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Sep 10, 2010    
New results presented at the Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting tell us more about Dwarf Galaxy evolution
The 'Local Cosmology from Isolated Dwarfs (LCID)' team showed their most recent results that suggest that reionization alone is not able to stop star formation in Dwarf Galaxies, as had been expected. The results were presented yesterday during the European Week of Astronomy and Space Sciences.
The Big Bang model predicts that the universe started out as completely ionized plasma, which later cooled and allowed all of the atoms to recombine into neutral atoms. The first generation of stars and galaxies...read more
Credit: NASA/LCID | LCID                          download: doc (en)
Sep 10, 2010    
Novos rumos para a educação das ciências na Europa discutiram-se esta semana em Lisboa, na Semana Europeia da Astronomia e Ciências Espacias
Lisboa, 10 de Setembro 2010: Durante a Semana Europeia da Astronomia e Ciências Espaciais que decorre esta semana na Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, vários astrónomos de todo o mundo discutiram os recentes sucessos e desafios para o futuro das instituições educativas, através da utilização de instrumentos modernos de ensino da ciência nas escolas europeias.
Apesar de as Ciências da Educação serem reconhecidas como um dos pilares dos sistemas de ensino modernos, é impossível contornar o facto de que o interesse das novas gerações em temas de ciência tem...read more
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Sep 10, 2010    
Astronomer unveils the mysteries of "Green Pea" galaxies at JENAM conference in a victory for citizen science
Today at the Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting (JENAM2010), Ricardo Amorin will present a talk explaining the nature of strange so-called Green Pea galaxies. First discovered in 2007 by amateur stargazers, it has now been shown that these extraordinary and extremely compact star cities have low amounts of complex elements after being diluted by streams of gas and strong supernova winds. This announcement will be celebrated by the amateurs who first discovered Green Pea galaxies.
Lead scientist Ricardo Amorin says, “This Green Pea discovery is a fabulous example of how normal citizens, ‘astronomy lovers’, can help scientists with their collective efforts. They discuss the science with professional...read more
Credit: Richard Nowell | Sloan Digital Sky Survey and Richard Nowell | Lee Pullen (Science Office)                                download: doc (en)
Sep 9, 2010    
ESO's VLT Takes First Detailed Image of Disc around Young Star

Source: ESO | Originally from: www.eso.org/public/announcements/ann1058

New research carried out using ESO telescopes has, for the first time, allowed astronomers to reconstruct a detailed picture of the inner disc of matter around a young star. Stéphanie Renard of the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Grenoble and colleagues used the ESO VLT Interferometer to probe the secrets of the star HD 163296.
Young stars are surrounded by discs of dust and gas and scientists believe that it is in these discs that planets are born. Dusty grains in the disc stick to each other to make larger lumps that in turn also aggregate together. This growth is expected...read more
Credit: ESO/S. Renard                                download: doc (en)
Sep 8, 2010    
Portugal adere à ASTRONET e ao planeamento estratégico da Astronomia na Europa
A Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) aderiu esta semana à ASTRONET, a rede Europeia de Agências de Financiamento da Astronomia. Esta adesão vai permitir uma maior aposta na investigação em astronomia o nosso país.
A ASTRONET foi criada em 2005 por um grupo de agências de financiamento europeias com o objectivo de estabelecer um plano a longo prazo para o desenvolvimento da astronomia europeia, consolidando e reforçando a sua posição...read more
Leganda da imagem: Engº José Bonfim (FCT) e Jean-Marie Hameury (ASTRONET) esta manhã, durante a entrega do documento de Portugal à ASTRONET. Credito: Lee Pullen/Science Office             download: pdf (pt)  doc (pt)
Sep 7, 2010    
Cosmic Diary Anthology Released as a Free Book: Postcards from the Edge of the Universe  | Source: IAU
7 September 2010, Lisbon: The book, Postcards from the Edge of the Universe, was launched today at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Lisbon, Portugal. A legacy of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone project Cosmic Diary, the book features articles from astronomers around the world about the hottest astronomical topics of the moment.
From sunspots to black holes, planets around other stars, supernovae and dark matter, Postcards from the Edge of the Universe unveils the mysteries of today’s research, looking at cutting-edge astronomy...read more
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Sep 7, 2010    
Ano Internacional da Astronomia 2009 chegou a centenas de milhões de pessoas: relatório final desvendado
Lisboa, 7 de Setembro: O relatório final de 1300 páginas do Ano Internacional da Astronomia 2009 (AIA2009) foi revelado hoje na Semana Europeia de Astronomia e Ciências Espaciais, em Lisboa. O documento mostra que pelo menos 815 milhões de pessoas em 148 países participaram naquele que é o maior evento científico a nível mundial das últimas décadas. Portugal foi um desses países, com uma estimativa de 2 milhões de portugueses atingidos pelo AIA.
Este relatório é uma compilação dos resultados dos 216 participantes no Ano Internacional da Astronomia 2009 (AIA2009): 148 países, 40 organizações internacionais e 28 projectos globais. É um registo do legado desta surpreendente celebração internacional ...ler mais
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Sep 6, 2010    
When fundamental constants change over space — rethinking physics as we know it
New research suggests that the supposedly invariant fine-structure constant, which characterises the strength of the electromagnetic force, varies from place to place throughout the Universe. The finding could mean rethinking the fundaments of our current knowledge of physics. These results will be presented tomorrow during the Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, and the scientific article has been submitted to the Physical Review Letters Journal.
A team of astronomers led by John Webb from the University of New South Wales, Australia, have obtained new data by studying quasars, which are very distant galaxies hosting an active black hole in their centre. As the light emitted by quasars travels throughout the cosmos...read more
Credit: Dr. Julian Berengut, UNSW, 2010    download: pdf (en)  doc (en)  

Sep 1, 2010
Astronomy stars gather in Lisbon for the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science
The Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting (JENAM 2010), a major European astronomy meeting, starts next week, running for 6 to 10 September, at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon.
This initiative of the European Astronomical Society (EAS) will be attended by almost 600 astronomers from around the world. Topics at the forefront of astronomy, space sciences and associated technologies... read more    
ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO). Credit: L. Calçada (ESO)/H. Heyer (ESO)/H. Zodet (ESO)        download:  pdf (en)   doc (en)   pdf (pt)   doc (pt)

Aug 9, 2010

European Astronomy comes to Lisbon in September  The Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting (JENAM) 2010, a major European astronomy meeting, will take place at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal, from Monday 6 September to Friday 10 September 2010... read more      PT UK

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