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Monday
Aug 11 2014
16:46 UTC

Storms on Uranus Observed From Hawaii

Wrapped in an atmosphere tinted pale blue by high-altitude methane, Uranus has occasionally been observed to develop large storms in its frigid windy skies. NASA's Voyager 2 saw a few small storm clouds spotting Uranus during its flyby in Jan. 1986, and more recently some large but short-lived storms were observed by Hubble and the […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Saturday
Aug 09 2014
18:26 UTC

Carnival of Space #366

... Lodiot, confirming the spacecraft's historic arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during a live webcast on the┬morning of Aug. 6 from mi

Posted by CosmoQuest Blog

Wednesday
Aug 06 2014
15:12 UTC

Yes, Rosetta, We Are There! ESA’s Spacecraft Arrives at Comet 64P/C-G and Returns Amazing Images

We don't have to keep asking “Rosetta are we there yet?” anymore — we're there!┬This morning, August 6 2014, Rosetta made its arrival at the ~4-km-wide comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and soon sent back some incredible pictures┬of its surface taken with its OSIRIS science imager. The one above was acquired at a distance of 130 km (80 […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Wednesday
Aug 06 2014
12:52 UTC

Rosetta comet rendezvous is a triumph for the European Space Agency Stuart Clark

... science phase. The spacecraft will now track comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for a year, following it through its closest approach to the sun to monitor how the extra heating aff

Posted by Across the universe

Wednesday
Aug 06 2014
11:53 UTC

Comet Chaser on Final Approach to Comet

... journey, the┬Rosetta spacecraft┬is fast approaching its target comet and is less than a day from its arrival Wednesday. Scientists are expecting that the plucky probe will get its first sniff of cometary molecules in a matter of hours, when it puts on the last of its breaking maneuvers only 62 miles (100…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Wednesday
Aug 06 2014
02:08 UTC

Get Ready for Rosetta’s Rendezvous with a Comet!

How exciting – it's almost time! After over ten years of travel ESA's comet chaser Rosetta is mere hours away from its first rendezvous with the 4-km-wide comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko! We've all been seeing better and better images of the comet since it first became visible to Rosetta a few months back, with the past couple […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Tuesday
Aug 05 2014
16:15 UTC

Boom! Io Explodes With Volcanic Eruptions Hundreds of Miles High

Three enormous volcanic 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

Tuesday
Aug 05 2014
11:16 UTC

Mars or bust: the new space race to put humans on the red planet Zahaan Bharmal

... the world that a new space race a race to eventually set foot on Mars was well under way. Continue

Posted by Across the universe

Monday
Aug 04 2014
16:25 UTC

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

Lunar Lineup. ┬As darkness falls on Monday, August 4, 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

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
15:23 UTC

Comet, Dead Ahead! ESA’s Rosetta Is Only Days Away From Its Target

... mission. On August 6 the spacecraft will approach within 100 km of the comet and attempt to establish orbit — if successful, Rosetta […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Friday
Aug 01 2014
15:06 UTC

NASA Preps Mars Orbiters for Comet Close Encounter

... passing so close that the space agency this week┬announced it has put together a special playbook filled with protective measures for its orbiters there.…

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Thursday
Jul 31 2014
21:20 UTC

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Will Make Oxygen

NASA's next Mars rover will pack a suite of sensors, cameras and an oxygen brewing kit.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Wednesday
Jul 30 2014
16:47 UTC

Opportunity Breaks the Record for Extraterrestrial Roving

Well it's official: after over a decade of roving┬on Mars, NASA's Opportunity rover has surpassed the off-world driving record previously and proudly held by the Soviet Lunokhod 2 rover since 1973*! As of July 27, 2014, the tenacious solar-powered Opportunity racked┬25. 01 miles (40. 25 kilometers) on its odometer as it traveled along the southern rim of […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Tuesday
Jul 29 2014
23:00 UTC

Milky Way Punier Than We Thought

The Milky Way looks less hefty, but just as beautiful as ever, this summer.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Jul 28 2014
22:28 UTC

101 Geysers Spotted Erupting From Saturn Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft team have numbered the plumes of Saturn's moon, Enceladus.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Monday
Jul 28 2014
16:36 UTC

4 Sky Events This Week: Cosmic Dumbbell and Lunar Lineup

Moonless nights bring deep sky delights for skywatchers this week.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Friday
Jul 25 2014
19:10 UTC

Watch What Could Be This Summer’s Best Meteor Shower

... July meteor shower promises a chance to catch a shooting star.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Thursday
Jul 24 2014
22:01 UTC

Space Station Astronaut Photographs, Tweets Gaza Conflict

... "saddest' picture from space, of conflict on Earth.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

Thursday
Jul 24 2014
14:30 UTC

Carnivals of Space

... This weekly roundup of space blogs travels to a new site every week. Check out the last two: Carnival #362 is hosted by Pam Hoffman at Everyday Spacer Carnival #363

Posted by CosmoQuest Blog

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

Sunday
Jul 20 2014
01:04 UTC

Curiosity Claims the Biggest Meteorite Ever Found on Mars

... and came from outer space! Dubbed “Lebanon” it's a stony iron meteorite, similar to ones found in years past by the┬Spirit and Opportunity rovers, but is considerably larger than any of […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Friday
Jul 18 2014
22:20 UTC

45th Anniversary of First Men on the Moon: Spot Apollo Landing Sites

This Sunday marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Learn how you can spy two of the Apollo landing sites with a set of binoculars.

Posted by Breaking Orbit

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

Thursday
Jul 17 2014
14:04 UTC

Rosetta’s Comet Looks Like a Giant Peep

... spacecraft. Tumbling through space on its orbit around the Sun, it bears an uncanny resemblance to… a giant marshmallow Peep. (The […]

Posted by Lights in the Dark

Wednesday
Jul 16 2014
12:58 UTC

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

... metal that fall from space and impact the surface of a planet. They are time capsules, usually

Posted by Across the universe

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