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Monday
Aug 18 2014
19:10 UTC

One That Fell to Earth: Researchers Reveal 2012 Novato Meteorite Took a Beating

What's the chance of that thump you just heard in your house was a meteorite hitting your roof? That was the case for one family in Novato, California during a fireball event that took place in the north bay area near San Francisco on October 17, 2012. Researchers have now released new results from analysis […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 18 2014
18:39 UTC

Cassini Watches Clouds Form Over Titan’s Methane Sea

What's the weather forecast on Titan? Well if you're planning a vacation down by the shores of Ligeia Mare you may get some cloudy skies, if what happened at the end of July repeats itself! The animation above was made from images acquired by Cassini during a flyby of Titan in July 2014, showing the […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Thursday
Aug 14 2014
18:31 UTC

How A Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Likely' Brought Interstellar Dust Back To Earth

If the scientists are right, a NASA spacecraft brought stuff from outside the solar system back to Earth. The Stardust spacecraft, which was originally tasked with chasing after Comet Wild 2, brought our planet seven grains that look fluffier than expected. While the scientists say that more tests are needed to determine these particles originated […]

Posted by Universe Today

Thursday
Aug 14 2014
12:36 UTC

Readers Images of the Occultation of Saturn, August 4 2014

Christine Beswick from Tasmania took this "near miss" image. Hand held standing on the porch 1/40 ISO 320. Chris Wyatt took this image using an eyepiece projection of Moon at 29. 8 magnification at ASA 400, 1/200 sec exposure on his 10" dob scope with a Canon 70DChris has imaged Saturn with no eyepiece at ASA 3200, 1/100 sec and focal length 3,890 mmChris imaged the Moon Occulting Saturn with ASA 2,500 , 1/125 sec and focal length 3,890 mmReaders Rob and Julie Walpole and Chris Wyatt have se

Posted by Astroblog

Wednesday
Aug 13 2014
15:17 UTC

New Horizons Captures Pluto and Charon Orbiting

... Pluto and its largest moon Charon showing the two distinctly separate worlds actually in motion around each other! Captured by the New […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Wednesday
Aug 13 2014
13:30 UTC

A Spectacular Dawn Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter Set For August 18th

What are those two bright stars in the morning sky? About once a year we can be assured that we'll start fielding inquires to this effect, as the third and fourth brightest natural objects in the sky once again meet up. We're talking about a conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Venus. Venus has been […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 11 2014
23:35 UTC

Perigee Super Moon Images from Around the World

Wow! The astrophotographers out there are getting artsy! Take a look at some of the most artistic images of the full Moon we've seen yet. The August 10 full Moon was a so-called “super” Moon — and it was the “super-est” of a trio of full Moons being at perigee, or its closest approach to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 11 2014
13:00 UTC

Watch This Weekend's Near-'Supermoon' Set From The Space Station

With the full Moon approaching just a little bit closer than Earth to usual, a cosmonaut on the International Space Station took a few moments of his time to capture a few shots of it setting behind the Earth. Oleg Artemyev was just a shade closer to that Moon than the rest of us, and […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 11 2014
12:27 UTC

Supermoon Surgery

... have a busy day today (including my Annual Appraisal) to kick off a very busy week dominated by the release of this years A-level results and consequent admissions business, so I'll just post a quickie though one which is at least fairly topical. Last night (10th August) I took a (not very good) picture […]

Posted by In The Dark

Sunday
Aug 10 2014
20:50 UTC

ISEE-3 Completes Lunar Flyby, Begins a Citizen Science Program

The journey began on August 12, 1978 from Cape Canaveral on a Delta II launch vehicle. Now after 36 years and 30 billions miles of travel around the Sun — as well as a crowd-funded reboot of the spacecraft and a foiled attempt to put it into Earth orbit — the ISEE-3 has completed a […]

Posted by Universe Today

Sunday
Aug 10 2014
16:05 UTC

Fear Not the Moon, Perseids Always a Great Show

Get ready for the darling of meteor showers this week the Perseids. Who can deny their appeal? Not only is the shower rich with fiery flashes of meteoric light, but the meteors come in August when the weather's couldn't be more ideal. Peak activity is expected┬Tuesday┬night,┬Aug. 12-13, when up to 100 meteors an hour […]

Posted by Universe Today

Sunday
Aug 10 2014
14:30 UTC

Images of the 10 August 2014 "supermoon"

The so-called "supermoon" of tonight (August 10/11) was very beautiful, but with the unaided eye I couldn't tell it apart from previous Full Moons. However, it was very obvious in the telescope, even at 8:30 pm the Moon was obviously bigger than January's "mini-Moon" (aphelion Full Moon). The top image shows tonights Moon on the left at 8:30 pm, and the mini-Moon of January on the right. Click on the image to embiggen. The bottom image shows the Moon at 10:30 pm (still 5anda half ho

Posted by Astroblog

Friday
Aug 08 2014
22:20 UTC

[Article 6859]What's So Super about the Moon on Sunday?

... so-called “Supermoon” on August 10th (Sunday night). And, if you haven't run into the hype before, you're probably wondering what all the fuss is about. I always wonder it, too. I've tried to see the difference between a regular […]

Posted by TheSpacewriter's Ramblings

Friday
Aug 08 2014
17:40 UTC

Moon's Insides Still Hot, Hot, Hot After Billions Of Years Of Formation: Study

Rather than being dead inside, the Moon still has a warm interior that is due to the effect of the Earth's gravity on our closest major celestial neighbor, a new study says. The results came after looking at results from the SELENE (SELenological and ENgineering Explorer) spacecraft as well as other missions exploring the Moon. […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Aug 08 2014
14:45 UTC

Video: Watch The Moon Slowly Blot Out Saturn In Australia

Wow! Check out this video of the Moon passing in front of Saturn from a viewpoint in Brisbane, Australia. This type of phenomenon, called an occultation, happens when one celestial body passes in front of the other from an observer's standpoint. You can see some information about a June 10 occultation of Saturn, for example, […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Aug 08 2014
14:08 UTC

The "Super Moon" of Sunday August 10/ Monday August 11, What Can You See?

Illustration of the orbit of the Moon around the Earth. Distances for apogee and perigee are given for the 2011 Full Moons because I was lazy and didn't want to redraw the diagram. The Full Moon of this Monday August 11 occurs at perigee. Actually, it is a little tricky. Full Moon is 18:09 August 10 UT, which is 04:09 August 11 AEST (03:39 ACST). Yes, the Full Moon and perigee occurs in the early morning of August 11, if you wait until Moon rise on the evening of the 1

Posted by Astroblog

Wednesday
Aug 06 2014
21:29 UTC

Rosetta's Exploration

Last week, an important lunar anniversary occurred. 50 years ago on July 31st, the Ranger 7 snapped the first picture of the lunar surface from a spacecraft. Phil Plait marked this occasion by noting the fact that spaceflight isn't a miracle but the combined effort of scientists and engineers and dreamers throughout the decade. Today we're awash in images from spacecraft, so many that we've recruited you to help us do the analysis and the science. And that's great. But

Posted by CosmoQuest Blog

Tuesday
Aug 05 2014
16:15 UTC

Boom! Io Explodes With Volcanic Eruptions Hundreds of Miles High

... eruptions on Jupiter's moon Io were witnessed by scientists┬last year using the Keck II and Gemini telescopes in Hawaii.┬The only other confirmed volcanically-active world in the solar system besides Earth, Io is constantly being resurfaced by eruptions and lava flows, due to internal heat and pressures caused by tidal stresses as a […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Monday
Aug 04 2014
18:56 UTC

Get Set For Super (Duper?) Moon 2 of 3 For 2014

... summer that the supermoon is now a monthly occurrence. But this coming weekend's Full Moon is indeed (we swear) the closest to Earth for 2014. What's going on here? Well, as we wrote one synodic month ago the time it takes for the Moon to return to […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Aug 04 2014
16:25 UTC

5 Sky Events This Week: Scorpius Eyes the Moon, and Jupiter Rises

... the waxing gibbous moon, hanging in the low southwestern sky, is at the end of a cosmic lineup that includes Saturn, Mars, and Spica. Their distinct color differencesorange hues for Mars, yellowish for Saturn, and blue-white for Spicamake them a stunning trio. Moon and Antares. ┬By…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Aug 04 2014
13:16 UTC

First Images of the Occultation of Saturn, 4 August 2014

Saturn just before occultationSaturn starts going behind the Moon. Saturn reappearsMy first quick images of the Occultation of Saturn. Going to bed now.

Posted by Astroblog

Sunday
Aug 03 2014
19:20 UTC

Ranger 7 Takes 1st Image of the Moon by a US Spacecraft 50 Years Ago — July 31, 1964

As we remember the 45th anniversary of Earth's historic 1st manned lunar landing last week by America's Apollo 11 crew of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969, it's likewise well worth recalling NASA's pioneering and historic unmanned robotic mission Ranger 7 – that led the way to the Moon almost exactly 5 […]

Posted by Universe Today

Sunday
Aug 03 2014
10:50 UTC

Mars near the Moon, August 3 2014

The Moon, Mars (just above) and Saturn at 6:00 pm ACST. Taken with my Canon IXUS, 1 second exposure 3x zoom. Click to embiggen. The Moon, Mars (just above) and Saturn (lower right)at 8:00 pm ACST. Taken with my Canon IXUS 6 second exposure, 3x zoom. Click to embiggen. You can see how far Mars has moved in two hours. The Moon is close to Mars tonight. The view of the line up of Spica, Mars and the Moon, and Saturn, leading up the the curl of Scorpio is quite beatiful. If you get your telescope out, y

Posted by Astroblog

Sunday
Aug 03 2014
10:11 UTC

Reminder, with added cities, Occultation of Saturn by the Moon 4 August, 2014

The Moon as seen from Darwin at Saturn ingress (20:05 ACST) and exit (21:19 ACST). Similar views will be seen at similar latitudes (Broome Weipa, Townsville, Cairns). Click to embiggen. The Moon as seen from Alice Springs at Saturn ingress (20:10 ACST) and exit (21:40 ACST). Similar views will be seen at similar latitudes (eg. Carnarvon, Longreach, Rockhampton). Click to embiggen. The Moon as seen from Adelaide at Saturn ingress (20:30 ACST) and exit (21:28 ACST). Similar views will be seen at

Posted by Astroblog

Saturday
Aug 02 2014
23:59 UTC

I'm on the Radio this Sunday August 3rd

In the morning (Sunday 3 August) I'll be on ABC local radio (Adelaide 891 AM) with Ashley Walsh , going live after 10:25 am ACST (10:55 AEST). I'll be talking about the upcoming occultation of Saturn, so listen if you can (they doing streaming, so even if you are not in Adelaide you can catch this on your computer).

Posted by Astroblog

Friday
Aug 01 2014
21:55 UTC

Moon Invades Saturn This Weekend

The moon cozies up to Saturn on Sunday and Monday, even covering the ringed planet for some observers.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Friday
Aug 01 2014
11:21 UTC

11 Strange Facts You Didn't Know About the First Moon Landing

We all know of the pioneering journey of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and the sometimes forgotten third astronaut Michael Collins. Armstrong and Aldrin were the first astronauts to successfully land […]

Posted by Astronotes

Thursday
Jul 31 2014
13:05 UTC

If You Mine An Asteroid, Who Does The Property Belong To?

There have been several proposals in recent months to visit asteroids — NASA is talking about sending astronauts to an asteroid sometime, and both Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries have outlined distant plans to mine these space rocks for resources. But once the stuff is extracted, who does it belong to? A bill being […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Jul 30 2014
20:39 UTC

Enceladus has 101 Geysers

Apparently there are a whole lot of geysers on Enceladus, more than 100. Well only one more, but there are sure to be others. Most of the geysers spotted so far appear along the four noticeably visible tiger stripes that appear in the southern hemisphere. These are two of the most recent images to come from

Posted by wanderingspace

Tuesday
Jul 29 2014
14:01 UTC

Occultation of Saturn by the Moon 4 August, 2014

... Saturns' giant moon Titan is just about to go behind the Moon at 8:30 pm ACST. Simulated in Stellarium. Click to embiggen. On the evening of Monday 4 August Saturn is occulted by the Moon as seen from the most of Australia (and

Posted by Astroblog

Tuesday
Jul 29 2014
02:34 UTC

Book Review: Neil Armstrong — A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree

Neil Armstrong – A Life of Flight is a thoroughly enjoyable new biography about the first human to set foot on the Moon on NASA's Apollo 11 mission written with gusto by Emmy winning NBC News space correspondent Jay Barbree. Jay Barbee is a veteran NBC News reporter who has covered America's manned space program […]

Posted by Universe Today

Monday
Jul 28 2014
22:28 UTC

101 Geysers Spotted Erupting From Saturn Moon

... plumes of Saturn's moon, Enceladus.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Friday
Jul 25 2014
01:07 UTC

Apollo 11 Splashdown 45 Years Ago on July 24, 1969 Concludes 1st Moon Landing Mission — Gallery

The three man crew of NASA's Apollo 11 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean 45 years ago today on July 24, 1969 – successfully concluding Earth's first journey to land humans on another world and return them safely to our Home Planet. Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on […]

Posted by Universe Today

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