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October 30, 2014

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1:03 AM | What is the oldest star in the Universe? (Synopsis)
“Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.” -Ovid With all that we know of astronomy, with the hundreds of billions of galaxies and hundreds of billions of stars in each that we know are there, it might surprise you to learn that the stars — for the most part…

October 29, 2014

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8:28 PM | Werewolf Science: Do Dogs Really Bite More People During Full Moons?
Once upon a time, one Dr. Simon Chapman of the University of Sydney received a short note from a local farmer: "Have you university types ever looked at whether dog bites happen more around the full moon? It's a well known fact that they do." Chapman decided to put this urban legend to the test.Read more...
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5:33 PM | Spectacular New Hubble Image of Jupiter Reveals Giant ‘Eye’
In April 2014, astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope obtained a remarkable new view of Jupiter as they tracked changes in the Great Red Spot, a long-lived storm the size of Earth on the Jupiter’s face. The Great Red Spot (GRS) is a giant, spinning anticyclonic storm in the atmosphere of Jupiter. It is like [...]
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4:49 PM | Why Can’t We See The Big Bang? Since telescopes let us...
Why Can’t We See The Big Bang? Since telescopes let us look back in time, shouldn’t we be able to see all the way back to the very beginning of time itself? To the moment of the Big Bang? By: Fraser Cain.
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1:09 AM | The Conquest of Space is Worth the Risk
Orbital Sciences Mission Explodes 6 Seconds Into Launch No doubt you’ve seen the video below, showing the Orbital Sciences Corporation Cygnus cargo spacecraft expl0ding shortly after liftoff. This is an unfortunate catastrophe for Orbital Sciences, but also for the many people (including a number of students) who had experiments and other instruments aboard. NASA, the […]

October 28, 2014

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10:04 PM | iPhone Apps for Naturalists
With today’s BBC coverage of upcoming birdsong recognition app Warblr, I thought it might be nice to highlight some of the other great iPhone apps available to complement any naturalist’s handheld […]
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9:42 PM | The Hubble Space Telescope recently captured Jupiter’s...
The Hubble Space Telescope recently captured Jupiter’s moon Ganymede passing in front of the Great Red Spot like a Jovian pupil on a stormy eye, so naturally I turned it into this.
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8:46 PM | Halloween Buzz
It’s Halloween week (YAY) and there’s plenty to do around town. I’d personally recommend watching The Witches (I can’t believe that we were allowed to watch this in second class), followed by Hocus Pocus (while eating Banshee Bones), then heading to a gaff party dressed-up in a cumbersome cardboard costume. But if you plan on heading into town, […] The post Halloween Buzz appeared first on HeadStuff.
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7:16 PM | Resistance is Futile for M54 Why does Messier 54 conjure up...
Resistance is Futile for M54 Why does Messier 54 conjure up images of The Borg for Professor Paul Crowther? By: Deep Sky Videos.
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5:24 PM | Into the Woods (Synopsis)
Wandering into the woods unprepared and without a plan sounds like a terrible idea. But if you’re interested in scientific exploration at the frontiers, confronting the unknown with whatever you happen to have at your disposal, you have to take that risk. You have to be willing to take those steps. And you have to…
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12:54 PM | Astronomers Capture Nova Delphinus 2013 during its Early Fireball Stage
For the first time, scientists have captured images of a nova during its early fireball stage – when it ejects material, and gases expand and cool. They have observed the expanding fireball from a violent explosion called Nova Delphinus 2013. “This is the first time astronomers have been able to witness an expanding fireball with [...]

October 27, 2014

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7:14 PM | Baby Stars' Twisted Magnetism More Chaotic Than Thought
The morphology of a baby star's magnetic field is thought to impact the evolution of any planetary system -- and now astronomers have gained an insight to how complex these fields can be. Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | Messier Monday: Messier’s Final Galaxy, M110 (Synopsis)
“The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this.” -William Wordsworth Galaxies may be the most common type of object identified in the Messier catalogue, and considering that there are at least…
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3:00 PM | Astronomers Observe An Expanding Nova Fireball For The First Time
An international team of astronomers have finally caught a glimpse of an expanding thermonuclear fireball from an exploding white dwarf. It's the first time this kind of data has ever been captured, allowing the researchers to study how the fireball evolves and rapidly expands into space.Read more...
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3:17 AM | Make our ASKAP telescope a star of the night sky
By Emily Lehmann There’s a new star in the making in the world of astronomy, with our Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) named as a finalist in The Australian Innovation Challenge’s Manufacturing, Construction and Infrastructure category*. We recently shared some of the first images produced  by the amazing ASKAP telescope. It comprises a cluster […]
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2:05 AM | A Dark Spot on the Sun Seething with Energy
Many of you in North America who saw the partial eclipse of the Sun last Thursday may have noticed a nice dark spot under the eclipsed part of the Sun.  The full "active region" (that the visible spot is part of) is bigger in area than the giant planet Jupiter and has become the largest such feature on the Sun in 24 years.With the kind permission of the photographers, I am posting here a beautiful close-up of the area, by Randall Shivak and Alan Friedman.  Look how wonderfully complex […]

October 26, 2014

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6:53 PM | Over the Moon with China and Luxembourg
Predicting the future, especially of something subject to the winds of political misfortune as space exploration, is problematic. However, it’s a safe bet it won’t look like it did during the first few decades. More nations than ever are interested in sending spacecraft into orbit and beyond (including crewed spaceships), and privately-owned companies are taking […]
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3:30 PM | You Can Fit Every Planet In The Solar System Between Earth And The Moon
I'd honestly never heard this stat before, and it's pretty amazing how well they tightly fit together.Read more...
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12:11 AM | Saturn’s ‘Death Star’ and Hubble’s Latest Masterpiece via...
Saturn’s ‘Death Star’ and Hubble’s Latest Masterpiece via scishow: SciShow Space News takes you to the solar system’s own Death Star — Saturn’s moon Mimas, where something mysterious is going on. Plus, we share a stunning new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope that holds a few surprises! Hosted by: Caitlin Hofmeister

October 25, 2014

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5:00 PM | Stare Into The Raging Heart Of The Biggest Sunspot In 24 Years
The sun is spoiling us for superlatives. Last night, giant sunspot AR 2192 – the largest sunspot astronomers have observed in nearly 25 years – erupted in an X3.1-class solar flare, the most powerful of four flares to burst from the region since October 19th. Read more...
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3:18 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 24/10/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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3:18 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 24/10/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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11:33 AM | Uncertain Dots 25: The Lightning Round
I got the time for the regular hangout wrong, and then we had some weird computer difficulties, so we only had ten minutes for Uncertain Dots this week. Which was enough time for me to say disparaging things about comic book movies, so, you know, if that interests you… Here’s the making of Interstellar story…

October 24, 2014

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6:48 PM | How the Comet with the Funny Name Became a Globe-Trotting Internet Meme
I consider the Rosetta spacecraft one of the most exciting space voyagers in years. It is the first probe to orbit a comet, returning images of unprecedented richness. On November 12 it will place a lander on the comet’s surface, another exploratory breakthrough. Rosetta’s target, Comet 67P (its mouthy full name is Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko) is […]The post How the Comet with the Funny Name Became a Globe-Trotting Internet Meme appeared first on Out There.
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4:25 PM | Polar-orbiting satellite captures amazing X-ray footage of solar eclipse
By Micaela Jemison The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch […] The post Polar-orbiting satellite captures amazing X-ray footage of solar eclipse appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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4:00 PM | And So It Begins…Nightfall Has Arrived.
Once again, I am making my pilgrimage to astronomical nirvana by attending Nightfall.  This year’s event is going to be a show stopper.  Not only is there the usual advanced courses available, this year there is a another complete track for not-so-advanced astronomers. Also, our sponsor, Woodland Hills Telescope will also have astronomical goods on … Continue reading →
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11:21 AM | Hubble spots Comet Siding Spring flying past Mars
Comet Siding Spring makes near miss of Mars in this image form the Hubble Space Telescope. Click to enlarge! Image Credit: NASA, ESA, PSI, JHU/APL, STScI/AURA Last Sunday the comet C/2013 A1  Siding Spring flew past Mars at a distance of just 140 thousand kilometers, or one third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon. It's the closest we've ever seen a comet get to a rocky planet- so close, in fact, that initial observations suggested it might even hit.Data and observations […]
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12:15 AM | Hawaiian natives protest Mauna Kea telescope
Politics or spiritualism? There remains hostility over the United States’ annexation of Hawaii and an undercurrent feeling of astronomy as an “industry”. Very weird to us but not weird to natives who feel intruded upon. Seeking Stars, Finding Creationism – NYTimes.com. This month a group of Native Hawaiians, playing drums and chanting, blocked the road… Source: Doubtful News

October 23, 2014

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9:30 PM | Unlocking The Other Senses of Space
These days it’s no surprise to come across a gallery of amazing astronomy images. The Hubble Space Telescope, the other NASA great observatories and space probes, the European Space Agency and European Southern Observatory, and many, many dedicated amateurs (among other sources) provide a steady flow of visual riches. Mind-boggling beauty shows up every day; […]The post Unlocking The Other Senses of Space appeared first on Out There.
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6:27 PM | 'Halo' Of Echoing X-rays From Magnetar Outburst A highly...
'Halo' Of Echoing X-rays From Magnetar Outburst A highly magnetized neutron Star named SGR J1550-5418 erupted with a series of powerful x-ray and gamma-ray flares on Jan 22, 2009. NASA’s Swift satellite observed the outburst over the course of 6 days. By: Video From Space.
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