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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 […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Jul 31 2015
12:13 UTC

Blue moon: how to see tonight's 'rare' event

Tonight's blue moon will be easy to see, but the name has nothing to do with its colour and once in a blue moon' is probably based on a misunderstandingIf it is clear tonight, step outside and marvel at the full moon. Its heavy, illuminated orb will trace a path right across the sky from horizon to horizon during the twilight and nighttime hours. It will be shining in the reflected light of the Sun, as normal, and will appear yellow/white, as normal, yet we call it a blue moon because, wel

Posted by Across the universe

Tuesday
Jul 28 2015
15:02 UTC

Faces of the Solar System

Look, it has a tiny face on it! This sentiment was echoed round the web recently, as an image of Pluto's tiny moon Nix was released by the NASA New Horizons team. Sure, we've all been there. Lay back in a field on a lazy July summer's day, and soon, you'll see faces of all […]

Posted by Universe Today

Tuesday
Jul 28 2015
14:08 UTC

Pluto: ten things we now know about the dwarf planet

With the immediate excitement of the Pluto flyby behind us, here are the ten most important things we now know about this fascinating worldStuart Clark is the author of The Unknown Universe (Head of Zeus). He is teaching the Guardian Masterclass, How the Universe Works in September. Continue reading...

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Monday
Jul 27 2015
18:52 UTC

Blues for the Second Full Moon of July

Brace yourselves for Blue Moon madness. The month of July 2015 hosts two Full Moons: One on July 2nd and another coming right up this week on Friday, July 31st at 10:43 Universal Time (UT)/6:43 AM EDT. In modern day vernacular, the occurrence of two Full Moons in one calendar month has become known as […]

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Sunday
Jul 26 2015
02:02 UTC

Journey to the edge of a forming galaxy

in early july i spent two weeks as "scientist in residence" at the ABC as a result of the Top 5 Under 40 award. the main project i worked on was producing a science ninja adventure story that went live on the science show on radio national yesterday afternoon! LISTEN HERE:journey to the edge of a forming galaxy (website)journey to the edge of a forming galaxy (mp3)Artwork by Mischa Andrews from photo by Jenny Gabache and galaxy image by David Malinlong time readers may remember t

Posted by astropixie

Thursday
Jul 23 2015
17:00 UTC

A Place for Alien Life? Kepler Mission Discovers Earth's Older Cousin, Kepler-452b

Scientists say NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has discovered Earth's “older, bigger first cousin”┬ ┬a planet that's about 60 percent bigger than Earth, circling a sunlike star in an orbit that could sustain liquid water and perhaps life. (...)Read the rest of A Place for Alien Life? Kepler Mission Discovers Earth's Older Cousin, Kepler-452b (686 words) […]

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Thursday
Jul 23 2015
15:48 UTC

Astronomers Spot a Intriguing 5-Star' Multiple System

An interesting multiple star discovery turned up in the ongoing hunt for exoplanetary systems. The discovery was announced by Marcus Lohr of Open University early this month at the National Astronomy Meeting that was held at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Wales. The discovery involves as many as five stars in a single stellar system, orbiting […]

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Thursday
Jul 23 2015
15:37 UTC

What's the Big Deal About the Pentaquark?

“Three quarks for Muster Mark!,” wrote James Joyce in his labyrinthine┬fable,┬Finnegan's Wake. By now, you may have heard┬this quote – the short, nonsensical sentence that eventually┬gave the name “quark”┬to┬the Universe's (as-yet-unsurpassed) most fundamental building blocks. Today's physicists believe that they understand the basics of how┬quarks combine; three join up┬to form baryons (everyday particles like the […]

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Thursday
Jul 23 2015
15:32 UTC

What's Up With Ceres' Mysterious Bright Spots? Reply Hazy, Ask Again Later

The crater that contains┬those puzzlingly┬bright spots on Ceres may harbor an equally puzzling haze. Or not. The hints of haze on the dwarf planet,┬seen in┬some of the images coming from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, add another intriguing twist to Ceres' mysteries. (...)Read the rest of What's Up With Ceres' Mysterious Bright Spots? Reply Hazy, Ask Again […]

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Wednesday
Jul 22 2015
18:06 UTC

The Stars and Planets Ignite Our Dreams

And Make Us Think About What is Possible What price do you put on stimulating the imagination and scientific interest in someone? I don't know about you, but I think it's priceless. Certain events in our history are enough to get us dreaming about the infinite possibilities that lie out Continue readingThe post The Stars and Planets Ignite Our Dreams appeared first on .

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Tuesday
Jul 21 2015
13:25 UTC

Moonspotting-A Guide to Observing the Moons of the Solar System

Like splitting double stars, hunting for the faint lesser known moons of the solar system offers a supreme challenge for the visual observer. Sure, you've seen the Jovian moons do their dance, and Titan is old friend for┬many a star party patron as they check out the rings of Saturn but have you ever spotted […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 18 2015
03:27 UTC

seeing the universe through spectroscopic eyes

... published this article at The Conversation last week, reproduced here for your enjoyment :) Original article link. Seeing the Universe Through Spectroscopic EyesWhen you look up on a clear night and see stars, what are you really looking at? A twinkling pinprick of light with a hint of colour?Imagine looking at a starry sky with eyes like prisms that separate the light from each star into its full rainbow of colour. Astronomers have built instruments to do just that, and spectroscopy is o

Posted by astropixie

Thursday
Jul 16 2015
16:37 UTC

Three-tailed Comet Q1 PanSTARRS Lights Up Southern Skies

Call it the comet that squeaked by most northern skywatchers. Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS┬barely made an appearance at dawn in mid-June when it crept a┬few degrees above the northeastern horizon at dawn. Only a few determined comet watchers spotted the creature. Two weeks later in early July it slipped into the evening and brightened to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 15 2015
19:01 UTC

Catch a Fine Lunar Planetary Grouping This Weekend

Phew! Our eyes and thoughts have been cast so far out into the outer reaches of the solar system following New Horizons and Pluto this week, that we're just now getting to the astronomical action going on in our own backyard.(...)Read the rest of Catch a Fine Lunar Planetary Grouping This Weekend (865 words) ┬ […]

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Wednesday
Jul 15 2015
03:32 UTC

New Horizons Phones Home, Flyby a Success

Watch┬Pluto grow in this series of photos taken during New Horizons' approach Whew! We're out of the woods. On schedule at 9 p. m. EDT, New Horizons phoned home telling the mission team and the rest of the on-edge world that all went well.┬The preprogrammed phone call ┬a 15-minute series of status messages beamed back […]

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Monday
Jul 13 2015
17:07 UTC

Naming Pluto: Christening Features on Brave New Worlds

Here be Dragons' read the inscriptions of old maps used by early seafaring explorers. Such maps were crude, and often wildly inaccurate. The same could be said for our very understanding of distant planetary surfaces today. But this week, we'll be filling in one of those terra incognita' labels, as New Horizons conducts humanity's very […]

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Monday
Jul 13 2015
00:39 UTC

Pluto's Time to Shine Just Hours Away — A Guide and Timetable

Countdown to discovery! Not since Voyager 2's flyby of Neptune in 1989 have we flung a probe into the frozen outskirts of the Solar System.┬Speeding along at 30,800 miles per hour┬New Horizons will pierce the Pluto system like┬a smartly aimed┬arrow.┬(...)Read the rest of Pluto's Time to Shine Just Hours Away – A Guide and Timetable […]

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Sunday
Jul 12 2015
01:52 UTC

Last, Best Look at Pluto's Far Side and Four Perplexing Spots: 2 Days Out from Flyby

Today (July 11) we got our last, best and clearest look at a quartet of perplexing dark spots on Pluto's far side from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft – now just two days and two million miles (4 million km) out from history's first ever up close flyby of the Pluto system on Tuesday, July 14. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Saturday
Jul 11 2015
02:07 UTC

Scientists Captivated By Pluto's Emerging Geological Wonders

Bit by the Pluto bug?┬Day by day, new images appear showing┬an ever clearer view┬of a world we inexplicably love. Call it a dwarf planet. Call it a planet. It's the unknown, and we can't help but be drawn there. Pluto made history when it was discovered in 1930. In 2015, it's doing it all over […]

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Wednesday
Jul 08 2015
21:03 UTC

Once Around The Sun With Jupiter

For Jupiterians (Jovians?) a trip around the Sun takes 12 Earth years. If you were born today on the planet or one of its moons, you'd turn one year old in 2027 and reach the ripe old age of 12 in 2111. In this remarkable montage, astrophotographer Damian Peach divides a year on Jupiter into […]

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Tuesday
Jul 07 2015
15:00 UTC

Is Kapteyn B Not to Be?

Are the ancient planets discovered around Kapteyn's Star for real? As the saying goes, all that glitters isn't gold, and the same could be said in the fast-paced hunt for exoplanets. In 2014, we reported on an exciting new discovery of two new exoplanets orbiting Kapteyn's Star. The news came out of the American Astronomical […]

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Monday
Jul 06 2015
17:29 UTC

No alien life on Philae comet

... sensational claim that ESA's Philae spacecraft has landed on a comet teeming with life doesn't hold waterThe Guardian's story Philae comet could be home to alien life, say scientists has been met with scepticism and outright dismissal by leading comet experts. The people behind the headline are Chandra Wickramasinghe, University of Buckingham, and Max Wallis, University of Cardiff. Today, the Daily Mirror reported Wickramasinghe as saying, Data from the comet seems to unequivocal

Posted by Across the universe

Monday
Jul 06 2015
16:40 UTC

Catching Earth at Aphelion

Do you feel a little distant today? The day after the 4th of July weekend brings with it the promise of barbecue leftovers and discount fireworks. It also sees our fair planet at aphelion, or its farthest point from the Sun. In 2015, aphelion (or apoapsis) occurs at 19:40 Universal Time (UT)/3:40 PM EDT today, […]

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Monday
Jul 06 2015
01:45 UTC

New Horizons Returns to Science Ops July 7

... “Hard to Detect Timing Flaw” Found as the Cause of Safe ModeGood news, folks! ┬New Horizons will be back in normal science ops mode starting Tuesday, July 7th! ┬They found the problem!This just in (from NASA. gov):“NASA's New Horizons mission is returning to normal science operations after a July 4 anomaly and remains on track for its July 14 flyby of Pluto. The investigation into the anomaly that caused New Horizons to enter safe mode on Continue reading

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Monday
Jul 06 2015
01:45 UTC

New Horizons Returns to Science Ops at Pluto July 7

... “Hard to Detect Timing Flaw” Found as the Cause of Safe ModeGood news, folks! ┬New Horizons will be back in normal science ops mode starting Tuesday, July 7th! ┬They found the problem!This just in (from NASA. gov):“NASA's New Horizons mission is returning to normal science operations after a July 4 anomaly and remains on track for its July 14 flyby of Pluto. The investigation into the anomaly that caused New Horizons to enter safe mode on Continue reading

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Sunday
Jul 05 2015
15:14 UTC

NASA Loses Contact with New Horizons; Probe Now in Safe Mode

For a nail-biting hour and 20 minutes, NASA lost contact yesterday afternoon July 4 with the New Horizons spacecraft just 9 days before its encounter with Pluto. Communication has since been reestablished and the spacecraft is healthy.┬(...)Read the rest of NASA Loses Contact with New Horizons; Probe Now in Safe Mode (245 words) ┬ Bob […]

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