How to look for Herschel objects.
- Darker, quieter, less cluttered skies.
di Cicco, Dennis; Mullaney, James // Sky & Telescope; Dec92, Vol. 84 Issue 6, p607
Reports on a three-day exposition held in Paris, `Adverse Environmental Impacts on Astronomy,' designed to educate government officials and the public of how light pollution, radio noise, and artificial space debris pose serious threats to astronomical research. Organizations sponsoring...
- Parallax you can see.
Marschall, Laurence A.; Ratcliff, Steven J. // Sky & Telescope; Dec92, Vol. 84 Issue 6, p626
Discusses the immense difficulties of measuring astronomical parallax. How parallax theory is taught in introductory astronomy classes; Extraordinary precision needed to measure parallax; Finding the Moon's parallax; Asteroid parallaxes; Description of how asteroid-parallax measurement projects...