From: LARRY KLAES (ljk4_at_msn.com)
Date: Tue Apr 29 2003 - 11:55:51 PDT
* Alien Worlds through Artists' Eyes
There are more than 100 known planets around other stars, and astronomers tell us there are billions. Some are cold. Some are hot. Some are stable. Some are doomed.
* Arecibo Diaries: The Romance, Drama and Normality of the Observatory
Do you remember that opening episode of "The X-Files'" second season? For some reason, the principals had to hack their way into the Arecibo Observatory.
* Image of the Day: A Stellar Gathering Called M5
Star clusters are not the most widely celebrated astronomical objects, but they can be photographic jewels. This picture is of M5, a globular cluster that resides in the Milky Way Galaxy and is visible from the Northern Hemisphere. The stars are bound together by mutual gravity, behaving a bit like a miniature galaxy within our galaxy.
* Astronotes: Failed Star Succeeds at Making X-rays
When an object forms with much less mass than the Sun but much more than Jupiter, astronomers tend to call it a brown dwarf, or failed star, but a star nonetheless. These odd objects don't shine much in most wavelengths of light -- they do not have enough mass to trigger the thermonuclear fusion that powers regular stars.
* NASA Offers Expertise For Solar Sail Spacecraft Project
NASA engineers are lending their expertise to a commercial effort to send a solar sail-powered spacecraft on a journey around the Earth and beyond.
* Star Search: SETI's To-Do List Grows
* Full Moon Fever: Total Lunar Eclipse Coming May 15-16
* Black Hole Born in Dark Silence
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