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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/03/01


This week, an odd new class of quantum object has been indentified, the U.S. airforce announces a new space surveillance program, a new report says that ‘climate change is more certain than ever,’ and 715 new exoplanets have been identified from data taken from the Kepler planet-finder telescope. Welcome to the month of Mars, a world to which I believe we shall one day send humans if we can manage the political will!

Cassini Spacecraft Crosses Saturn’s Ring Plane

The Cloudy Cores of Active Galaxies

The Pleiades Deep and Dusty

Aurora over New Zealand

Daytime Moon Meets Morning Star

Möbius Arch Moonrise

NGC 7331 and Beyond

Images of the Week:

Saturn Aurora — January 28, 2004
Source: Hubblesite.org
Hubble/IRTF Composite Image of Jupiter Storms
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Year-Long Mock Mars Mission Picks Semifinalists for Canadian Arctic Crew

Did An Icy Collision Produce The Odd Shape Of Asteroid 624 Hektor?

Quantum Dropleton: Weird New Particle Acts Like Liquid

Scientists announce 715 new planets found in Kepler data

“Climate Change is Now More Certain Than Ever,” New Report Says

Martian Meteorite Could Have Contained Ancient Water And Life, NASA Paper Says

NASA vows to fix problems that led to spacesuit leak

Incredible Technology: Space ‘Harpoons’ Could Snatch Samples of Asteroids and Moons

Next Generation NASA/JAXA Global Weather Research Satellite thunders aloft from Japanese Spaceport

NASA’s Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft a ‘Gift That Keeps on Giving’

Runaway Pulsar Sports 37 Light-Year-Long Tail | Video

Incredible Aurora Outburst From Recent X-Class Flare

Air Force general reveals new space surveillance program

Construction of Giant Telescope in Hawaii Could Begin This Summer

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astrofave(s):

Space History Photo: First Picture of Mars

Warp Drive, When? Some Emerging Possibilities

A widescale UFO hoax planned for April? | Doubtful News

Cool Cosmos: Your infrared guide to the world and the Universe beyond

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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/02/15


Cover of "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the ...

Cover via Amazon

“We’ve tended in our cosmologies to make things familiar. Despite all our best efforts, we’ve not been very inventive. In the West, Heaven is placid and fluffy, and Hell is like the inside of a volcano. In many stories, both realms are governed by dominance hierarchies headed by gods or devils. Monotheists talked about the king of kings. In every culture we imagined something like our own political system running the Universe. Few found the similarity suspicious.”

– Carl Sagan, page 46, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

The Missing Craters of Asteroid Itokawa

Falling to Earth

The Heart and Soul Nebulas

Rocket, Meteor, and Milky Way over Thailand

Downtown Auriga

IC 1805: Light from the Heart

NGC 2359: Thor’s Helmet

Images of the Week:

Composite Image of Galaxy Cluster MS 0735
Source: Hubblesite.org

Dust Band Around the Nucleus of  Black Eye Galaxy  M64
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

One Year Later, Russian Meteor Strike Sparks Asteroid Deflection Talks

European GPS Satellites Pass Key Test in Orbit

SpaceX on Pace for Mid-March Launch to Space Station

NASA’s ‘Jelly Doughnut’ Mars Rock Mystery Solved

Scientists to Create Coldest Spot in Universe on Space Station

Mysterious Energy Ribbon at Solar System’s Edge a ‘Cosmic Roadmap’

Europe’s Billion-Star Mapping Spacecraft Takes First Photo (Image)

NASA Report: How to Defend Planet from Asteroids

Gigantic Black Hole Jets Shines in Amazing New Video/Photo

NASA, FRance Team Up for 2016 Mars Lander Mission

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astrofave(s):

NASA’s Robotic Lander Morpheus Soars in Test Flight (Video)

Full-size space shuttle exhibit launching at Air Force Museum in Ohio

Quiz: How Well do You Know our Solar System?

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MONSTERS OF THE COSMOS – Symphony of Science


Published on Aug 27, 2013

mp3: http://melodysheep.bandcamp.com Symphony of Science returns! Morgan Freeman and a choir of scientists sing to you about the science and freakiness of black holes.

Video sources:

NOVA – Mystery of the Milky Way
Through The Wormhole: The Riddle of Black Holes
Who’s Afraid of a Big Black Hole (BBC)
Swallowed by a Black Hole (BBC)

music and editing by melodysheep
@musicalscience
symphonyofscience.com
youtube.com/melodysheep

Caturday’s Astronomy Pix 2013/04/28-2013/05/04


A Raging Storm System on Saturn

Milky Way and Stone Tree

Humanity Explores the Solar System

Omega Centauri: The Brightest Globular Cluster

Saturn Hurricane

Horsehead: A Wider View

Hungarian Spring Eclipse

via VideoFromSpace

Caturday’s Astronomy Pix is a weekly installment, published each weekend with links to each daily entry on NASA’s website Astronomy Picture of the Day. I hope you enjoy looking at these often breathtaking images as much as I do.

 

Caturday’s Astronomy Pix for 2013/03/16


Milky Way Panorama from Mauna Kea

Sakurajima Volcano with Lightning

Spin up of a Supermassive Black Hole

NGC 6751: The Glowing Eye Nebula

Clouds, Comet and Crescent Moon

CME, Comet and Planet Earth

PanSTARRS from France

Caturday’s Astronomy Pix is a weekly installment, published each weekend with links to each daily entry on NASA’s website Astronomy Picture of the Day. I hope you enjoy looking at these often breathtaking images as much as I do.

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