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Astronomers reveal ‘largest yellow star ever’

A handout photo released on March 10, 2014 by the European Southern Observatory shows the HR 5171, the brightest star just below the center of this wide-field image, which is a yellow hypergiant, a very rare type of stars with only a dozen known in our galaxy.  AFP/ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2

Astronomers have spotted the largest yellow star ever observed in our galaxy and 1,300 times larger than the sun.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos,Science and Research | Read More »

Astronomer spots asteroid smashing into Moon

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A Spanish astronomer on Monday said he had witnessed a fridge-sized asteroid smash into the Moon, in the biggest lunar impact by a space rock ever recorded.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories,Science and Research | Read More »

Comet-chaser wakes up, signals Earth after 3-year hiatus

In this photo provided by the European Space Agency, ESA, Monday Jan. 20, 2014, technicians celebrate after receiving the Rosetta wake-up signal in the control room of ESA in Darmstadt, Germany. AP

Waking up after almost three years of hibernation, a comet-chasing spacecraft sent its first signal back to Earth on Monday, prompting cheers from scientists who hope to use it to land the first space lander onto a comet.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos,Science and Research | Read More »

Pagasa lists celestial spectacles visible this month

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October nights will offer a number of celestial spectacles for stargazers, such as the Square of Pegasus signaling the arrival of fall in the northern hemisphere, and the Orionids meteor shower in the middle of the month, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or Pagasa.

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

‘Doomsday asteroid’ gone; back in 16 years

AFP, katasztrofak.abbcenter.com and National Historical Commission of the Philippines

The asteroid called 99942 Apophis, long billed as a “doomsday asteroid,” buzzed the Earth at past 8 a.m. on Thursday morning, appearing like a tiny flashing dot in the sky but obscured by gray clouds from the vantage point of Filipinos.

Posted: January 11th, 2013 in Latest Technology Stories,Science and Research | Read More »

FAST FACTS: Who is Apophis?

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Apophis, which means “giant snake,” is the Egyptian sun god Ra’s nemesis.

Posted: January 9th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories,Science and Research | Read More »

Asteroid makes ‘flyby’ Thursday

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A heavenly body packing more energy than 25,000 Hiroshima bombs and which can obliterate Luzon on impact will streak across the skies near Earth on Thursday under the watchful gaze of astronomers the world over.

Posted: January 9th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Infotech,Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos,Science and Research | Read More »

’17 billion’ Earth-sized planets in Milky Way—study

The Milky Way and other galaxies in the universe harbor many young star clusters and associations that each contain hundreds to thousands of hot, massive, young stars known as O and B stars shown in this NASA image obtained on November 12, 2012. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Milky Way contains at least 17 billion planets the size of Earth, and likely many more, according to a study out Monday that raises the chances of discovering a sister planet to ours.

Posted: January 8th, 2013 in Latest Technology Stories,Science and Research | Read More »

Fewer stars as universe runs low on gas–study

SYDNEY, Australia – Australian scientists gazing billions of years back in time with powerful radio telescopes on Monday warned that the universe’s lights — the stars — were quite literally running out of gas. Robert Braun, astronomy and space chief at Australia’s government science agency Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), said about one-third [...]

Posted: August 22nd, 2011 in Headlines,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Scientists predict rare ‘hibernation’ of sunspots

WASHINGTON – For years, scientists have been predicting the Sun would by around 2012 move into solar maximum, a period of intense flares and sunspot activity, but lately a curious calm has suggested quite the opposite. According to three studies released in the United States on Wednesday, experts believe the familiar sunspot cycle may be [...]

Posted: June 15th, 2011 in Headlines | Read More »

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