Dog days retrieve longer nights08/19/14
Close planet conjunction - Jupiter and Venus very close in tomorrow's pre-dawn sky . Watch the moon slide down to join them this week. Closest on Saturday morning. Saturn and Mars still show in the evening twilight - This week watch Mars slide...
Time to pursue the Perseids
The annual Perseid Meteor Shower peaks early this week. The Rosetta spacecraft, now in orbit around Comet Churyumov-Gerisimenko after a 10 years, 4 billion mile journey, will drop a lander in November to sample and test for organic molecules
Let it gush, let it gush, let it gush
Count of geysers seen on Saturn's moon Enceladus up to over 100 - No question about composition of jets, definitely water as we know it. A question now of how far down they come from.
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’ slippin’ …
Amount of daylight is slowly receding. . . Sunset was at 8:33, now it's 8:22; Sunrise is 5:52, was 5:33. We'll really feel the change in August, so enjoy it now. Friday Aug.1 is a cross-quarter day - Lammas. United Arab Emirates Plans Mission to Mars...
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie – that’s a supermoon!
Supermoon? - Ridiculous! Invented by Astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979. Difference in size between these full moons and other full moons is less than 2%. You cannot see the difference. The moon looks especially large when it rises at full phase because...
A wrinkle in the fabric of space-time
Orbital Carbon Observatory-2- now in orbit will help scientists better understand Earth's carbon cycle, identifying natural and manmade sources and sinks of CO2 with great precision.
Look aloft July 4th … and 5th!
Cassini Celebrates its 10th year at Saturn – will continue to explore until 2017 when it’ll plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere. Franklin Institute's Fels Planetarium captures two international awards. Delaware Valley Astronomical Association Star Party...
“And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes . . .”
Penn State Astronomers figure out why near side and far side of the moon are so different - front side, maria: large smooth areas we call 'seas'; they make the eyes of "the man in the moon". When moon was formed, the two became tidally locked and the...
Set your sights on the 6:51 a.m. Saturday Summit
Summer Solstice. Sun at Solar Max - although it's one of the most minimal maxes seen in decades. Cycles last 9- 14 years. Producing lots of eruptions right now and the downslope can produce some of the most energetic activity. NASA has started -...
Time for an equasion
The Equasion of Time is coming (solar noon = clock noon) - Derrick explains. Cast your net; a design is already in place for an out-of-this world system to collect and dispose of the bits and pieces of space junk. Night sky offers viewing...
The answer is blowin’ in the wind
Following the failure of a position stabalizer, the Kepler Planet Hunter satellite has been successfully re-oriented - by using solar wind! Live from On orbit! It's the Earth from space! In a new experiment with HD video NASA now broadcasts a live...
We are family
Sun's sibling identified - HD 162826 is 100 light years away, 15% more massive than our sun, found in Hercules not far from Vega. Used spectroscopy to study the chemistry of the star then dynamics. Many more siblings need to be identified to determine...
We’re on a road to nowhere …
Scientists can now reliably calculate that the universe is expanding symetrically, thanks to data from very big radio telescopes and very big optical scopes. Galaxies are growing further and further away from each other. Cracks in US/Russian space...
Will NASA say ‘nyet’ to joint plans with Russia?
NASA curtails operations with Russia - most recent announcement exempts 'big-ticket items' like ISS cooperation, but covers any other collaborative ventures such as travel to Russia/US, visits to facilities, conferences, telecons, etc. Next Russian...
Help wanted: Asteroid nudging notions needed
NASA crowd-sourcing for ideas on how to bring an asteroid into lunar orbit. Open to companies, universities, non-profits. Intent is to bring back all or part of an asteroid for study in lunar orbit by 2020 as practice for deep space missions....
Is ours THE universe … or A universe?
New data collected at South Pole indicates light polarized in a way that can only be caused by gravity waves that were specifically predicted to have been generated by inflation of the universe just after the Big Bang... One of the most interesting...
Star light, star (very) bright
Astronomers get their first glimpse of Yellow Hyperstar (HR 5171) one of the 10 largest known stars - 12,000 light years from earth, 1,300x diameter of our star, 1.3 billion miles in diameter. A million times brighter than our sun, it has a companion...
Yutu can come back to life!
China Space Agency says reports of Yutu's Death were premature. There is some kind of mechanical problem, but communications has been re-established with the lunar rover that successfully travelled about 300 ft., sampling the soil and doing some...
Warm wishes from the red planet
Summer arrives this Saturday... on Mars! The season will be six months instead of three, thanks to the planet's two year orbit. Space medical experts discover that shift in bodily fluids in microgravity environment may be why some Astronauts suffer...
Some like it hot
Astronomers now 'mapping' brightness variations in stellar atmospheres. T-class "star" Luhman16B is a type of brown dwarf star, 13 to 90 times the mass of Jupiter or up to 1/10 of the sun, aren't big enough to become stars - they don't burn. L-16B,...
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