- 12 Jun 2008
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Despite all the anticipation, the Mars Phoenix Lander has failed to get Martian soil into its laboratory instrument. For some reason, while the robotic arm was able to scoop up ...
- 6 Jun 2008
Scooped up Mars dirt
The Mars Phoenix Lander is finally going to scoop up its first Martian soil sample into its laboratory instrument. It’s been about ten days since the landing, during which they’ve ...
Via this tweetNow I want a Prof Brian Cox nodding doll for the back window of my car. :-D
FAS Convention 2008
This post has just turned up on the SPA BB.The UK's Federation of Astronomical Societies will be holding its 2008 convention on September 20th 2008 at the Institute of Astronomy, ...
Clear Skies on Dema...
Xi Bootes in Little Cygnus
On the evening of May 9th 2008 Leo and I got together to observe a series of double stars in Bootes, inspired by an article in June's Sky and telescope ...
A president’s fall from grace
The drop in the approval rating of South Korean president Lee Myung-bak from about 50% to 20% in a little over three months is rather impressive. Elected with the largest ...
- 5 Jun 2008
Simostronomy: An astronomy blog is born
Mike Simonson is a friend of mine and he is the creator of CVnet, a web site and email list that discusses cataclysmic variable stars. He’s also an avid amateur ...
The Mars Phoenix Lander has managed to take some really close-up pictures of Mars dust. The picture was taken off of a silicon substrate which was exposed so that dust ...
AAS Updates at Astronomy Cast
Our friends Pamela Gay, Nancy Atkinson and Phil Plait have all the latest from this week’s meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Saint Louis. I have a whole bunch ...
There is a hilarious cult of Jesus Christ claiming that the head of Jesus was that of a raptor. The sad thing is that the arguments for the claim were ...
Too much prayer
Some people might think that there can never be such a thing as too much prayer. So it’s funny to notice that an Islamic cleric thinks that Egyptians pray too ...
Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!
Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me is a hilarious podcast where they make fun of the weekly news. It’s a quiz show where the questions are hilarious, and you’ll discover things ...
Orac talked about a comment which discussed how anti-vaccine activists are trying to save the environment. I hadn’t quite grasped the horrors of vaccines until I read that comment. It’s ...
- 4 Jun 2008
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Astro BBQ at Pamela’s
This is a walk through Pamela Gay’s very lovely house during a party she threw for astronomers in town for the AAS meeting. Who can you spot? This is a ...
Bush and responsibility
I can’t believe that Bush would preach responsibility when he is the great dodger of responsibility. Or is he planning to admit responsibility to all the screw-ups that happened during ...
Ice surface on Mars?
The Mars Phoenix Lander may have taken pictures of a surface of ice instead of just a dinky little rock that might be ice. This is a bit more impressive. ...
- 31 May 2008
Ice on Mars?
The Mars Phoenix Lander may have taken its first close-up look at ice on Mars. While it’s been known for a while that water exists on Mars, this would be ...
- 30 May 2008
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