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2004-09-29: We are sorry to announce that our astronomy news are being discontinued, due to health reasons. You might want to check out other news sources: http://www.aal.lu/LINKS/#2 Thanks for your interest. The webcoordinator PS. The AAL forums have been closed due to lack of participation. [aal]
2004-09-11: Telescope snaps distant 'planet' - Astronomers working in Chile think they may have taken the first direct image of a planet circling another star [BBC]
2004-09-09: Genesis capsule slams back to Earth - A small spacecraft carrying priceless samples of the sun crashed into the Utah desert today when its stabilizing parachute failed to deploy [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-09-03: A Bright Supernova in the Nearby Galaxy NGC 2403 [www.spaceref.com]
2004-09-02: SETI@home: Mysterious signals from 1000 light years away [www.newscientist.com]
2004-09-02: NASA to Capture Fiery Genesis Re-entry with Eyes in the Sky [www.spaceref.com]
2004-09-01: Scientists discover a new class of extrasolar planets - Astronomers announced today the first discovery of a new class of planets beyond our solar system about 10 to 20 times the size of Earth - far smaller than any previously detected [www.spaceflightnow.com]
2004-08-31: A New Comet Machholz [skyandtelescope.com]
2004-08-26: Fourteen Times the Earth - Smallest Ever Extra-Solar Planet Discovered [ESO]
2004-08-25: Meteorites supplied Earth life with phosphorus - University of Arizona scientists have discovered that meteorites, particularly iron meteorites, may have been critical to the evolution of life on Earth [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-08-25: [www.ucar.edu]
2004-08-24: A rock that just missed us - A small asteroid missed Earth by a whisker last March! [www.astronomy.com]
2004-08-24: Well-preserved layer of material ejected from Chesapeake Bay meteor-strike discovered [www.spaceref.com]
2004-08-21: NASA Mission Returns With a Piece of the Sun - In a dramatic ending that marks a beginning in scientific research, NASA's Genesis spacecraft is set to swing by Earth and jettison a sample return capsule filled with particles of the Sun that may ultimately tell us more about the genesis of our solar system [NASA]
2004-08-19: Tunguska Event: New Details and Sensational Theory! During the press conference in Krasnoyarsk, Yuri Lavbin, the head of the last expedition, confirmed that parts of an extraterrestrial device had been discovered! [www.physorg.com]
2004-08-19: Five new moons have been found orbiting around Neptune by an international team of astronomers using ground-based telescopes in Chile and Hawaii [physicsweb.org]
2004-08-18: How Old is the Milky Way ? Observations by an international team of astronomers with the UVES spectrometer on ESO's Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory have thrown new light on the earliest epoch of the Milky Way galaxy [ESO]
2004-08-17: Cassini Uncovers Two New Saturnian Moons [saturn.jpl.nasa.gov]
2004-08-15: Sharpest Image Ever Obtained of a Circumstellar Disk Reveals Signs of Young Planets - At a distance of only 33 light years, AU Mic is the nearest star possessing a visible disk of dust [www.ifa.hawaii.edu]
2004-08-11: Nasa to save Hubble telescope! [BBC]
2004-08-06: Closest gamma-ray burst to Earth ever studied was a new type of cosmic explosion [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-08-04: Image of the Earth-Moon system taken from Rosetta [www.spaceref.com]
2004-08-03: MESSENGER: Probe roars away from Earth on voyage to orbit Mercury [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-08-01: All Systems 'Go' for MESSENGER Launch to Mercury [planetary.org]
2004-08-01: Catching a falling star - ESO's Very Large Telescope Obtains Unique Spectrum of a Meteor [ESO]
2004-07-30: On July 31st, you should look, because there's going to be a Blue Moon. But will it really be blue? Believe it or not, scientists say blue-colored moons are real. [NASA]
2004-07-24: Stunning true-color picture of Saturn's rings - With shimmering pinks, hues of gray and a hint of brown, a newly released image of Saturn's rings resembles a fresco where nature is the painter [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-07-21: Black holes turned 'inside out' - Stephen Hawking has put forward a new theory that changes the way scientists view black holes, saying he was wrong about them in the past. [BBC]
2004-07-21: New martian meteorite found in Antarctica [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-07-21: Nostalgia and Anticipation Follow Apollo 11 Anniversary - 35th anniversary of the landmark day in 1969 when humans first set foot on another celestial body [www.spaceref.com]
2004-07-19: NASA's Mars rovers roll into martian winter [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-07-18: Voyager 1, Prepare for Action - At the outer limits of our solar system, a solar shock wave is about to overtake NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft. [www.spaceref.com]
2004-07-17: Cassini Exposes Saturn's Two-Face Moon Iapetus [NASA]
2004-07-16: Meteor shower triggers flood of emergency calls in Finland [story.news.yahoo.com]
2004-07-16: Astronomers Measure Mass of a Single Star - First Since the Sun [www.spaceref.com]
2004-07-15: Hawking changes his mind about black holes [www.nature.com]
2004-07-15: Panel says Nasa should not rule out a space shuttle mission to repair the orbiting Hubble telescope [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-07-15: Asteroid fragments on a fast collision course with Earth - Until now, it has been thought that the asteroid fragments would need several million years to reach the Earth. New measurements from the Noble Gas Laboratory of ETH Zurich show however, that the Earth could be reached much sooner [www.spaceref.com]
2004-07-15: Neutrinos 'topple matter theory' - A study involving the world's largest underground tank of water has concluded neutrino particles are a mystery [BBC]
2004-07-10: Fireball over Paris, Texas [www.kltv.com]
2004-07-08: Glimpse at Early Universe Reveals Surprisingly Mature Galaxies - Observations challenge standing view of how and when galaxies formed [www.spaceref.com]
2004-07-07: Sunspots reaching 1,000-year high - A new analysis shows that the Sun is more active now than it has been at anytime in the previous 1,000 years [BBC]
2004-07-05: Revisiting the Orion Nebula - Wide Field Imager Provides New View of a Stellar Nursery [ESO]
2004-07-04: Cassini photos thrill, mystify scientists - New pictures of Saturn's enigmatic moon Titan, taken by cameras aboard the Cassini probe that are capable of penetrating the thick smog-like haze that blankets the frigid world, show strange looking surface features [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-07-03: NASA Cassini Images Show Details of Titan's Surface [www.spaceref.com]
2004-07-02: Cassini: Scientists marvel at photos - Making gravity visible, close-up images of Saturn's rings shot by NASA's newly arrived Cassini probe revealed an intricate, never-before-seen tapestry of icy particles herded into spiralling density waves by the effects of nearby moons [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-07-01: Cassini successfully arrives at Saturn [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-06-30: NASA Cassini Saturn Arrival - A Guide to Saturn Orbit Insertion [www.spaceref.com]
2004-06-29: Saturn's rotation is a puzzle - On approach to Saturn, data obtained by the Cassini spacecraft are already posing a puzzling question: How long is the day on Saturn? [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-06-26: Getting closer to Titan - New Cassini Image - This view represents an improvement in resolution of nearly three times over the previous Cassini images of Titan [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-06-26: Mars scientists marvel at mysterious rock formation - Spirit has found one of the strangest rocks discovered to date [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-06-25: Hubble IMAX Film Takes Viewers on Ride Through Space and Time [www.spaceref.com]
2004-06-24: 'Birth cry' of the cosmos heard - Astronomers have recaptured the sounds of the early Universe showing it was born not with a bang but a quiet whisper that became a dull roar [BBC]
2004-06-23: Chandra finds mystery at Milky Way center - Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed new evidence that extremely hot gas exists in a large region at the center of the Milky Way [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-06-22: Private craft makes space history - SpaceShipOne has rocketed into the history books to become the first private manned spacecraft to fly to the edge of space and back [BBC]
2004-06-22: 'Blazar' illuminates era when stars and galaxies formed - Astrophysicists report spotting a black hole so massive that it's more than 10 billion times the mass of our sun [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-06-22: Scientists Discover Two New Interstellar Molecules: Point to Probable Pathways for Chemical Evolution in Space [www.spaceref.com]
2004-06-18: Comet Wild 2: NASA Spacecraft Reveals Surprising Anatomy of a Comet [www.spaceref.com]
2004-06-15: Space rock smashes into NZ home - A grapefruit-sized meteorite has crashed through the roof of a house in Auckland, New Zealand [BBC]
2004-06-14: Saturn's moon Phoebe revealed in stunning detail - Extraordinary new images taken by the Cassini spacecraft during its close encounter with Saturn's mysterious moon Phoebe [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-06-12: Countdown to Phoebe - As Cassini sails toward its rendezvous with Phoebe, details on the small, dark moon are coming into view at a dizzying pace [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-06-12: Youngest stellar corpse revealed by radio telescopes - Astronomers using a global combination of radio telescopes to study a stellar explosion some 30 million light-years from Earth have likely discovered either the youngest black hole or the youngest neutron star known in the Universe [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-06-07: The planet Venus is set to make a very rare passage across the face of the Sun - Tuesday's six-hour transit has not been witnessed for 122 years and observers will position themselves in Europe, Asia and Africa to get the best view [BBC]
2004-06-03: Hubble Refines Distance to Pleiades Star Cluster [hubblesite.org/newscenter]
2004-06-03: Smoking gun found for gamma-ray burst in Milky Way - Combined data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and infrared observations with the Palomar 200-inch telescope have uncovered evidence that a gamma-ray burst, one of nature's most catastrophic explosions, occurred in our Galaxy a few thousand years ago [msfc.nasa.gov/news]
2004-06-02: Robots to rescue Hubble Telescope - Nasa's chief has taken a step toward a robotic repair mission to save the Hubble Space Telescope [BBC]
2004-06-02: Great Observatories uncover black holes & hidden objects - In a collaborative effort between NASA's three Great Observatories, astronomers have solved a cosmic mystery by identifying some of the oldest and most distant black holes [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-06-01: Astronomers See Faintest Galaxy Yet - Andromeda IX is situated near M31, the Andromeda galaxy, and is so diffuse that it appears 100 times dimmer than the night sky [www.space.com]
2004-05-29: Astronomers size up the Universe - The Universe is at least 156 billion light-years wide, say astronomers [BBC]
2004-05-28: Movie of lunar occultation of Venus on May 21 [science.nasa.gov]
2004-05-27: Radio astronomy gets connected - Work has started on the construction of an optical fibre network which will connect five radio telescopes to the giant 76-m Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory. This e-MERLIN network will operate as a single radio telescope spanning 217 km. [www.jb.man.ac.uk]
2004-05-27: Spacecraft near and far are watching Saturn - Cassini and the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope snapped spectacular pictures of the planet and its magnificent rings. [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-05-26: Close-up view of Comet C/2001 Q4 (NEAT) - taken at the WIYN 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, AZ, on May 7, 2004 [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-05-21: [www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/weltraum]
2004-05-21: Cosmos 'a billion years older' - The Universe could be a billion years older than was thought, according to Italian and German scientists [BBC]
2004-05-21: The Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search (LONEOS ) Discovers Asteroid with the Smallest Orbit [www.spaceref.com]
2004-05-19: Chandra Opens New Line Of Investigation On Dark Energy - Astronomers have detected and probed dark energy by applying a powerful, new method that uses images of galaxy clusters made by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The results trace the transition of the expansion of the Universe from a decelerating to an accelerating phase several billion years ago, and give intriguing clues about the nature of dark energy and the fate of the Universe. [www.msfc.nasa.gov]
2004-05-15: Cassini's latest image shows bands of clouds and lace - As Cassini nears its rendezvous with Saturn, new detail in the banded clouds of the planet's atmosphere are becoming visible [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-05-14: EVIDENCE OF METEOR IMPACT FOUND OFF AUSTRALIAN COAST - An impact crater believed to be associated with the "Great Dying," the largest extinction event in the history of life on Earth, appears to be buried off the coast of Australia [beckeraustralia.crustal.ucsb.edu]
2004-05-12: Hubble sees 'planet' around star - The historic first image of a planet circling another star may have been taken by the Hubble Space Telescope [BBC]
2004-05-11: XMM-Newton detects X-ray 'solar cycle' in distant star - For years, astronomers have wondered whether stars similar to the Sun go through periodic cycles of enhanced X-ray activity, like those often causing troubles to telephone and power lines here on Earth [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-05-11: NASA Chandra Observatory Sees Giant Galaxy's Violent Past - Long-exposure images of the giant elliptical galaxy M87 have provided spectacular evidence of repetitive outbursts from the vicinity of the galaxy's supermassive black hole [www.spaceref.com]
2004-05-10: Two Extremely Hot Exoplanets Caught in Transit - VLT Measures Properties of New Jupiter-Size Objects in Very Close Orbits [ESO]
2004-05-07: The Veils of Titan - Surface features previously observed only from Earth-based telescopes are now visible in images of Titan taken in mid-April by Cassini [saturn.jpl.nasa.gov]
2004-05-06: Komet C/2001 Q4 (NEAT) am Abendhimmel [astronews.com]
2004-05-06: Luxembourg to sign agreement on accession to ESA Convention [ESA]
2004-05-06: Illuminating the 'dark ages' of the universe - Astronomers who want to study the cosmic dark ages face a fundamental problem. How do you observe what existed before the first stars formed to light it up? [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-05-05: Cloudy skies dash eclipse hopes - Most stargazers will have been left disappointed during Tuesday night's lunar eclipse [BBC News]
2004-05-05: City-Sized Asteroid to Pass Earth This Fall - Toutatis' 4-year trek around the Sun ranges from just inside the Earth's path out to the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The asteroid visits us every four years [www.space.com]
2004-04-30: NASA Cassini Image: Saturn in Color - Saturn and its rings completely fill the field of view of Cassini's narrow angle camera in this natural color image taken on March 27, 2004 [www.spaceref.com/]
2004-04-29: Scientists find Wisconsin meteorite crater - Scientists say a 650- to 700-foot meteorite crashed into the earth at speeds over 67,000 miles per hour, 450 million years ago [CNN]
2004-04-28: Two Comets to Glow in the Spring Sky - No one yet knows whether they'll reach naked-eye visibility for most people in North America and Europe. But even if they don't, anyone should be able to catch them with binoculars. [www.spaceref.com]
2004-04-28: Scientists find new Moon mineral - Scientists say a new lunar mineral has been found in a meteorite from the Moon that crashed to Earth in 2000 [BBC]
2004-04-28: Spying the surface of Titan - New images of unsurpassed clarity have been obtained with the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) of formations on the surface of Titan, the largest moon in the Saturnian system. [spaceflightnow.com]
2004-04-23: Researcher predicts global climate change on Jupiter as giant planet's spots disappear - But fans of the Great Red Spot can rest easy, it will stay put. [www.berkeley.edu]
2004-04-23: NASA Hubble Space Telescope Image: The Lure of the Rings - This image is being released to commemorate the 14th anniversary o1990 and its deployment from the space shuttle Discovery on April 25, 1990 [www.spaceref.com]
2004-04-21: SETI: Dr. Jill Tarter selected one of world's most influential people - Named to TIME Magazine Top 100 for the 20th Century [www.astrobio.net]
2004-04-21: Spacecraft launched to test Albert Einstein's theories [www.spaceflightnow.com]
2004-04-19: Telescope witnesses vaporizing of cometlike body - Evidence that a cometlike body with a diameter of at least 100 kilometers fell into a massive, very young star has been obtained by a team of astronomers at Penn State using the 9.2-meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope at the McDonald Observatory in Texas [www.spaceflightnow.com]
2004-04-16: New Comet Set for Live Internet Show - Comet Bradfield should be within range of the SOHO imagery from about April 17 through April 19. [www.space.com]

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