Google gives Lick Observatory $1 million

Google gives Lick Observatory $1 million

Reblogged from http://phys.org Google Inc. has given $1 million to the University of California’s Lick Observatory in what astronomers hope is the first of many private gifts to support an invaluable teaching and research resource for the state. The unrestricted funds, spread over two years, will go toward general expenses, augmenting the $1.5 million the … Continue reading

Star Crossed Stars Doomed…An Astronomical Love Story For Valentines Day.

Star Crossed Stars Doomed…An Astronomical Love Story For Valentines Day.

Just like a Shakespearian play, the two white dwarf stars in Henize 2-428 are circling each other toward a deadly embrace. Each of the white dwarf stars have a little less mass than the Sun. In about 700 million years the stars will merge into a Type 1a supernova, destroying both stars in a fiery … Continue reading

A Sunflower In Space.

Yesterday I told you about a new telescope design and hinted at an ongoing project for exoplanet discovery. A spacecraft that looks like a giant sunflower might one day be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars. The prototype deployable structure, called a starshade, is being developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion … Continue reading