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03/19/2017

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New Hubble mosaic of the Orion Nebula - In the search for rogue planets and failed stars, astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have created a new mosaic image of the Orion Nebula. During their survey of the famous star formation region, they found what may be the missing piece of a cosmic puzzle; the third, long-lost member of a star system that had broken apart.

The Orion Nebula is the closest star formation region to Earth, only 1400 light-years away. It is a turbulent place — stars are being born, planetary systems are forming and the radiation unleashed by young massive stars is carving cavities in the nebula and disrupting the growth of smaller, nearby stars.

Because of this ongoing turmoil, Hubble has observed the nebula many times to study the various intriguing processes going on there. This large composite image of the nebula’s central region, combining visual and near-infrared data, is the latest addition to this collection.

Astronomers used new infrared data to hunt for rogue planets — free-floating in space without a parent star — and brown dwarfs in the Orion Nebula. The infrared capabilities of Hubble also allow it to peer through the swirling clouds of dust and gas and make the stars hidden within clearly visible; the unveiled stars appear with bright red colors in the final image. Among these, astronomers stumbled across a star moving at an unusually high speed — about 200,000 kilometers per hour. This star could be the missing piece of the puzzle of a star system that had been broken apart 540 years ago.

Astronomers already knew about two other runaway stars in the Orion Nebula which were most likely once part of a now-defunct multiple-star system. For years it was suspected that the original system contained more than just these two stars. Now, by virtue of accident and curiosity, Hubble may have found the missing third piece of this cosmic puzzle.

Whether the new star is indeed the missing — and the last — piece of the puzzle will require further observations. So will the answer to the question of why the original star system broke apart in the first place. While there are several theories — interactions with other, nearby stellar groups, or two of the stars getting too close to each other — none can be ruled out or confirmed yet.

And while the astronomers are looking for the answers to these questions, who knows what mystery they will find next?

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10/14/2012
Red Bull Stratos - freefall from the edge of space

Redbull is currently performing a space jump from the highest altitude yet. The mission is named Stratos, and it is currently streaming live. The man performing the dive will, hopefully, pass mach 1 (the speed of sound).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrIxH6DToXQ

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Flickr: Principia Observatory's Photostream

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/principiaobservatory/

Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.

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07/20/2010
Posters - a set on Flickr

Here are some posters I've been working on. Hopefully we'll get them printed out and hung in the physics wing of the science center along side the poster of the moon:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/principiaobservatory/sets/72157624421078981/detail/

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Flickr: Principia Observatory's Photostream

We've added more pictures to our flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/principiaobservatory/

I was looking through the different physics folders on the network today and ran across the old (very, very old) physics department website (from back when Dr. Paul
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Cornell were our physics faculty). Anyhow, within that website there was a section for the observatory which had quite a few pictures which have all found their way to flickr. I hope you enjoy them.

Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.

07/12/2010

Be sure to watch our flickr account for new pictures! We're taking shots every weekend that we can! Also if you're on campus or near campus and want to visit the observatory, be sure to check out our webpage. It will show you when we're open!

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Principia Observatory's photostream

We've added a number of new photos to our recently upgraded flickr account:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/principiaobservatory

Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.

11/14/2009

Just realized that flickr is truncating the size of the photos. Going to see if I can find somewhere that doesn't restrict image size. Anyone know?

11/14/2009

Just uploaded a color corrected, larger version of M42. It's gorgeous! Photographer: David Robertson.

11/09/2009

Our first picture from the observing session last night is up on our flickr page! Check it out!

11/08/2009
Principia Observatory's photostream

http://www.flickr.com/photos/principiaobservatory/


No pictures up yet, but here's the page to find them when they are!

Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.

11/08/2009

Welcome to the Principia Observatory! Just got some great pictures of the Orion Nebula and the moon that we will be posting soon. Let your friends know about the group and tell them to become fans!

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