The Urban Astronomer 22 Nov 2009, 21:32 UTC The next few days offer a chance to enjoy Jupiter and a waxing Moon together in the southern sky. I just showed this last night to a star party group and the view was exciting. The two objects sparkle in evening sky and provide a nice accent to an otherwise quiet part of the sky -- an area that is devoid of bright stars. So get out your telescope, enjoy a view of the craters of the Moon, and get a close-up of Jupiter and its moons while Jupiter is still bright and high in the sky after sunset.
collectSPACE.com: Space History News 22 Nov 2009, 20:10 UTC A member of the first three-person space crew whose flight was onboard a vehicle he helped design, cosmonaut Konstantin Feoktistov passed away at age 83 on Saturday, Nov. 21, according to a statement by the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
Eastside Astro-Blog 22 Nov 2009, 18:53 UTC Another really cool shot from Cassini of the low buzzing over Enceladus the other day. Not sure of the scale of this, but looks like a cold, rough place.This is a mosaic created by Astro0 on Unmannedspaceflight. (Click for bigger view)That geyser image from yesterday rates way up there on the coolness scale of space images. I think we have a 3 way tie between Apollo 8's Earthrise, and Phoenix
Planck satellite outreach news 22 Nov 2009, 15:22 UTC The Planck satellite is not only being monitored by the mission controllers at the Mission Operations Centre. It is also being watched by optical astronomers, who have captured images of the satellite against the starry background. There are two methods of doing this, one is to stare at the area of sky which the spacecraft will pass through and watch for moving objects - this is the same method used to find near-earth objects such as asteroids and comets. The other method, which relies on more equipment, is to track where Planck should be in the sky. Since it is a moread more
Galileo Mobile 22 Nov 2009, 14:21 UTC The idea was simple: united under the same sky. Actually doing it has proved complicated. From the logistics of looking for accommodation and maintaining contact with out local collaborators to communication issues, many little things got in the way of the project’s flow like huge rocks. So I take the opportunity here to comment on some of the things only the people “behind the scenes” have experienced, although they influenced all the people along the trip.
The Discovery Enterprise 22 Nov 2009, 08:05 UTC Today on Discovery Enterprise we explore two of the most intriguing astronomical objects discovered in the nineteen sixties namely, Pulsars and Quasars. The first pulsar was observed in July 1967 by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish. And created an initial flurry of excitement when the radio pulses emanating from these enigmatic objects where artificial signals coming from an
Alice's Astro Info 21 Nov 2009, 23:37 UTC Yup, this is late. Way late. Enjoy!2009 November-December StarmapNotable Sky ObjectsHEY ALICE! I SAW …Well, the answer this month is probably clouds, if you live in the same general area as I do. The Pacific Northwest has been pretty well socked in. My other best guess this time of year is Jupiter, bright in the Southwest just about to set.(If you’re wondering about the heading for this section read this).JUPITERJupiter will be highly visible in the early evening in the Southwest, setting a few hours after sunset. If you pull out some binoculars and steady yourself against something, you should be able to pick out the moons of Jupiter, just like Galileo did 400 years ago.MARS and SATURNMars is rising about 10pm or a little earlier in between Leo and Cancer, and Saturn rises around midnight in Virgo.VENUS and MERCURYVenus and Mercury are not visible, they rise and set with the Sun.EVENTSNovember 17 – The Leonids meteor shower. It happened already, and wasn’t too spectacular, but the predictions I was reading were saying that there was a small chance of a short outburst.November 18 - Unveiling of new NASA Images at Pacific Science Center. If you missed the unveiling, don’t ...
Spaceports 21 Nov 2009, 22:19 UTC "Supercalifragilistic is the only word I can come up with to describe this flyby [during Cassini's close flyby of Enceladus on Nov. 21, 2009] said one planetary scientist. This batch of pictures further convinces me that Enceladus could be humankinds perfect jumping off point on it’s “Trek to the Stars," says one observer of the images returned today.Jack@JackKennedy.net
Cosmic Diary 21 Nov 2009, 21:56 UTC I just returned from Vandenberg Air Force Base, where I watched the WISE spacecraft get hoisted atop the rocket.The procedure began the day before, when WISE was encapsulated in a large, white cyclindrical transport container. Using what amounts to a giant air hockey table, the team guided the spacecraft out of its pristine cleanroom through the giant, 40′ high door into the high bay’s airlock. From there, WISE’s transport container was placed on a special tractor and readied for transport at 3:30 a.m. Here I am with WISE, trying not to jump up and down and shout “Woo hoo! Woo hoo!”:All packed up and ready to go.We had to move the vehicle in the middle of the night because that is when the winds are calmest. On the central California coast, the winds switch from onshore to offshore flow and are usually strongest at dawn, so the transport had to be completed well before sunrise. In the darkest part of the night, WISE left the high bay to its final destination on Earth: the Space Launch Complex 2 launch pad, which we call “Slick 2″.Proceeding at 5 miles per hour, the convoy started down the road to SLC-2, which is ...