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Wednesday
Oct 01 2014
10:00 UTC

Amazing Photo of Wild Duck Cluster

The Wild Duck Cluster takes flight, to stargazers' delight.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Sep 29 2014
21:09 UTC

Behold: 100 Planetary Nebulas

If you like planetary nebulas, you're in luck. Multimedia artist Judy Schmidt has put together an amazing collection of 100 of these colorful glowing shells of gas and plasma, all at apparent size relative to one another. There's even a giant-sized 10,000 pixel-wide version available on Flickr. How many of these planetary nebulae can you […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Sep 29 2014
19:05 UTC

6 Sky Events This Week: Cosmic Swan and Eagle Take Flight

... treasure trove of starry sights fill the night skies this week.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Sep 29 2014
17:31 UTC

Bad Storm Risin'

MOM Captures Mars Storm The Mars Orbiter Mission from the Indian Space Research Organization has started off its work at the Red Planet by storm. No, seriously ┬it captured a view of a regional dust storm over the┬northern part of Chryse Planitia (the regions of Mars where Viking 1 and the Pathfinder missions landed). ┬This […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Monday
Sep 29 2014
15:03 UTC

PanSTARRS K1, the Comet that Keeps Going and Going and Going

Thank you K1 PanSTARRS for hanging in there!┬┬Some comets crumble and fade away. Others linger a few months and move on. But after looping┬across the night sky for more than a year, this one is nowhere near quitting. Matter of fact, the best is yet to come.(...)Read the rest of PanSTARRS K1, the Comet that […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Sep 27 2014
15:08 UTC

ESA's Rosetta Mission sets November 12th as the Landing Date for Philae

ESA Rosetta mission planners have selected November 12th, one day later than initially planned, for the historic landing of Philae on a comet's surface. The landing on┬67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko will be especially challenging for the┬washing machine-sized lander. While mission scientists consider their choice┬of comet for the mission to be an incredibly good one for scientific investigation and […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Sep 26 2014
22:48 UTC

Astronomers Clue in to Why Binary Stars Are So Bountiful

Everyone needs some alone timeeven stars. Astronomers now think they have an explanation as to why so many stars are single or double stars. While most stars are born in clustered stellar nurseries, the great majority┬we see across the cosmos spend their lives as loners or double stars. ┬A new study published this week in…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Friday
Sep 26 2014
18:55 UTC

Weekly Space Hangout — Sept. 26, 2014: So Wait, Do Black Holes Exist or Not?!?

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter. org / @cosmic_chatter) Alessondra Springmann (@sondy) Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) Brian Koberlein (@briankoberlein) Jason Major (@JPMajor) (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – Sept. 26, 2014: So Wait, Do Black Holes Exist or Not?!? (140 words) ┬ Fraser for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Sep 26 2014
16:38 UTC

Have Astronomers Seen a Forming Planet in Action?

Huge disks of dust and gas encircle many young stars. Some contain circular gaps ┬likely the result of forming planets carving out cavities along their orbital paths that make the disks look more like ripples in a pond than flat pancakes. But astronomers know only a few examples, including the archetypal disk surrounding Beta […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Sep 25 2014
18:16 UTC

Hubble Vision: Galaxy DDO 68 — Young Or Old?

Only astronomers know for sure… Or do they? In this assembly of images taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys, scientists have utilized both visible and infrared light to survey a most unusual galaxy. When looking for a newly formed galaxy in our “cosmic neighborhood”, they spied DDO 68 (a. k. a. UGC 5340). Normally to witness […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Sep 25 2014
17:08 UTC

First Results from MAVEN and MOM

Two New Orbiters Get Right to Work When the going gets tough, the tough do science! ┬No doubt about it, getting to Mars is a challenge, and once you get there, the rewards are great. So it is this week with two spacecraft who took up residence in Mars orbit. Within days of their arrival […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Wednesday
Sep 24 2014
18:21 UTC

A Splash of Color Across the Supermoon

... software engineer from Florida recently captured┬an image of the┬day-old supermoon in September that clearly conveys color variations across its┬surface. ┬Such┬variations are often┬imperceptible, but┬the brightness and color differences were digitally enhanced┬to make them easier to discern.┬┬ ┬The color variations┬are indicative of┬compositional differences┬across┬the Lunar surface (e. g., iron content and impact ejecta). (...)Read the rest of A […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Sep 24 2014
18:03 UTC

There Are No Such Things As Black Holes

That's the conclusion reached by┬one researcher from the University of North Carolina: black holes can't exist in our Universe — not mathematically, anyway. I'm still not over the shock, said Laura Mersini-Houghton, associate physics professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. We've been studying this problem for a more than 50 years and this solution gives us a […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Sep 24 2014
17:59 UTC

Monsters Gobble Galaxies to Grow

Galactic cannibalism makes for some enjoyable mayhem for stargazers.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Wednesday
Sep 24 2014
12:43 UTC

Did Wild Weather Or A Companion Cause Eerie Infrared Glow From This Baby Star?

Watch out! Carbon monoxide gas is likely fleeing the disk of a young star like our Sun, producing an unusual signature in infrared. This could be the first time winds have been confirmed in association with a T Tauri star, or something else might be going on. Because the observed signature of the star (called […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Sep 24 2014
02:58 UTC

MOM Gets to Mars!

India Arrives at the Red Planet! Congratulations to the Indian Space Research Organization for the successful arrival at Mars! ┬The MOM/Mangalyaan mission is now ready to do major research and joins with the spacecraft of other nations in Martian exploration! ┬To all our Indian friends in the space business:┬ Bahut bahut badhaaeeyaan!!!! It's an exciting […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Tuesday
Sep 23 2014
16:56 UTC

MOM to Mars!

Mars is THE Place in Space This Week! Now that we've got the Mars MAVEN mission settled safely in orbit around Mars, the Indian Space Research Organization's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Mangalyaan is about to enter its orbit. That will happen tomorrow (September 24). The mission's main engine did a successful test fire on Monday, […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Tuesday
Sep 23 2014
13:07 UTC

A Triple Occultation Bonanza: A Challenging Series of Occultations This Weekend and More

Got clear skies? This week's equinox means the return of astronomical Fall for northern hemisphere observers and a slow but steady return of longer nights afterwards. And as the Moon returns to the evening skies, all eyes turn to the astronomical action transpiring low to the southwest at dusk.(...)Read the rest of A Triple Occultation […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Sep 23 2014
12:30 UTC

A 3-D Printed Telescope Took This Picture Of The Moon And The Plans Are Coming

What would Galileo think of this? Here's a shot of our closest large celestial neighbor, the Moon, taken through a 3-D printed telescope. Better yet — before long, the creators of this telescope promise, the plans will be made available on the Internet for all to use. The concept (called PiKon) is based on a […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Sep 22 2014
22:01 UTC

Cosmic Dust Clouds Gravitational Wave Finding

Dust may explain away a gravitational wave discovery.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Sep 22 2014
17:12 UTC

4 Sky Events This Week: Rival of Mars Does Battle With Red Planet

Mars meets a rival this week, delighting stargazers.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Sep 22 2014
12:45 UTC

Nasa's Maven spacecraft could solve mystery of Mars's missing water Stuart Clark

Mars was once awash with water. With the arrival of Nasas Maven mission at the red planet, we may finally be close to working out where it all wentYou might not have heard of Nasas latest Mars mission. Unlike the hoopla that surrounded the arrival and landing of their 2012 Curiosity Rover, Maven has slipped into orbit relatively quietly. It will not land on the surface but, arguably, is the more important of the two missions. If it achieves its scientific goals it could allow scientists to make f

Posted by Across the universe

Monday
Sep 22 2014
02:34 UTC

MAVEN Arrives at Mars! Parks Safely in Orbit

138┬million miles and 10 months journey from planet Earth, MAVEN moved into its┬new home around┬the planet Mars this evening. Flight controllers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado anxiously monitored the spacecraft's progress as onboard computers successfully eased the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft┬into Mars orbit at 10:24 p. m. Eastern Daylight Time.┬(...)Read […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Sep 20 2014
03:33 UTC

Visiting a Dune Sea on Mars

Flipping through Curiosity's Album Every once in a while I go wandering through the raw images from the Mars Curiosity Rover. And, every time I find jaw-droppingly beautiful views. Like this one. Wow!!! ┬It's a sea of dunes stretching out toward a rock outcrop in the distance, and even farther away, a distant set of […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Friday
Sep 19 2014
15:15 UTC

Lazy Giant Galaxies Gain Mass By Ingesting Smaller Neighbors

The Anglo-Australian Telescope in New South Wales has been watching how lazy giant galaxies gain size – and it isn't because they create their own stars. In a research project known as the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey, a group of Australian scientists led by Professor Simon Driver at the International Centre for Radio […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Sep 19 2014
14:49 UTC

219 Million Stars Create the Most Detailed Catalogue of our Milky Way Yet

On the darkest of nights, thousands of stars are sprinkled across the celestial sphere above us. Or, to be exact, there are 9,096 stars observable across the entire sky. Divide that number in half, and there are 4,548 stars (give or take a few) visible from horizon to horizon. But this number excludes the glowing […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Sep 19 2014
05:30 UTC

It's a Galaxy-Eat-Galaxy Cosmos Out There

Monster Galaxies Nibble On Smaller Ones to Get ┬Bigger Galaxies grow by eating other galaxies ┬that's a given in the cosmos. It's also true that galaxies spend much of their productive lives making stars from the gas they contain. These two galactic activities began with the first proto-galactic “shreds” that began to combine to grow […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Thursday
Sep 18 2014
15:53 UTC

This Exoplanet Has Prematurely Aged its Star

Hot young stars are wildly active, emitting huge eruptions of charged particles form their surfaces. But as they age they naturally become less active, their X-ray emission weakens and their rotation slows. Astronomers have theorized that a hot Jupiter a sizzling gas giant circling close to its host star might be able to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Sep 18 2014
12:00 UTC

Beam Your Voice to Mars

Sending a Message to the Red Planet A month or so ago I wrote about the latest Uwingu. com fundraiser for science research and education. It's called “Beam Me to Mars” and it lets you send a message of your own choosing to Mars. On November 28, 2014, the 5oth anniversary of the first mission to […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Wednesday
Sep 17 2014
20:49 UTC

Milky Way Mysteries Mapped

  Ever look up and wonder how many stars are out there in the night sky, and where did all these stars come from? Now astronomers have actually counted every single twinkling star visible from the night skies of Earthand the number is astounding. Using the giant 8. 2-foot (2. 5-meter) glass eye of the Isaac Newton…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Wednesday
Sep 17 2014
20:42 UTC

Three Sips from the Firehose of Space News

Here are a few things that caught my eye today from the mailbag. Red Planet News Next week, on September 21, the MAVEN mission will slip into orbit around Mars after a 10-month journey to the Red Planet. MAVEN is a climate science mission designed and led by scientists and students at the University of […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Wednesday
Sep 17 2014
17:36 UTC

Surprise! Tiny Galaxy Sports A Huge Black Hole, And There Could Be More Like It

In a finding that could turn supermassive black hole formation theories upside-down, astronomers have spotted one of these beasts inside a tiny galaxy just 157 light-years across — about 500 times smaller than the Milky Way. The clincher will be if the team can find more black holes like it, and that's something they're already […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Sep 16 2014
20:00 UTC

Join me for IndyRef Stargazing on Twitter!

Join me this Thursday night / Friday morning (18/19 September 2014) for some Twitter-based stargazing! Many people will be staying up late or even overnight to watch the results of the Scottish Independence Referendum come in. To while away the wee small hours I thought it'd be fun to do a bit of stargazing too! […]

Posted by Dark Sky Diary

Tuesday
Sep 16 2014
13:00 UTC

Glowing Galaxies Shine Above Trance-Like Telescopic Timelapse

We often speak of the discoveries and data flowing from astronomical observatories, which makes it easy to forget the cool factor. Think of it — huge telescopes are probing the universe under crystal-clear skies, because astronomers need the dark skies to get their work done. That's what makes this astronomical video by Jan Hattenbach such […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Sep 16 2014
03:44 UTC

Another Planet Debate

CFA Asks “What is a Planet?” It's been a few years since the great “Define a Planet” vote took place at the International Astronomical Union meeting. That 2006 event touched off what still remains a firestorm of controversy about what is or isn't a planet, and in particular, whether Pluto fits the definition set out […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Monday
Sep 15 2014
19:35 UTC

Stalking Uranus: A Complete Guide to the 2014 Opposition Season

It's no joke now is the time to begin searching the much-maligned (and mispronounced) planet Uranus as it reaches opposition in early October leading up to a very special celestial event. Last month, we looked at the challenges of spying the solar system's outermost ice giant world, Neptune. Currently located in the adjacent constellation Aquarius, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Sep 15 2014
16:14 UTC

4 Sky Events This Week: Moon Points to Crab and Leo's Heart

... Lion's Heart and some starry graveyards come this way for skywatchers.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Sep 15 2014
13:55 UTC

Rosetta's probe may land 500 metres from jets that produce comet's tail

The European Space Agency is playing a high-stakes game but the potential science return makes it worth taking the chanceInitially, the European Space Agency thought that its chances of successfully landing on Rosettas target comet were about 70-75%. Now chances are lower maybe much lower but the agency wont give a figure because it doesnt have time to re-run the risk assessment exercise. That in itself shows that Esa knows exactly where its priorities lie. Instead of re-running an academic exe

Posted by Across the universe

Saturday
Sep 13 2014
01:31 UTC

How to Take Great Pictures of the Northern Lights

Everybody loves pictures of the northern lights? If you've never tried to shoot the aurora yourself but always wanted to,┬here are a few tips to┬get you started.(...)Read the rest of How to Take Great Pictures of the Northern Lights (884 words) ┬ Bob King for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Sep 12 2014
20:17 UTC

Saturn: King of the Rings and Moons

This Planet Endlessly Fascinates Viewers When I was a little kid, I found a book in the Time-Life series about planets. I could barely understand most of the words, but the pictures spoke loudly. In particular, one image of a strange-looking planet with a ring around it caught my imagination. It seemed like the most […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Friday
Sep 12 2014
19:36 UTC

Will Aurora Strike Tonight? Here's What to Expect

Auroras showed up┬as forecast last night beginning around nightfall and lasting until about 1 a. m. CDT this morning.┬Then the action stopped. At peak, the Kp index┬dinged the bell at┬“5” (minor geogmagnetic storm) for about 6┬hours as the incoming shock from the arrival of the solar blast rattled Earth's magnetosphere. It wasn't a particularly bright aurora […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Sep 12 2014
18:01 UTC

An Incredible Journey, Mars Curiosity Rover Reaches the Base of Mount Sharp

Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have announced that the Mars Science Lab (MSL), Curiosity Rover, has reached the base of the central peak inside Gale Crater, Aeolis Mons also known as Mount Sharp. Mount Sharp is a┬prime objective of NASA's┬Curiosity journey. The mountain is like a layer cake, holding a chronology of past events, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Sep 12 2014
17:29 UTC

Northern Lights Alert 12/13 September 2014

Stargazers in the northern UK should look out for northern lights tonight and tomorrow, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 September 2014. Two large solar eruptions blasted material off the Sun on 9 and 10 September, and that material has been hurtling through space for the last couple of days. The first batch of it hit […]

Posted by Dark Sky Diary

Friday
Sep 12 2014
17:15 UTC

Calling All Volunteers to Help Digitize Astronomical History

An old brick building on Harvard's Observatory Hill is overflowing with rows of dark green cabinets each one filled to the brim with hundreds of astronomical glass plates in paper sleeves: old-fashioned photographic negatives of the night sky. All in all there are more than 500,000 plates preserving roughly a century of information about […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Sep 12 2014
13:55 UTC

Wow! Water Ice Clouds Suspected In Brown Dwarf Beyond The Solar System

What are planetary atmospheres made of? Figuring out the answer to that question is a big step on the road to learning about habitability, assuming that life tends to flourish in atmospheres like our own. While there is a debate about how indicative the presence of, say, oxygen or water is of life on Earth-like […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Sep 12 2014
12:51 UTC

Lunar Love: Stunning Shots Abound In Phases Around The SuperMoon

While the SuperMoon of earlier this week got a lot of attention — and rightly so, given the Moon was closest in its orbit to Earth when it was full — the waning and waxing phases around our celestial neighbor are also beautiful. Haunting, in fact. (...)Read the rest of Lunar Love: Stunning Shots Abound […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Sep 12 2014
04:08 UTC

Clear Skies Tonight? Go Out and See the Aurora

Talk of aurora is in the air. ┬Our earlier story today by Elizabeth Howell alerted you to the possibility of northern lights. Well, it's showtime! ┬As of 9:30 p. m. Central┬Daylight Time, the aurora has been active low in the northern sky. (...)Read the rest of Clear Skies Tonight? Go Out and See the Aurora (371 […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Sep 11 2014
20:49 UTC

Space Weather Headed Our Way

Watch the Skies ┬if You Can! In case you haven't heard, the Sun emitted an extremely strong flare and a huge coronal mass ejection our way a couple of days ago. ┬Here's what it looked like (left). Currently space weather experts — the folks who track and try to understand solar storms — expect that […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Thursday
Sep 11 2014
13:11 UTC

A Lurking Companion Star Explains Enigmatic Supernova

Massive stars end their lives dramatically. Once the nuclear fuel deep within their cores is spent, there's no longer any outward pressure to push against gravity, and the star collapses. But while the inner layers fall in to form a black hole or a neutron star, the outer layers fall faster, hitting the inner layers, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Sep 10 2014
18:25 UTC

Elemental Mystery: Lithium Is Also Rare Outside Of The Milky Way

This new picture of M54 — a part of a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way called the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy — is part of a “test case” astronomers have to figure out a mystery of missing lithium. For decades, astronomers have been aware of a dearth of lithium in our own galaxy, the Milky […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Sep 09 2014
22:19 UTC

Bumper Car Moonlets Crash and Crumble in Saturn's F Ring

Nothing stands still. Everything evolves. So why shouldn't Saturn's kookie, clumpy F ring put on a new face from time to time?┬(...)Read the rest of Bumper Car Moonlets Crash and Crumble in Saturn's F Ring (612 words) ┬ Bob King for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Cassini, clumps, F-Ring, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Sep 09 2014
20:28 UTC

Tales (Tails?) Of Three Comets

As the Chinese proverb says, May you live in interesting times, and while the promise of Comet ISON dazzling observers didn't exactly pan out as hoped for in early┬2014, we now have a bevy of binocular comets set to grace evening skies for northern hemisphere observers.(...)Read the rest of Tales (Tails?) Of Three Comets (1,252 […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Sep 09 2014
15:23 UTC

How Dark Matter Could Reduce The Fleet Of Galaxies Following The Milky Way

Funny how small particle interactions can have such a big effect on the neighbors of the Milky Way. For a while, scientists have been puzzled about the dearth of small satellite galaxies surrounding our home galaxy. They thought that cold dark matter in our galaxy should encourage small galaxies to form, which created a puzzle. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Sep 09 2014
13:30 UTC

Gliese 15Ab: The Closest Known Super-Earth?

Our solar neighborhood is rich with planetary systems. Within 20 light-years we've detected sizzling gas giants and rocky planets orbiting closer to their host star than Mercury orbits the Sun. Astronomers have now added one more to the list, and this one a super-Earth dubbed Gliese 15Ab ranks as one of the closest […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Sep 08 2014
18:52 UTC

The Nicaragua Crater: The Result of a Meteorite Impact or Not?

By now, you've seen the pictures. As astronomers tracked the close pass of Near Earth Asteroid 2014 RC this weekend, reports came out of Nicaragua that a possible meteorite struck near the capital of Managua. Details are still sketchy, but government sources cite reports of a loud bang and ground tremor late Saturday night on […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Sep 08 2014
18:29 UTC

Rosetta Reveals Tip of the Comet 67P Knowledge Iceberg

Mapping Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko If you've ever wondered about the surface of a comet ┬and why not? ┬wonder no more. The Rosetta mission has figuratively ripped the fuzzy veil away from Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (Comet 67P for short) mapped its surface, and done preliminary analysis of what that surface is like. That's just for starters! It turns […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Monday
Sep 08 2014
14:15 UTC

Rosetta's Cloudy Comet Shroud Spotted From The Ground, While Spacecraft Picks Up Dust Grains

This picture shows it is possible to look at Rosetta's comet from Earth, but what a lot of work it requires! The picture you see above is a composite of 40 separate images taken by the Very Large Telescope (removing the background stars). Despite the fact that Rosetta is right next to Comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko, ground-based […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Sep 06 2014
16:10 UTC

Watch Final Summer Supermoon This Weekend

... supermoon is on the rise.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Saturday
Sep 06 2014
02:43 UTC

MAVEN Mars Orbiter Ideally Poised to Uniquely Map Comet Siding Spring Composition — Exclusive Interview with Principal Investigator Bruce Jakosky

NASA's MAVEN Mars Orbiter is ideally instrumented to uniquely map the composition of Comet Siding Spring in great detail when it streaks past the Red Planet during an extremely close flyby on Oct. 19, 2014 – thereby providing a totally unexpected science opportunity and a before and after look at Mars atmosphere, Prof. Bruce […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Sep 05 2014
16:08 UTC

Second Possible Proto-Planet Found In System Pretty Close To Earth

Astronomers have found what they believe is a second protoplanet around HD100546, a youngster star that may also host a planet under formation that is the size of Jupiter. This new find is at least times the size of Jupiter and about the equivalent distance of Saturn to our own Sun, which means the planet […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Sep 05 2014
14:30 UTC

Humanity's Fascination with Mars

The Red Planet Beckons I've written a lot about Mars in recent years, and so have lots of other people, so I'm going to muse about a new book by one of those folks, and then talk of my own history of writing and teaching about the Red Planet. Without a doubt, the planet remains […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Friday
Sep 05 2014
13:30 UTC

A New Marker Might Better Track the Solar Cycle

Approximately every 11 years the Sun becomes violently active, putting on a show of magnetic activity for aurora watchers and sungazers alike. But the timing of the solar cycle is far from precise, making it hard to determine the exact underlying physics. Typically astronomers use sunspots to map the course of the solar cycle, but […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Sep 04 2014
20:39 UTC

Watch Newfound “Pitbull” Asteroid Barnstorm Earth on Saturday

Good news, folks: The world won't end┬on Sunday, when an asteroid nicknamed “Pitbull” will zip past Earth. But asteroid 2014 RC┬will provide some virtual sky-watching drama for fans of celestial flybys.┬(Related:┬“Asteroids and Comets.”) Discovered independently by two different observatory teams on August 31, the 60-foot-wide (20 meters) space rock will come closest to Earth at…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Thursday
Sep 04 2014
13:30 UTC

One Planet, Two Stars: A System More Common Than Previously Thought

There are few environments more hostile than a planet circling two stars. Powerful tidal forces from the stars can easily destroy the rocky building blocks of planets or grind a newly formed planet to dust. But astronomers have spotted a handful of these hostile worlds. A new study is even suggesting that these extreme systems […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Sep 04 2014
13:16 UTC

Get Ready for Sunday's Close Flyby of Asteroid 2014 RC

Guess who's dropping by for a quick visit this weekend? On Sunday, a 60-foot-wide (20-meters) asteroid named 2014 RC will skim just 25,000 miles (40,000 km) from Earth. That's within spitting distance┬of all those geosynchronous communication and weather satellites┬orbiting at 22,300 miles.┬(...)Read the rest of Get Ready for Sunday's Close Flyby of Asteroid 2014 RC […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Sep 04 2014
12:00 UTC

Astronomers Identify an Exoplanet in the Process of Formation

Here at Lights In The Dark I typically keep the articles and information to exploration occurring within our Solar System. But there have been amazing advances in the discovery of worlds far beyond our own family of planets and this recent news is quite fascinating: astronomers have spotted what appears to be a large gaseous […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Wednesday
Sep 03 2014
20:55 UTC

Meet Laniakea, Our Home Supercluster

Our cosmic address extends well beyond Earth, past the Milky Way and toward the farthest reaches of the universe. But now astronomers are adding another line: the Laniakea Supercluster, which takes its name from the Hawaiin term lani meaning heaven and akea meaning spacious or immeasurable. And the name is true to its meaning. The […]

Posted by Universe Today

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