- There has been a lot of interest recently in an upcoming series of lunar eclipses that begins April 15. These are usually described as "Four Blood Moons" and taken by some to prophesy upcoming disasters.
- The famed astrophysicist has repeated his warning about humanity's potential first contact with intelligent aliens.
- A 160-day-long simulated Red Planet mission began today (Sept. 24) at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), a facility in the Utah desert operated by nonprofit group The Mars Society.
- Investigators have traced the explosion that destroyed a SpaceX Falcon 9 on the pad Sept. 1 to a "large breach" in the helium system in the rocket’s second stage, although the root cause of the accident remains unknown.
- Our sun will eventually burn out and shroud itself with stellar debris, but not for another 5 billion years.
- The second new moon in a single month is known as the Black Moon. It occurs about once every 32 months. Find out more here.
- Elon Musk and his SpaceX rocketeers are blueprinting a plan to land humans on Mars in 2025 and to land payloads onto the Red Planet’s surface at each 26 month opportunity starting in 2018.
- Four individual satellites of NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS) set arecord for the closest flying formation ever achieved by a multi-craft space mission. The satellite quartet orbits Earth, studying magnetic reconnection.
- In this edition of Mobile Astronomy, we'll travel the celestial and see ancient starlight with our own two eyes.
- On Saturday (Sept. 24), the crewmembers of the Mars 80 mission — who hail from France, Japan, Russia, Australia, India and Canada — will begin work at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), a facility in Utah run by the Mars Society.
- NASA used many cameras to monitor the performance of the Orbital ATK solid rocket booster, being developed for the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.
- Three NASA astronauts who died in a fire on the launch pad may be honored with a new monument at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The Apollo 1 Memorial Act seeks to recognize 50 years since the deaths of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.
- The technology SpaceX uses to land its Dragon capsule on Mars could help NASA put boots on the Red Planet.
- September 2016 is host to a somewhat unusual lunar event: a second new moon in a single month, an event some people are calling a "Black Moon."
- Earth has a new early warning system for spotting incoming asteroids that could collide with the planet.
- A new simulation of how Pluto got its "heart" reveals that the dwarf planet most likely has a deep ocean beneath its surface.
- In the southwest at dusk, Saturn and Antares continue to pull farther away to the right of Mars. Summer ended yesterday, so this is a good time to declare that the triangle they make, the nightly celestial emblem of Summer 2016, is breaking up and losing its identity.
Friday, September 23
• The starry W of Cassiopeia stands high in the northeast after dark. The right-hand side of the W (the brightest side) is tilted up.
Look along the second segment of the W counting down from the top. Noti
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- North Korea's new rocket engine might help the country launch satellites to higher orbits, as the rogue nation claims — but the technology could also help North Korea's (possibly nuclear-armed) missiles fly farther, researchers say.
- A senior U.S. State Department official said China and the United States plan to hold a second set of talks later this year to discuss how their militaries operate in space.
- The Senate Commerce Committee approved a short-term NASA authorization bill Sept. 21 that is intended to provide short-term stability to NASA during the upcoming presidential transition but will cast new scrutiny on one major agency program.
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- The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe will plummet it into the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on Sept. 30th, 2016, putting an end to the mission. Take a look back at the historic mission through the lens of ESA and Euronews.
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- Boulder County hosts new astronomy program at Lyons' Hall Ranch
The Milky Way is pictured over Walker Ranch in Boulder in 2014. (Michael Lohr/Boulder County Parks and Open Space, buildings and historic preservation technician). If you go. What: Astronomy: All Things Being Equal. When: Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m..
[ 22 September 2016 ] ALMA uncovers insights into â€śGolden Ageâ€ť of galaxy formation News - Astronomy Now OnlineAstronomy Now Online
[ 22 September 2016 ] ALMA uncovers insights into “Golden Age” of galaxy formation News
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This image combines a background picture taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (blue/green) with a new very deep ALMA view of this field (orange, marked with circles). All the objects that ALMA sees appear to be massive star-forming galaxies.
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- International teams of astronomers have used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to explore the distant corner of the Universe first revealed in the iconic images of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF). These new ALMA observations are significantly deeper and sharper than previous surveys at millimetre wavelengths. They clearly show how the rate of star formation in young galaxies is closely related to their total mass in stars. They also trace the previously unknown abundance
- An international team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has explored the same distant corner of the universe first revealed in the iconic image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF).
- Total solar eclipse.
Monday, August 21, 2017 is a day that’s probably already on the calendar of every amateur astronomer. It’s the day the Moon will completely eclipse the Sun, its shadow crossing the continental U.S. for the first time since 1979. The path of totality arcs across 14 U.S. states, and hotel spaces are already filling up. Taking an RV can provide a good alternative.
If you’re planning on RVing your way to totality, be aware — you’ll need to
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