- 28 Dec 2009
Ask a Nobel laureate!
I received an unusual email from, of all people, the Nobel Prize website editor! He was notifying me that the Nobel Prize folks have started a new series of videos ...
Picture of the Day - Glittering Metropolis
Like a whirl of shiny flakes sparkling in a snow globe, Hubble caught this glimpse of many hundreds of thousands of stars moving about in the globular cluster M13, one ...
Avatar's Pandora made possible
Distant exoplanets can easily have habitable moons, as this illustration shows, and soon we’ll be able to find them in real life! David A. Aguilar, CfA photoAt the risk of ...
My Dark Sky
Partial Lunar Eclipse Observation with Planetarium Negara
Programme: Partial Lunar Eclipse ObservationSaturn & Mars ObservationMoon ExhibitionEclipse TalkQuiz For more information, contact:Planetarium NegaraAgensi Angkasa Negara (ANGKASA)53 Jalan Perdana, 50480 Kuala LumpurTel: 03-22735484Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.comPosted in Astronomy Activities ...
The Planetary Socie...
Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 28: Ariel
Here's yet another of the moons of Uranus for you: Ariel, a near-twin in diameter to Umbriel, but apparently with more interesting geology. It has these cool flat-floored troughs. On ...
Stealth NASA Education Summit
NASA Industry‐Education Forum, online at Paragon Space Development Corp. "On December 3, 2009, the NASA Office of Education hosted the NASA Industry‐Education Forum at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. The ...
Chandra X-ray Obser...
The "Year In Review" That Wasn't
When we get to this point in the calendar, the "year in review of fill-in-the-blank" lists just come out in droves. You can't seem to drive to the mall without ...
Mystery of blue stragglers and SETI pioneers
Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:g Stars - For almost 50 years, astronomers have puzzled ...
Sen. Cornyn Was For NASA Before He Was Against It
Cornyn's fight to cut debt carries political price, Houston Chronicle "When Texas Sen. John Cornyn recently voted against legislation funding NASA, with its thousands of jobs at Houston's Johnson's Space ...
OSTP Launch Vehicle Report Quietly Released
White House science office reports United States rocket propulsion work lagging "According to the report released this week: "Despite the importance of space to government and commercial activities the U.S. ...
One Astronomer's No...
A Little Diversion…
I’ve discovered this great new method for dealing with all my stress… I’ll let you know how it works out for me!No, seriously, I look forward to the day when ...
Latest Carnival of Space
Full of links to great space-related posts about an "Earth-like" discovery, sunlight glinting off a Titan lake and dark matter - as well as one modestly written post about Nanoracks ...
Discovery News - Sp...
Neutrino May Have Triggered Dark Energy
A new theory may explain the mysterious force that is causing our universe to expand at a faster and faster rate.
Patch preview: Soyuz TMA-18
Speaking Monday at a press briefing held in Russia's Mission Control Center located in Korolyov outside Moscow, Roscosmos chief Anatoly Perminov said he was continuing a tradition when revealing "an ...
Discovery News - Sp...
Hubble's Glitter Globe
Here's one ornament you won't find on a Christmas tree. It's the Hubble Space Telescope's view of a globular cluster known as M13, located about 25,0000 light years away in ...
Astronomy Weather B...
Future Nova; Removing The Lens Cap
Hello, astro-nuts! I hope you enjoyed the holidays; we're winding down 2009 this week! Have you made any resolutions for 2009? I plan to use my telescope a lot more ...
This Week On The Space Show
The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under www.TheSpaceShow.com, will have the following guests this week: 1. The Monday, December 28, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PST (20-21:30 GMT) Dr. Logsdon is ...
A sun pillar gooses the sky
Regular readers know I’m fascinated with sky phenomena. On December 26, 2009, around 4:30 p.m. local time, I happened to look out my office window and saw a gorgeous beam ...
Mangroves and Coral Reefs, Viti Levu, Fiji as Seen from S...
Deep green forest on land and the delicate turquoise coral reef in the ocean mirror each other in this true-color image from December 18, 2009. Both systems provide a significant ...
The Problem with Warp Drive
Paul Titze, who somehow finds time to write the excellent Captain InterStellar blog when not preoccupied with his maritime duties in Sydney, passed along a 2009 paper on warp drives ...
On The Nature of Blue Stragglers
If you don’t know what a blue straggler is, Nature’s correspondent Melvyn B. Davies defines them simply as “the population of oddly massive stars that lurk in the cores of ...
Waxing Gibbous Moon to Occult Stars of Pleiades
The waxing gibbous Moon will be occulting, i.e. passing in front of and blocking the light from, a number of stars of the Pleiades this evening. You can check for ...
In the Dark
A Compression of Distances
I’m back in Cardiff after a few days of yuletide indulgence in my home town of Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. And very nice it was ...
IYA2009 News Round-up
JoonAng Daily have a letter from Seoul National University's Prof. Hong Seung-soo. He's been to one of the last IYA2009 meetings, and decided to write about it along with reflecting ...
Planck satellite ou...
Happy 2010 from ESA
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Borg Cube Spotted Near Solar Limb
The Discovery Enter...
The Search for Extra-solar Planetary Systems and the Sear...
Had Carl Sagan been alive today he would have been extremely thrilled with the fact that new extra solar planetary systems are being discovered almost on a weekly basis. New ...
New Expanded ISS Crew Busy with Orientation
The five residents of the International Space Station were busy with crew orientation activities Thursday as the new Expedition 22 crew members began familiarizing themselves with their home in space. ...
Astronomy Question of the Week: How old is the Universe?
In the field of archeology the age of finds or the time of events can sometimes be determined relatively easily, for example via the number of tree rings or the ...
What’s NASA’s Biggest Accomplishment of 2009? It’s Still ...
I was only half joking when I tweeted, “Vote for your favorite NASA accomplishment in 2009: http://bit.ly/83xWlJ [x] Still existing.” I was referring to a vote that is being held ...
Spacefleet Project - Consortium of Aerospace Companies
The Spacefleet Project have recently posted some updates, Ray Wright (Company CEO) recently spoke with the Space Fellowship and discussed some of the progress the organisation have been making. Back ...
My Dark Sky
Partial Lunar Eclipse on New Year’s Day
How do you plan to celebrate the beginning of a new decade? How ‘bout doing it the Moon’s way… by moving into the Earth’s shadow?On the last day of this ...
Luna C/I: Moon Colo...
Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #5
Hope you all had a merry GLXP-mas—it’s time for some extra presents as we get caught up on a surprisingly active week around the Google Lunar X PRIZE :) A ...
The Discovery Enter...
The Expanding Universe - The Sun And Other Stars
In Five Billion years are nearest star (The Sun) will die swelling and becoming a Red Giant. The heat will be so intenseness the oceans will boil and are planet ...
Moon glides by Pleiades on December 28
Tonight, moving eastward as it always does in orbit around Earth, the moon will pass by the Pleiades. Our sky char [...]
The wink of Rosetta
Flying for the last time the Earth, the European spacecraft Rosetta has sent us a beautiful image before starting to encounter a comet will cross it in 5 years.With Rosetta, ...
The Leonids are they to go
Seems to emanate from the constellation Leo with a perspective effect, the Leonids are remnants of Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, discovered in late 1865. Her path leads every 33 years to approach ...
On Mars, Opportunity found meteorites
But what advances Opportunity? The strength of this little robot is admired. Hard at work on Mars since January 2004 with its twin, Spirit, continues to advance valiantly despite the ...
The strange orbit of the exoplanet HAT-P-7b
It revolves around its star in a retrograde or in a polar orbit. In both cases, HAT-P-7b is a very strange planet. Yet the conclusion of two independent teams. This ...
A key to detect exoplanets
What progress in stellar spectroscopy since the ban started in astrophysical studies by Auguste Comte, there are over 150 years. For a long time, it allows us to determine the ...
The Belt of Venus
Mars - CM 265 Deg.DEC 14, 2009 - 11:30 UT
Mars 2009121401 Sketch of Mars - CM 265° - UnfilteredDEC 14, 2009 - 11:30 UTMove mouse over image to view labels. Click to view larger version. Sketch of Mars - ...
Borg Cube Spotted Near Solar Limb
There I was idly checking out SpaceWeather.com, seeing whether there was any sunspot activity going on… and then I saw this. At first, I assumed it was a highly symmetrical ...
2009 produced more than 100 books on a variety of space flight topics, ranging from children's titles penned by astronauts to pop lit and picture books to texts intended for ...
Astrobiology Top 10: Double Discovery: Super-Earth and Oc...
Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2009, highlighting the top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 6 is a double discovery of potentially habitable extrasolar planets orbiting the ...
Ursid meteor shower active the next few nights
Blue Moons in Australia in 2010
Full Moon image copied from APODAllan Kreuiter discusses the confusion about blue Moons.Most people have heard that a blue Moon is the second full Moon in a calendar month and ...
Moon ruffles the Seven Sisters' feathers
Andrew Kirk of Bishop, Calif.
An Energy Based Argument for Space Habitation
In his Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) lecture, Rob Hopkins reminds us the oil is limited and that we must transition to a world without it so we can wean ...
SSTL Space Blog
Galileo satellite's 4th birthday today
SSTL is celebrating the 4th anniversary of the launch of its historic GIOVE-A satellite today. As the first of the Galileo In Orbit Validation Element satellites, GIOVE-A was the first ...