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Tuesday
Jul 22 2014
05:21 UTC

Some Thoughts about Apollo 11 and Beyond

History Was Made, Will it Be Made Again? We watched the whole Moon walk sequence last night and it's amazing what I remembered from the first time and what made a WHOLE lot more sense now. The thing that really surprised me was how much work the guys had to do in their 2+ hours […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Monday
Jul 21 2014
18:10 UTC

4 Sky Events This Week: Saturn Stands While Meteors Fly

Saturn, the true “Lord of the Rings,” dominates the evening sky this week, while the summer's first meteor shower gets under way. Saturn at full stop.┬On Monday, July 21, the ringed world will appear at a standstill in the sky, relative to the background stars in the zodiacal constellation Libra, the Scales. Astronomers call this…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Friday
Jul 18 2014
13:18 UTC

Distant Stellar Atmospheres Shed Light on How Jupiter-like Planets Form

It's likely that Jupiter-like planets' origins root back to either the rapid collapse of a dense cloud or small rocky cores that glom together until the body is massive enough to accrete a gaseous envelope. Although these two competing theories are both viable, astronomers have, for the first time, seen the latter core accretion theory […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 18 2014
12:39 UTC

Observing Challenge: 6 White Dwarf Stars to See in Your Backyard Telescope

Looking for something off beat to observe? Some examples of curious astronomical objects lie within the reach of the dedicated amateur armed with a moderate-sized backyard telescope. With a little skill and persistence, you just might be able to track down a white dwarf star.┬(...)Read the rest of Observing Challenge: 6 White Dwarf Stars to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 17 2014
22:27 UTC

Rosetta Zooms Toward an Extraordinary Comet

... thought the photos earlier this week were amazing. ┬This little movie, made of 36 ‘smoothed' or interpolated images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, takes it to the next level, showing the comet's complex shape even more clearly┬as Rosetta nudges ever closer to its target. Some have likened it to a duck, a boot and even a […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 17 2014
14:56 UTC

See Mars Map Landmarks for Yourself

... new Mars map makes a visual trip to the red planet possible for stargazers.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Wednesday
Jul 16 2014
12:58 UTC

Nasa's Curiosity rover finds large iron meteorite on Mars Stuart Clark

The iron meteorite discovered by the Curiosity rover must once have been at the heart of a growing planet that was shattered aeons agoThe meteorite is made of iron and about 2 metres long, which is about the width of the Nasa rover that found it. It is the first meteorite that Curiosity has found on Mars. Scientists have named it Lebanon presumably because of its shape. Meteorites are lumps of rock and metal that fall from space and impact the surface of a planet. They are time capsules, usually

Posted by Across the universe

Monday
Jul 14 2014
20:00 UTC

The Search for Alien Life Could Get A Boost From NASA's Next-Generation Rocket

In three years, NASA is planning to light the fuse on a huge rocket designed to bring humans further out into the solar system. We usually talk about SLS here in the context of the astronauts it will carry inside the Orion spacecraft, which will have its own test flight later in 2014. But today, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 14 2014
19:32 UTC

Watch Stunning 3-D View of Doomed Stars’ Last Gasp

NASA astronomers reveal a three-dimensional view of a storied stellar explosion.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Jul 14 2014
16:08 UTC

4 Sky Events This Week: Ice Giants and Deep Sky Jewels

The moon dances with the outer planets this week for sky-gazers.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Jul 14 2014
13:44 UTC

Into The Black? Maybe Radio Bursts Are From Outside The Galaxy After All, Study Says

Where are these radio bursts coming from? Astronomers have heard these signals from the sky several times, but always with the same telescope (Parkes Observatory in Australia). There was debate about whether these were coming from inside or outside the galaxy, or even from Earth itself (given only the one observatory was detecting them.) A […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 14 2014
12:34 UTC

from different countries

... have returned to australia after a recent round of travel to europe. this venture was scientifically productive, but another interesting sequence of events happened that i didnt realize until they were almost finished. of course, these events revolved around the world cup! throughout the course of this tournament, i watched an australia game while in australia, an england game while in england, a croatia game from croatia, and the swiss play their quarterfinal match from switzerlan

Posted by astropixie

Monday
Jul 14 2014
03:46 UTC

Lunar Landing Memories

45 Years Ago On June 16, 1969 the first people to actually set foot on the Moon strapped themselves into a tiny Apollo 11┬craft on top of a Saturn V rocket and blasted off. It seems hard to believe that all this time has passed, particularly for those of us who fully expected that within […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Saturday
Jul 12 2014
18:00 UTC

Comet Jacques Is Back! Joins Venus and Mercury at Dawn

Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques has returned! Before it disappeared┬in the solar glow this spring, the comet reached┬magnitude +6, the naked eye limit. Now it's back at dawn, rising higher each morning as it treks toward darker skies. Just days after its July 2 perihelion, the fuzzball will be in conjunction with the planet Venus tomorrow […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 12 2014
16:28 UTC

Hi, I’m back.

... pay much attention to astronomy, alas (and other hobbies too) but I've rewritten Astronomers' Map with Django framework (Python). […]

Posted by The Very Black Hole

Friday
Jul 11 2014
21:10 UTC

New VLT Observations Clear Up Dusty Mystery

The Universe is overflowing with cosmic dust. Planets form in swirling clouds of dust around a young star; Dust lanes hide more-distant stars in the Milky Way above us; And molecular hydrogen forms on the dust grains in interstellar space. Even the soot from a candle is very similar to cosmic carbon dust. Both consist […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 11 2014
15:33 UTC

Found! Seven Dwarfs Surround The Pinwheel Galaxy' Field Of View

Using a unique type of telescope that includes long-range lenses, astronomers at Yale University have found seven dwarf galaxies surrounding the well-known Pinwheel Galaxy, M101. It's unclear if the septuplets are actually orbiting the pinwheel, or just happen to be in the same field of view. But astronomers at Yale say that this shows the […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 11 2014
13:49 UTC

How to Tell the Age of a Sun-like Star? Try Gyrochronology'

There's no doubt the term Earth-like is a bit of a misnomer. It requires only that a planet is both Earth-size (less than 1. 25 times Earth's girth and less than twice Earth's mass) and circles its host star within the habitable zone. But defining a Sun-like star may be just as difficult. A solar twin […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 10 2014
22:48 UTC

Help Bring Astronomy to Children in East Africa

The international astronomy outreach group Astronomers Without Borders has launched a major crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, and they need your help. They are looking to raise $38,000 to fund a science center and observatory in East Africa to bring quality science education to the children of the area. It will be a game-changer for the […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 10 2014
22:16 UTC

Mars and the Silly Politician

The Silly Season is Upon Us Okay, I have been laughing about the Kentucky politician who decided that since Mars and Earth have the same temperature, there's no proof of global warming. It's better than crying about the fact that we have a political “leader” who is supposedly educated, living in the 21st century, who […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Thursday
Jul 10 2014
19:59 UTC

Flaming Space Junk Makes Jaws Drop in Australia

“It first looked like a plane with fire coming out of the tail.” – Aaron O. “I have never seen anything like it. Big, bright and moving gently across sky – slower than a plane, not falling at all but moving across.” –┬Shannon H. “Viewed from cockpit of aircraft at 37,000′. Was visible for two […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 09 2014
23:31 UTC

NameExoWorlds, an IAU Worldwide Contest to Name Alien Planets, Continues Controversy

The International Astronomical Union has unveiled a worldwide contest, NameExoWorlds, which gives the public a role in naming planets and their host stars beyond the solar system. It's the latest chapter in a years-long controversy over how celestial objects, including exoplanets, are classified and named.(...)Read the rest of NameExoWorlds, an IAU Worldwide Contest to Name […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 09 2014
18:16 UTC

Name That Planet! Alien Worlds Looking for Winning Names

Tired of this planet? How about voting on a name for a newly-discovered one.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Wednesday
Jul 09 2014
15:00 UTC

Something In Big Dipper Blob' Is Sending Out Cosmic Rays, Study Says

Behind the Big Dipper is something pumping out a lot of extremely high-energy cosmic rays, a new study says. And as astronomers try to learn more about the nature of these emanations — maybe black holes, maybe supernovas — newer work hints that it could be related to how the universe is structured. (...)Read the […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 09 2014
14:40 UTC

Supermassive Black Hole Blasting Molecular Hydrogen Solves Outstanding Mystery

The supermassive black holes in the cores of most massive galaxies wreak havoc on their immediate surroundings. During their most active phases when they ignite as luminous quasars they launch extremely powerful and high-velocity outflows of gas. These outflows can sweep up and heat material, playing a pivotal role in the formation and […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 09 2014
14:00 UTC

The Waters Of Mars: New Map Shows Something Unexpected

Where did the water on Mars come from, and where did it go? This plot (sort of) formed the basis of one of the best Doctor Who episodes of the modern era, but in all seriousness, it is also driving scientists to examine the Red Planet over and over again. This means revisiting older information […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 09 2014
13:39 UTC

Missing Light Crisis: The Universe Seems a Little Too Dark

There are few moments more breathtaking than standing beneath a brilliant starry sky. Thousands of small specks of light mark only the beginning of the vast cosmic arena, with its unimaginable vistas of time and space. The Milky Way, wrapping above in a cosmic sheet of colors and patterns, also hints that there's more than […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 08 2014
17:13 UTC

Would the Real SuperMoon' Please Stand Up?

Tis the season once again, when rogue Full Moons nearing perigee seem roam the summer skies to the breathless exhortations of many an astronomical neophyte at will. We know by now, you'd think that there'd be nothing new under the Sun (or in this case, the Moon) to write about the closest Full Moons of […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 08 2014
16:10 UTC

The End of One Era

The Continuing of Another   Three years ago today, we watched the last space shuttle launch. Orbiter Atlantis roared up to space, thrilling and saddening all of us who had gathered at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (and beyond) to watch it. Several weeks before that, we had flown to Florida to watch the last launch […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Monday
Jul 07 2014
15:31 UTC

4 Sky Events This Week: Ringed Jewel and Cat’s Eye Sparkle

... Cat's Eye stares back at skywatchers in this week's star gazing showcase.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Jul 07 2014
00:46 UTC

Spectacular Southern Lights, Shooting Stars, Sahara Snapshots and more from ESA's Alexander Gerst aboard ISS

Spectacular snapshots of the Southern Lights, Shooting Stars, the Sahara Desert and much more are streaming back from space to Earth courtesy of Alexander Gerst, ESA's German astronaut currently serving aboard the International Space Station (ISS). See a gallery of Alex's stunning space-based views (sagenhafte Weltraum bilder) collected herein – starting with the auroral fireworks […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 05 2014
17:53 UTC

A Protostar's Age Gleaned Only From Sound Waves

... toughest plights in astronomy with only a few existing techniques. One method is to find a star with radioactive elements like uranium and thorium, whose half-lives are known and can be used to date […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 05 2014
14:27 UTC

Rare and Beautiful Noctilucent Clouds Wow Over Holland — Gallery

... trio of talented Dutch astrophotographers have captured a series of magnificent views of the rare and beautiful phenomena known as Noctilucent Clouds, or NLCs, during a spectacular outburst on the night of July 3, 2014 in the skies over southern Holland – coincidentally coinciding with the fireworks displays of the Dutch 2014 FIFA World […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 04 2014
15:24 UTC

Cannibal Galaxy Could Show How These Huge Structures Grow

There's a hungry galaxy on the loose about 62 million light-years away from us. Astronomers just revealed that the Umbrella Galaxy (NGC 4651) is busy gobbling up another galaxy, similar to how our own Milky Way Galaxy is eating the smaller Sagittarius. (...)Read the rest of Cannibal Galaxy Could Show How These Huge Structures Grow […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 04 2014
14:44 UTC

A Brief History Of Gliese 581d and 581g, The Planets That May Not Be

Two potentially habitable planets in the Gliese 581 system are just false signals arising out of starstuff, a new study said. Gliese 581d and 581g are (study authors said) instead indications of the star's activity and rotation. It's the latest twist in a long tale about the system as astronomers struggle to understand how many […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 04 2014
13:37 UTC

Chandra Image May Rival July 4th Fireworks

While Fourth of July festivities tonight may bring brilliant colors blazing across the night sky, only 23 million light-years away is another immense cosmic display, complete with a supermassive black hole, shock waves, and vast reservoirs of gas. The night sky never ceases to amaze. And NGC 4258, also known as Messier 106, is a […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 04 2014
03:59 UTC

Mars One Soliciting Your Research Ideas for 2018 Robotic Red Planet Lander

Would you like to send your great idea for a research experiment to Mars and are searching for a method of transport? The Mars One non-profit foundation that's seeking settlers for a one-way trip to establish a permanent human colony on the Red Planet starting in the mid-2020's, is now soliciting science and marketing proposals […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 03 2014
22:00 UTC

Watch Historic Meeting of Two Monster Asteroids in the Sky This Weekend

Ceres and Vestatwo of the biggest and brightest asteroids in the solar systemoffer sky-watchers a record-breaking rendezvous as a treat over the holiday weekend. Not since their discovery more than 200 years ago has anyone observed these two giants of the main asteroid belt pair up so closely in the heavens. Since spring, keen-eyed sky-watchers…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Thursday
Jul 03 2014
20:19 UTC

Galaxy Fireworks Reveal Hidden Black Hole

... fascinating spiral. And, in astronomy, multi-wavelength views are where it's at when it comes to […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Thursday
Jul 03 2014
20:17 UTC

A Spectacular Set of Conjuctions on Tap for the Moon, Mars and Saturn this Weekend

Got clear skies this July 4th weekend? The Moon passes some interesting cosmic environs in the coming days, offering up some photogenic pairings worldwide and a spectacular trio of occultations for those well placed observers who find themselves along the footprint of these events.(...)Read the rest of A Spectacular Set of Conjuctions on Tap for […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jul 03 2014
18:40 UTC

Cosmic Cannibalism Reveals How Galaxies Grow

Viewable by amateur astronomers, the Umbrella Galaxy is dining on a smaller companion.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Wednesday
Jul 02 2014
18:09 UTC

More New Horizons

Pluto-bound Spacecraft Gets Assist from Hubble Here's a story I've been following a while, partly through the eyes of my friend Alan Stern, who is the PI for NASA's New Horizons mission to the outer solar system. The spacecraft is set to do the first-ever ┬flyby of Pluto in July 2015 before it heads out […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Wednesday
Jul 02 2014
15:17 UTC

Watch Red Fireworks at the Edge of Space

Sky watchers should keep their eyes peeled for "sprites" atop thunderstorms this summer.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Tuesday
Jul 01 2014
19:37 UTC

Eureka! Kola Fireball Meteorites Found in Russia

... spectacular fireball that crackled across the sky┬near┬the Russia-Finnish border on April 19th this year left more than a bright flash. A team of meteor researchers from Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic scoured the predicted impact zone and recently discovered extraterrestrial booty.(...)Read the rest of Eureka! Kola Fireball Meteorites Found in Russia (504 words) […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 01 2014
16:15 UTC

Observing in July

... doing observational astronomy. It's that easy. With that in mind, I've been collaborating with the folks at Astrocast. TV for several years […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Monday
Jun 30 2014
18:19 UTC

The Universe Goes On and On

Back from a Long Break Astute readers of this blog will notice that it's been about a month since I last posted. My apologies to you who come here regularly to visit with me, it wasn't intentional and it wasn't your fault. Life happens sometimes, and I got in the way of a speeding train […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Monday
Jun 30 2014
17:34 UTC

How to See Pluto at Opposition as New Horizons Crosses the One Year Out Mark

Are you ready for 2015? On July 14th, 2015 just a little over a year from now NASA's New Horizons spacecraft with perform its historic flyby of Pluto and its retinue of moons. Flying just 10,000 kilometres from the surface of Pluto just 2. 5% the distance from Earth to the Moon on […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jun 30 2014
16:17 UTC

Rosetta's Comet Already Sweating The Small Stuff, Far From The Sun

Feeling thirsty? If you could somehow capture the water vapor from Rosetta's comet, you would have the equivalent of two water glasses every second. That's more than scientists expected given that Comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko is still screaming into the inner solar system at more than double the distance from Mars to the Sun. (...)Read the rest […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jun 26 2014
14:45 UTC

Ceres and Vesta Converge in the Sky on July 5: How to See It

... bet you've forgotten. I almost did. In April,┬we reported that Ceres and Vesta, the largest and brightest asteroids respectively, were speeding through Virgo in tandem. Since then both have┬faded, but the best is yet to come. Converging closer by the day, on July 5, the two will make rare close pass of each other […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jun 26 2014
14:21 UTC

Superluminous Supernova Puzzles Astronomers

Supernovae are surprisingly dependable. These brilliant and powerful explosions that mark the end of massive stars' lives tend to shine anywhere from one hundred million to a few billion times brighter than the Sun for weeks on end. And their intrinsic brightness is always well known. But in recent years a rare class of cosmic […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Jun 26 2014
14:02 UTC

The Making of the Pillars of Creation

It's one of the most iconic images of the modern Space Age. In 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope team released an image of towering columns of gas and dust that contained newborn stars in the midst of formation. Dubbed the Pillars of Creation, these light-years long tendrils captivated the public imagination and now grace everything […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jun 24 2014
14:49 UTC

Observing Alert: Distant Blazar 3C 454.3 in Outburst, Visible in Amateur Telescopes

Have an 8-inch or larger telescope? Don't mind staying up late? Excellent. Here's a chance to stare deeper into the known fabric of the universe than perhaps you've ever done before. The violent blazer┬┬3C ┬454. 3 is throwing a fit again, undergoing its most intense outburst seen since 2010. Normally it sleeps away the months around […]

Posted by Universe Today

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