Send to Kindle(Posted 19 January 2017) Unfortunately, I have just found out that the local rocketry association is no longer able to present at this March’s Cosmic Stars 2017 ACT Astronomy and Space Science Education Conference (external link to conference website). They were going to present on the topic ‘Model and amateur rocketry in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education’.
If you are interested in presenting on how rockets can be integrated
- Construction of the powerful Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope, which is being built to look back through billions of years of the universe's history, is on the "home straight".
- Hundreds of believers in life beyond Earth attended the Close Encounters Conference in Byron Bay.
- Apollo astronaut Captain Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, is remembered as a "patriot and pioneer" following the 82-year-old's death on Tuesday (AEDT).
- Send to Kindle(Posted 17 January 2017) Given the forecast of 37 degrees celcius for Canberra today, I was up earlier than usual for my morning walk.
Image (c) Paul Floyd 2017
The above image is a combination of four of my favourite image of the morning. Hopefully the main image captures the glare of an Australian Summers morning just before the heat starts.
- Send to Kindle(Posted 16 January 2017) Only a few moderately bright satellites are visible in tonight’s evening Canberra twilight (16 January 2017). You can use the highly recommended HeavensAbove.com website to generate customised viewing information for your suburb. The brightest satellite (the International Space Station) is not currently visible from Canberra.
The highlight for tonight will be a pass by the US spy satellite (USA 186). It will make a pass through the band
- SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket for the first time since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago.
- Aerospace company SpaceX is set to launch its first rocket in California tomorrow since an explosion destroyed the unmanned rocket and its payload in September last year.
- Using samples collected by the Apollo 14 moon mission, scientists estimate the Moon is much older than previously thought and likely formed more than 4.5 billion years ago.
- Using samples collected by the Apollo 14 moon mission, scientists estimate the Moon is much older than previously thought and likely formed more than four billion years ago.
- NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures an image two gas-rich spiral galaxies that approached each other too closely and are destructively merging into one.
- Send to Kindle(Posted 11 January 2017) I am curious what you can see in the clouds I took a picture of yesterday.
A kangaroo in the clouds! Photo copyright Paul Floyd 2017.
To me, a kangaroo immediately leapt to mind. I was somewhat disappointed when that was not captured by my camera. Double disappointment set in when my ‘significant other’ suggested something completely different! My mind recognising a kangaroo is an example of pareidolia.
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- The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile will be modified to allow it to search for potentially habitable planets in the nearest star system to Earth.
- Send to Kindle(Posted 10 January 2017) The February – April 2017 issue of my ‘Amazing Space!’ student newsletter / A3 poster can now be downloaded from this page.
Mars and Jupiter finder charts (no telescope required).
Information on the 11 February 2017 occultation of the star Regulus by the Moon (binoculars recommended due to brightness of the Moon)
Constellation finder charts (Orion and Southern Cross)
February – April 2017 Moon phase information
- Astronomers say highly energetic bursts of radio waves found emitted from deep space came from a dwarf galaxy billions of light years away, a game-changing breakthrough that could help us understand what is in the voids between galaxies.
- This year could see China expand its presence in space amid the ongoing race for space tourism and search for dark matter and life-supporting planets, a space flight analyst says.
- NASA unveils its concept for houses on Mars, a structure designed to both feel like home and provide protection from the harsh environment — and made of ice.
- In 1969 the Murchison meteorite fell on a small town in rural Victoria and nearly half a century on, it continues to dazzle scientists.
- Marianne Begg and Kay Ball remember the Murchison meteorite
- Pioneering astronomer Vera Rubin, whose research into the rotation of galaxies helped find powerful evidence of dark matter, dies aged 88.
- It was a big year in science — with tremendous advances in our understanding ofthe world around us from the ancient universe to the future of artificial intelligence and designer genes. See how well you do at our quiz recapping the weird and wonderful year in science.
- In the southern hemisphere, the summer solstice marks the longest day of the year. But this does not coincide with the earliest sunrise or latest sunset time. We explain why.
- Water untouched for two billion years is found three kilometres underground in Canada, making it the oldest water in the world.
- There are fears that poor internet connection through the National Broadband Network could impede plans for the Southern Hemisphere's largest telescope to take part in global research.
- Astrophysicist Alan Duffy explains a new project between NASA and an Israeli artist to create the first piece of space art.
- NASA teams up with an Israeli artist to create the first piece of "space art" — 3D-printed laughter — that will be launched into orbit next year.
- A Japanese rocket containing 100 experiments created by Australian high school students with a range of hypotheses for astronauts from NASA to test is on its way to the International Space Station.
- A Japanese rocket is on its way to the International Space Station containing 100 experiments created by Australian high school students.
- A meteorite recovered in Western Australia could lead to further discoveries about Earth.
- British researchers discover cosmic dust for the first time on rooftops in three of the world's major cities, according to a new study published in science journal Geology.
- Scientists have long known the Earth's spin is slowing down, but observations of ancient astronomers from the Babylonians onwards reveal our modern days aren't getting quite as long as they should be.
- Space junk is crowding out spacecraft and telecommunication satellites, and putting humans at risk. It's a big problem, and getting bigger every day.
- Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, explains that he was evacuated from the South Pole last week because he was showing signs of altitude sickness.
- The discovery of an enormous reservoir of ultra-cold gas, 100 billion times the mass of our Sun, in a distant galaxy reshapes our scientific understanding of how stars and galaxies formed in the early universe.
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- Send to KindleEvery registrant can bring two students to listen to Dr Lisa Harvey-Smiths keynote presentation and meet her at morning tea.
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- Send to KindleRegistration is now open for the 2017 ACT Astronomy and Space Science Education Conference on Eventbrite.com.au (4 March 2017).
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- Send to KindleI was at last night’s show in Sydney. Amazing music and crowd atmosphere. Felt very special. twitter.com/SussanSays/sta…
- Send to KindleRT @SpaceflightNow: FIVE YEARS AGO the Mars Curiosity rover launched atop an Atlas 5 to explore the red planet spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av028/st… https://t.co/FDXOCN9hI4
- Send to KindleRT @MarsCuriosity: Ride with me through the journey of more success. I launched for Mars five years ago #OTD. https://t.co/qx7lXZuPdw
- Send to KindleRT @BarbaraCSmith: This is serious, people! We ignore the warnings at our peril. twitter.com/guardian/statu…
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