Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.11.07

This has been a week of change, and change is good where I’m concerned. We’ve gotten tentative confirmation of the status of star KIC 8462852, previously suspected by some as the possible location of an alien megastructure. There are radio signals we would expect to see if it were an artifact of a technical civilization, signals we do not detect but should even given our species’ current level of technology. So, it seems as though it’s “no aliens,” or at least the Scottish verdict of “not proved.” No one is more disappointed than yours truly, though to be fair, history has not been kind to the astroscientific detection of aliens, and this was not unexpected. Are we alone? We don’t know, and it’s too soon for a definitive answer, though it’s extremely unlikely that Earth hosts the only intelligent life in the universe.

May you enjoy the weekend, and your nights be lit by the stars.


The Milky Way over Monument Valley

Comet ISON Being Destroyed by the Sun

Seeking Venus under the Spitzkoppe Arch

The Great Orion Nebula M42

NGC 1333 Stellar Nursery in Perseus

Unraveling NGC 3169

Earth and Milky Way from Space

Image of the Week:

Weekly Astrognuz:

NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Orion Service Module Event

Who was Galileo Galilei?

Alien Star: No Signals Detected from Aliens Yet

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Going to All Species

Rewrite of Onboard Memory Planned for NASA Mars Orbiter

Protecting Juno’s Heart

Lamar Smith and Adjusting Scientific Data

Animal Communication, Information Theory, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

NASA Seeks Ideas for Spot on Mars for Next Giant Leap

Who was Christiaan Huygens?

Antarctic Ice: Still Losing Mass

SETI Institute to Lead New STEM Program with Girl Scouts

Galaxy at the Center of the Hubble Tuning Fork

Ion Propulsion: The Key to Deep Space Exploration

Crash Course Astronomy: All About Galaxies

Cyclone Chapala: Huge Storm Set to Hit Yemen and Oman

Astrochemistry: Putting the Astro in Astrobiology

NASA Mission Reveals Speed of Solar Wind Stripping Martian Atmosphere

New Visualization Shows Incredible Variety of Extraterrestrial Worlds

Finding Earth’s Twin

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Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.09.26

approximate trajectory of New Horizons after P...

approximate trajectory of New Horizons after Pluto flyby (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day! This Caturday, there’s been a bit to glom on in astroscience, with NASA’s announcement of an upcoming solution to a Martian mystery, China’s plan to send a mission to dear old Luna’s far side within the next five years or so, US presidential candidate Ben Carson’s absurd anti-science views, and the bizarre “snakeskin” terrain of Pluto discovered in pics sent back by New Horizons as it ventures deeper into the Kuiper belt.

I’ve been informed of the upcoming total lunar eclipse on the 27th by the awesome Sharmishtha Basu (With one of her many wonderful blogs here.). I’ve been reading further, and will be watching it live via webcast if the sky is cloudy in my region as it has been so far this week (grumble…). This will be extremely cool, as it is a relatively rare occurrence, but NOT a sign of the End Times as is trendy and hysterical to claim during these astronomical events.


Global Ocean Suspected on Saturn’s Enceladus

Spiral Galaxy M96 from Hubble

Milky Way over Bosque Alegre Station in Argentina

Antarctic Analemma

LDN 988 and Friends

Pluto’s Snakeskin Terrain

M31 versus M33

Image of the Week:

The Carina Nebula: Star Birth in the Extreme

Weekly Astrognuz:

Carnival of Space #424

Pluto: Stunning Full Disc Color Image

September 27: Watch a Total Eclipse of the Moon

Weekly Space Hangout | Sept 25 2015

Ben Carson: Anti-Science

Completing the Census of Exoplanetary Systems by Microlensing

Astonishing “Snakeskin” Textured Mountains Discovered on Pluto

Earth Without Water: Nope

Big Picture Science Radio Show | No Face to Hide

Is the Universe Dying?

NGC 1783: An LMC Globular Cluster

Could We Really Find ET?

Dramatic Imagery from NASA of Supersonic Shockwaves

Microburst: Sudden Downpour

Integrating Planetary Protection in Human Missions

China Plans Lunar Far Side Landing by 2020

VLT: Lightning over the Observatory

Jill Tarter Elected President of California Academy of Sciences

NASA to Announce Mars Mystery Solved

Hubble’s Pluto Mission

Caturday’s (Big) Cat


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