- 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 crescent moon lit up by earthshine was captured by astrophotographer John Chumack on Sept. 8, 2015.
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- Black holes are created when stars die catastrophically in a supernova. So what in the universe is a white hole?
- Watch a Q&A with two astronomers on the promise of Hubble's successor telescope, courtesy of The Kavli Foundation.Scientists have unveiled a bold proposal for a giant new space-based telescope that would be far more powerful than today's observatories. Called the High Definition Space Telescope (HDST), the instrument is essentially a supersized Hubble Space Telescope, with 100 times its ability to detect faint starlight.
The multibillion dollar HDST would be a game-changer, and if it advance
- Although time machines remain a sci-fi fantasy, the vast distances of the universe make it possible to peer back in time and see things as they appeared billions of years ago.
- NASA aims to put boots on Mars in the 2030s after first gathering human-spaceflight experience and expertise in low-Earth orbit and the "proving ground" of cis-lunar space near the moon.
- Following a devastating loss of vehicle last year, Orbital ATK is preparing to send cargo to the International Space Station as early as December, and launch a new Antares rocket in 2016.
- In early dawn on Saturday morning the 10th, find the thin crescent Moon under Jupiter.
The next morning, a thinner, lower crescent guides the way to little Mercury. Binoculars will help.
Friday, October 9
• Now that we're well into October, Deneb is replacing brighter Vega as the zenith star after dark (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). Accordingly, Capricornus has replaced Sagittarius as the most notable constellation down in the south.
• In early dawn on Saturday morning th
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- A new photo beamed home by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which performed history's first flyby of Pluto this past July, reveals that the dwarf planet's skies have an azure tinge.
- A series of freshwater lakes within Mars' 96-mile-wide Gale Crater likely persisted for hundreds or thousands of years at a time, and perhaps even longer, according to the new study, which is based on observations made by NASA's Curiosity rover.
- The Dream Chaser space plane, which would continue the legacy of NASA's shuttle program, is getting ready for a second stage of flight testing.
- Our universe is actually really simple, it's just our cosmological theories that are getting needlessly complex, argues one of the world's leading theoretical physicists.
- Leaders of the private spaceflight industry gathered in New Mexico to discuss pressing issues, including the fate of the International Space Station.
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- Watch for any slow, unusual meteors starting at nightfall tonight and tomorrow.
Some meteor showers are as regular as the seasons, but the Draconid meteors of early October are wildly variable. Most years nothing happens. But in 1933 and 1946 the Draconids produced two of the great meteor storms of the last century. Certain other years have produced lesser displays, with rates ranging from 20 to more than 500 meteors visible per hour by an ideally placed observer.
But don't expect any cosmic fir
- A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 will launch the NROL-55 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Launch is scheduled for Oct. 8, 2015.
- A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasted off today (Oct. 8) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and 13 tiny spacecraft sponsored by NASA and the NRO.
- The United Launch Alliance rocket launched the NROL-55 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) on Oct. 8th, 2015 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. 13cubesats also flew to orbit on the rocket.
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Astronomy student reaches for the sky with internship
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This summer, a UH physics senior was selected for a prestigious internship with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory internship program. Michelle Nowling was one of 19 students from across the country selected to spend nine weeks as a National ...
- The post Total Lunar Eclipse of September 27, 2015 appeared first on Sky & Telescope.
- Thanks to a lucky conjunction of two satellites, a ground-based array of all-sky cameras, and some spectacular aurora borealis, researchers have uncovered evidence for an unexpected role that electrons have in creating the dancing auroras. Though humans have been seeing auroras for thousands of years, we have only recently begun to understand what causes them.
- A marketing agency that represents former NASA astronauts is launching a unique take on its clients' spacesuited portraits, working with a popular print house to create a series of limited edition, illustrated art posters that celebrate the space traveler
- On August 26th, Alan Tough caught this auroral display over Moray Firth in Scotland. The highest-altitude streaks are purple and red. They turn green in the denser zone of the upper atmosphere where they come to a halt.Alan Tough / Online Photo Gallery
Keep watch on your northern sky after dark tonight (Wednesday October 7th). The aurora borealis could sweep down into our view from its usual far northern latitudes.
For the last 24 hours a geomagnetic storm has been building. It reached a geomagn
- via Recent PostsThis announcement is posted on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy:The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is now accepting applications for its Internship Program for Spring 2016. Serving as an OSTP Intern provides a unique opportunity to work closely with senior White House officials and science and technology (S&T) policy analysts in OSTP's topic-based divisions. The application deadline is 11:59 pm EDT on Friday, 30 October 2015.
- A strong geomagnetic storm is amplifying the Earth's northern lights tonight (Oct. 7), making auroras potentially visible as far south as Pennsylvania, Oregon and Iowa, space weather experts say.
- A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is scheduled to launch the classified NROL-55 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office at 8:49 a.m. EDT (1249 GMT) Thursday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Watch it live here at Space.com.
- Alexandria Town Talk
Stargazers invited to free LSUA astronomy event Friday
Alexandria Town Talk
The public is invited to view Saturn, satellites and stars during an astronomy event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Louisiana State University of Alexandria. Stargazers will gather in the Mulder Hall parking lot. They are asked to bring lawn chairs. The ...
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