Sunday, August 19, 2018

TESS Takes Initial Test Image

Endless Stars... Endless Planets... Endless Dreamers...

What do you see?
Sometimes if you get a new looking glass or clean your lenses a whole universe of possibilities appears. That's what NASA, MIT, and SpaceX Combined are making possible by launching TESS into orbit with the goal of discovering many new worlds in our own Milky Way Galaxy. Over the next two years TESS will scan the 200,000 or so nearest and brightest stars to Earth for telltale dimming caused when exoplanets cross their stars.
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The goal for these telescopes will be to characterize the newfound exoplanets' atmospheres. The particular mixtures of gases in an atmosphere will reveal key clues about a world's climate, history, and if it might even be hospitable to life.

The Kavli Foundation spoke with two scientists on the TESS mission to get an inside look at its development and revolutionary science aim of finding the first "Earth twin" in the universe.

Over the next two years TESS will search the skies looking at 200,000 of the nearest and brightest stars to Earth for the telltale dimming caused when exoplanets cross their stars' faces. TESS is expected to discover thousands of new worlds and there should be hundreds ranging in size from about one to two times Earth. These small rocky planets will serve as prime will be our main objective identifying targets for detailed follow-up observations by other telescopes in space and on the ground.

The Kavli Foundation spoke with two scientists on the TESS mission to get an inside look at its development and revolutionary science aim of finding the first "Earth twin" in the universe. The Kepler Mission had very astounding results that provided us with the knowledge and understanding that planets like our own exist commonly through out the universe, we may someday understand that there are even more planets than stars.. Keep your eyes open for more news.


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2018 Hawaii's Keck Telescope Spectral Analysis of Kepler Habitable Zone Planets

Planetary Science News 

Hawaii's Keck Telescope Spectral Analysis of Kepler Habitable Zone Planets. We live in a Universe full of planetary systems, we find these systems to be elementally abundant with Hydrogen, Oxygen, Carbon, Iron and
the footprints of Life.

Carbon and Oxygen were found to be enriched in stars with planetary systems. Results indicate many exotic worlds formed in carbon rich environments. Elemental abundances in planets generally align with that of their host stars.

Data from the Kepler Space Observatory suggests that there may be more than two billion planets in our galaxy capable of supporting life. Possibly 10% - 20% of planets are potentially Earth-like. These results are dependent upon given planets residing in the habitable zone and that the conditions of their host star system may allow liquid water to exist.


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Saturday, August 18, 2018

New Generations of Planet Hunters

On April 18, 2018 SpaceX successfully launched and deployed NASA’s planet-hunting TESS satellite on Wednesday night delighting scientists and space fans who anticipate the spacecraft may discover planets that could harbor life. For a triple play, it also landed the first-stage booster at sea, the space company’s 24th such recovery.

After TESS deployed, it successfully deployed its solar arrays. It will spend the next 60 days getting to its proper orbit. NASA and SpaceX crews applauded and cheered each stage of the process, and at one hour and nine minutes after launch announced the satellite was functioning correctly. NASA tweeted that the deployment happened right on schedule and the solar arrays will “give the spacecraft the power it needs to search for worlds beyond our solar system.”

TESS launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. TESS, which stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is a telescope/camera that will hunt for undiscovered worlds around nearby stars, providing targets where future studies will assess their capacity to harbor life NASA says.

With the help of a gravitational assist from the moon, the spacecraft will settle into a 13.7-day orbit around Earth. The orbit is carefully planned to account for the moon’s gravity, also. The spacecraft will be looking for a phenomenon known as a transit, where a planet passes in front of its star, causing a periodic and regular dip in the star’s brightness. NASA’s Kepler spacecraft used the same method.

TESS is designed to concentrate on stars less than 300 light-years away, about 200,000 of them. NASA says the satellite will begin its initial two-year mission 60 days after launch, following tests of its instruments. Four wide-field cameras will give TESS a field-of-view that covers 85 percent of our entire sky.

It’s a NASA Astrophysics Explorer mission led and operated by MIT and managed by Goddard. Orbital ATK manufactured and designed the TESS satellite. SpaceX’s Vice President for Mission Assurance Hans Koenigsmann said previously that the second stage of the rocket carrying TESS would not be recovered.

But he said there is something new happening with the current mission SpaceX planned to fire the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket to kick it out of orbit, so that it doesn’t become space trash circling Earth.

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Coinbase Inc., one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, was signing up 50,000 new customers a day in 2018 Chief Executive Officer Brian Armstrong said at the Bloomberg Players Technology Summit in San Francisco.

Plenty of speculators have been attracted to cryptocurrencies and they opportunities for world wide commerce and exchange they represent. In particular during the price run-up last year, many haven’t made money. Bitcoin’s price of about $6,120 price is now almost 70 percent off its December high, and most other coins are in steep decline as well.

“This technology is going through a series of bubbles and corrections, and each time it does that, it’s at a new plateau,” Armstrong said Tuesday. “People’s expectations are all over the map, but real-world adoption has been going up.

Coinbase helped customers trade $150 billion worth of cryptocurrency over the past year, he said. Armstrong didn’t say how the company’s current rate of new customers compared with a year ago. He estimated that about 10 percent of digital coins are used in real life, in games and other purchases online.

“I think it will be quite some time before you cross the street to Starbucks in the U.S. and pay with crypto,” he said.

See the view of Ethereum’s co-founder

Still, San Francisco-based Coinbase continues to grow. The company has about 1,000 employees, and one-third of them -- and a third of the company’s leadership team -- are women, he said.

“Now it’s getting harder and harder to be a crypto skeptic,” Armstrong said

Friday, September 30, 2016

Python Scripting Language for Linux, Mac, and Windows Operating Systems

Python for Linux:

Welcome! Are you completely new to programming? If not then you will be looking for information about why and how to get started with Python. Fortunately an experienced programmer in any programming language (whatever it may be) can pick up Python very quickly. It's also easy for beginners to use and learn, so jump in!

Python is and extremely flexible programming language that is compatible with almost every other language, it can be used in addition or to wrap other coding into it. If there are certain features you might want to use that are not available on your distro’s package. You can easily compile the latest version of Python from source. In the event that Python doesn’t come pre-installed and isn’t in the repositories as well, you can easily make packages for your own distro.

Installing Python is generally easy, and nowadays many Linux and UNIX distributions include a recent Python. Even some Windows computers (notably those from HP) now come with Python already installed. If you do need to install Python and aren't confident about the task you can find a few notes on the BeginnersGuide/Download wiki page

Before getting started, you may want to find out which IDEs and text editors are tailored to make Python editing easy, browse the list of introductory books, or look at code samples that you might find helpful.

There is a list of tutorials suitable for experienced programmers on the BeginnersGuide/Tutorials page. There is also a list of resources in other languages which might be useful if English is not your first language.

The online documentation is your first port of call for definitive information. There is a fairly brief tutorial that gives you basic information about the language and gets you started. You can follow this by looking at the library reference for a full description of Python's many libraries and the language reference for a complete (though somewhat dry) explanation of Python's syntax. If you are looking for common Python recipes and patterns, you can browse the ActiveState Python Cookbook

A new all sky star catalog of our very own favorite galaxy is released.

Gaia started its scientific work in July 2014. This first release is based on data collected during its first 14 months of scanning the sky, up to September 2015.

"Today's release gives us a first impression of the extraordinary data that awaits us and how that will revolutionize our understanding of how stars are distributed and move across our galaxy."

"The beautiful map we are publishing today shows the density of stars measured by Gaia across the entire sky, and confirms that it collected superb data during its first year of operations” 

says Timo Prusti, Gaia project scientist at ESA.

The September 2016 release

Will have information about positions (α, δ) and G magnitudes for all stars with acceptable formal standard errors on positions. Positions and individual uncertainties are computed using a generic prior and bayes' rule detailed in the "Gaia astrometry for stars with too few observations. A Bayesian approach" For this release approximately 90% of the sky will be covered. At the beginning of the routine phase, a special scanning mode repeatedly covering the ecliptic poles on every spin was executed for calibration purposes. Photometric data of RR lyrae and Cepheid Variable Stars including these high-cadence measurements will be released. The five parameter astrometric solution positions, parallaxes, and proper motions for stars in common between the Tycho 2 Catalog and Gaia will be released. The catalog is based on the Tycho-Gaia Astrometric Solution. (Image of the Week with short TGAS description; paper with a more detailed description; paper describing theory and background; paper describing quasar extension)

Future releases may Include: 

Five parameter astrometric solution of objects with single star behavior will be released under the assumption that at least 90% of the sky can be covered. Integrated BP/RP photometry, with appropriate standard errors for sources where basic astrophysical parameter estimation has been verified. Mean radial velocities for objects showing no radial velocity variation and for which an adequate synthetic template could be selected, under the assumption that this can be done for 90% of the bright stars on the sky.

Orbital solutions, together with the system radial velocity and five parameter astrometric solutions, for binary having periods between 2 months and 75% of the observing time will be released. Object classification and astrophysical parameters, together with BP/RP spectra and/or RVS spectra they are based on, will be released for spectroscopically and photometrically well behaved objects. Mean radial velocities will be released for those stars not showing variability and with available atmospheric parameter estimates.

Variable star classification will be released together with the epoch photometry used for the stars. Solar system results will be released with preliminary orbital solutions and individual epoch observations. Non single star catalogs will be released. Full astrometris, photometric and radial velocity catalogs will alse be released. All available variable star and non single star solutions. Source classification plus multiple asrtophysical parameters for stars, unresolved binaries, galaxues, and quasars. Some parameters may not be available for fainter stars.

Also to be released!

An Exo Planet List
All Epoch and transit data for these planets.
All ground based observations made for data processing. 
We look forward to the full data releases coming and upcoming discoveries.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

NASA Amazing Views In Space: NGC 2903 and Omega Nebula as never seen before

NGC 2903 is a beautiful spiral galaxy. Yellowish stars are older, the spiral arms have younger stars that are blue and star forming regions have red-light emissions

Credit: Canada France Hawaii Telescope Coelum 

A colorful collection of 100,000 stars are displayed in this small region inside the Omega Centauri globular cluster, a dense group of nearly 10 million stars. Omega Centauri is one of the biggest star clusters in the Milky Way.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Globular cluster Messier 70 experienced a cor collapse in the past meaning that even more stars squeeze into the object's core than usual. The brightness of the cluster increases steadily towards it\s center. Messier 70 orbits close to the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, about 30,000 light years away from the solar system. 


Mysteriously Bright Black Holes Revealed by NASA Telescope
Snapped a new view of two oddball black holes shining ultra-bright in X-ray light in a distant spiral galaxy. NASA’s NuSTAR X-ray observatory spotted the bright black holes while observing the galaxy Caldwell 5.

Credit: NASA/ JPL-Caltech/ DSSA NASA

Messier 83 of NGC 5236 located in the southern constellation Hydra. This is a beautiful photo of the central region taken by La Silla Observatory, Chile. About 15 million light-years away this spiral structure resembles that of the Milky Way Galaxy in which we live, but Messier 83 also has a bar like center.

Credit: ESO

Neat Light Casting Pic

IRAS 05437+2502, has a small star-forming region filled with dark dust that was first noted in images taken by IRAS satellite in infra-red light in 1983. This recently released image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows many new details, but has not uncovered a clear cause of the bright sharp arc.


NGC 5189

The remains of a dying star are seem creating a dramatic work of art.


Stuck inside a cloud

A pre-stellar cloud found to contain water vapor in an amount 2000 times larger than all the earths oceans.
ESA's Herschel space observatory detected water vapor in a molecular cloud on the verge of star formation for the first time in this image of Lynds 1544, lower left. 450 Light-Years from earth lying in the Taurus Molecular Cloud, one of our nearest areas of mass star formation.


NGC 7008

Found by the Fera's at the Eagle Ridge Observatory California

NGC 1569
A Black hole is spotted in the middle of this cosmic storm.