Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.07.25


Painting of Milky Way galaxy used as backgroun...

Painting of Milky Way galaxy used as background for diagram of Kepler Mission search space. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good morning, and happy Caturday. This last week has been incredibly productive, with the 10th of 13 study units to be started this morning and completed as of this evening. After that, I’ve got the remaining three to finish up for the month.

This week, there was the announcement of a new planet confirmed discovered by Kepler, Kepler-452b, a cousin of Earth located nearby in our own galaxy with the closest match so far of stellar type, planetary mass, and distance from its star.

It may be one of the most promising candidates outside of our solar system for life to date, though my money’s riding on the exploration of Europa and Titan in our own planetary neighborhood.

Here’s hoping your weekend is stellar, and as ever…

Talotaa frang, talotaa kas, talotaa tranga sulat.

The First Rocket Launch from Cape Canaveral

Comet PanSTARRS and a Crescent Moon

Comet Tails and Star Trails

Gamma ray Rain from 3C 279

Comet PanSTARRS, Moon, and Venus

Ultraviolet Rings of M31

Infrared Trifid

Image of the Week:

Weekly Astrognuz:

Kepler Mission Discovers Earth’s Older Cousin, Kepler-452b

Comic-Con: Adam Savage spacewalks with Chris Hadfield.

Astronomers Spot an Intriguing “5-star” Multiple System.

What’s the Big Deal about the Pentaquark?

Pluto: Mountains, craters, and floods, plus Nix and Hydra

DSCOVR: New satellite delivers gorgeous Earth images.

What’s up with Ceres’ bright spots?

SpaceX: Bad strut doomed Falcon 9 rocket

Bone-Chilling Sounds Picked up by Spacecraft

Ze Cats for Ze Caturday

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