Planck satellite outreach news 30 Aug 2009, 20:50 UTC As of 12:49 GMT on 27th August the two-week First Light Survey reached its official end. This marks the start of the First All-Sky Survey, which will continue for around seven months. The results of the First Light Survey are currently being analysed, and if they prove to be of sufficient quality they will simply become the first two weeks of the all-sky survey.
The Martian Chronicles 30 Aug 2009, 20:42 UTC Apologies for the silence on the blog lately. I’ve been trying to get caught up with work since I got back from the north woods of Michigan last sunday. However, I thought I should take a minute and mention the forest fires in LA that are threatening JPL . People on the MER team have [...]
Space Fellowship 30 Aug 2009, 07:33 UTC PASADENA, Calif., (NASA) — Engineers for NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter project have stepped up the communication rate being received from the orbiter as an early step in the process of determining why the spacecraft spontaneously rebooted its computer on Aug. 26. The latest reboot occurred at 5:42 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (12:42 Universal Time) on [...]
Orbiting Frog 29 Aug 2009, 16:00 UTC @lookupastro is a simple Twitter bot that when tweeted with the name of an astronomical object, will reply with its RA and declination and a link to the LookUP page. Here's the lowdown on what it is and how to use it. Stuart Lowe (Astronomy Blog, The Jodcast) started something a little while ago called LookUP. This simple search box allows you to enter the name of almost any astronomical object and it returns RA/Dec coordinates along with a plethora of handy links. Go and try it out using the link.LookUP works by asking the right databases the right questions. If you ask for a planet, the LookUP will query one astronomy web service. If you ask for a comet, it may ask another. You can read more about this on the LookUP about page.
The Planetary Society Blog 29 Aug 2009, 11:29 UTC It appears Earth is down one spacecraft. According to numerous reports in Indian media, contact was lost with the lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1 abruptly -- in the middle of a communications session with Earth -- at 1:30 Indian time on Friday (Thursday, August 27, at 20:00 UTC).
Cumbrian Sky 29 Aug 2009, 05:37 UTC Welcome to Carnival of Space #118, here at CUMBRIAN SKY! This is my first time hosting the Carnival, so a huge THANK YOU to Fraser, for letting me join the exclusive club of blogs lucky enough to have hosted what has to be the biggest and best weekly collection of space and astronomy writing on the net! If you’ve visited my blog before you’ll know all about it, and me, already. If this is your first visit then welcome to the online home of a self-confessed amateur astronomy nut, spaceflight enthusiast, astropoet and frustrated martian! I live in Kendal, beautiful and historic birthplace of the famous astronomer Sir Arthur Eddington. The astronomical society of Kendal – unsurprisingly named “The Eddington Astronomical Society”! – is currently holding a big exhibition of astronomy pictures, exhibits and attractions in our town’s fantastic museum, so if you’re in or coming to the area I hope you’ll call in and take a look at “Our Amazing Universe!”Ok, shameless plug over, let’s get on with this week’s Carnival! By the way, in the hope of prompting our favourite sleepy head space probe, the Mars Reconaissance Orbiter, to wake up – at the time of writing it’s ...
Kentucky Space 28 Aug 2009, 14:59 UTC Though the Apollo landing sites have garnered the most attention, there are plenty of other images coming from LRO of interest as well. At the Planetary Society, Emily Lakdawalla describes the image on the left, an unusual feature not typically associated with the Moon. Wayneimage credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
IYA2009 Features 28 Aug 2009, 10:27 UTC Preparations are well underway for the new IYA2009 Cornerstone project, Galilean Nights. Taking place between 22-24 October 2009, this initiative will see thousands of people around the world engaging in practical astronomy activities, bringing the wonders of the Universe to the public. Register your event now, at the official website, www.galileannights.org. The Galilean Nights team have been working hard to ensure that the project is ready on time. The website will act as a central hub, and is launched today. The site contains contain useful information, ranging from tips on how to run an event to the basics of stargazing. More information and resources will be added over the coming weeks. Perhaps the most important aspect of the website is the ability for event organisers to register their activities, ensuring that as many people as possible can search for details, find events local to them, and participate. Astronomy societies, amateur astronomers, and indeed all interested parties are encouraged to begin planning events now, so that they can be registered as early as possible. Activities will focus on public star parties, allowing individuals to observe the same celestial objects as Galileo did 400 years ago. These include gas giant Jupiter, mysterious ...
Weirdwarp 28 Aug 2009, 10:06 UTC I was getting confused about fusion and fission the other day. Is there a difference? Yes, there is looking at fission it’s like the difference between chalk and cheese, one is nice and cuddly the other is prickly and unfriendly.Fission is the unfriendly one and is the one used in nuclear power stop.The other [...]