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Monday
Apr 21 2014
16:37 UTC

5 Sky Events This Week: Blue and Green Giants With Goddess of Love

Along with a sprinkling of shooting stars, sky-watchers this week will marvel at the moon, which guides them to the mythical characters studding the night sky. Lyrids peak.¬In the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 22, observers can expect this small meteor shower to peak, with rates of up to about 20 shooting stars per…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Friday
Apr 18 2014
20:42 UTC

Carnival of Space #350

... weekly roundup of the space and astronomy blogosphere. We'll start with the big exoplanet news of the week: Kepler 186f was announced with its planetary brethren as an Earth-sized planet within the “Goldilocks Zone” of its host M-dwarf star. Carolyn Collins Peterson covers this story on The Spacewriter's Ramblings, adding that if it IS watery world (which e don't know yet) that it would be quite hopef

Posted by CosmoQuest Blog

Wednesday
Apr 16 2014
03:54 UTC

Saturn’s Still in the Business of Making Moons

Congratulations! It's a baby moon? A bright clump spotted orbiting Saturn at the outermost edge of its A ring may be a brand new moon in the process of being born, according to research recently published in the journal Icarus. We have not seen anything like this before, said Carl Murray of Queen Mary University […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Monday
Apr 14 2014
17:58 UTC

5 Sky Events This Week: Full Lunar Eclipse and Lord of the Rings

This is a big week even for the most amateur of sky-watchers, with a rare full lunar eclipse and Mars getting as close as it ever does to Earth. Moon shadow play. The moon will appear to be orange-red late Monday night and early Tuesday morning as it undergoes a total eclipse, the first visible…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Thursday
Apr 10 2014
22:09 UTC

Sea Serpent Eats Cosmic Diamond Ring

... ¬cosmic diamond ring is the best way to describe the haunting beauty of a distant star in its final moments of life. Located some 2,500 light-years from Earth within the belly of a mythical water snake, Abell 33 (also known as PK238+34. 1) represents the final remains of a sunlike star that has thrown its…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Wednesday
Apr 09 2014
15:22 UTC

Just Another Hazy Day on Titan

The weather forecast for Titan? Cloudy, hazy, and cold — just like every other day! The image here is a color-composite made from raw data captured by Cassini during a flyby on April 7, 2014, and it shows a look at the two main features of Titan's atmosphere: a thick orange “smog” made of organic […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Monday
Apr 07 2014
15:06 UTC

5 Sky Events This Week: Lunar Wall, Mars Up-Close, and a Blue Giant

Fantastic fault lines and planetary close encounters this week¬offer sky-watchers some¬impressive cosmic views of the heavens. The lunar wall.¬The first quarter moon, which comes into view on Monday, April 7, offers the best moment this month to view, in small telescopes, an amazing lunar feature called the lunar wall, or Rupes Recta (sometimes called the…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Saturday
Apr 05 2014
22:25 UTC

Cassini Uncovers Even More Evidence for Enceladus’ Hidden Ocean

... observations by the Cassini spacecraft of¬icy plumes spraying from its southern pole, and now scientists have even more evidence supporting its existence: Doppler measurements of the moon's gravity taken during Cassini's flybys show variations […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Tuesday
Apr 01 2014
21:04 UTC

Global Star Party Kicks Off Astronomy Month

... series of events for space geeks throughout April. This year's Global Astronomy Month (GAM2014) brings together astronomy enthusiasts and organizations worldwide to share the passion for the night sky with everyone,…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Mar 31 2014
19:23 UTC

Carnival of Space #347 is here!

Welcome all space and astronomy fans! We are very happy to be hosting the Carnival of Space this week here at CosmoQuest. Though some of the writers have been long-time contributors to the carnival, this is our very first time hosting it here. So, welcome! Let's dive into this week's great stories… Asteroids continue to amaze us as rings were discovered around the asteroid Chariklo, making it just the fifth body in the Solar System to show such features. Read

Posted by CosmoQuest Blog

Sunday
Mar 30 2014
12:00 UTC

Powerful Jets From Mars-Bound Comet Spied by Hubble

After lurking in the outer reaches of the solar system for the past one million years, a comet is heading for a close encounter with Mars. The Hubble Space Telescope is keeping tabs on the icy interloper, seen in just-released images. Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring), which now lies some 353 million miles (568 million…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Friday
Mar 28 2014
23:16 UTC

ESA Awakens Rosetta's Comet Lander

... aboard the Rosetta spacecraft this morning at 06:00 GMT, bringing it out of its nearly 33-month-long slumber and beginning its preparation for its upcoming (and historic) landing on a comet in November. (...)Read the rest of ESA Awakens Rosetta's Comet […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Mar 28 2014
18:28 UTC

Space Shuttle 747 to Land in Museum

... space agency to wing space shuttles from landing runways back to…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Friday
Mar 28 2014
17:16 UTC

An Afternoon on Mars

Here's a pretty picture for your Friday: a mosaic of Mastcam images acquired by Curiosity on mission Sol 582, also known to us Earthlings as Thursday, March 27, 2014. Barsoom sure looks lovely this time of year! (...)Read the rest of An Afternoon on Mars (138 words) ¬ Jason Major for Universe Today, 2014. | […]

Posted by Universe Today

Friday
Mar 28 2014
15:53 UTC

Hubble Eyes Mars-Bound Comet

Comet Siding Spring won't hit Mars on October 19 but it will come really, really close: 86,000 miles, or just a bit over 1/3 the distance between the Moon and Earth. That's like having a bullet from a sniper positioned a mile away knock your hat off! (Given that you were the target of a […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Friday
Mar 28 2014
13:33 UTC

NASA Unveils Stunning New Milky Way Portrait

Talk about an out-of-this-world map! NASA has unveiled a stunning new clickable panoramic portrait of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. The zoomable, 360-degree view was constructed from more than two million infrared snapshots taken over the past ten years by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. “If we actually printed this out, we'd need a billboard…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Thursday
Mar 27 2014
19:54 UTC

Stunning 3D Tours of Two Well-Known Nebulae

Two videos recently released by the Hubble team take us on a tour of two famous and intriguing cosmic objects: the stellar wind-blown¬“celestial snow angel” Sharpless 2-106 and the uncannily equine Horsehead Nebula, imaged in infrared wavelengths by the HST. Using Hubble imagery complemented with data from the Subaru Infrared Telescope and ESO's Visible and […]

Posted by Universe Today

Wednesday
Mar 26 2014
18:45 UTC

Rings Discovered Around an Asteroid

We all know that Saturn is encircled¬by a system of rings, and perhaps you also know about the fainter¬rings around Uranus, Jupiter, and Neptune. But today, ESO astronomers have revealed a surprising discovery: there are also rings surrounding¬the¬asteroid 10199 Chariklo, a small, distant world orbiting the Sun far¬beyond Saturn. This makes 250-km-wide Chariklo the fifth […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Wednesday
Mar 26 2014
18:34 UTC

Distant new world may point to undiscovered planets in solar system Stuart Clark

Todays discovery of dwarf planet 2012 VP113 suggests that many planet-sized worlds lurk undetected beyond the orbit of Pluto, maybe even a giant Super EarthWe learned today that our solar system is larger than we had previously known. A newly discovered, extremely distant dwarf planet with the tentative name of 2012 VP113 was announced. It appears as nothing more than a dot on images but we know a few things about it. For a start, it is approximately 450km across, which is pretty small by planeta

Posted by Across the universe

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