Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Astro picture for the day

Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay (STScI)

Yes, another Hubble deep field; but, this one is an ultraviolet deep field!  Some of the galaxies have a distinctive set of red jets, four of them, spiking out of them.

- some more Science/Astronomy news,

Alma gets a new advanced maser atomic clock . This atomic clock will allow ALMA to link up with other radio telescopes around the world.  The overall 'Event Horizon' project will allow for imaging the event horizons of a black hole.  The Russians have a space interferometer, Spectre R, that should be able to do some exciting radio astronomy as well; I've e-mailed them and got no response.  Maybe they're excited by what they see?  Hopefully, their project isn't too affected by the Ukraine crisis(and hopefully, this Ukraine crisis ends; too man lives already lost).

- and some other exciting tech news, scientists create exotic particle(polaritons; a kind of photon/electron pair) lasers . Laser technology has been as exciting as any technology.  The laser particle accelerators could make table top particle accelerators.  There was recent news there as well; but, it wasn't really new laser news, it just said they don't have to advance them anymore. The way the laser interacts with the plasma showed they're closer to being able to do experiments than they thought.  So, I didn't post it!

- On the nanotechnology front, there's news of upgrades and improvements on computer simulation of dna and proteins which is allowing them to make nano designs quicker then ever.

- SETI(search for Extraterrestrial intelligence) news, New computational model predicts 100 million habitable worlds in our galaxy . I like where they say that two planets of Gliese, a star system twenty light years away has a higher BCI(biological complexity index) than Europa! 

Even they note that this just says bacterial level life is a strong possibility in about 100 million planets in our galaxy. So, factor in whether a planet has a Jupiter to keep away man comets, a moon, and the numbers go down from there.  And then, there's the distinct possibility that an intelligent species destroys itself.

1 comment:

  1. The Spectre R space orbiting radio interferometer team has finally checked in, and reported that the data and papers of the first scientific run will be shown in a August 2014 conference! Well, these are the studies that will be reported,

    "KSP: "Substructure in Pulsar Scattering Disks", PI: Carl Gwinn (UCSB, USA);
    GOT: "Zooming into the high-redshift Universe", PI: Leonid Gurvits (JIVE, the Netherlands);
    GOT: "Space VLBI study of the inner region of the BL Lac source Markarian 501", PI: Gabriele Giovannini (IRA INAF, Italy);
    GOT: "Crab Pulsar Giant Pulse Study with RadioAstron", PI: Alexey Rudnitskiy (ASC Lebedev, Russia);
    GOT: "RadioAstron-VLBI observations: Study of Local Scattering Material", PI: Tatiana Smirnova (PRAO ASC Lebedev, Russia);
    GOT: "Substructure in the Scattering Disk of SgrA*", Michael Johnson (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA);
    GOT: "Imaging of micro-structures of OH and H2O masers with ultimate angular resolution", PI: Hiroshi Imai (Kagoshima University, Japan);
    GOT: "RadioAstron Orbital Precession Imaging of Young AGN Jets", PI: Matthew Lister (Purdue University, USA);
    KSP: "Probing the innermost regions of AGN jets and their magnetic fields", PI: Andrei Lobanov (MPIfR, Germany);
    GOT: "Structure and physics of compact jets in AGN", PI: Manel Perucho (Valencia University, Spain);
    KSP: "Space VLBI Survey of AGN at the Highest Angular Resolutions", PI: Yuri Kovalev (ASC Lebedev, Russia);
    GOT: "Search for new water and hydroxyl maser sources with spots of ultra-small angular size", PI: Andrey Sobolev (Ural Federal University, Russia);
    KSP: "RadioAstron hydrogen maser gravitational redshift experiment", PI: Valentin Rudenko (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia);
    GOT: "Space-VLBI investigation of the core shift effect in the blazar 3C 454.3", PI: Kirill Sokolovsky (ASC Lebedev, Russia);
    GOT: "H2O Masers and Protoplanetary Disk Dynamics in IC 1396N", PI: Stan Kurtz (National Mexico University, Mexico);
    GOT: "Fine-structure of the radio cores in 3C 273 and 3C 279 at ultra-high resolution", PI: Tuomas Savolainen (Aalto University, Finland)."