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Friday
Aug 28 2015
15:35 UTC

August Full Moon Anticipates September's Total Lunar Eclipse

Who doesn't love a Full Moon? Occurring about once┬a┬month, they never wear out their welcome.┬Each one becomes a special event to anticipate.┬In the summer months, when the Moon rises through the sultry haze, atmosphere and aerosols scatter away so much blue light and green light from its disk, the Moon glows an enticing orange or […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Aug 26 2015
17:27 UTC

Ice Giants at Opposition

It seems as if the planets are fleeing the evening sky, just as the Fall school star party season is getting underway. Venus and Mars have entered the morning sky, and Jupiter reaches solar conjunction this week. Even glorious Saturn has passed eastern quadrature, and will soon depart evening skies.(...)Read the rest of Ice Giants […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 24 2015
15:48 UTC

Astro-Challenge: Splitting 44 Boötis

How good are your optics? Nothing can challenge the resolution of a large light bucket telescope, like attempting to split close double stars. This week, we'd like to highlight a curious triple star system that presents a supreme challenge over the next few years and will ‘keep on giving' for decades to come.(...)Read the rest […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Aug 20 2015
19:58 UTC

How to Find Rosetta's Comet In Your Telescope

How would you like to see one of the most famous comets with your own eyes? Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko plies the morning sky, a little blot of fuzzy light toting an amazing visitor along for the ride┬ the Rosetta spacecraft. When you look at the coma and realize a human-made machine is buzzing around inside, it […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Aug 19 2015
18:22 UTC

Cassini's Farewell Look at Dione

NASA's Cassini spacecraft paid a visit to Saturn's moon Dione this week, one final time. Cassini passed just 474 kilometers (295 miles) above the surface of the icy moon on Monday, August 17th at 2:33 PM EDT/18:33 UT. The flyby is the fifth and final pass of Cassini near Dione (pronounced dahy-OH-nee). The closest passage […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Aug 19 2015
12:43 UTC

Watch HTV-5 Chase the International Space Station From Your Backyard

It's away and the hunt is on. The Japanese Space Agency's H-II Transfer Vehicle Kounotori automated cargo spacecraft rocketed out of the Tanegashima Space Center today, headed for the ISS. Loaded with over 6,000 kilograms of experiments and supplies, HTV-5 is on a five day odyssey that you can follow from your backyard, starting tonight. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Aug 15 2015
22:50 UTC

1999 JD6 a.k.a. 85989

(85989) 1999 JD6 is an Aten asteroid, near-Earth object, and potentially hazardous object in the inner Solar System that makes frequent close approaches to Earth and Venus. Although 1999 JD6 in its current orbit never passes closer than 0. 047 AU to Earth, it is listed as a potentially hazardous object because it is large and might pose a threat in the future. The asteroid is well-observed, having been observed over 1,500 times over a length of over 25 years, and was assigned a numeric desi

Posted by OrbitalHub

Friday
Aug 14 2015
10:18 UTC

Eric Whitacre's BBC Prom music inspired by Hubble Space Telescope

American composer Eric Whitacre takes his inspiration from the Hubble Space Telescope's Deep Field image for a premiere at the BBC PromsTonight on BBC4, a unique piece of music will be broadcast. Commissioned by the BBC, in association with the Minnesota Orchestra, Deep Field is a 25 minute-long soundscape of epic ambition. It was recorded on Sunday 9 August at its European premiere, as part of the BBC Proms 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall. Related: Hubble at 25: the space telescope's timeline -

Posted by Across the universe

Thursday
Aug 13 2015
02:01 UTC

Ceres 3D Tour

Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Its diameter is approximately 945 kilometers (587 miles), making it the largest of the minor planets within the orbit of Neptune. The thirty-third largest known body in the Solar System, it is the only one within the orbit of Neptune that is designated a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Composed of rock and ice, Ceres is estimated to comprise approximately one third of

Posted by OrbitalHub

Wednesday
Aug 12 2015
23:43 UTC

What's Coming After Hubble and James Webb? The High-Definition Space Telescope

Decades after its momentous launch, the ever popular Hubble Space Telescope merrily continues its trajectory in low-earth orbit, and it still enables cutting-edge science. Astronomers utilized Hubble and its instruments over the years to obtain iconic images of the Crab Nebula, the Sombrero Galaxy, the Ultra Deep Field, and many others that captured the public […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Aug 12 2015
18:53 UTC

Revealed: Mars to Appear Larger Than a Full Moon!

We can finally reveal the truth. A massive conspiracy, spanning over a decade, has been revealed at last by basement bloggers, YouTubers and Facebook users everywhere, implicating big-NASA' and the powers that be in a massive cover-up. Yes, it's the month of August once again, and the Red Planet Mars is set to appear larger […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Aug 12 2015
17:56 UTC

The Journey of Light, From the Stars to Your Eyes

This┬week, millions of people will turn their eyes to the skies┬in anticipation┬of the 2015┬Perseid meteor shower. But what happens on┬less eventful nights, when we find ourselves gazing upward simply to admire┬the deep, dark, star-spangled sky? Far away from the glow of civilization, we humans can survey┬thousands of tiny┬pinpricks of light. But how? Where does that […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Aug 11 2015
18:40 UTC

A Thrift Store Find Yields an Astronomical Mystery

... where observational astronomy may play a key role in pinning down a date, and […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Aug 11 2015
15:41 UTC

Dramatic Outburst at Rosetta's Comet Just Days Before Perihelion

... comet on a comet? That's what it looks like, but you're witnessing┬the most dramatic outburst┬ever recorded┬at 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the Rosetta spacecraft.┬The brilliant plume of gas and dust erupted on July 29 just two weeks before perihelion. In a remarkable display of how quickly conditions on a comet can change, the outburst┬lasted only about 18┬minutes, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 10 2015
21:33 UTC

Our Universe is Dying

Brace yourselves:┬winter is coming. And by winter I mean the slow heat-death of the Universe, and by brace yourselves I mean don't get terribly concerned because the process will take a very, very, very long time. (But still, it's┬coming.) (...)Read the rest of Our Universe is Dying (468 words) ┬ Jason Major for Universe Today, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 10 2015
17:43 UTC

The 2015 Perseids: Weather Prospects, Prognostications and More

The venerable old faithful of meteor showers' is on tap for this week, as the August Perseids┬gear up for their yearly performance. Observers are already reporting enhanced rates from this past weekend, and the next few mornings are crucial for catching this sure-fire meteor shower.(...)Read the rest of The 2015 Perseids: Weather Prospects, Prognostications and […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 10 2015
14:17 UTC

See Venus at Her Most Ravishing

Venus is HUGE right now but oh-so-skinny as it approaches inferior conjunction on August 15. Like crescents?┬You'll never see a thinner and more elegant one, but first you'll have to find it.┬Here's how. (...)Read the rest of See Venus at Her Most Ravishing (1,172 words) ┬ Bob King for Universe Today, 2015. | Permalink | […]

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Sunday
Aug 09 2015
23:30 UTC

A 2dF night at the Anglo-Australian Telescope

... new video from AAO!"A 2dF night at the AAT" assembles 14 time-lapse sequences taken at the 4-metre Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) located at Siding Spring Observatory NSW, Australia. This time-lapse video shows not only how the Two Degree Field (2dF) instrument works but also how the AAT and the telescope dome move in tandem, and the beauty of the Southern Sky in spring and summer. The video is 2min 50sec long and combines more than 4000 frames obtained using a CANON EOS 600D wit

Posted by astropixie

Friday
Aug 07 2015
22:03 UTC

the star talker - neil degrasse tyson

what a fun, almost surreal evening talking with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. pre-show with Neil deGrasse TysonHe reminded us to "look the hell up every once in a while" and not to take evidence of science and technology in our everyday lives (phones!) for granted. I didn't realize for the first few minutes that we were on the HUGE screen behind us on stage! one of the best parts about spending time with neil is realising that he is constantly observing the world around him and thinking about it, ques

Posted by astropixie

Friday
Aug 07 2015
13:24 UTC

Kick Back, Look Up, We're In For a GREAT Perseid Meteor Shower

Every year in mid-August,┬Earth plows headlong into the debris left behind by Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. Slamming into our atmosphere at 130,000 mph, the crumbles flash to light as the Perseid meteor shower. One of the world's most beloved cosmic spectacles, this year's show promises to be┬a real crowd pleaser.(...)Read the rest of Kick Back, Look Up, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Aug 06 2015
13:26 UTC

Stealing Sedna

Turns out, our seemly placid star had a criminal youth of cosmic proportions. A recent study out from Leiden Observatory and Cornell University may shed light on the curious case of one of the solar system's more exotic objects: 90377 Sedna.(...)Read the rest of Stealing Sedna (1,028 words) ┬ David Dickinson for Universe Today, 2015. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Aug 06 2015
13:00 UTC

The Moons of Saturn

Saturn is well known for being a gas giant, and for its impressive ring system. But it would it surprise you to know that this planet also has the second-most moons in the Solar System, second only to Jupiter? Yes, Saturn has at least 150 moons and moonlets in total, though only 53 of these […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Aug 04 2015
23:57 UTC

Hosting Neil DeGrasse Tyson

dr neil degrasse tyson is one of the most recognised scientists in the world right now and he has recently embarked on an australian tour! i'm thrilled to report that i will be hosting two of his shows: August 7th in Melbourne and August 16th in Brisbane!there are still tickets available for each show, so if you're around, please join us!what does hosting mean? i will pop up on stage first and welcome everyone to the event then introduce neil and invite him to the stage. he

Posted by astropixie

Tuesday
Aug 04 2015
13:40 UTC

The Dog Days and Sothic Cycles of August

The month of August is upon us once again, bringing with it humid days and sultry nights for North American observers. You'll often hear the first few weeks of August referred to as the Dog Days of Summer. Certainly, the oppressive midday heat may make you feel like lounging around in the shade like our […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Aug 04 2015
00:17 UTC

Will SETI's Unprecedented New Program Finally Find E.T.?

Stephen Hawking, Frank Drake and dozens of journalists gathered at the Royal Society in London last week to hear astronomers announce a ground-breaking new project to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life called Breakthrough Listen. They will be using two of the world's largest radio telescopes (Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Parkes Radio […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 03 2015
20:14 UTC

Kirk, Spock and Sulu Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before Charon!

... big smile. That was my reaction to seeing the names of Uhura, Spock, Kirk and Sulu on the latest map of Pluto's jumbo┬moon Charon. The monikers are┬still only informal, but new maps of Charon and Pluto submitted to the IAU for approval feature some of our favorite real life and sci-fi characters. Come on […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 03 2015
13:02 UTC

The Resplendent Inflexibility of the Rainbow

Children often ask simple questions that make you wonder if you really understand your subject.┬ An young acquaintance of mine named Collin wondered why the colors of the rainbow were always in the same order red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.┬Why don't they get mixed up?┬(...)Read the rest of The Resplendent Inflexibility of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Aug 01 2015
18:34 UTC

T-Minus 12 Days to Perihelion, Rosetta's Comet Up Close and in 3D

With just 12 days before Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reaches perihelion, we get┬a look at recent images and results released by the European Space Agency from the┬Philae lander┬along with spectacular 3D photos from Rosetta's high resolution camera.┬(...)Read the rest of T-Minus 12 Days to Perihelion, Rosetta's Comet Up Close and in 3D (1,112 words) ┬ Bob King […]

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